sayravai (4708) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 22, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottled) Beautiful, dark, deep red color with a quite small, fading head. Sweet, liquour-like aroma with cherry and oak notes. Very sweet, malty flavor with oak and burned sugar. Sweet, sugary finish with some bitterness. Full-bodied, slightly bitter palate with low carbonation. Very similar to Scotch Silly, but without sourness and not quite as complex.
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 20, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mostly clear medium brown. Off-white ring. Candyish earthy nose with werthers original and almond skin suggestions. Mild hoppiness. Nice scotch ale typical flavor, not too sweet fortunately. Very earthy, soft grassy bitterness. Almost floral at times, bitter peanut oil finish. Oily medium body, well-balanced indeed.
Boystout (1000) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - AUG 18, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330 ml bottle. Very silky, smooth and drinkable but from Orkney I expected something more original.
FROTHINGSLOSH (6537) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2004
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2011 There was a time when I held this beer in high regard. When the subtle fruit flavors could outpace the smoke. But now all I taste is smoke when I take a swig. Sampled from a 12 oz bottle this beer pours a dark blackish color with a nice brown head. The aroma is roasted malt. The flavor is dominated by smoke. Roasted malt and cherry lie just under this smoky cloud. The aftertaste was malty and smoky. In recent years I have had an aversion to smoke and thus I can not longer find this brew to be enjoyable. But for those not hindered by this prejudice the beer would be rather tasty.
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - AUG 1, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I think this bottle sat on the shelf in that liquor store fridge for a long time. Boy did it smell old----and I definitely think it spent some time in a can ’cause I smell that too. After that though things got better....burnt sugar/caramel nose with some alcohol, yep definitely some alcohol. First taste is smokey but after that a roast barley/ coffee note takes over before a slightly cloying sweet note in the aftertaste. Still good though.
rajendra82 (1035) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JUL 31, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep copper brown color and a good two finger sized head underlain by medium carbonation made this an attractive looking beer. The aroma was roasty and sweet chocolate malts and faintly grassy hops. The sweet fruity taste had notes of apples, melons, toffee, and pears, the hops were floral and spicy, and the yeast provided earthy accents, however the emphasis was primarily on malt here. The overall taste was very similar to a Belgian Dubbel, except the hops are a bit stronger here, and the beer lacked the dusty powdery yeast that marks the Dubbles. The mouthfeel was medium thick, and had a mouth coating stickiness. The beer was quite drinkable despite being on the big side. A very good treat for all the maltmouths out there.
barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - JUL 26, 2004
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
It was quite disgusting at first, but after an inch or so it started to taste pretty good. I suspect that my initial disgust was caused by the ESB still coating my mouth. At 8.5% it was too strong for me to risk getting a second opinion.
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hand pull at Olde Dolphin Inn Beer Festival, Derby. Looked a little sludgy but had a great nose of pepper and hedgerow fruits. Malty but rounded, nothing too harsh, disguises it’s strength rather well.
Hangover (1110) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - JUL 23, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium brown color with a thin, tan head. Aroma is very malty with some dried fruit. Alcohol is noticeable in the taste and this one will warm you up. More dried fruit, some smoke, caramel and some more alcohol. Big in body, big in taste, and best suited to sip by a fire, or outside on a cold evening. Not my thing, but good!
obisbeer (568) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JUL 20, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice deep brown with fine head. Roasted malt nose with some ruby fruit, some tootsie roll. Nice prickle in the mouth, somewhat creamy mouthfeel, nice chocolate notes, and a mid palate sweetness. Almost a roasted coffee quality. long lingering finish with nuttiness on the end...Great beer!