McWhite (108) - Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice amber/red color with a beige head that lasted a decent amount unline linaticharness'. The aroma was mostly malt but I occasionally detected a spicy smell. The taste was slightly bitter but malty. Overall, it was nice. There wasn't much of an alcohol flavor compared to other 8%s I've had.
lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - AUG 3, 2003
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
a stale water scent, had a nice head that disappeared, nice rich dark ruby brown, a dull slightly bitter malt flavor, a bit of spice, dull on the palate, not that bad...
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - JUL 28, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A great beer! Reddish brown in color with yellow edges. Aroma of sweet malt and spicy pears. I loved the way that the sweet malts ran across the tongue with each sip. Nice and smooth with a fruity ending. Probably the best non belgian style beer from belgium that I've had.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUL 26, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Medium-amber appearance, nice big head. Malty aroma with some hints of neutral fruits and alcohol. Well-balanced sweetness in the flavor, with the 8% ABV somewhat concealed but present if you taste for it. Nice!!
BillKismet (3418) - 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 (128) - 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 (8328) - Ursel, 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 (3196) - 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.