muzzlehatch (4420) - 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 (1325) - 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 (3070) - 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.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 26, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sometimes i get the feeling that the Belgians do Scotch ales better than the Scots, and this beer pretty much proves my point. Has that rich , lightly peaty caramel/toffee sweetness of a statndard Scottish Ale, but combine it with Belgian yeastyness and it seems to work really well and is definitley more interesting, a little more spicy than your regular scotch ale aswell, nice drop.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 24, 2004
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Murky dark orange with a rocky off-white head. Deep rich caramel aroma with dark fruits and bready yeast tones. Ends slightly sweet with some sour and acidic tones that really didn't do it for me. Did they really want the beer to taste this way? Crazy Belgians.
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 22, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep hazy brown with a nice thick head. Rich aroma-winey and malty. Sweet at first with a bit of a salty-sour flavor, but soon mellows into a smooth, short buttery malt finish. It's a beer that hides the alcohol well and turns out to be very satisfying.