irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - AUG 14, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours a very carbonated deep amber/red, sightly hazy. nose is malty, underpinned by a mellow roartiness. flavor is very smooth, dominated by malt notes and a mellow chocolaty-ness. palate is excellent, with none of the stickiness that so often accompanies malty beers. a pleasure to drink-lush w/out being overbearing.
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - AUG 12, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Great malty aroma of chocolate, hazelnut, caramel, and hints of coffee. Brown with red-orange tints, thin beige head. Interesting blend of chocolate and caramel malt with fruity hop flavors, bit of a roasty finish. Medium body, medium carbonation. Great aroma on this beer, a little too much hop flavor, though. I like my Scotch ales to be all malt with little to no hop character.
gsteph (321) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 10, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown with an off-white somewhat thin head. Malty aroma with a light whiskey aroma swirling around and a little alcohol detected too. A sweet, sharp malty flavor with a faint whiskey aftertaste and some chocolate. The sweetness here is prevelant. Overall palatable but uneventful. Just OK., but worth trying.
rickgordon (3845) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 8, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Muddy grey/orange colour. Aroma is vague, a little chocolate maybe. Flavour is fruity and sugary. Maybe a bit flat but aren’t all Scotch Ales? Pretty good.
jonas (6035) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - AUG 4, 2004
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Light grapes and wood aroma.
Brown color, low carbonation, low head.
Brown sugar flavors.
Light body, somewhat flatish.
Maybe the sample was too small, but I found it to be kind of boring.
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 31, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
ah, another great beer from three floyds. this one, as the description says is definately "a true malt-lover’s delight." but it also has a satisfying slight hoppy finish to balance it out nicely.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 31, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2008 This one surprised me. Very pretty deep Bock-ish coloring. At first smell, like a Brown ale. First taste is the same. Once I get past the dark malts, the same hops that are used in the AK are used here, though to a lesser degree. This is how a dark malt based beer should taste. No weird grainy tastes, just the finer nuances of the malts, complemented with a luxurious hop complex. Simply wonderful.
madsberg (10608) - Sřborg, DENMARK - JUL 29, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled: Dark amber coloured. Light beige head. Malt, butterfatness, some sweetness and a light touch of hops in the aroma. Light caramel, bread, hops and some spices in the flavour. Medium bodied, but finishes a litlle weak. Some bitterness is present on the palate.
Metalhead (633) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2004
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep deep amber,thin head,not much in the nose except a little hops and sweetness. Not as sweet as it smelled. Decent mouthfeel but the taste was basically caramelly, a bit bitter and dryish with only a hint of malt. Ok but not impressed. I will give em a thumbs up for hiding the ABV but then again 7% is not that high.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUL 15, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Murky brown with little head. I could smell the hops as well as the malt which isn’t normal for me. Has a roasted smell with a hint of chocolate. Very smooth with the initial malty taste dying fast. Taste is rather bland other than decent malts with a hint of chocolate and possibly raisin with a weak finish that doesn't hide the alcohol.