notalush (4640) - 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.
jerohen (1963) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - JAN 2, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. BB '97; Brew no. 217, bottle no. 313521 (for what it's worth). Very dark red-brown, no head (nothing). Strong rye aroma, roasted malts and notes of port. Flavour of roasted malts, brown sugar and some port-notes. Long lasting bittersweet finish. Takes a little getting used to, but (at least at this age) it's pretty good. Btw my bottle indicated 6.00%.
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - DEC 29, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours like reduced beef stock with fine bubbles and trailing lacings. Smells like smoke, malt, and fruit. Tastes of bubblegum, malt, some earth, and an understated sweetness. Nice, nearly chewy swallow. Pretty good. Worth your try.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 27, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with a thin layer of creamy head and some lacing. Malty aroma with some wood. The wood comes out more in the flavor with hints of oak, a bit earthy as well, and some malt. A sharp finish with a small alcohol bite. Alcohol is hidden rather well. Though I do have to agree with previous ratings on the salt flavors being a bit too much.
Hansen (6224) - Assentoft, DENMARK - DEC 23, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown, ok head. Aroma with lots of malt. The flavor is to salty for me.
chriso (7344) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2003
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
I found this one tucked away in a box in the loft. God only knows how long it had been there - nearly 10 years I reckon. No "drink by" date on the bottle. Colour was a rather murky deep red/tawny. Strong malt on the aroma, but also a pronounced woody whiff. A bit musty. Tell tale cardboardy oxidised flavours although there was black treacle/toffee/liquorice lurking in there too. Finished sweet with syrupy molasses, not much hop and a metallic tang. Past it I'm afraid. Must get a fresher sample and re-rate. Bottled, December 2003.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice dark reddish/brown like color,small white head that lasted for a short time but managed to leave a decent lace behind.Sweet malt taste with a decent hint of fruit,caramel and lightly hoppy.This is a malt lover dream IMO,very well done,not as good as the jacobite as i remember but very close and nicely flavorful.The finish is malty and sweet with a mild hop punch.This is definately a must try brew for folks.Especially for the Scotch ale buffs which i am.
Kinz (3189) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 13, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep red, small white head left a lasting ring. Aroma reminds me of the fudge swirl ice cream I remember from my childhood, the kind with that nice, gooey strand of fudge that was almost liquid, not that thin ribbon of brown food coloring that some inferior creameries tried to pull off. Yeah, and there were some hops too. Aroma is nicely malty, and I'm still drawn back to my fudge ripple comparison. In a way, this has more in common with a barley wine than many Scottish Ales I've had. Good stuff.
Silphium (3158) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 10, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A dark red beer, with an off-white head and moderate lacing. Strong apple aroma, with darker fruits evident. Apple and raisin flavors overpower traditional "twigs 'n berries" notes.