Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown with a rich malty aroma. Flavor has notes of caramel wood and smoke, a bit salty. Not as good at their Jacobite.
jsquire (3441) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy brown out of the bottle with amost no head. Dark sweet alcohol nose. Burnt caramel, malt extract sweetness with a sublte earthy smokiness. Very well balanced and pleasant to drink.
badgerben (4395) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 29, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The picture does it about right: dark brown/slightly amber with a thin white head. A little malty and some smoke, but nothing to prevelant. Kind of bland. Not necesarily watery, but just not full of flavor.
Dorwart (2374) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 28, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Moderate off white head which dissipates to leave some very nice lacing. Earthy, dry aroma with roasted grains and a faint hint of dark chocolate. Color is a cloudy, dark amber/brown. Dry, and hoppy flavor with some smoke. I expected a little bit of a stronger flavor. Earthy again with a good helping of malt. Finish is clean and creamy with a slight bitterness. A good scotch ale but there are better.
MrDick (347) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 27, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark copper color with a smokey/sweet aroma. But the appearance is deceiving - I expected something a bit stronger but this ale has a light taste with a syrupy/peat aftertaste. Seems like a combination of a strong scotch ale and a barleywine.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 24, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of stewed prunes and smoked malts. Caramel and slightly bready middle. Peaty with subtle chocolate malt and tangy hop finish. I enjoyed the flavor and aroma, there wasn't an overwhelming amount of either. A good, almost-session Scottish. An expensive beauty for sure.
fiulijn (14387) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 23, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2009 2009-12-26, bb 2006-12-31, possibly 6 years old, 7-4-7-3-15=36
Brown color; short head retention. Mild aroma, a bit cheesy. The mouthfeel becomes a bit thinner, but the flavor keeps good caramel qualities; strong bitterness, it’s evident that some of it comes from the roasted malts; the final is probably shorter, surely thinner. Good, but not much complex.
Dark amber color. Malt aroma, sweet, mature. Quite good malt and caramel, medium dry, with a light liquorice final. Pleasant, but far less interesting than the Jacobite Ale.
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Roasted malt aroma with notes of molases. Large bubble head. Ruddy brown liquid. Flavor is burnt toast and a little coffee. Very smooth but still not very pleasing.
JoeMcPhee (8411) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark amber colour with some ruddy tones as well. Thin but creamy light tan head. Malty aroma with prominent molasses and coffee notes. Light roasted barley, slight fruitiness of dates and apricots, some coffee and just enough bitterness to bring it all together. Very creamy mouthfeel. Finish reminds me of tawny port and becomes more apparent as the beer warms. A well-balanced and delicious beer.
Gunny (41) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 11, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark ruby red with a whispy tan head. Aromas of ripe cherry, nasturtiums, smouldering campfire and alcohol. Tannic, earthy flavours with hints of licorice, vanilla and smoke followed by a pronounced but balanced saltiness. Alcohol is apparent. The finish has a porto quality.