crazydiamond (48) - Michigan, USA - FEB 4, 2002
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I buy this beer on occasion because itís a bit different than what Iíve come to expect from Scottish Style Ales. A little hoppier than it should be, and less malty than it should be. Maybe not a true representative of the class, but so what, itís a nice beer.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - JAN 20, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear deep ruby. Nice caramelly/malty nose. This is a big beer. Its like a dopplebock...honestly reminds me of optimator with more hops. Anyone else get this? Huge complex malty profile, caramel and toffee notes throughout, awesome hoppiness to balance it out, thick mouthfeel but its not thick?? Awesome beer boys! The malts are a treat, go out, try it and enjoy.
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Malt/hops well balanced. Hops aroma dominates though. Roasty, molassesy aftertaste, with dryness at the finish.
I would have liked a bit sweeter, bigger flavor. I doubt the alcohol percentage - of course, what do I know? Nothing special to my taste, but not bad at all.
bonvivant (168) - Smithfield, Virginia, USA - JAN 14, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I would drink another but this is not a classic Scottish ale. The malts are there but not as roasty as the real Scottish.I really donít taste the alcohol, which is good because this beer is pretty well balanced.
omhper (19976) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - JAN 4, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Chestnut brown. Big sweet crystal malt aroma. Well balanced bitterness. Is this really 7.2%?? As a lover of both scottish ales and Three Floyds I was expecting more though.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2001
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Re-Rate: Iíve had this one several times since my first rating, very good, but not a perfect five. Still a must try for fans of this style. A fabulous Scotch Ale. Roasted malts, large body combined with the right touch of hops and you have perfection in a glass. A little warming alcohol makes this beer a benchmark among the style.
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - DEC 27, 2001
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
RE-RATE: Gave this another go and was impressed. Good, solid caramel and toffee malt flavors and aroma. The surprise is the earthy hops that seem to meld perfectly with the malt. Hops easily noticed in flavor profile, less apparent in the nose. Deep brown with a smallish bone colored head. Well balanced and relatively light on the tongue for a scottish ale. Pretty good. ORIGINAL: Judging from the other ratings, itís quite obvious the keg or lines were skunked, as I suspected at the time. I could see greatness through the skunkiness, but the slightly vinegary aroma and flavor detracted from any others. Itís available in the bottle at one of my beer stores, so Iíll try it that way and re-rate.
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - DEC 21, 2001
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled this as part of a friends variety pack, 5 Bellís Stouts and Robert the Bruce, not bad at all.
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - DEC 19, 2001
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
hops, as unsuspecting of that as when i got nearly attacked by a gang of angry monoskiers. We were drinking some new bells stouts and i opened this for a try. interesting. Carmel colored with hints of it. slightly light color, kicked throughout the beer by the hops.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - DEC 11, 2001
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is a good attempt at a scottish ale, but not as malty as one would expect. Definitely brewed for Americans.