Aubrey (3482) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 23, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
After reading previous ratings, it sounds like the tap version is much hoppier than the bottle version. I had the bottle version. I’ll get to the hop flavors in a sec, but first, I thought it had a mammoth malt presence. Tingly carbonation wove in and out of a smooth and supple malt heaviness. Finished a little on the dryish side, with a slightly sharp hop bitterness, which built more and more with every sip. Aside from its bitter end, I did catch a few citrus notes here and there. Hardly any smoky flavors to speak of. Overall, I found the beer to be pretty decent. Unfortunately, the more I drank, the more I noticed a ’cloraseptic’ kind of flavor that coated my mouth... somewhat medicine-like.
jaymobrown (1723) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this off the tap. Heavy on the hops, which unexpected I did enjoy. Medium-brown color. Nice beer.
Indra (2695) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - MAY 20, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2003 Update, 12/2/03: Munster bottling of this beer sampled. Aroma and flavor simply possess a richness that they did not in the previous sampling. Sugary toffee, toasty malt, slightly vinous fruit, faint earthy hops and finishing with a pleasant nuttiness. Palate also seems smoother and fuller. Just a better rendered version of this beer in every regard. Look for the tie-dyed bottle caps. Thanks, Trap.
Iced tea color with average carbonation. Strong, varied hop flavor, along with some caramelly sweetness. The complexity of the hops and strength of the malts keeps this from being just an amber. Caramel aftertaste. I liked it okay.
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 17, 2002
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
I did not enjoy this beer at all. It tasted bitter and ’gritty’.
dlclark (73) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tried on draft at the brewery. A little hoppy as are most of their brews but that isn’t a bad thing. Great overall flavor. I’m not normally a scottish ale fan but Three Floyds hasn’t disappointed me with any brew.
k2 (146) - USA - MAY 9, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very rich beer. Great on tap.
NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - MAY 4, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From growler #2 of my trip to the brewery. Dark orange-amber hued, minimal head that diminishes almost fully. Earthy, slightly peaty aroma, not much hop nose. Ample mouthfeel, and a nice melding of smokish-tasting malt and hop bitterness. True to form for Three Floyds, this beer has more hops than typical for the style, but remains a well-crafted and drinkable brew.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 4, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I got this in a big Growler filled off the taps at the brewery. A unique interpretation of the style but overall a very enjoyable beer--easy to drink. It is a dark copper color and has a malty aroma. A lot of hop but is still well balanced with a chocolately malt flavor. Very smooth to drink, easy to settle up with. Once again a winner from Three Floyds.
aracauna (3205) - Georgia, USA - APR 25, 2002
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
With the scottish ale type I was expecting less hops. Hop flavor overwhelms what would be a nice Scottish ale however. It did get better the closer to the bottom I got however. Color was a bit average for a brown too.
JMerritt (1871) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Just ok. Not much else to say about it.