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.
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.
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.
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.
veronika (410) - SWEDEN - SEP 2, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark brown, small head. Aroma from red wine, syrup and almond. Flavor is vinous, fruity, too much alcohol coming through.
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - AUG 23, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with hardly any head. Aroma of malt, nuts and cocoa. Flavor
is similar to their Jacobite Ale, though not
as interesting or complex. Mostly sweet
malts and caramel.
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 14, 2004
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark murky brown color, nearly opaque. Looks almost like melted chocolate. Complex malty aroma smells carmel, chocolate, and even a little burnt but mostly sweet. Head quickly dissapates. Very rich, full, malty, nutty body... smooth. Coats the mouth nicely. Aftertaste is a bit rough, quite acidic and alcoholic. With every sip that rough aftertaste comes through stronger and stronger... must be the alcohol. A great beer, but loses points in the follow-through.
shintriad (700) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 14, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smells a bit funky, but nice grape, malt and chocolate. Rocky, brown head, fairly quickly dissipating with a bit of lacing. This was incredibly smooth, too smooth actually; it was a bit oily and could have used more carbonation. It also could have had a bit more substance to cover the alcohol. However, the balance was quite good for a Scotch ale.
rlgk (13387) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 14, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2005 Amber, offwhite head. Malty aroma, with notes of toffee and nuts. Brings a nutty, malty flavor, some toffe and creamy notes. Somewhat vinous and very complex. Great body.
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.