GarethYoung (1110) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAR 23, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
nose of dark fruits and spiced woody malts, also a little liquorice i think. medium bodied with a tasty lingering finish. very nice.
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - MAR 22, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
So, I opened this and poured it and then sat down and clicked on a few links here including the one for the brewery. I absent-mindedly took a sip and set it down. A few moments later I was overwhelmed and realized that I’d just tried it. Wow, we’re off to a great start here!
Pours a dark brown color with not much head and no lacing. Eh.
Aroma is of dark fruits and complex: light on the raisins, some cherries...
Flavor grows on you. I mean, it starts out good, but then gets better. Serious cherry flavor, some oak (?), very peaty with a lot of very complex fruits floating around. I’m very impressed.
Palate is a bit more thin than I would of liked, but you know, it just fits the beer. It leaves a nice presence on the tongue. Overall, if you haven’t had this yet, you really need to try it. Excellently done.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich, dark ale with a thought of a head, this has a malty, smokey, woody aroma with hints of dark dried fruits. This has quite the robust feel in the mouth, well-bodied and well carbonated. Peaty malty tastes backed up by the beginnings of an alcohol presence, this is a slowly warming drink. Dark, woody, peat bog finish. Good drink.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 13, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
fruity, and yeasty aroma with notes of pear, alcohol, and oak; heavy malt flavor with some earthy and musty highlights, maybe some dark fruits in the background, definitely winey and portish; thick and oily palate with a slightly bitter/sour finish; the alcohol is there, no doubt; this beer has alot of flavors that, overall, don’t seem to blend very well: decent at best.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 4, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very nice candlelight contemplation beer. wonderful balance with a hint of peaty smoke an nice roasted caramel with a touch of vanilla. A world class brew from THE whisky country.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 2, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown/red colour, slightly hazy cloudy. Light white head. Spicy scent with bready malts and some oaking. Smooth with a hint of vanilla and spice. Nice malty body mixed in. Slightly sweet finish.
Sigmund (5990) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 1, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2012 Rerate, 330 ml cellared bottle, will soon be available at Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. Still an excellent beer, I get some differences in aroma and flavour: "old sherry" notes in the aroma are stronger I don’t get any notes of sour cherries this time. The flavour is less roasty (don’t get any coffee) and more sherrylike. Original rating: 330 ml bottle, bought at Selfridge’s, London. Beautiful brown to ruby colour, good beige head. Complex aroma of oak and sandalwood, some pine too, old sherry, leather, pipe tobacco, sour cherries, prunes, hints of smoke . Flavour is woody with a pronounced roastiness, coffee notes, strong tea, hints of bitter chocolate, excellent hoppy bitterness. A truly delightful beer!
mookie (45) - Tacoland, Texas, USA - FEB 19, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
gentle roasted/smokey aroma. foam diminishes to a little. really nice brown color. great flavors of mild chocolate, tootsie roll, smoked malt and lingering bitterness. finishes dry and soft on the palate. my mouth has been bathed in some beautiful malt. classic!
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - FEB 16, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lovely ruby brown in colour, with a lasting beige head. Woody musk aroma, with caramel, berries and some unidentifiable fruits. Medium bodied. Interesting flavour. Very woody, with some caramel, and lots of dark fruits and chocolate. Sherry notes are there too. Quite a warming alcohol sensation, which was suprising considering its only around 7. Some smoky/roast flavours crop up in the aftertaste once you get into it. Very interesting beer.
BCAR (222) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Seems to be a nice representation of an English ale: Musty, sweet and dark. Forward is the sweetness followed by a nice malt body and a short, bitter end. I enjoyed this because of its ability to transport me to its origin.