aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 16, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Big malty and deicious. Good malt complexity. Some mild peated smikiness perfect balance with the roasted mocha and nuts body. Dates and prunes with some raisin. Excellent mouthfeel and conditioning. Very good balanced finish. Remember you have to judge a beer by style not your opinion.
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 5, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours amber/brown with thin quickly dissipating head. Aroma i very sweet, mostly of carmel malt. Flavor is even sweeter, a bit too much in my opinion. Quite rich- Thick, syrupy, I even taste a bit of chocolate. Alcohol comes in a bit. Get’s old fast.
hotstuff (4397) - Indiana, USA - FEB 14, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Small ivory head that was mostly lasting, good lacing, fine-large sized bubbles, no visible carbonation, hazy, and a deep copper hue. Aroma was malty, caramel and light alcohol notes. Sweet, malty, caramel, smooth flavor. Mouthfeel was smooth.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 2, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a amber hue witha small, slight off-white head. Aromas of smoked malts and a little nutty. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with very low carbonation. Flavors of smokiness, a light oakiness and a little bitterness.
Odeed (1796) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 22, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
so let’s lift the kilt shall we?!i didnt have a thistle so i dropped this into a duvel trappist glass,let’s see how this goes.
this kilt lifter gave off an aroma of butterscotch,hints of grapefruit,a snifter of malts,and a bit of cherri wine.did i mention i didnt get a lick of head from this?anyway,i was very happy with the overall aroma and flavor.first off,i must say that the body was a bit watery.(athough in this situation,id say its a good thing.)this helps tone down the alcohol,and bring fourth the flavors of rich malts,lollipops,brown sugar,and.....where’s the hops?i think a bit of hops to add a bit of body would have made this an unforgettable beer.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2008 Amber with piles of tan head and some chunks floating about in the mix, buoyed around by linear streams of carbonation. Aroma is walnuts and dates--hell, we’ve got a regular bowl of granola here. Slightly sticky maple notes. Slight butyric acid as you move into sipping it; sweet straw flavors with some grape juice. Sour, lemony smokiness finishes out with a cloying, quickly-fizziling thinnish finish. Some of the parts (the unique smokiness) could be good in other beers, but it just doesn’t fit together here.
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - OCT 26, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A light brown/mahogany color, hazy, with a tan/yellow head (that dies quickly). Light sticky lacing. Aroma is of malt and caramel, fresh and grassy. Flavor is sweet and malty with a light tart/dry hoppiness. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and effervescent with a dominant sweetness and a well-balanced, light hop finish. A different representation of a Scotch Ale, and not over-hopped. Worth a try.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 3, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
This scotch ale pours with a deep amber-brown body topped by a medium thick head with little lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet and lemony(?) with a slight berry note and a touch of grain. The flavor is slightly sweet and malty with a slightly lemony, berry note and a little grain. Pretty thin for a scotch anl and smooth. Not that good of a scotch ale.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep copper with a decent tan head. The aroma was fruit, earth, soy sauce, malt, caramel. The flavor was strange but not bad. Was put off by all the awards noted on the bottle. Like they were trying to convince me that it was a good beer. Wasn’t bad but certainly not much of an award winner.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 28, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer dispenses from the 22-ounce brown bottle a clear mahogany color with the head portly in size and a semi-creamy light tan, the residual lace a thin curtain to drape the glass. Nose has a hint of hops, sweet malt dominates with some fresh clean caramel tones also noticed, the start is rich in malt and sweet with the top moderate to almost full in its feel to the palate. Finish is benign in carbonation and the hops superbly spicy with the aftertaste dry and long lasting, a fine beer from a great brewery.