ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 14, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber colour with small off-white head. Strong malty nose with hints of oak and whisky. Flavor has some smoke, but also some sweetness.
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - JAN 3, 2005
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
500 ml. brown bottle. No freshness date seen. Poured out a medium brown color, with a fast fading, thin tan head. Watery mouthfeel, thin body. Not very redeeming for a Scottish ale.
chriso (7344) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep bronze/brown colour. Smoky, peaty aroma. Perhaps a trifle underdeveloped. Mainly malty flavour, but with some bitterness in the background , a touch of caramel and a bit of nuttiness. Fairly full body, but drinks easily. Not too sweet. Nice enough. Cask (handpump) at the Magpie and Crown, Brentford..
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 19, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask@The Magpie and Crown, Brentford, london. Looks absolutely amazing in the glass. Beautifual polished, shiny mahogany colour, its just begging to be drunk. Quite a smooth palate. Lightly peaty, with some toffee and then kiwi fruit towards the finish. A very pleasant pint indeed. Nice balanced flavour and very easy to drink a lot of.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 8, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2004 Sampled at the Spuyten Duyvil bar, Brooklyn, back in March, 2004. Sweet and a quite malty with lots of flavor. Very light on hops. Extremely hard to find.
Rib Eye (147) - USA - NOV 30, 2004
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A lovely light bodied and full flavored scottish ale. Recomended for those who love malt but hate getting filled up quickly. One bottle perfectly fills a dimpled British pub glass.
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled at Monks in Philly. Good crsip clean Scottish. Nice malt flavor all the way through.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 23, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark copper to brown in color. Small covering of beige bubbles. Light sweet malt aromas mix with mild peat, toffee and sweet coffee. Smooth gentle palate. Flavors of dry pecans and a touch of marzipan. Very subdued flavors, that seem to meld very well, but donít invoke much emotion. Iíve had quite a few brews lately that seem to want to grab your attention, shake you by the throat and ask you to beg for mercy. This one sits back and over the course of imbibing you think, hey, this is a balance, decently brewed beer. Thank you sir, may I have another.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 28, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A portentous name...omens speak of itís promise before the cap is cracked...Stone of Destiny...I feel priveleged to sip it, already.
Gorgeous looking ale, all crimson, with deeper, darker amber edges, and a luscious, utterly creamy cap of foam lay on top. Really good looking brew.
Aroma is vast and epic, a mystic mix of dark fruit flavors, plus coppery, nutty aspects, sweet spices, a real joy to have in the nose.
Nice taste, too, surprsingly mellow entry on the palate, rich, luch, creamy. Full malt, little hops, medium body...feels just too thin for the promise the look and smell evoked, but I do not believe they intended to make a blockbuster beer, just an easy-drinker with a Scottish flair. Long, sweet and nutty finish, this is a handsomely put-together ale. Tastes as good as any Scotch Iíve ever tried on. Although the label says itís "generously hopped", Iíd have to know who they compare it to, or maybe the words mean something different in Scottish? In any case, whatever small hoppiness happens is handily drowned out by the thick, caramel-y malts.
Defineitely a damn good beer, definitely worth anyoneís time, but have to wonder if itís really worth the $5.29 I paid for the 500ml bottle...once, or twice, maybe, but not too often.
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - OCT 22, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I see several of the meekly 58 reviews here from my home state of Minnesota. Must mean that we have a good distributor here! I bought at Blue Max for $5.29/bottle. Wow, rich malty, grainy aroma. Not much else going on in the nose except the malt, but thatís great for this type of beer. Deep amber color, clean and clear. Carbonation is light. A thin light tan head forms and sticks around as if this were hand pulled from a cask. Sublime malty flavor through and through. Not overpowering, but very well done. Vanilla notes. Full bodied, but not even coming close to being cloying. Lightly carbonated which is a nice touch. This takes me back to the many cask conditioned Scottish Ales I had on my trip there in 2001. Oh, to go back! This is a stellar brew, and I hope I find more beers from this brewery!