BlueDevil0206 (122) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 12, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2005 Bottled. Poured into a snifter. Appeared a deep cloudy garnet hued brown with a small head that quickly faded and left a thin ring of head around the perimeter of the glass. Aroma was of sherry and malt and figs/dates with some caramel sweetness and a bit of alcohol. Flavor is of sweet crystal malt and toffee and a bit of harsh charcoalish roasted malt and some peat comes through as well. Dried fruit definitely has a large role in the flavor of this beer: raison, fig, date and cherry. Some peppery spiciness too. Some hop bitterness is apparent though no hop flavor. Alcohol is hidden well but slightly apparent in the dry finish. The flavor profile is very complex in this beer, I would like to have it again to further anaylze. It would be great aged. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and silky smooth and adequately carbonated. Interesting beer.
marcus (8809) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 10, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This dark brown ale poured with a miniscule tan head, eliciting a malty aroma. There was an initial chocalate flavor with a slightly bitter finish. A very pleasant and interesting example of scotch ale, which had mellowed from 2 years of aging.
MiP (15158) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUN 4, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Malty aroma, slightly roasted. Chestnut colour, small head. Flavour is malty, sharpish. Aftertaste is also a bit sharp.
HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 3, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2005 Bottle (330ml) At Le Select Bistro. This one smelled extremely yeasty - beyond bread dough - still in the bottle - I thought maybe it was off. Poured with very little head, rich and cloudy amber colour, cloudy but fast-settling. Aroma of and mild yeast. Not much carbonation. Tastes to me like a very pleasant blend of a good ESB and a good scotch ale. I want to buy a case!
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very nice ESA. I liked the smoothness and how well the alcohol was hidden. There was a complexity of flavors that added to my enjoyment. Dry nut not over dry finish, I did not find it overly sweet
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 29, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is dark ruby brown with a thin tan head...smell is very malty and sweet...some caramel too...peat flavor for sure...sweet dark fruits...finish is a little vegetal...
bb (8269) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 29, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark brown with a nice beige head. Rich aroma of malt, vanilla, plums. Malt, licorice and a light fruit flavor. Slight peat and alcohol. Finishes medium dry.
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAY 27, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark and slightly hazy garnet brown pour with dark red highlites supporting a thin tan head. Very sweet aroma of caramel, malt, brown sugar, vanilla and ripe plums. PLenty of sweetness in the flavor but not as much as suggested by the aroma. Layers of lightly roasted malt, spiced biscuits, toffee and maple syrup. Even without any noticable hops, the sweet flavors felt well balanced. Firm and moderately lingering finish with just a nod of pepperry alcohol warmth. This isn’t often available around here and I was glad I grabbed a bottle when I saw it. even at the pricey $5 US, it was worth it.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - MAY 24, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
a pour the color of teak and burnt orange peel, like a tincture of marinating cedar mulch. the head is minimal and just blandly biege-- some dotty lace seems to mimic a star chart depicting a lonely corner of night sky. traquair house ale has a potent nose of earthy malts, both boiled and then browned. if steeped barley malts were plums, these would be in noble rot. the gummy ooze would threaten to clog the pipes, and harried assistant brewers would scour the muck with a cleansing bath of spring water and scotch whiskey. that is what it tastes like they have done; there is a maple aspect, perhaps as much decomposing autumn maple leaves as the sticky maple resin itself. the feel is moderate to watery, with brisk carbonation than becomes sedate as the drink spans a half hour. it’s a big enough drink to savor and sip (it seems particularly satisfying after a comparitively bland odell 90 shilling). the tart, peat-roasted malts are tasty, the alcohol is pleasantly evident, there is carob and roasted carrot, and finally a cherry, copper and orange-peel kind of finishing bitterness. i savored and enjoyed it, but came away a bit disappointed. it may be an acquired taste, but at four-fifty for a puny bottle, i doubt i’ll get the chance.
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark rosewood color with afat tannish head. Aroma is carmel, toffee, and raisins. Creamy mouthfeel with an oily finish. Flavors are carmel, spices, and lots of raisins. Alcohol almost nonexistant. Really good.