ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 22, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Toasted, sweet, carmel aroma that's very appealing; full bodied and flavorful with some smoked peat, carmel, and some fruit; fairly smooth with a little bit of a late bite on the palate; a great brew for the money, quite flavorful.
MrDick (351) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 15, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On Tap Sweet flavor with light hops. A bit of almond/cashew flavor and floral aftertaste. This tastes like a mild scotch ale - which hides that fact that it packs quite a high ABV.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 5, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Beautiful orange-amber color with a creamy white head. Aroma is mild, sweet and smokey with earthy notes. Sweet malty flavor, smoke and peat with a light hop finish. Smooth and creamy.
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 3, 2004
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Reddish amber in color and lacking any head. Strong aroma of sweet malt and alcohol. Watery on the palate almost flat like, with flavors of malt, prunes, and alcohol. The alcohol flavo builds throughout and leaves a mild aftertaste.
GoldenCrown (18) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 31, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet perfumy fragrance. A beautiful amber brown. A pleasant non-distracting flavour, with no aftertaste. I enjoyed this beer. It allowed me to have a great drink while I did other things. Not overwhelming in a very good way.
Recommended for situations where there is alot going on of interest, yet still in need of good drink. This would be a good choice.
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 31, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
It pours a whisky brown with a tawny head that evaporates pretty quickly. Sturdy, malty aroma. Solid flavor- hits the tongue and holds on with the malty sweetness while hitting the roof of the mouth with an alcoholic tang.
mikebeertaster (114) - washougal, Washington, USA - MAR 18, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great carmel color. Wonderful full fruity tasting beer. Not a bad reason for a trip to Seattle.
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - MAR 7, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Oddly sweet aroma, touch of peat as well. Caramel sweet malt, sweet in the finish. Doesn't show any of the 6.6% its advertised to be. Where's the peat thats in the aroma? Nowhere to be found in the flavor.
Uriel (146) - San Jose, California, USA - FEB 29, 2004
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Server on tap slightly cool. Beautiful caramel color. Leaves a slight lace if you drink it quick. Hoppiness is more apparent as the beer warms. Definite peaty tones throughout.
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow. How could have I missed this one for so long?
Pours a dark amber with a nice white head that lasted okay and left a nice lace down the glass.
Smells earthy, with malt and hops.
Taste is hard to explain. I mean, the usual malt and hops are there but there's so much more here. I'm going to include the mouthfeel here because it adds so much to the flavor, but the first thing that you taste is the minerals. This really fills up your mouth with both a great feeling and a wonderful taste. Very earthy all around.
Drinkability? Yes please! I'll definately be seeking this one out more often.