11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - APR 12, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2006 Had this one directly after a Dreadnaught so the taste buds may have been sizzled. The beer poured red-brown with a rich but fairly quick dissipating head. Smooth in the mouth. A little hop bite at the end. Very pleasant beer.
Bottle purchased July ’05 sampled Oct. ’06. Color is similar to before, very clear. Fantastic light beige head and wonderful lacing. Aroma is getting a bit oxidized, actually a bit pleasant in that aspect. Still richly malty, strange little bitter bite in the first few swallows, not really like a hop bitterness. Tasty caramel behind the oxidation. This certainly changes over time but holds up suprisingly well for being kept at ambient room temperature for a year plus.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 11, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours deep ruby, frothy cream colored head, active carbonation, with so-so lacing. Aroma is of caramel malts, light hops, and moss. Toffee and lightly roasted malts on the tongue, finishing with a light hoppiness. Lightly sweet, somewhat malty, medium bodied. Could stand to be a bit more flavorful, but it is indeed a good one. Thanks goes out to jsquire for the trade!
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - APR 11, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2005 Outstanding and unique Scottish Ale! Pours a very dark red/amber with a small off-white head. Very hoppy aroma and taste for a Scottish ale but Three Floyds crafted this so well that I’m thinking this is how all Scottish ales should be. Beautiful caramel malt and hop balance. Not bitter and leaves a sweet aftertaste. Highly recommended!
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 (2118) - 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 (921) - Minneapolis, 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 (3399) - 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 (2099) - Pottstown, 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.