JoeM500 (1905) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - APR 14, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark like crayola’s ’brick red’. I had it cask conditioned at a tasting. Very malty with very little hops to round it out. This, like the other orkney had a watery palate.
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - APR 2, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear dark ruby with a thin edge head. Light carbonation. Malty aroma, some prunes and light smoke. Tangy initial taste with lingering burnt fruit and peat smoke. Nice flavor, but the body is a bit thin and lacking even for a light Scottish ale. A good dose of toffee malts and oak wineyness. Smooth and dry with a lingering peat tanginess. Finishes with a nougat like nutty caramelness. A decent but light and costly Scottish ale.
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark. Very good. This has a really great malty, musty flavor. Can’t be beat.
russ71cj5 (40) - Rhode Island, USA - MAR 8, 2002
4.1 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
perfectly balanced the sweet with the bitter, to create my favorite ale...
omhper (19435) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JAN 21, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown soft, malty and toffeish. A very well balanced malt accented ale.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lovely scent. Smoke, raisins, plums. Combo of smokiness, licorice, and hearty malts. Very dark. Nice brew.
hackleo (11) - Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2002
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Similar in aroma, body, and flavor to Traquair House, this is one of the most wonderfully aromatic beers I’ve ever had with oak, whisky, and smoky notes. Low alcohol, eminent drinkability and a dry finish kept me wanting more. It makes me long for a trip to the UK to try it cask conditioned.
PhillyBeer2112 (2526) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2001
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep dark garnet, off-white medium sized head. Vanilla, plum, tobacco and wine nose, and maybe a little bit of smoke. Rich smoky flavor with a dry finish. A bit cloying and pungent- enough to challenge the palate and make it a bit hard to finish.
heykevin (1276) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - NOV 28, 2001
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pleasant aroma with roasted malt, plum and raisin notes. This beer is extremely dark, almost opaque, I have to hold it to the light to see anything through it. Taste is initially raisin/sherry but quickly shifts to a smoky malt profile. The smokiness is hidden until late in the sip and the pow. This is really enjoyable. There is much more flavor complexity here than I expected for its alcohol level. This is really good.
andymac6299 (4) - Edinburgh, - OCT 23, 2001 does not count
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The very best ale, ever! Come to Scotland and prove me wrong!!