Marko (4263) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 27, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very dark red/brown with a thin creamy head. Smells like dried figs. The taste is pleasant, toffeish and malty, similar enough to Jacobite that it’s obvious that they’re coming from the same brewery, but much thinner and with far less taste.. Some alcohol showing through, and some nice hoppish bitterness in the aftertaste. A bit of a dissapointment.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - OCT 24, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Looks like something from a certain Doobie Brothers song.River water.No head at all.Almost a Barleywine nose off this.some berry,fruit tones and a Caramel cinnamon roll.Strong alcohol for only 7.2 i do not enjoy English Ales but this is much better than any of the Gales I have had.Fruity and woody.Body is nice and thick.Has a lingering flavor that is fruity and almost Belgian like.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - OCT 11, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a murky brown with a tin layer of head. Smells of faint toffee, nuts, chocolate. This just smells like a dessert. The taste is initially grassy, somewhat crisp malt feeling. Then there is a plum and berry moment before it shifts gear back to the lovely toffee flavor. The end mouthfeel is somewhats roasted and rather rich.
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - OCT 9, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
dark brown to orange. slightly long head. melissa is my love. oh. off topic, umm.. the beer, yea. ugh its not as good as i expected. i thought it was the jaquibte ale that i purchased. or however you spell it. yea but it tastes good. the people next to me are talking much shit about my rating. but i showed em up. bc i have testicles large than grape vines. i love ratebeer.
hershiser2 (1357) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 7, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not worth the price... Deep brownish, small head. Sweet alcohol in the nose. taste was plain... lotsa sweet alcohol that really coated my mouth and killed every other flavor that was hidden here.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a deep chestnut with dark purple and heavy burgundy melted inside. Fast pour devoloped very little head just a ring around the glass. Slippery lacing fell apart which was a sad moment.
Smells insanely strong! Smells of sweet dark fruits covered in sugar and soaked in alcohol. I also noted some barnwood, brown sugar, molasses, spoiled plums, figs, malts and loads of alcohol. At first scent I assumed this was about 9%. It smells strong but wonderful. I can’t wait for the first sip!
Seeking more flavor on this one! It’s good but seems a little under-carbonated and lacking some juicy dark fruit flavors that I was hoping for after smelling it. Loads of caramel with some fruits. Some woodiness in the finish that leaves my mouth feeling sticky and hoping for more. Nice lingering aftertaste of juicy hop bitterness.
nhewitt (7) - Kelowna, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 3, 2004 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
When put on the counter the cashier asked me, "this is beer?". Classy, expensive beer with an amber hue and (I found) a very clean, balanced palate which almost tasted like what I expected it to while being promoted as one of the better Scottish ales. If I was a millionaire i’d probably drink it all the time...... sigh.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 2, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with ruby highlights, light off-white head and lace. Aroma of buttery malts, brown sugar and cinnamon. A very well-balanced beer, rich and malty, a mix of chocolate and brown bread, toffee, and ever so slightly roasted. Lingering sweet finish. Solid overall.
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - SEP 20, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
brown in color. smells of your mom and sweet breads choc malts. right into the fillis its rock candy sweet and more malty goodness though and through. brown sugar molasses and dark figs and raisins pushed into one bottle. i feel like im at the old course.
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 8, 2004
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a transparent mahogany brown with a beige head and smooth slippery lace. Head retention is low. Aroma is of malt, caramel, and dark fruits with an earthy/roasty, yet astringent background. Taste is of malt, molasses and caramel with an astringent hop finish. Palate is light to medium bodied with a smooth start and a tart biting roasty finish.
Notes: Lighter bodied than I expected. Smoothes and mellows as it warms.