kujo9 (1092) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Coppery brown w/ minimal off white head, but laces well. Lightly smoky and very malty aroma. Chocolate aroma appears as it warms as well as caramel and some woody notes. Light alcohol and hints of diacetyl as it warms as well. Caramel malt and alcohol seems to dominate flavor as well as some green apple and woody notes mid palate. Very well balanced w/ a mildly sweet caramel finish and dry, light hop flavored aftertaste. Medium bodied w/ low level of carbonation, slightly astringent, and warming alcohol mouthfeel. I've had this before, but haven't rated it. I seemed to remember this being complex in a different and better fashion than this bottle. I don't remember the diacetyl from past bottles, nor the hop flavor in the finish. Probably a very fresh bottle that could stand some aging?
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark red or garnet with a thick, fluffy tan head. The aroma is both grainy and fruity. Nice whole grains and nuts accompanied by dark, ripe plum, raisin, fig and sweet apples. A nice, silky body with a pleasant feeling on the tongue. A little warming with the alcohol. Nice combinations of fruity malt last throughout the bottle and really give a nice feeling for the entirity of the experience. A well-crafted and tasty beer from the folks at Traquair House.
TheBeerGod (5045) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 12, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a dark reddish brown. Medium tan head. The nose is met with caramel, fruit, spice and a hint of wood. The taste more caramel, a hint of burnt wood, light alcohol, some sugar and light spice. I liked this better than the Jacobite.
HoppyBunny (88) - Temptation, Michigan, USA - JAN 11, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Upon first taste it was bitter but smooth, smell of cherry was my first thought. Nice head upon pour, but deminished quickly. For the style of beer it was pretty good.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 11, 2004
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with thin tan head. Cherry and malt nose. Syrupy oak flavor with warm alcohol mouth. Nice finish.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - JAN 10, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Really nice red orange dark color, tan head. Lovely aroma of malt and fruit. Big malty, meaty flavor. Chewey thick. Some smokey undertones. One of the best scottish ales that I have had, period.
JMerritt (1745) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Red-auburn color. Head is large and white, formed of many small, tightly-grouped bubbles. Head falls after a few minutes, except for a thin film and thick, frothy ring. Caramel malt, alcohol, and red grape aroma is somewhat merlot-ish at times. Flavor is of thick, sweet malt and wheat bread. Chewey and full palate, this stuff seems to get thicker the longer you savor it in your mouth. Alcoholic and astringent finish, and only here is the oak evident.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 7, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown crystal clear body and a quickly fading head. A nice nuttiness and roastiness to the flavor. A tad of sweetness with the many malts present. You can definetly taste the oak. The finish is a little thin with a tad of bitterness.
notalush (4631) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 7, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is actually quite similar to the jacobite ale - dark ruby appearance, almost no head, low carbonation - aroma of brown sugar, port - flavor is very similar to jacobite, with caramel, herbs, oats, earthiness - these flavors, however, are not as well developed or pronounced as in the jacobite, and the body and palate are much thinner - some oak in the finish - decent, but not worth the money.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 4, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear dark ruby, light tan frothy head. Lots of malt in the nose, some brandy also. Flavor is massive caramel malt with some oak. The body is medium and slightly syrupy. Some alcohol in the aftertaste but mainly sweet malt and oak. Pretty decent scottish ale overall.