Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 8, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This scottish ale pours with a deep amber brown body topped by a medium thick head with some lacing. The aroma and flavor ae both sweet and malty with a great roasty note and a touch of fruit. Medium to full bodied, smooth and a touch dry.
Volgon (2761) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 15, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep chestnut brown with a large creamy small-bubbled off-white head. Starts and ends sweet with a long caramel aftertaste, sweet malts in the aroma. Full bodied and creamy without much carbonation.
TAR (2349) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUL 21, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Speckled russet. Creamy and rocky light tan head. Plummy malt aroma laden with powdery malts and sweet bread bathing in alcohol. Mild hints of moss and earthy hops. Silky carbonation with a soft body. Rather sweet notes of candied malts mixed with some mossy earthiness. Glimpses of slick fruitiness help achieve some balance to the sugary richness. Scant roastiness grits up the body and deepens the flavor as it gains support from caramel and unsweetened chocolate. Tingly cherry acidity, midway, touched with tangy leather and subtle molasses. Maraschino cherries and almond extract round the rubbery texture. Notable earthy hop bitterness is noticeable in the finish, undercut by powdery malts, creamed caramel, and smoke. This is a Scottish Ale gone awry, and at this point it needs more hop bitterness to better conceal the off notes. Strangely artificial, but strangely intriguing. Thanks, Muzzlehatch.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 21, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Malty, medium-bodied. Alcohol well-hidden. Not much peat or smoke flavor. Light toffee nose, not heavy or burnt. Touch of citrus, but not sour, crisp -- mingled in wheat and walnuts.
freekyp (1418) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 6, 2003
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish brown with thick small bubbled head. Sweet candy flavor is prominent, ending with a lite, but lingering bitter finish. Very warming.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 29, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Ruby orange amber hue. Sticky, foamy cream colored head. Graham cracker in the nose, an excellent observation, dusty, caramel/toffee nose. The palate isnt as exciting as the aroma. I was expecting a bit more body, and chewy malts. Hints of caramel, almost sour?, light to medium bodied, finishing swith a slight hoppy note, and faint smokiness. Not too shabby...
MartinT (6934) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 26, 2003
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sweet, half-fermented black grape juice aroma with faint date syrup...Ugly, cancerous, sparse bubbles form its diseased crown...Muddy ashes run amock in the semi-thick, placid grape juice...A dry ending cannot deter the comparison with their quasi-lifeless mock-dubbel...Not a bad beer but, alas, forgettable...
OldGrowth (2138) - North Carolina, USA - JUN 7, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Light smokey,scotchy,carmel nose. Nice clear reddish brown color. Sweet burnt carmel taste. Thin with a hint of hops bitterness then back to malt roast flavor. I remember this better than this bottle seems to be. Still an enjoyable ale.
SimonPatrice (312) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 2, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish copper body. Very ripe fruits aroma. Nice balance between the thick caramel taste of the malts and the bitterness. Thanks to Muzzlehatch for this one.
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - APR 30, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown color, light tan head. Nose is caramelly and sweet. Body is sweet with a touch of smoke, mint and a solid roastiness. Finishes hoppy and slightly sweet.