Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very interesting Scottish; malty with masterfully hidden 6%. I see not a trace...Wow! Dark malts show through so finely here.
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer poured a very dark ruby amber color and formed a bubbly light tan head that left some circular lace as it subsided. Some sediment present. An aroma of malt and molasses with a touch of caramel. A flavor of malt and caramel. A fairly light body for this style. A slightly astrigent finish
Aubrey (3414) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 24, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2004 Guest cask at Bull & Bush, Denver: Very dark with a hint of burgundy; very frothy and lasting tan head. Big, woodsy, campfire flavors throughout. Smooth and creamy, naturally. Deep bitterness; burnt and roasty flavors. Has a building sourness. Chewy, without any cloyingness. Dry and bitter finish. Pretty enjoyable beer. Bottle, "aged in malt whiskey casks": Black, with a tan, lasting head and nice and sticky lace. Sweet whiskey notes in the nose. Soft and very lightly carbonated. Sweet and sour. Notes of agave, however strange that sounds. Woodsy/smoky, sweet, and a little fruity (lime?). Peculiar for sure, but not necessarily in a bad way.
kwoeltje (2207) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JAN 16, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2004 Very black with small tan head. Malty aroma. Not as 'creamy' as Guinness (but then it isn"t a stout). Not as 'smoky' as many porters. Some hint of chocolate. I wouldn't have guessed it was a Scottish ale.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Chocolate, coffee, but somewhat thin flavor. Thick, black and oil-like appearance.
notalush (4586) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is very porter-like. Dark brown appearance with a roasty aroma. It has a very "mocha-chino" type flavor to it. The body is a bit thin and the finish is watery, but this is a decent beer. Worth a try, esp. if you like porters.
Sammys (428) - Portland, Maine, USA - JAN 7, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Coca-cola color, little head (though adequate carbonation) with a very ’English’ sweet malt aroma. Flavor is malts and chocolate, short-lived hop bitterness as you swallow, slightly sticky lingering mouthfeel. Aptly labelled as an after-dinner beer. -1 on appearance for not really looking like old engine oil.
jedimasternick (96) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 30, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
My personal opinion is that this is a Porter! The taste is as smooth as new engine oil (not a beer). It will not dissapoint Stout/Porter/ Dark Ale drinkers. It has a slightly sweet roasted aftertaste. Superb overall.
beerguy101 (5251) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 28, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Eclipse black color. Small head. Aroma is malty and peaty. A medium bodied Scottish ale. Complex malt flavors, chocolate, smoke, caramel and cherries It is a little sweet tasting, but it is balanced by the hoppyness. Nice smooth taste. Mild flavor. A nice beer for after dinner sipping. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter, with a sweet finish.
jazz88 (2522) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 26, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark brown with a brown head. Thick malty body and flavor. Chocolate and a hint of berries roll with this malt ball centric beer.