SmellGood (339) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - JUL 11, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
No head to speak of, this beer was a great darker than expected Scottish ale. Full of character and a great aftertaste.
NeroFiddled (105) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Possibly one of the most distinct beers Iíve ever had. The color is deep ruby, but not black. The aroma is intense; full of toffee, dark fruit, roasted malts and light candy. The dark caramel flavor doesnít quite follow suit, but offers a very creamy mouthfeel - if not the very full body indicated by the name! Hops are present but well integrated. A very drinkable beer, full of great character but not overwhelming; although Iím not sure Iíd want to drink too many of these in a row!?! Definitely a Scottish-style ale, but also something else altogether. Wow!
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 8, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Roasted malty aroma. Smooth on the tongue. Good malt balance. Easy to drink.
TAR (2401) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUL 4, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma incorporates an amazing blend of cotton candy, underlying chocolate, subtle coffee, and light perfumey hops. It is hard to discern anything very specific, which seems to make this rather unique. Ring of light tan lace atop red-brown liquid. Flavors of crystal malt, berries, and licorice. Palate is very soft and round. Notable hop bitterness for the style. Fruity finish. I donít understand why this receives the poor ratings. Sure, it is nothing íover-the-topí, but the complexity and quality is evident, IMO.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 27, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Re-Rate 06/27/02: Very deep garnet in color, the head is generous and beige, the nose is malt, sweet, hints of caramel. Front is sweet, the top light, the finish, dry, lightly acidic, lightly hopped, and quite a decent drinkable beer.
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - JUN 24, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2003 I really enjoyed this one. It had a good chocolate flavor to it. It had a full flavor while not having the consistancy of oil. It has a really cool old school name also.
mjmurphy2 (85) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 22, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not bad, but not great. there are better scotch ales out there (although few with as good a name)
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - JUN 20, 2002
2.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Great name for a beer, but it didnít live up to it for me. The aroma is of overcooked, southern-style green beans cooked in lard. Only minor roasted and malt hints lying deep in the background. For the most part, I couldnít get past this terribly out-of-place aroma, although there are some nice roasted and peaty qualities in the flavor profile and it is quite malty. Finishes slightly astringent and the brew has a medium body. Poured a deep brown with a medium, light tan head. Iíll skip this next time around, as the aroma destroyed what couldíve been a pleasant experience.
Drinkingdan (371) - East Norriton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
With the name I thought it was going to be reallyh thick, but itís not. A very very good Scottish Ale!!!
aracauna (2985) - Georgia, USA - MAY 28, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I have to admit that I may not have gotten around to trying this if it hadnít have been for the name. (I did my research to see if it was worth buying before I got it though.) Here itís listed as a mild ale and one Beeradvocate its listed as an Old Ale. Personally I think itís kind of like a porter mixed with a really complex Irish Red or Scottish Brown ale. Really dark and the aroma hits you with chocolate and plums. The chocolate and plums continue straight into the taste with the addition of a nice roastiness and are followed by the slight apple peel taste that Iím starting to decide is a certain type of hops. The mouthfeel is really smooth. Love the name and glad that it caught my attention.