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 (14551) - 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 (8410) - 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.
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 4, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This one followed a Hair of the Dog Adam so it had a tough predecessor - and even a tough setting. Had at the Brickskeller in poor lighting and maybe smelling conditions. Even so, got scotch, alcohol, oak, nuts from this ruby-brown beer. Kinda port-like falvours - sweet, rich and fairly full flavoured with some caramel sweetness and hazelnut in the lingering finish. Solid.
SpringsLicker (3133) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 26, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Traquair has a deep garnet color which supports a thin, off white head. It gives off a bready, smoky, burnt toffee aroma. The flavor is toasted marshmallows with hints of chocolate. Smores? Nice Scotch Ale, but at over $5/bottle, I'll buy something else with the money next time. Good beer.
Fulkrum78 (175) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 21, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Great beer. Nice aroma and flavor. Very tasty and smooth. Complex and tasty.
jde123 (764) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 20, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2004 Smokey chestnut brown color, diminuitive head. Strong smell of malts and caramel. Flavor is wonderful, the somewhat sweet heavy flavor belies a dry rather clean aftertaste.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - FEB 15, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
If this were a beer that I could get by walking in to my local pub and throwing down $2, it would be a perfect beer. It has the feel of an old standby. It is terribly welcoming with its caramel sweetness which is given definition by light elegant chocolate. You won't taste the alcohol, but you knonw it's there, charming you into saying nice things about the beer in your review. I probably won't buy it again--too expensive. And MdV is once again to blame.