Linc (739) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 6, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep dark red, tan head, looks great. Dry roasty flavours, coffee and chocolate, a little oaky tannic bite. Hop flavours are barely existant, very little malt in the mouthfeel, feels just a bit too dry/thin on the finish.
RichardGretton (4563) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 5, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black beer with a stout style head and a deep coffee aroma. Slighlty watery coffee flavour but overall a great, great beer.
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - MAY 24, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2004 Very dark brown with very little head that disappears quickly. Flavor of peat, coffee and smoke. More like a porter than a Scottish ale
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2003
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
I was expecting more and I was disappointed. The aroma did nothing for me and the flavor was thin and uninteresting
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - APR 22, 2003
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very small, brown, wet frothy head. Color is a beautiful dark red with nice lacing from the head. Aroma is of caramel, dates, figs, sweet. But the flavor is very different than the aroma. Flavor is very smokey early on, coffee notes, some caramel. The flavor just finishes too early and too flat. Not very interesting. Palate is too thin.
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - APR 13, 2003
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
This beer pours very dark and has a large thick head. The taste is not great - I didn't enjoy it at all.
Panzuriel (1698) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice Dark beer with a good head. Malty aroma with a good sweetness. Nice smoky sweet flavor. Good good beer.
Holdwine (1146) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - APR 5, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet malty goodness. Great Scots ale. First of all, the bottle is very cool. It pours dark cola-brown and leaves a decent tannish head. Smells of the islands- peaty and salty. Hard to figure all the flavors- coffee, Dr. Pepper,smoke... Hops don't bounce in until the finish which is dry and smoky. Nice ale.
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - APR 3, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cola-colored with sizeable wheaten head (BIG bubbles)--nice honeycombed lace...Aroma is lightly peaty with roasted chocolate traces...Malts greet and dominate the palate--a little smoke, a little tang; hops provide dryness that comes on toward the finish...Balance is decent with fine smoothness...Body is a little light to my sensibilities, but this is a most drinkable and interesting offering.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 3, 2003
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
Smells a tad like chocolate and port wine, but any goodness that once was, was gone with the first taste. It's finish is incredibly sour and very unpalatable. The flavor just plain tastes like it's watered down, and I really can't make out much maltiness.