BillKismet (3395) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 12, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The finest head at the beerfest--a beautiful amberlooking beer. THe aroma is all malt, simple, but nice. The malt flavor is dominated by the atmosphere of sugar. It tastes like malt drops in sugar water. The finish tastes similarly. Not at all cloying or disgustingly syrupy like many european strong lagers for example. The flavor grew on me, but remained consistet. the sweetest, balanced, drinkable beer I can recall.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 7, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled Aug 20/02. Sweet malt and caramel aromas. Cloudy plum coloured, medium sized toffee head, some floaties, long lasting lace. Hefty carmel/butterscotch flavours, almonds, raisins. Quite complex, very smooth, warms the soul. A terrific beer!
tkaufman (129) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JUN 3, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A very good belgian but I think this beer proves you can't brew a scottish with a belgian yeast. Spicy and phenolic aroma and flavor in this makes it out of style, but it's a really good beer. I rated it against the style, but it's score would be higher if placed in the correct style.
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2003
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Big malty aroma, large head. Meium-drk brown liquid. Kind of sharp and bitter, I was exspecting a more peat and smoke flavor like some other Scottish Ales that I have had. Kind of acidic. Average.
JorisPPattyn (8098) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 20, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Slight gushing to thick, yellow-brown head. Dark brown beer with deep red shine. Beer has a nose of halogenes (chlorine, iodine, bromine,...), maybe cypress too. Dark malts and alchol. In taste, again some weak flavour of halogene desinfectant and conifer aroma. Some madeirisation and higher alcohols. Sweet underbuild, no bitterness. Higher alcohols seem to show, but only slight warming effect betrays the 8 ABV. Reasonably full-bodied. Quite nice - once one is over the initial halogene aroma in taste and smell. This might be a one-off mistake. But I seem to be missing some bitterness from roasted malts, for this style.
aracauna (3160) - Georgia, USA - MAY 20, 2003
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Heavy carbonation, sticky head sits over tea-like body. Aroma is weak and slightly lemony. The flavor is caramel dominant, molassas and a bit of char. Scuppernongs. The sweetness lacks support from other flavors. Seems unbalanced and odd, but not really old or infected. Not so great of a Scotch ale.
jazz88 (2572) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 19, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. A murkey brown color with a nice creamy brown head. Butterscotch, banana, caramel, dates, and vanilla in the nose. All quite nice and well blended. It might be hard to distinguish this from a rum cake from the aroma. Sweet and creamy with a rich but not overly full body. The dark fruits, bread and spice fill out the finish.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - APR 22, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Now THAT'S a scotch ale. Sweetness and complexity partially hides the 8% abv. Light bitterness almost lost behind the tremendous malt character. What an aroma! Dangerously strong.
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - APR 19, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This one pours a dark, murky brown color with a small, lingering off-white head. The beer leaves good lacings on the glass. The aroma is malty and spicy with a touch of yeast and smoke. Medium body with soft carbonation, the flavor is full of malts and smoke up front. The finish is malty with a touch of hops and smoke flavors. Very smooth and flavorful with some wonderful smoke hints, this makes a great scottish ale.
SchlossyMcSaus (75) - San Marcos, California, USA - MAR 5, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Spicy, corky aroma from the dark red brown liquid. A thin head rings the glass. Fruity, musty, apple hangs in the mouth. Later I tried a 750 ml that lent in coffee and toffee and maybe a bit of chocolate, hey, it’s dandy tastin’.