cherr (162) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 7, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I had this bottled. First, I don't care for scottish ales. The color was dark brown. The taste was of heavy roasted malt, but not overwhelming. It was a very enjoyable beer with little aftertaste.
ross (2075) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - APR 7, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
my final VA beer, besides the ones im going to age.. aroma is heavy of malts and chocolate. pours a dark dark red color. smells great, smells up the area around my desk actually. goes down easy, has a nice chocolate flavor. the best scottish ale i have ever had, period.
Syd (920) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours a brown amber with a decent white head and good lace. The aroma has hints of licorice and chocolate. The flavor is dark chocolate, roasted malt, and slight hops to balance. Strong bodied, it comes off rather nicely. Overall, I'm OK with it.
thegreenrooster (3165) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - APR 2, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a nice deep red with a nice white head. No real aroma. Flavor is hard to pick up but it is a roasted malty dry hop. There are better for the same price.
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep reddish brown with a head rapidly dissolving to a sheet of lace. Nose is malty caramel and roasted. Flavor is toasted malty and generously hopped. With a lightly smoked, peaty aftertaste. Great balance and drinkability.
obxdude10 (2027) - Limerick, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
deep brown in color, off-white head, but very little head & no retention or lacing, nose was sweet & malty, flavors were roasted malt & a hint of dark chocolate, finished very sweet, smooth & very drinkable, very good scottish ale
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - MAR 26, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: dark brown, off-white head
Flavor: smokey, roasted malts, hops and chocolate. also some black coffee flavors
Palate: very smooth and rich. slight creaminess but also slightly dry from the amount of hops. Dry hoppy finish.
Couldn't get everything from this beer--too cold and tongue was too far gone from the others I had tasted previously.
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - MAR 25, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A stunning, clear deep amber with a medium diminishing beige head. Nice aroma of roast, chocolate, malted milk, pine and grapefruit. Medium slightly creamy body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Flavor of roast, chocolate, malted milk balls, hazelnut, plum, and wood. Very good.
tomxcs (320) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAR 19, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma mainly malt; deep red/brown with large creme-colored head, diminishing to a smaller head that lasts. Nutty & malty flavors, toffee, little hop presence as per style. Fairly sweet but not cloyingly so. Smooth & delicious -- a good offering from FFF.
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 14, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 7, 2004 Bottle Sample
Pours with a thin light brown head. The beer itself is a deep amber-red color, and is pretty clear. Aromas of dark fruit, malt, and a hint of alcohol waft from my glass. The taste is sweet, malty and fruity as well. Some of the fruit seems to be hop derived, though the hops are fairly subtle here. There is a hint of roast malt in the finish, which adds a nice stylistic touch. This is quite a malty brew, with notes of caramelized malt, cherries, and raisins. This is most definitely a good straight forward example of a Scottish ale.
Sampled draft at the Brewery
Another great interpretation of a traditional beer done by 3-Floyds. Of course you can't expect 3-Floyds to leave well enough alone do you. This beer is full bodied, malty, quite flavorful, with a bit of hop flavor. Ah this is quite good. Much more hop flavor than is typical, but quite subtle considering the overall malt character. The malt character is center stage but it has a nice American kiss of hops.