hopscotch (9896) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 20, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sparkling clear, ruby ale with a mid-sized, creamy, beige head. Great retention with thick, cumulus lacework.
The aroma is full of butterscotch, toffee and tons of fruit. The malty, fruity flavor is well-balanced. Full-bodied with a dry, crisp mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. Short, semi-bitter, dry finish. Pulls up just short of being a world class brew. A must try!
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 10, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a muddy brown, which quickly consolidates into deep black, topped with a spotty, roasted tan head. Great and powerful aromatics: grapes at first, followed by cherries, toffee, butterscotch. Sweets and alcohol, the perfect combination! You get the feeling of a candy bar, melted down and boozed up! Huge, thick malt on the palate, plus marvelous, lively hops doing their fandango on the taste buds, lush mouthfeel, and lasting finish. This Belgian Scotch ale is an absolute joy to drink, and makes a perfect dessert beer,or sweet, rewarding nightcap. Very mellow and relaxing. A classic.
presario (4756) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 8, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice white head. Lightly cloudy amber/copper. Sharp spice aroma. Smooth and sweet, lightly syrupy. Like a barleywine mixed with some Belgian yeast.
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 30, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Poured a cloudy amber with an off-white/pale yellow head that lasted reasonably. Aroma was dominated by spicey phenolics and toffee. I found the flavour quite ’meaty’, which I imagine was a yeast character, along with some herbaceous notes. Creamy mouthfeel, although it lacked character in the body.
civforprez (229) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - JUL 16, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a reddish brown, dirty, with little head. Aroma is of bread and fresh apples and taste is mroe of same. Mouthfeel is good, with smooth aftertaste that is sweet. There is honey here. The beer sours a little as it warms. In the aftertaste, there is caramel, vanilla, and a hint of orange peel. Yum.
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 15, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a great Scotch ale. But this one I’m rating now has too much mettalic flavor. Malty and sweet flavor. Finishes smooth and creamy. Will have to rerate.
Nate (3806) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great malt aroma. Molasses, plum, brown sugar, Twizzlers. Deep copper brown clear with tan foamy lacing head. Medium-heavy body with medium carb. Starts sweet and malty. Molasses, Twizzlers, sugar. Nice bitterness to tone sweetness down in the finish. Alcohol burn. After is sweet with some bitterness. Unfortunately, also some metallic taste.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUL 14, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep brownish copper with a foamy beige head. The aroma was strong. Malt and fruit. Full bodied, thick and syrupy. Flavor was a but funky. Sweet and cloying at times. And don’t you know, I forgot to use my Scotch Silly tulip glass.
beerledgend (1197) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 11, 2004
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown in colour with big fluffy head. Big alcholic tatse. Very weak aroma.
dreamboat (186) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 28, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Quite a reddish brown with a very brown head that falls surprisingly quickly to a thin film. Some yeast cloudiness. Odd, "wet sock" aroma with a hint of choc/coffee/alcohol. Flavour much the same, very unusual all around but strangely drinkable.