Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 2, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks Hogtown Harry. Dark brown, big frothy off-white head. Looks really good. Strong alcohol in otherwise mild aroma. First impression is metallic bottle like taste. Strong spicy malt taste - more Belgian than Scotch I would say. Lots of red grape skin as well. Medium mouthfeel, a little watery. Not bad, but no complexity, too strong, and an odd taste / combo - really didn’t like it the more I drank it. Oh well, worth a try!
Indra (2711) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - OCT 31, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle. Malty, sweet aroma, full with yeast and fruit, featuring notes of brown sugar, raisin, orange zest, red apple, fig, bubblegum and moderately spicy hops. Rusty red-brown in color, quite opaque, with a lasting, ivory head and dense, intricate lacing. Flavor profile possesses a rather sharp yeast bite to start, along with some dark, dried fruits, becoming sweeter and maltier before the spicy, citric, lightly bitter, alcoholic and lengthy finish. Lingering mildly winey tones and a touch of cinnamon. Smooth, creamy palate and full body. Certainly has its merits.
Pernille (518) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 30, 2005
2.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
(At Fynske Øldage) Malty aroma. Mahogany color. No head. Totally sweet flavor with meatl and alcohol.Sticky palate.
HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 24, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (330ml). Poured extremely murky dark copper-brown with a huge foamy light brown head. Aroma of brown sugar, bready yeast, cloves and dark fruits, alcohol on warming. Taste is a touch metallic, and the alcohol asserts, but the caramel malt is appealing and the fruit and spice is there too. A little too syrupy and alcoholic to be a true scotch ale, but if’n you call it something else, it’s pretty nice. Would stand up to spicy food nicely.
beeranarchist (232) - Aalborg, DENMARK - OCT 18, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Spicy and fruity aroma, some caramel. Great, longlasting head. The taste reveals that it’s belgian. It’s a little spicy and yeasty and some dark fruits too. Good beer, but I prefer scotch ales from... Scotland....
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - SEP 13, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I liked this one, a bit sweet, but good overall, malty as hell! I usually hate that, but it complemented my TEX-MEX bowl quite well! Dark fruit, malty sweetness dominate. I couldn’t notice the alcohol much. Good overall
Stew41 (1902) - Phuket, THAILAND - SEP 11, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Consumed 30 days post the used by date but I figured it wouldn’t be crucial. Quite light in colour for a scotch ale; murky light caramel brown. Varietal nose, heavy malts, raisened, but not over the top. Quite full bodied in the mouth. Malty nose fade a little in the back palate and some fizz takes over. Malts have a slightly hard, pongy note which detracts a little. Could be associated with the possible lackof freshness? Solid beer but not as impressive, IMHO, as the 83% rating suggests.
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 1, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Caramel and dark fruits in the aroma. Clear, dark brown with nice tan head that lasts. Dark fruits, caramel and nutty flavours as well as a fairly alcoholic finish. Strong alcohol, full body. Rich. Bottle. Entered from notes.
kramer (5757) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
8.3 oz (250ml) bottle. Pours a dark ruby with red highlights, small head that fades quickly to a thin film. Aroma smells strongly of malt, alcohol, and smoke, with a slight floral hop note. A little too much alcohol even. Flavor is high in malt and alcohol up front with a little bitterness in the finish, also some butterscotch. Mouthfeel is very good. Good amount of carbonation with a mouth coating syrupy feel left after the gulp. Not an amazing beer, but I’m glad I tried it.
TaktikMTL (6943) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 11, 2005
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bouteille de 330 ml obtenue par importation privée via Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur de beurre, de caramel et de fruits foncés. Apparence: Belle couleur brune rougeâtre. Énorme col mousseux beige. Faible densité des bulles. Large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel, de porto et de mélasse. Long arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est plein avec une texture huileuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût de caramel chaleureux. (Rating #257)