DocLock (8530) - 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.
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 (2125) - 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.