sloth (2754) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - FEB 29, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Mid sized offwhite head, fine beaded with good retention. Hazy orange color. Fruity, berryish nose. Med/light body. Fruity, flowery flavors with a hint of malt in the background. Finish is dry, fruity. A pleasent enough brew.
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 20, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very average in every way, with the exception of a strong "mossy" taste. Almost tasted too organic and dry to be enjoyable.
Crockett (1066) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 20, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Gold with a tiny soapy head. Sweet herb floral aroma. Earthy, smokey and loads of grass, herbs, and bitter hops. Malts are hard to figure out. Starts mediciney sweet, finishes dry. I don't know about the wine part.
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - FEB 10, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cloudy yellow in color. Dry like flavors, I think dry white muscat grapes. Fruity aroma. Malty. Really good.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - FEB 10, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a slightly murky orange yellow. Nice white head. Fruity interesting aroma. Malty flavor with a dry fruity finish and aftertaste. Well made.
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 2, 2013 Somewhat soapy smell and "flat" in appearance. The taste however is excellent. I imagine pure heather would taste like this, you almost feel transformed to a field on a Summer’s day. Score 3.9
Subsequent rating scored 3.2. Average becomes 3.6
leaparsons (9491) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light gold in colour. Aromas are citrus and floral. Flavours are obviously herbal and floral considering the brewing methods. Some spiciness, too. Tastes a little medicinal. Unusual.
jercraigs (9253) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 25, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pale yellow with a smallish white head, and a fruity aroma and aftertaste. There is an interesting flavour that I presume is from the heather. A pleasant beer.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JAN 24, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light hazy amber/gold color, creamy white head and nice lacing. The aroma is crisp with hops with notes of citrus wheat. Flavor is very unique at first, full body with lots of malt flavors and a smooth, delicious crisp finish. This is very tasty beer, unique and interesting.
DrnkMcDermott (2972) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2005 Bottled. I’ve got a chance here to rate an unaged bottle. A little less sugary and thick than noted below, which is to be expected. Malts are lighter, like a Vienna. Heather character doesn’t quite assert itself, but then do I even know what heather should taste like, aside from as a bittering agent?<hr>
Bottle, with "Best by 2/01" date notch. Tasted 12/31/2003. Ah, a traditional Scots drink for the only holiday in the US with a Scots aspect. And an interesting brew it is. Mossy odor when I crack the bottle. Pours a hazy brown, about pale ale color, with a thin head. Taste has some sweetness without being cloying. They don’t mention if there are hops at all (don’t they need some to be allowed to call it "beer," so sweetness seems balanced by heather, giving it grassy notes and the dry finish, as advertised, plus a very faint citrusy aspect. Well-made relic of those days of auld lang syne.