awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 26, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Well I was expecting a heavy ale taste but was surprised when it was going down. I taste the roasted malt but don't detect the chocolate. The only thing I can downplay on this beer was the nasty metallic smell. Otherwise a very good everyday treat.
thedm (5215) - Fort Wayne, USA - FEB 23, 2003
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2003 Hotstuff and I went on a tour of their brewery. For $5 you get a 12oz glass of 3 of their beers. I thought this beer had a wonderful aroma full of hoppy smells. The head disappears very fast but was mixed with large and small bubbles. It had a heavy taste with just a little after bite. The color was very dark brown and you could not see through it. The beer was the best of their beers that we sampled. Hotstuff gave it a 4.5 rating.
Silphium (3190) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 14, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2003 Wait a second...I liked this better the first time I tried it...when it was called "Sam Adams Winter Lager"! Seriously, though, this beer bears strong resemblance to Sam Adams. Thin body, nice malty flavor, but ultimately too watery to be considered great. Still, a decent beer...now I'll have to get my hands on one of those stouts...
Updated 9/23/03: After realizing the original bottle I tried was the contract-brewed version, I got a chance to try some of the brewer's version while in South Bend. Much better. Appearance is a burnt red-brown, with a thin tan head. Aroma is burnt, toasty, and woody. Flavor is toasty, earthy caramel, resembling a dark amber ale. Noticeably different and better than the contract-brewed version.
WabashMan (1023) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Color is a dark reddish brown, with nice off-white head. Good aroma, and not overpowering. Flavor is nice and malty. A good scots ale!
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - FEB 4, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
An amber ale that was nice but not spectacular. The head lingers. Not as roasty as the commercial deScription would hint at.
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
a solid ale with a kick. A very solid ale. a darkish gold color with a decent head. not bad
vtmobile (43) - Alabama, USA - JAN 28, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
this beer rocks and these people know how to deliver flavor. Medium amber with a squat head. Moderate carbonation and and explosive palate high in malt and a bloom that has hints of chocolate and coffee. Not too bitter. drinkable and fine . . .
notalush (5514) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 26, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A medium-bodied, dark brown, malty ale, with an aroma that suggests an abundance of sweetness, but doesn't really deliver it. This has pretty high carbonation that gives it a tingly mouthfeel. It has a nice, long, malty finish. Overall a solid beer, but not exceptional.
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2007 Basically a dark version of their Alpha King Pale Ale, or any of their beers for that matter, they all taste the same. There is no hint of chocolate in this beer and robust is an exaggeration. Essentially a pale ale that has been left in the sun to tan is all it is. ( 4,3,5,2,8)
Re-rate: When I have tried this along with Pride and Joy or Alpha King while I like the caramel malts in Bruce I have a hankering for the hops in the previous 2. A good Scottish ale but a bit tempermental depending on the form you buy this in. ( 5, 3,5,3,13).
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 24, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fruity aroma of pears and apples, with just a hint of sweetness in the flavor. A mild, dry finish. Medium amber color, with a long-lasting rich frothy head.