tkaufman (129) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - SEP 29, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nice light brown pour with a huge head to it. Aroma of toffee, raisins, and clove. A complex balance hits your mouth with estery flavors, malt, and hops balancing out well. Slightly alcoholic on the tongue and kind of a powerful one to drink by yourself.
Shag (2559) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - SEP 18, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brownish appearance with a huge foamy head. Very smooth taste. Spicy and sour fruit flavor which includes a strong caramel presence. Rather thin and creamy mouthfeel. Some evidence of alcohol showing. A nice Belgian but not a great one.
WISEGUY572 (1372) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
How strange ... a sweet and sour almost Scottish brown ale from Belgium. Cloudy brown with a huge foamy head. Sour ale with sweet dark malts. Exremely spice first kick, followed by sour, sweet dark malt, some fruit. Mouth feel is almost puffy due to carbonation. Finish is slightly bitter and only lightly hopped, tannic and dry.
BBB63 (5740) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 24, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown hue with reddish tint and a huge off-white head. Wet paper sack, spices, fleshy fruits, caramel, bittersweet chocolate, cherry wood, and earthy yeast aroma. Moderate sour/acidic initial taste which warms up with a mild alcohol presence. Sweet malts and aromatic hops lead to a dry and woody finish. Medium-bodied with a fizzy mouthfeel. Well made Belgian brown ale with all the characteristics found in the best of genre (scottish ale my arse). Maybe I'm biased since I lived in the Ardennes region for a year, but I love this beer! Highly Recommended.
TheBeerGod (5045) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 23, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a rich, deep, hazed brown with a small tannish white head. Aroma of cinnamon or nutmeg, bittersweet chocolate, and some earthiness. More spice and earthiness on the tongue along with cocoa and slight citrus. Very good. Somewhat more warming than I expected for only 8.5%. Not overpowering, though. Finishes with a bitter spiciness remaining.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep mahogony with a huge off white head. Nose of pears, caramel, with a hint of black pepper. Funny musty caramel flavor with some touches of fruit--apples, pears, bananas; medium sweet, some chocolate notes. Slight nutty bitterness in the finish. Relatively thin mouthfeel.
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - AUG 6, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A dark red, earthy tone that is very murky. It has a frothy and large head with some lacing. The aroma is a light fruity smell with an alcohol touch. It is malty, smooth, and silky. It is fairly complex and dry on the end. There is also a slighty spicy touch. Very enjoyable
aracauna (2994) - Georgia, USA - JUL 28, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is kind of a run of the mill Scotch ale. Dark, cloudy reddish brown with a nice glow. The slightly tan head is thick after the pour but fades completely although slowly. A mild bit of peat, wood. Thin but not bad. Not rich enough or enough complex malt to be a good scotch, but it's a easy drinking scotch ale that should go well with mild beef dishes.
hopscotch (8529) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 26, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear, ruby-colored ale.
Creamy, off-white head. Slightly retaining.
The nose is of smoke, alcohol and molasses.
The flavor is of caramel, toffee and alcohol.
Full-bodied with a fizzy mouthfeel. Short, dry, crisp finish! My favorite style. A very good brew! Just short of world class!
hotstuff (3905) - Indiana, USA - JUL 19, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
When this beer was poured into my glass, it had a large tan head with fine-small sized bubbles that was fully diminishing. The body was mostly clear with lively carbonation observed. The nose was that of alcohol and some mild clove. The flavor was spicy and malty and the mouthfeel was tingly along with a burning sensation as it is swallowed.