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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.26/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BeerFanDan17 (998) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - SEP 19, 2008
Sampled at Lowry Park Wazoo in August 2008. They must be bringing it back. Tasty and smooth.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 29, 2008
Thanks to my neighbor (who was scared to sample) for this, stored in a wine fridge on its side :( for two plus years. Amber pour with frothy head, way over carbonated. Floral notes on the nose. Slighty oxidized flavor aith caramel malts, toffee, and dried fruit. Slightly dry finish, overall a nice beer considuring its storage conditions.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 24, 2008
12oz bottle. I struggled with whether or not to rate this given the age of the bottle (3-4 years old), but it was stored in a fridge the entire time and did hold up remarkably well. The heather must have acted as a preservative because it tastes as fresh as the fresher bottle of Fraoch I sampled alongside this one for comparison.

Enough about the background. Pours brown with a red tint and an off white head. Smells of heather, strong spice, some caramel and slightly nutty. Tastes of sweet caramel, some raisins, some floral notes, in all likelihood coming from the heather used in the beer, some dryness as the beer warms. Mouthfeel is full bodied with a finish that is sweet and lasting. While I enjoyed this beer, I found Fraoch to be superior to it.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackDonald (1126) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 23, 2008
This rating is from extremely old notes. I found this to be a very pleasing beer. The nose is quite flowery, with a tremendous amount of earthiness. The Heather emits a really unique perfuminess that is unmistakable. All the flavors kind of play with your senses in different ways, but the finish just drops right off which is kind of disappointing. I was kind of hoping for a little more body. Very drinkable though.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fro2218 (470) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 23, 2007
Nice heather in the aroma. The beer malt base was just right to balance the heather.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Quixote18 (236) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - DEC 17, 2005
On tap at mellow mushroom and also sampled from bottle. The draft was far superior. Interesting substitution of heather for hops. It was smoother than some other heather ales I’ve had, but that’s not saying much. Body was a little weak. It’s drinkable but nothing to crow about.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Libeerian (209) - Garner, North Carolina, USA - NOV 17, 2005
Nice heather aroma, a bit thin. Solid brown color. OK, too many other better beers out there.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - NOV 15, 2005
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with BlueDevil0206, thanks James!) The small, light tan head stands in stark contrast to the very dark ruddy brown body. But for as dark as this beer is, it has surprisingly little body and isn’t all that flavorful either. This beer is quite dry, with only a slight sweetness in the background. Mostly, it’s spicy, herbal, lightly roasty, mildly bitter. The nose is dry, a bit malty, lightly roasty, but I really need to swirl my glass to get much in the way of aroma with this beer. Light-medium body has a somewhat watery mouthfeel, especially in the finish. The head fades to a ring fairly quickly. Not coming close to tickling my fancy.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Odeed (1779) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 19, 2005
the last of the bonus brews from jonathan3584.pours a dark brown(ruby red when held to light)with a nice 1inch creamy head.aroma mostly contains an "earthy malts" type smell.much of the same in the flavor.light mouthfeel as well.nothin fancy here.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUN 15, 2005
12 oz bottle from Johnathan3584 as a bonus! Thanks Jonathan! Pours dark brown with some ruby highlights with a slight offwhite head that lingers around the edge of the glass and laces a little. Aroma is of roasted carmel malt, some prunes/raisins and just a touch of floral hops. Flavor starts out sweet with notes of plums and sweet malts and ends with a nice roasty peat flavor.. This reminds me a lot of a severely tamed hair of the dog adam. On the palate this is medium bodied but the watery finish kills it. This could definitely benefit from that NC cap being lifted.. A touch more malt would make this one very good. Still a good brew though quite drinkable and a good session brew! This brewer should rock when they get a chance to make the big beers..


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