badgerben (4549) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 22, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2004 The Grog & Gruel, Fort William, Scotland. Amberish color. Smells sweet, and tastes sweeter, but not overpoweringly so. Certainly reminiscent of heather fields. (June 8, 2004 Addition): Now that I've had this again... its taste is much more up front this time. I noticed the wonderful spices right up front; it really added a lot. The color was a beautiful dark yellow. I enjoyed it much more the second time around. Not sure if that's a bottle vs tap issue or just being better adjusted to beer.
NectarFarm (128) - Calgary, CANADA - AUG 16, 2003
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours amber. small white ead that dies fast. little bit of lace. smells sweet and a bit spicy. tastes like tea and honey and is more than that the aroma let on. pretty good though.
Nuffield (3740) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 27, 2003
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Lightish amber color, little head, slightly syrupy appearance. Aroma suggests that I've walked into a National Trust giftshop, floral and perfumy. Flavor and not especially interesting palate, even watery. Slightly hazy. Not as bad as the sum of its parts. (gravity pour at 2003 Kent Beer Festival)
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JUL 15, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep golden with low retention.Nice big floral/hop aroma.Babysbreath? Flavor is sweet and floral with good hops and sweet malts. A most interesting flavor. Earthy, woodsy and sweet. Body is a bit light but interesting blends make up for that shortcoming. Not one I'd drink often but I'd love to try it on draught.
ericnixon (741) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 10, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very thin white head...golden-orangy color with lots of little things floating in it (sea monkeys?). The aroma really reminded me of the Berkshire Botanical Gardens with all that flowery stuff going on. the taste...is different. it really tastes like it's lacking something, but in a floral kinda way. kinda like really crappy-as cider with no bite. there's a slight fizziness to it when you first taste it, but it's gone a half-second later. it's interesting in a historical way (kinda sorta), and it's ok and definately drinkable, but i can't get over the fact that it needs something (hops!). i wonder if Fraoch means "we have three of four ingredients for beer, so what the hell, let's make a batch and see how it turns out!"
Aurelius (4530) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 10, 2003
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2007 The initial bottle aroma is almost bock-malty and raisin. That quickly fades to a yeasty malt aroma. Good label, light, hazy off-gold color. Dry, a little cidery, perhaps herb bittered. Flat and light bodied. Long, light indistinct hop finish. I was hoping for something more distinctive. Disappointing.
SecretSquirrel (20) - Sheffield, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2003
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Unusual. Not sure if I could drink this all the time, but still, it is a most enjoyable brew for a taste of something different. Certainly a drink that one either will like or hate, the heather is perhaps an aquired taste. Spicy and flowery, and quite punchy, whilst not too rich, lager drinkers may enjoy this as well as beer drinkers.
shaeffbser (70) - Vail, Colorado, USA - JUN 4, 2003
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
awesome juniper buttery aroma. flowery, sage, juniper taste and a light carbonation. light brown body.
Linc (737) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 1, 2003
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not a particularly endearing aroma, sort of like an echinacea pill, held a decent head atop a pale amber body. Tasted OK, kind of sweet but after a couple of sips became like some weird fermented cabbage soup. Other than the horrid flavour imparted by the heather, this is a pretty decent brew.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAY 31, 2003
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Interestingly malty beer, lagerish as some have mentioned. Aroma is indeed flowery. Golden and nearly clear with a lasting head, this ale is unassuming. I'm getting a slipperyish, soapy body, not too thin (but darn close), kind of like a good bohemian pilsner. Not in taste, however; this has got sourish malty bits and a little citus, perhaps from the flowers, I dunno. Cool and refreshing.