SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 5, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark mahogany color with a small off-white head. Mild aroma, sweet, a little smokey. Rich malty flavor with a little peat and hops in the finish. Nice smooth body with creamy carbonation.
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 1, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light brown color with a fair amount of carbonation. Rich malty/nut aroma. Flavor is predominatly mutty malt balanced by a touch of bitterness. Good flavor but too creamy, much the wat that Boddingtons is. Finishes with a creamy-nutty-carmely tinge that isnt as pleasant as it could be. Its on the verge of something good but too thin and creamy.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 30, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark ruby with a creamy off-white head that produces very nice lacing. Big malty aroma, roasted and chocolate malt are quite evident. A wee bit of hop aroma. Very malty flavors. Extremely smooth and flavorful. Alcohol is not noticeable at all. Big smooth body.
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich, medium chestnut brown body is topped by a rather thin, off white head that recedes to a thin layer of foam. A very subtle lacing results as the beer is consumed. The aroma is fairly subdued, with a touch of malt a caramel. The taste is sweet and very malty. Caramel and smoked peat dominate the flavor, with the creamy sweet malt behind them. A bit of bitterness shows up in the finish, noticeable only because I was looking for it. The mouthfeel is like homemade milk caramel that is still warm: very smooth and creamy, it virtually sticks to your teeth and tongue. For the advertised ABV, it is not a bit noticeable.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - SEP 28, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Mohagony colored with a creamy, thick off-white head. The aroma was not as full as I had expected...malty sweet for sure...some earthy, brown sugar, and citrusy hops tones (odd for this style.) The flavor was more rounded and full with a solid malty core...some caramel, and earthy tones. The aftertaste hinted at those citrusy hops. Medium bodied beer with a smooth mouthfeel.
Kinz (3293) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - SEP 25, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice, focus on malts, but not syrupy or overdone. Good flavors, well brewed. Brown, hint of orange, nice head. I'm always impressed by a bit of subltety from a brewer known for beating it's customers over the head.
mreeves (275) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - SEP 23, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark amber to brown color, lots of malt as advertised. Nothing spectacular, but a good beer. Maybe just not my style--not enough hop flavor for me, although I know I shouldn't be drinking Scottish ales if it's hops I'm looking for.
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
What a great fall sippin' brew. Deep mahogony brown with a sweet aroma and slight head. The beer initially starts sweet with the ever-so-slight hint of alcohol. Mildly hopped by 3F standards with a huge malt body. Caramel and cocoa overtones are most present. Bottled at Munster.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 23, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2005 Okay, this stuff is just plain great. Great dark purple orange colour to it. It kinda looks like thick paint all swirled together on a palate where at points you see darker or redder and othes wher it isnt quite so clear what colour it is. The nose is sweet with a noticable amount of hops but still sort of sublte. In the taste there is definately malts and hops and feel of constant quilibrium. Medium sized head that fades but leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass. Medium body. Overall, I was very impressed.
6-11-2005 Had this Cask Conditioned at the Blind Pig in Champaign Illinois. WOW it was very very good, much more mellow and slick than I expected.
guzzler67 (1504) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful reddish brown appearance with a malty sweet aroma. Nicely balanced hoppiness with the toasted malt taste. Flavorful nut-like finish.