stephenmstrain (1) - SCOTLAND - JUN 22, 2012 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
An unbelievably drinkable stronger than average beer that just slips down. Good all year but hard to get hold of. Get it when you can.
ads135 (3563) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JUN 13, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light amber with a thick, creamy head. Fruity mandarin orange and lemon flavor. Light floral aroma. Mild, but with a medium body and memorable character.
McNeillR (1778) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bourbon cream nose, little in the way of a head aítop a stern well varnished brown mahogany body. Stickily cheap fudge initial taste, leaving enough width for your fillings to get filled with a malt storm that brings the ABV to the forefront cautiously. Slight TCP burn on the finish keeps the glass on the table long enough to appreciate the effort of what is easily their flagship brew in my book. (Cask, Highland Taps Takeover, Cloisters)
Erasmus_ro (1924) - Alabama, USA - JAN 22, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask @ Gallows Bird. Pours a deep gold with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet with fruit. Taste is fruity and sweet with malts, caramel. Some cherry in the finish. Turns a dry wood and grass in the aftertaste.
rosenbergh (8690) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 22, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask at the Gallows Bird XV Real Ale Festival, Espoo, Finland.
Clear deep golden colour with tiny white head.
Mild fruity sweetness and fruit liqueur like elements in aroma.
Alcohol, sweet fruits, mild bitterness, sugar and some malt in flavour.
Not that tasty. Flat.
tombyars (1486) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - JAN 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted this at the Paisley Beer Festival in May 2008. Cask, gravity dispense. Clear copper red in colour with a thin white head. Fresh watermelon in the short aroma. Thin mouthfeel and poor lacing. Mixed malts give a thick chewy maltloaf base with syrupy raisins, sultanas, cherries and then drier redcurrants. Floral hop resins impart a strong spicy kick to the lively aftertaste. Sweet malt returns in the robust malty finish with glycerine fruit and booming alcohol notes warming in the throat. A superb Strong Ale and well recommended.
jamestulloch (2221) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 20, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: Difficult to detect. Quite bready.
Appearance: Light amber, clear body. Small white head. Good carbonation.
Taste: Smokey, lightly spiced, doughy taste. Hints of lemon. Sharp, bitter finish.
Palate: Oily mouthfeel. Excellent carbonation.
Overall: Another strong, tasty ale from the island of Orkney. This one is delicious.
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 14, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On cask at Cloisters. Pours a golden colour with a thin white head. Aroma of alcohol, caramel and yeast. Similar flavours with lingering grassy hops and an alcohol hum. Mild carbonation and an oily mouth-feel.
marcot (770) - Campomorone, ITALY - NOV 27, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Un assaggio al The Rake, non malvagia pale ale da 6į alc., ma non mi ha convinto a tal punto di prenderla
stravale (2525) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - NOV 10, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2012 Take 2 - Bandstand Bar, Nairn 040812
Aroma - sweet fruity malts, straw hops, soft zest, citrus orange
Taste - rich sweet fruity syrupy malts, bitter hop background, soft orange zest, some bitter orange, touch of pale toffee malts, very slight rubber, alcohol too noticeable for abv
Palate - soft carb, medium body, oily, bit dry, bittersweet juicy malt finish with a hint of cereal
Overall - Itís just too boozy and somewhat cloying. Iím not a fan of this - no change to the rating - itís still 3.1
Cask @ Blackfriars, Inverness 111011 7/3/6/3/12
Golden amber, clear, thin white head.
Aroma of sweet golden malt, sweet fruits, orange, apricot, rich sweet marmalade.
Taste similar to aroma, but not quite as good. The alcohol was quite noticeable.
Palate - sweet, soft carb, oily, syrupy malts. Finish - Sweet apricot with some citric bitterness. Bitter overhang with warming alcohol.
The aroma was good,but the taste didnít quit match the aroma. Seemed good at first, but by the end of the 1/2 pint, the malts seemed a bit cloying and syrupy, and it was rather boozy for 6%.