omhper (19374) - 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 (2525) - 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!!
THE BEER BARON (275) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 28, 2001
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The Friar99 (222) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 28, 2001
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma has hints of mint and licorice, and the flavor has a very present licorice taste.
legion242 (2188) - Richardson, Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2001
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
This did nothing for me. I get sick of dark beers that don’t deliver!
jstu9 (402) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2001
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
When I poured this, it barely had any head on it at all. I wonder if I got a bad bottle or something. The beer seemed pretty ordinary. It was malty with a slight alcohol bite (though its only 4.6%). I did not taste any complex flavors that others seem to have done.