krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2002
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
sets up in a glass real purdy-like, with caramel-copper colors and a pitted beige head like half an english muffin. very sticky fruit aromas: splayed and oozing papayas and plums, with rhine wine, marischino cherry and even a deli-slice of corned beef or some such fleshy and lightly smoked side-dish. cola syrup, dark candy malt sugars run amok over the tongue: the effervesence is effectively flat, and the hops are measurable only in parts per million. worse, there is a soapy note which mingles unsuccessfully --like a werewolf at a daycare center-- amid those unrepentant pickled pumpkin and grenadine hazelnut nectars. might be decent as a sauce for ice cream desserts, but only a creative curiosity as a beer.
Allseeingeye (223) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Muddy orange brown color with a variegated foamy head. First smell barrages the olafactory senses with a earthy butteriness and allusions of toffee. Very faint aroma of peat smoked malt. I just can’t get past the buttery texture. Every time this brew touches my tongue my grey matter says ’butter’. Certain toffee malt flavors yield a touch of terrestrial smoky flavors. Full mouth feel, yet very soft and smooth. Fruit flavors peeking through as this warms. Scant bitterness on the finish.
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 22, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Russet hued with a foamy light tan head. Flecks of carbonation. Soapy aroma, when swirled reveals peat and caramel notes. Fluffy, airy body with a tangy sweet peated malt base and lingering smoked caramel aftertaste. Medium body. Moderate caramel sweetness, though not sticky. Peated malts are dim and appear initially but fade rather quickly. Soapy aroma never subsides. Finishes fluffy still with a cottony, Belgian yeast flair and lessened malt flavor. OK but...I’ll look to Scotland instead.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2003 Huge head atop an autumn orange..faint aroma of carmel...sweet bready & malty..very sweet indeed..almost way too much...cloyingness..bready aftertaste..
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 13, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
slight licorice nose, chewy, nutty flavor. Nice drinkable beer
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - NOV 12, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish brown color, frothy foam that doesn’t look particularly strong and almost disappears within a couple of minutes. Strong malty aroma, fruity, with a little pepper spice. Strong fruity flavors, almost sherry-like, stays sweet throughout. Moderate hop bitterness and some peppery spice in the aftertaste. Surprisingly only medium bodied, making this a pretty easy drinker for 8%.
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 21, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cloudy brown color, with one of the longest lasting heads I’ve ever seen. Flowery scent. The first thing that strikes me about the taste is how sweet it is. Wow...this is complex. Chocolate, caramel, bread, berries, they’re all in there. Finishes as sweet as it starts. What a beer!
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - OCT 9, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Looks, smells, and tastes like a Belgian interpretation of a Scotch ale - which is exactly what it is, so that’s good. Sweet, malty and earthy aroma. The flavor is similar, with some Belgian-type fruity esters and a mild hoppiness in the finish. Definitely a good beer.
Panzuriel (1225) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - SEP 16, 2002
1.8 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Overpowering Metallic taste ruined my bottle of Scotch silly. It was an intriguing scottish ale from Belgium. Good appearance and decent texture but aroma and taste were ruined.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 9, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy deep amber to almost brown, the head is frohty, substantial, beige in color, the lace is in sheets. Nose is malt, molasses tones, sweet, a bit earthy or more to the point rye bread like. Front is malt, the top is light, finish is quite acidic, dry, lightly hopped, somewhat sour and the robustness stays till the finish. A belly warmer, and I think a must try for ’Strong Beer’ lovers. Ranks a respectable #290 on my current 1000 beer master list.