Frank (2188) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2003
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
On pouring there is a whiff of earthy funk which I notice in a lot of Scottish ales. Once the air clears, some fruity molasses notes make themselves known. Burnt sugar and molasses follow but the high ABV adds a sort of medicinal alcohol taste that obscures most other flavors.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - MAR 6, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
WOW...that was pleasantly impressive. Quite a surprise, but this hits like a ton of bricks but tastes like a glass that mama used to make. It pours a deep amber red with a magenta like clear red coming out in the light with a medium to high degree of carbonation. The aroma has heavy notes of fruit, with cherries and cranberries being apparent. Some malt..caramel and sugar like there as well. The taste is heavily fruity..almost a syrupy apple, cranberry, cherry fruit taste...EXTREMELY pleasant mouthfeel. Silky malts and dark thick fruit peels caress the tongue...some strawberry noted now as well as i sip. Medium carbonation, nice usage of malt, and wonderful mouthfeel. Bittersweet acidic sugary fruit finish...very nicely done. One of the best scottish ales ive tasted to date.
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - FEB 22, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a clear, deep, reddish brown color with a small white head that does not linger. The aroma is strongly malty and smokey, with touches of coffee, campfire, and alcohol. Full bodied with low carbonation, the flavor is full of roasted malts, with a nice long finish of caramel and fruits. One of the best Scottish Ales I have had to date. Smooth, creamy, and strongly alcoholic, what more can you ask for.
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - FEB 18, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
How can you go wrong with a moniker like "Skull Splitter"? Big nose of roasted chocolate malts, honey, spices, flowers and earthy yeast. The brew pours a dark ruby copper with a large beige creamy head that is mostly lasting and has fair lacing. The brew starts sweet with a non-acidic warm middle. The long finish is sweet, spicy and slightly bitter with the roasted malt flavor predominating. The rich and full palate is soft and syrupy/creamy. The finish feels alcoholic.
orangelazarus (53) - USA - FEB 15, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Metallic, vinous nose. Orange-brown in color, with an airy head that dissapates slowly with little lacing. Taste is yeasty and almost salty, like whole grain bread in a glass.
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - FEB 12, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The alcohol stays well hidden, a suprisingly smooth drink. I did not find any appreciable bitterness other than a slight bit as it warmed. I must say this is one the better Scotch Ales.
WabashMan (971) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2003 A lovely garnet color and nice tan head start off this brew. Nose is somewhat sweet, with malty notes as well. The flavor is where this beer really excels. Great depth and complexity, lightly sweet, a nice dry finish. This is a pretty good scots ale, and probably my second favorite among the style.
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Malt. Roasty, and most of the bitterness comes from that. Deep red-brown, with a slight tannish head. The alcohol is well-hidden.
Darkover (1498) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark red color with a small beige head, pretty heavy lacing. Sweet malty aroma. Flavor is mostly roasted coffee, only a little sweetness. Bitter roasted finish.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - FEB 7, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a light brown color, cloudy, with a small tan head. Aroma is champaign-like at first, with a good waft of malt. Flavoris smooth throughout, with a great balance of malt and sweetness, with a touch of alcohol in the finish and just a slight bitterness as it warms. A great brew overall! The only real criticism I would offer is that it might be a bit too carbonated. Personally I liked the flavor at a little lower temp than I normally do.