labattblueleaf (225) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 10, 2002
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Hated it. Two thumbs down and a middle finger up the sphincter. Dark and scottish..........You don’t see many black Scotsmen so they shouldn’t mix them in beer either.
TheRavishingOne (45) - Cumming, Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2003 I was afraid of the dark side, and then came this beer. I sipped it, and it wasn't bad. Then I took in a large gulp. It was the exact opposite of how I thought a dark beer should/would taste. It lacked the bitterness I had expected and satisfied me in every conceivable way. However, it doesn't smell that great.
Pablo McStouthead (69) - L.A, California, USA - FEB 21, 2002
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bland. Thin body. Has the cheap ’American’ tinge. Still, nice underlying raisiny maltiness like a bock.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - FEB 12, 2002
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
the label describes it as a Scottish Porter - i think it is really neither. It is malty, smoky, dark, tasty. it is also a bit but in the end. very nice.
Oakes (12552) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 18, 2001
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Mahogany colour; aroma of smoke, cascades, hint of iron; thin body - a little acidic even; metallic, mellowed malts (a little toasted caramel, whole grain bread), cascades...what precisely is the brewer trying to get at here?
delacerveza (166) - Florida, USA - NOV 13, 2001
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
really liked the smokey sweetness --GO malt, GO malt!-- that said, still a bit more bitter than what i normally go for; but quite an interesting flavor.
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 12, 2001
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Chocolate and light peat smokiness. Lighter body than expected but a nice blend of porter and scotch ales flavors.
mikenodak (150) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - OCT 17, 2001
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
bittersweet, chocolate, tastes like a combination of porter and scottish ale - not a great beer, but enjoyable, with some complexity
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - OCT 8, 2001
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This was quite interesting. Not quite a scotch ale, but not a porter. Smoky flavor with some maltiness and low, but detectable, hoppiness. Great ruby red color and malty aroma dominating. Not a great brew, but worth a try.
The Friar99 (222) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 27, 2001
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow! This beer is impressive. Beautiful ruby color, changing to brown towards the edge of the glass, good head, and ’roasted’ aroma and taste make this beer a good one.