muzzlehatch (4829) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 25, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Mahogany-colored, medium white creamy head that disappears quickly. Aroma sweet, malty, and earthy but with a tinge of sourness that wasnít the best. Flavor malty, slightly alcoholic, slightly coniferous; goes down slightly sweet but finishes pretty dry and a might sour. Iím in the "overrated" camp on this one Iím afraid, though I must say it was hard to believe the ABV was 9%: smooth drinker this.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 20, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Medium tan head, dark amber body, sweet malty nose. Hoppy, slightly sweet, with a touch of metal in the start. Definitely doesnít taste like 9%, but that cuts both ways: it had virtually no alcohol presence, but the body seems thin for a big beer. I expect that this one could grow on me, but my first impression isnít great. Rerate: After a couple of bottles, I find this pleasant, but overrated here. Rererate: Next day, after a couple of SNPAs, this tastes like smoked beer. Not quite as smoky as Schlenkerla, but smoky nonetheless. Strange how oneís impression changes with a different context. (Note to self: drink this one after a Cascady American ale).
TheBeerGod (6025) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 19, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Was very impressed by this! Brown in color and an aroma very similar to Paulanerís Salvator. Tastes of caramel or toffee with a slight chocolate/cocoa and coffee hint. Recommended.
seuinoz (234) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - SEP 14, 2002
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
the aroma is that of burnt chocolate and freshly grounded coffee.
the appearance is a amber color with a medium head and alot of lacing.
the flavor is that of coffee mixed with chocolate and a hint of carmel.
sits very well on the palate with a smooth finish.
i will buy this again
morty99 (371) - Maryland, USA - SEP 14, 2002
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 6, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Subtle malt nose. The palate is sweet with flavors of honey, caramel, and brown sugar. The beer finishes like a tawny port. Sweet and nutty.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2003 My how things change. I had a few of these last night because I was just really wanting some and I saw the Munster brewed bottles. This is a great beer. Sticky sweet malts of caramel, raisin, toffee, chocolate, a hint of smoke. This is a tasty, flavorful Scottish ale and one of my favorites in this style. It's too bad I had to be so harsh before. 9/6/2002: 2.9 Light brown color, sort of malty nose. Sweet, smooth. Some soft fruit--plums, etc. This was far thinner and lighter than I expected. Really, a bit disappointing.
I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - AUG 30, 2002
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not bad for a US brewrey. Its missing the strong malt and peat smoke Iíve tasted in other scotch ales. The hop finish was unexpected in this style and, in my opinion, threw it off.
drunkenman99 (6) - USA - AUG 29, 2002 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - AUG 19, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
a light shade of true "bottle brown"-- which is to say brown with a yellow accent. a wisp of haze within that could pass for fog on the glass. the head sleeps if ignored, but gets feisty with a swirl. maltiness of course greets the nose, along with any ripe reddish fruit, plus alcohol and a crust of bread; imagine swabbing up a spill of peach schnapps with your woolen tartan. aye, thatís the smell. sweet, smooth, robust, leaving no part of the tongue unattended. highly reccommended for all clan gatherings and castle sieges.