beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 6, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Moan and Dove. Pours a reddish amber color. Aroma of malt and caramel. Flavor of malt and caramel with subtle hops and a bitter finish. Light to medium body, creamy texture, soft carbonation.
steview (1011) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 27, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
dark brown and ruby body with orange red highlight. with a vigorous pour, a very nice and huge light tan head can be achieved. it seems a bit soapy, but it’s tight, then diminishes into a thick ring around the glass with circular lacing. it looks pretty. the aroma is interesting, also, as well as the flavor. there’s toffee, nuttiness, and an odd fruit mixture that just doesn’t sit too well with me. hmm. i do like it, but the aftertaste is oddly sour, oddly bitter. smooth, but not worth obtaining again.
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow: what a punch, and a great dark fruity taste, and a great nose, and nice body, real substance....oh wait the beer...very nice as well.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours clear reddish brown with a smallish sized tan head. Aroma has a nice peatyness to it along with toast and caramel. Taste has an initial maltiness that is quickly overcome with a nice hop bitterness. I get some molasses as well as the peat taste that I love in a Scotch Ale. Not perfect but nicely done.
aracauna (2935) - Georgia, USA - NOV 20, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The body is a clear, medium reddish brown. The head is thick, dense, and lasting. It’s an attractive beer. The aroma is slightly spicy hops, cake-like malt and a bit of apple. The flavor is very low in bitterness (as it should for the style), with an apple peel flavor that sets off the mellow malt nicely. This is extremely drinkable. Not a bad beer by any means.
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - NOV 4, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice slight reddish-brown color. A subdued aroma of dates, malts and other assortments if grains. Initial taste is bold, taste of hops and malts combined. Alcohol is noticeable. Bitter hops try to overpower that leads to a sharp aftertaste. Flavor is lingering, couriously keeps bringing you back for a another sip.
Cobra (1100) - In a van, down by the river, Maryland, USA - NOV 1, 2004
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
16.9 oz. / 500 ml. brown bottle. No freshness date seen anywhere. Poured out a light brown color. I don’t know what everyone else is seeing, but it’s not red by any means. Minimal white head fades quicker than cheap blue jeans. Aromas are of Ringwood yeast, sweet caramels, and not much else. Tastes are about the same as the aromas. Too sweet, cloying to a fault.
Not a good Scottish ale by any means.
Hansen (5982) - Assentoft, DENMARK - OCT 28, 2004
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark red colour, fine head. Floral aroma. The flavor is the special thing about this beer: It’s powerfull, mostly bitter and hoppy.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 28, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance: a clear, bright cherry red is the color, and the head exists briefly as a thin, white layer of foam, then disappears.
Aroma, subdued, though giving off malty, nutty characteristics.
Taste: full flowering malt all over the palate, with very small showing from hops. Lavish fruit, cherries most dominant, but also some peach, banana, sweet and tasty, but arching towards a darker, even burnt feel, putting one in mind of a cognac, or a sherry. The body is medium, flavor develops sharper, stronger, and the finish clings, lingering on the palate. Rich, maltiness remains the prevailing tone in this flavor profile,toffee, caramel, and the sweet fruit factor returns and pleases the senses with every new sip.
Part of me wanted something fuller and thicker, for it feels a bit mild in texture and body at times, resulting in easy drinkability, for sure. Part of me, too, is just pleased aspunch by this beer as it is. (Though for $5 per 500ml bottle, I do feel that I over paid on this item, and probably won’t go back for more.)
MiP (12873) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - OCT 26, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Medium brown colour. Slightly sweet, OK bitterness. Long, bitter aftertaste.