cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - MAY 21, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Initial aroma very woody and rich, not malt-dominated as much as roasted chocolate (if such a thing could exist)...what I mean is, there wasn’t a lot of breadiness/toastiness. Lovely chocolate malt flavor and semisweet, toeing the line between sticky and dry finish. One of the more assertive Scottish ales I’ve ever had...robust and not afraid to give a nod to porteresque qualities.
TBone (12964) - Pori, FINLAND - MAY 3, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2004 Bottled (BB 08/2004)
Opaque black. Brown whipped cream-like head. Barley-wine type sweet and malty aroma. Good mouthfeel: sweet and same time hoppy. Gives nice bitter aftertaste. Not too heavy-bodied, which makes this easy to drink. (8/5/7/4/16 4.0)
Rich, wineous and malty aroma. Sweetish and robut - rounded mouthfeel. Great. (8/5/7/5/17 4.2)
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 28, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Sean Bolean's.Very nice scottish ale.Aroma of choco-coffe,butter(some ringwood)Tastes like headt coffee/butter brew.Some hops to balance.Very nice stuff.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - APR 27, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep dark ruby-brown with a short-lasting creamy tan head. Lots of roasted malt and some sweet licorice make up the nose. The flavor is sweet up front (caramel and chocolate) then it fades quickly into a medium amount of hop bitterness. The body is medium with a dry finish. Overall a nice beer.
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - APR 16, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opaque black color with a medium tan head. Coffee, sweet malt and sour lactose aroma. Nice sweet malt, chocolate, coffee, lactose and lightly bitter hops. Slightly dry roasty hops finish.
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - APR 13, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong coffee aroma. Black color, light brown almost creamy head, very nice lace. Coffee flavor, thick start but thinner finish, some licorice, roasted, long lasting finish.
Darkover (1518) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 8, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with a tan head. Aroma and flavor of bitter dark chocolate. Bitter chocolate finish. Very good.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - APR 8, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black w/ tan head. Malty, sweet aroma w/ celery notes. Flavor is sweet, with hints of chocolate.
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark colour, no head. Aroma is dark chocolate and anise. Flavour is same with a strong bitter finish and a dry aftertaste.
jsquire (3537) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAR 27, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Buckeye. Dark beer with red highlights when held up to the light. Creamy tan head that lasted. Light cocoa in the nose. Some chocolate and faint ash, with a sweet cocoa finish. The end showed a quick shot of hop bitterness and finished dry. Quaffable and enjoyable.