muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - SEP 19, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown, port-like look with quite a large, smooth, lasting head. Nose of grapes, caramel malt, slight yeastiness. Flavor’s a knockout: wine and milk chocolate, toffee, dates, all of my favorite things, perhaps just a little too sweet until the end, when the finish becomes quite long and hoppy. Excellent product from Sammy that I should’ve had long ago.
morty99 (371) - Maryland, USA - SEP 15, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
benzim (36) - USA - SEP 9, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of the best Scotch Ales. Nice body, good malt flavour, rich and satisfying.
MartinT (8328) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 8, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Earthy caramel syrup and slight hop bitterness…Tickling sugar…
bbooth (115) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JUN 13, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This was a pretty good scotch ale. Reminded me of Fuller’s Vintage a little bit. Caramelly favor with decent hop flavor and bitterness. Medium to full body, and dry alcoholic finish
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 7, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful garnet color, creamy beige head and sheets of lace. Nose is malt, caramel, brandy tones, maybe even plummish. Front is malt and slightly sweet, the top medium, the finish is dry, tart, nicely hopped, light carbonation, and the 6.5% abv is also evident. A beer not meant for the ’Weak of Palate’, robust and hearty. Another example of why ’STRONG ALES KICK-ASS’.
I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - MAR 4, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I loved this beer and contacted Merchant DuVin to see where I could get more and was informed that they haven’t imported it since 1998! Excellent beer for being 3 years old (at least)
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 29, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I used to drink this years ago when it was brewed by Caledonian and was called Scotch Ale. I had forgotten about it, and then saw this in the store one day. It is every bit as good as I remember. A rich, malty, peaty, Scotch ale that is just as good as Traquair House and more affordable. One of my all-time favorites.
K-V-F-L (292) - LaVista, Nebraska, USA - OCT 18, 2001
3.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Great look and smell, reminiscent of a bock; unfortunately, the taste reminded me of a cross between Aunt Jemima and gin.