jde123 (766) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 5, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Doesn’t have the strong malt smell as with other scottish ales, and the sweet taste kind of throws it off a little bit. I didn’t mind it too much, just a little strange.
ClarkVV (3929) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 30, 2004
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: APR 21, 2005 2003 bottle, thanks to EddieG for the trade. Pours a wonderful warm rosy-red, with some light magentas, auburns and darker browns. Good creamy looking off-white head. Aroma of roasted barley, caramel and light smokiness. Flavor is immediately dry of roasted barley, medium dry chocolate malt and light hops in the background. Heavy roast flavor really keeps this beer dry with the chocolate trying to add sweetness. There is a decent complexity and you can really pick out the different malts, but I just wish it was a tad bit sweeter. The beer was very clear and filtered which seemed to detract from the flavor. No wateriness at all, and a medium body. Lots of bitterness on the finish emerges after warming.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 28, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Generous, creamy head, aroma includes toffee, vanilla, soft caramel notes. Dark brown in color. Solid malt here, but very, very hoppy. Sweet, mild, but still a stout and hearty ale, very enjoyable. One of my favorite Scottish Ales. Hail Robert the Bruce!
mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2004
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice scent and color. I had this on draft and it got better as it warmed though it was initally too hoppy. It got creamier as it went down though and while I would not go out of my way for it I would drink it again.
Dogbrick (8965) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This brew is a deep mahogany color with a thin dark beige head. Fair lacing. Heavy malt in the nose, along with sweet caramel and a touch of chocolate. Rich bodied, just how I like my Scottish Ales, with flavors of malt, caramel/butterscotch and chocolate. The finish is lightly bitter with hops and a touch of coffee. Pretty good!
DocLock (8244) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to atpayne for this one. Pours very dark brown with a great white head. Good aroma of toffee, molasses, caramel, port, cognac, and even slight tobacco. This aroma reminds me a little of the Stoudt's Fest bombers. Tastes very malty, with a sweet, crisp, pure taste, including hints of caramel, port, toffee, hops, and brown sugar. Very complex. I noticed different flavors and aromas as it warmed. It's no wonder to me that this is a multiple award winner. An exceptional brew.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 22, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium off white head, clear dark red body. Seems to maintain a creamy head around the edges. Thick malty aroma; dark fruit masked by a slightly chocolaty and very light coffee malt. Hop aroma seems to pick up as the glass warms. Has more hops in taste than aroma. The hops taste flowery... malt adds some caramel and raspberry esters. Somewhat creamy texture, but a bit of a carbonation burn. Didn't pick up on there being "a lot" of hops like others talk about, but I think my bottle isn't too fresh. But, it tastes fine, and I'll pick up more!
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - APR 19, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A nice deep brown color with a lighter mohogony color towards the sides. It has a very fragrent, almost floral hop aroma which I find odd for the style, but it is not unplesant. The flavor is great. There is a very pure and clean tasting malt flavor. I had a vision of fields of barley with my first sip. There is a sweetness along with the crisp clean taste of the beer. This is a great beer.
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - APR 18, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 30, 2004 Ruby-brown. Nice head retained. This is exactly what I need right now. Something not too strong, kind of sweet and not too hoppy. I bought this at the brewery a couple months ago. Chalky finish
BUrunner (92) - Indiana, USA - APR 12, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful chocolate brown with a moderate head. Dark roasted malts provide caramel/toffee flavor. A bit sweet, but enjoyable and easy to drink.