cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - MAY 24, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Subtle plum and spice aroma. Brown sugar and malt in body, sweetness noted through the usage of candy sugar. Not incredibly flavorful or unique but classy and well-done. Straightforward, lacks fruity or roasty notes but a lot of understated breadiness. A different approach and more subtle than most Scotch varieties.
npdempse (933) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark brown, clear, with a light brown head. Sweet nose with licorice, coffee, chocolate. Exquisite flavor--sweet and rosy, with some light chocolate notes and fruity hints of cherries and strawberries.
JCW (1273) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 14, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2008 Again Iím impressed, its a good Scotchish Ale. Translucent, brown small to no head. Sweet caramel aroma mixed with hops, probably Northern Kent. Oily mouthfeel, sweet to the finish.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 6, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Interesting aroma of caramel and fruits. Caramel and dark fruits flavor. A nice scotch ale but it could be better.
pivo (2540) - GERMANY - MAY 2, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Toasted malt nose, foamy head that is low and tight, clear dark brown color. Burnt caramel tastes with a spicy end. A little thin, unfortunately. Quite nice overall.
YogiBeera (2435) - Hamburg, GERMANY - MAY 1, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy brown color with a little head n top. Malty nose. Hoppy taste with roasted malt tones.
BBB63 (5423) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 29, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep ruby brown hue with fading fizzy head and good lace. The aroma hints of caramel, toffee, toast, very floral hops, mint, plum, a bit of phenols and some earthy yeast esters. The initial taste was malty and sweet, full malt on display with an accompaning fruity tone. Undertones of smoke, salt taffy, and undefinable spice. The finish displays a surprising amount of bitterness and mocha. The mouthfeel is lively and mildly aggressive, warming and some astrengent qualities too. Overall it is a enjoyable beer, even if not quite to the textbook style. This would have been enhanced by some bottle conditioning to add more depth IMO.
ericnixon (737) - Vermont, USA - APR 23, 2004
4.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap - Super mega dark coppery color that was only somewhat normal copperyness around the edges. I couldn't discern a perceptable aroma (i have a slight cold). Slight fizzy mouthfeel with a blissfully wonderful malty taste. Simply amazing stuff. Sadly, my girlfriend liked it a lot too...meaning she gave me the beer she was drinking and she got the rest of mine. )=
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear reddish brown with a thin, persistent, white head. Big malty nose that is slightly roasted, but also contains nuts, whole grains, caramel, sweet plum and a touch of alcohol. Pretty nice body that is slightly creamy in texture. The flavors, again, are strong on the malt--both roasted and sweet. The hops come out in the finish, to give this a sharp bitterness. A tasty scotch ale that really hit the spot in my malt craving.
MaiBockAddict (1498) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Pours a burnt orange with a tan head. Malty clean aroma. Flavor is bold and malty. Hints of whiskey in the flavor. Not quite as thick and big as maybe some other examples, but very good none the less.