daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - JUL 20, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had this one on tap last night at a local spot. Decent head with large bubbles, dark in color with a slight bitterness in the aroma accompinied by a fruitness. Taste is well balanced with initial flavors of sweet malts aand followed up with a refreshing bitterness. I will drink this one again.
Racegoer (353) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - JUL 20, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Now this is good Scottish Ale.Strong on the Hops and full on flavor,Also a good one to marinate a steak with.
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - JUL 18, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
brownish-copper color with minimal head,very malty, with hints of caramel, nice hop finish, a very enjoyable brew
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 11, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2005 Argh! This’ll put hair on your chest, me hearties. No doubt, Robert the Bruce would’ve liked this one, as would William Wallace himself. Hoppier than I’d expect for a scottish ale, but very drinkable. Very solid and deliciously enjoyable as the various malts combine together well to produce a sweet, toasty body! Rerate: perhaps a touch too hoppy for the style. Essentially a hoppy porter.
hopscotch (10082) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2008 Bottle... This beer rocks!...
Clear copper-colored ale.
Caramel, nuts and chocolate in the nose.
Rich, malty flavor. Chocolate, caramel and dates. Leans on the sweet side of balance, but not cloyingly so. Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Sweet, grassy, medium dry finish. My favorite Scottish ale!
ravidesai (949) - Bombay, INDIA - JUN 26, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
very nice scottish ale, much hoppier than others in this style.
nut brown with a red head.
clean sweet caramel malt taste with a hint of chocolate but hasa surprisingly strong hop finish.
very drinkable at 7.2%
dankfor20 (193) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 19, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very malty brew. i didn’t get too much of the hop presence except for a little in the dry finish. a decent drinkable beer.
Aubrey (3489) - 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 (1741) - 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 (2707) - 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.