tombyars (1348) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - FEB 9, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tasted this in the Esquire House, Glasgow (JDW) on the 7th February 2014. Cask, handpump dispense. Dull opaque amber in colour with a thin white head. Strange toasted note of pine nuts in the long aroma. Thin but resiny mouthfeel and good lacing. Pale malt gives a digestive biscuit base with roast malt and quince fruit in the mouth. There is a slight hop presence in the aftertaste but this fades fast. Smoked malt strong in the finish, redolent with teak oil notes giving a strong phenolic flavour at the end. An interesting Smoked Ale but might be too pungent for some. Recommended though.
cgarvieuk (14036) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 29, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at the bow bar... Light haxy copper... Massive soft smoke nose... Light toffee.. Soft sweet fruit... Massive all be it soft smoke... Ok considering i dont like smoke
AshtonMcCobb (2356) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 27, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On keg at Holyrood 9A.
Appearance - a lovely amber to red. A decent thin lacy head.
Nose - distinct but restrained Islay whisky note. Biscuits and toffee in the background.
Taste - slightly overpowering smoking peat. Still toffee and sone sweetness in the background.
Palate - medium bodied with a tangy texture and a finish that is interesting but that doesn’t completely refresh.
Overall - needs more malt structure to take on the smoke.
McNeillR (1097) - SCOTLAND - FEB 1, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Mahogany brown, clear body with evaporating off tan head. Five spice tart nose. Enveloping oven baked fruity initial taste. Colourful midrange with a welcoming malt burn and a fresh lemony linger. Emancipation of the dark malt rolled fruit tang without a major hop presence and matching coppery bitterness was surprising. Worth a sup.
JohnRMurdoch (3201) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JAN 26, 2013
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Cask @ The Society Room JDW. Reddish brown colour, not much head. Fruity malt aroma. Sour caramel malt flavour. Bitter aftertaste. Not good.
mr_h (2741) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - JAN 26, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask by handpump at Society Room, Glasgow - clear deep amber brown, bubbly off-white head, no detectable aroma, berry fruit and resin flavour, initial sweetness then sour aftertaste