cathcacr (646) - Oregon, USA - JUL 7, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Slight downgrade 7/7/02: Initial infatuation having worn off, I’m now somewhat less enamored with the almost overpowering sweetness of this. Among Scottish Ales that I’ve had, I think the Harveistoun Old Engine Oil takes back the top spot for me -- just barely. (This is based on direct taste-comparison.) Originally rated a 4.4, now a 4.2. Original 6/22/02 comments:
My only regret with this beer is having taken so long before trying it. I’m definitely getting more of this good, good stuff! Light aroma that gets more prominent as it warms; dark opaque reddish-brown with creamy head that recedes to pleasing bubble layer; thick, heavy and hearty mouthfeel and flavor. Lots of malt character and sweetness (chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate, mmmm!), reminds me a lot of a well-done Doppelbock. It’ll fill you up. Bready, roasty, grainy feel on the back of the mouth upon the finish that is wholly pleasant. What a joy to drink. A winner!
davidoc (113) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 2, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
McEwans is a strong ale, and quite good.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 29, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2003 Dark deep clear brown color, off white foamy, creamy head. Malty caremel smokey aroma, sweet, a little too sweet and smokey medium to full body with a nice rounded roasty bitter mouthfeel, some sour sweetness in the lasting sticky finish, I like this one.
omhper (23317) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUN 24, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber. Thick, rich and malty and flavourful strong Scottish ale. Perhaps not the most complex example of the style.
PhillyBeer2112 (2751) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 17, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rerating, as I’ve resampled and my experience better matches the consensus, so it seems I had a bad bottle last time. First note in aroma was a little chocolate and strong fruity malt, and a slight burn of alcohol. First sip - wow I can taste the alcohol. Its strong and malty, mainly caramel with some fruitiness, not any peated malt or smokiness that I could detect. Very smooth for a strong beer.
Aggie80 (808) - Michigan, USA - JUN 9, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good stuff. Slight metal after taste, but is smooth going down. A nice dark color with a ruby glow.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JUN 7, 2002
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
I had this several years ago whilst at the start of my beer snobbery and really didn’t care for it. Apparently, at the time, I was a complete and utter tasteless moron. This is absolutely lovely. Deep brownish read, with a big head that fades after a bit. Huge nose, big enough that while drinking it next to my almost-sleeping wife on the couch, she opened her eyes to say ’man, that beer’s got a strong smell’. Aroma is full of scotch, butterscotch, toffee, caramel, peat, and a strong, lingering mustiness. Flavor is very strong, loads of the expected scotch. Is very malty, hints of breadiness, toast, and milk chocolate. Definitely not a brew to drink too cold, greatly improves as it warms. Very nice.
Ron (3550) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 4, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A creamy smooth flavorfull ale. Nice finish, I enjoyed it.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 29, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark red in color with a strong head. Hides the alcohol well, and is easy to drink! A subtle sweetness that makes you come back for more; toffee, brown sugar flavors. Very complex and a joy to sip. Slightly watery, but I didn’t feel like this detracted from the experience.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - MAY 24, 2002
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
sequoia red brown, clear, and with it’s modest tan head, gives little indication of what awaits the nose: near perfection in an indescribably robust harmony of leathery notes, dates, brown sugar, whiskey, even buttery slightly carmelized carrot cake. like mackeson stout however, my issue is with the added sugar. like cutting the bitterness of espresso with a lump of sugar, this terrifically balanced concoction may benefit by leaning toward the sweetness of a nice port. i would sweeten it less, but that’s like criticizing dickens for verbosity.