Crockett (1081) - Southampton, 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 Summerís day. Score 3.9
Subsequent rating scored 3.2. Average becomes 3.6
leaparsons (9757) - Wigston, 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 (9722) - 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.
BŁckDich (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 (2997) - 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. Iíve 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 doesnít 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 donít mention if there are hops at all (donít 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.
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 1, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours a slightly hazy amber gold with a decent head that dissipates and leaves little lace. The aroma is clover like. The flavor is unique: slightly salty, spicy, malty, and a sour fruit finish. The ale is somewhat moderately rich. Overall, this is a good step into the past.
GregClow (3151) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy, glowing golden colour with small white head. Big, firm aroma of earthy malts, spice (cinnamon, nutmeg) and cut grass. Very unique flavour with a big malt backbone and strong floral notes along with a bit of honey. Finish is dry, slightly acidic, with a pleasant hint of ginger. It took me a couple of mouthfuls to get into it, but I'm really digging this beer.