Erzengel (834) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - OCT 9, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
50cl, thanks to Seanyfo. Dark in the glass with a beige head. The nose is toffee, roasted malt, espresso. The beer itself starts malty, full of roasted aroma. A slight sourness, normally typical for a stout, fits in very well. The main part is great balanced - toffee, espresso, dark roasted flavours harmonise great with the smooth, soft texture of this brew. The aftertaste is long, lots of roasted flavours, only slightly bitter. The subtle sourness abates and leaves large room for the roasted malts to spread.
An absolutely great beer - absolutely flavourful - even more for 4.6%. Fantastic!
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!!
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 Iíve 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.
scotty (1014) - SCOTLAND - MAR 21, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottled. Dark...VERY dark, with a fine looking white head that lasts. Fantastic roasted malt aroma with a slight hint of hops lurking underneath. An amazing mouthful, again with roast malt to the fore and hops putting in an appearance with a slightly biiter edge on the finish. Excellent beer, loved it!
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 22, 2007
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2007 Tasted 22/08/2007. Happy birthday big bro. Unbelievable nose - so fruity, almost fortified. Hints of port, vanilla, chocolate, figgy pudding, date, dried apricot... you name it. A lot of caramlisation character. Dark but not black. Tan head. Itís an 8% beer with a 4.6% label... superb. In the mouth itís surprisingly dry, nicely fruity, full of good toasty character and begging me to bed..... yummy, scrumptious.... a thumbsucker, without the high-alcohol. Complex beyond what I could think a 4.6% beer could be.
golubeer (51) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 4, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Great taste. Great nose. Chocolate extracts. Excellent in mouth. Great aroma. Some fruit. Delicious.
SudsMcDuff (5360) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - DEC 7, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark brown with a low but firm head ... wow, this is wonderful stuff... pure and delicious ... a true classic brew that completely satisfies .. smokey and balanced, so much flavour in a small abv beer ... an almost perfect Scottish ale!!!
seymour (1257) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - FEB 5, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tasted from tall brown bottle into nonic pint glass. Great artwork and design. It poured a dark reddish brown colour with thick, creamy, long-lasting beige foam, spritzy little bubbles and lots of fine lace. Beautiful appearance. Aromas of bread, toast, black plums and cherries, faint flowery and resiny hops. Flavors of malt, brown bread, caramel, toffee, dark stone fruits again, coffee and cream, dark chocolate, tangy hops balance, pleasant tartness, almost a faint sourness. Full-bodied, average carbonation, chewy mouthfeel, lingering, complex, bittersweet aftertaste. An exquisitely delicious beer in every way. Oh, how I long to taste a cask-conditioned version of this baby!
jamidwyer99 (49) - Oregon, USA - JUL 4, 2000
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Reid (1719) - Salem,Oregon, Oregon, USA - NOV 15, 2003
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I must say this is one of the most beautiful beer bottle/label i have seen..very good lookin 500ml brown bottle with ancisnt standing stones in the sunset on the label.
This beer is beautiful as the bottle deep slightly murky brown with a massive creamy head..wonderful.
Smell is ok but not exceptional some maltiness.
the taste is great so smooth yet very complex..veery malty ..smoky even..great.
Very smooth on the tongue not much carbonation..
For me a very very drinkable beer.. i will be buying this again guaranteed.