Gachupines (875) - USA - SEP 15, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 22, 2006 Murky brown with a thin white head. Taste is sweet and malty. Definite malt dominance in this beer. Pleasant, easy to drink yet still fairly rich and complex.
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - SEP 11, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
best beer i have ever had from a can. smokey and thick and a beer you can really chew on. mmmm. some dark chocolate, carmel, malt, and toffee and nougat (haha) flavas. nice smooth texture that just calls you to grab another one.
roder60 (1283) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown red color with a small amount of dissapating white head. aroma is chocolately, molases, toffee, and pine needles. Flavor is light, creamy, toffeeish, slightly bitter in finish. A tad watery, but overall very good.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 3, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong caramel, toffee, brown sugar, prune and tobacco aroma. Deep brown-red hue with a small but creamy, off-white head. Tastes much the same as it smells. Very light bitterness in the finish. Medium-full body, velvety texture, soft carbonation.
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - SEP 2, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz. can. Deep, dark brown color with a medium size tan head. Smoky, malty aroma with some caramel. Flavor of chocolate malts, light smoke, bread. Somewhat dry and bitter, which was unexpected given the aroma. Lightly carbonated.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 28, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can. This is a stupendousy malty beer. Smells of rich chocolate, peat, and pure unadulterated sugar. More sweetness in the flavor - Chocolate, caramel, some stemmy hops finishing with a peaty dryness. A well-made beer but just too one-dimensional in malt land.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - AUG 27, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can thanks to fattyre and bunnyhop. Chestnut brown color underneath a medium sized and color of tan head. Chocolaty malts, very mild smoke, plenty of brown sugar. Sweet but not overly so. Theres plenty of flavor yet it feels semi empty. However, nothing is out of place and itís still put together well. Medium bodied, pretty clean finish, no alcohol evident. Pretty nice stuff.
shadey (1881) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 24, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very very dark with red edges. Big creamy tan head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate. Palate is very smooth. Flavor is caramel, roast and some slight bitterness. Best beer I have ever had from a can.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 23, 2005
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2005 can, I assume, huge thanks to CSBosox for sending this one to me. Been wanting to try it for quite some time. Drank it on 8/17/2005.
Pours a deep, chestnut, burgundy-hued-mahogany brown. Good amount of well-retained yellowish head. Tiny can-conditioned bubbles. Smells sweet, caramally, toffeeish with prunes, vinous notes, light hickory smoke (guess itís actually beechwood). Soy, chocolate, moist, fruity, rummy fruitcake with vanilla and hazelnuts. Ahh, scotch ales can be so rich and complex in the nose and this is a prime example. Flavor begins with buttercream, nuts, sharp bready malts, a bit too dry/astringent at first. Dry and bready, moderately acidic. Retro hops are green and leafy. No alcohol, light earthy yeastiness. Mouthfeel is very oily, slick and smooth. Carbonation is nearly non-existent. Actually, a touch watery on the end. Nuts, soy, roasty barley on the finish. Acidic and just way too much astringency. Medium body. Butter-toffee and caramel linger.
SSSteve (3751) - - AUG 17, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
malt, caramel, and chocolate aroma. mildly smokey. dark brown color. caramel and roasted malt flavor. low carbonation throws me off but this is still a great scottish ale. smokiness isnt too overpowering. I really enjoy the alcohol content too. nice brew.