mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 4, 2004
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Musty wood aroma with some Belgian phenolics and some background spice (coriander?) Rather sweet malty flavour with tomatoes, salt, cheese and some bitterness, but overall dominated by the cloying sweetness. Great head retention, full body, pretty low carbonation for a Belgian too. Smells good, but I just couldn't get past the sweetness.
Nesta13 (205) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 31, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I thought this was a very strong offering. Can:t give the apperance anything other than a 5. dark browny coppery colour with that perfect off-white head. Smells like the sweet stickyness you expect from a scotch ale...... plently of yeastly goodness to taste and sweet sweet sweet. very very good.
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - MAR 9, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2006 Excellent copper colour with a really rocky and creamy head. This has a sticky date pudding nose with a hint of peatiness. The taste is mouthfilling and very smooth, like chocolate velvet. While the outside temperature is around the 35C mark, and therefore not scotch ale weather, I am imagining what this will be like in winter. Beautiful balance and smoother than many of its competitors. The McChouffe springs to mind but this one beats it.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 6, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
33 cl bottle. Opaque reddish-amber, medium puffy head. Sweet woody-caramel aroma. Very, very sweet, caramel-brown sugar and a bit of vanilla, cherry-wood towards the finish. Very light bitterness. Good body, but needs a bit more acerbic quality. Over-the-top sweet. Did I mention, SWEEEEEETTTTT?
SimonLarsen (210) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 5, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep red body with a fine standing head. Looks the part of a winter beer, it's summer here but it's raining so close enough. Thick roasted malty smell with lots of caramel. So rich on the tongue, great. The flavor is the same as the smell.
I am wondering if this could be a new favorite.... definitely one of the few expensive beers worth it's weight.
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 1, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Murky purple amber brown with a small fine bubbled light tan head. Medium woody sticky malty mollasses liquorice and phenolic aroma. Head regenerates real well on swirling with burst of metallic and bready malt before returning to the earlier character. Becomes more roasted at it warms. Soft filling mouthfeel. Moderate intensity sweet and roasted malt and woody whiskey alcoholic flavours but sufficient complexity to retain interest. Slightly sticky finish detracts a little from the overall points. While not quite a McChouffe or Gordons its quite a reasonable drop.
eczematic (1319) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - FEB 29, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2004 beautiful looking beer, the colour of my piano (not flashlight tested). the head forms a beautiful layer of lumpy offwhite cream. martinT hits the bullseye on the head when he says solemn wine and whisky. theres a trace of brett, oak, phenols, alcohol, whisky and slight toast in the aroma, pretty complex smells. tastes quite winey - big and sweet at first but then cut through with acidity and phenols in a red winey kind of way. nice lingering aftertaste of roasted nuts, spice and yeast. as it warmed up i became more and more convinced that it tasted like fisherman’s friends.rer8: very metallic note in finish like in all silly beers drops this down a few points
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very interesting: A Belgian Scotch ale. Who'da thunk?
Pours a ruddy brown with a decent head and a really nice lace down the glass.
Smells mostly of malt. Actually, that's all I smell.
Taste is, well, about the same with some apricots thrown in there. Just a little bit of hops to offset the sweetness. Hmm, not overy-dementional here. Drinkability is quite good as I really want to try the others from this brewery as well as have a few more of these.
Mouthfeel is full and has a great mineral sensation.
bluevegie (3053) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 28, 2004
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Murky dark amber to brown colour with a light tan head. The head was nice and full, lasted well and left great lacing. Caramel malt aroma with a hint of raisin. Malty, chalky, creamy texture, sweet but not too sweet,thankfully, and a medium body. My first scotch ale that I have actually liked. Cheers!
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 26, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber in color with a small off-white head.Aroma is of malt,sublte smoke character,caramel,fruit,bread and alcohol.Flavor follows aroma with a slight acidic character as well.One of the most interesting Scotch ales I've ever had.