HoppyBunny (88) - Temptation, Michigan, USA - JAN 11, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Upon first taste it was bitter but smooth, smell of cherry was my first thought. Nice head upon pour, but deminished quickly. For the style of beer it was pretty good.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 11, 2004
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with thin tan head. Cherry and malt nose. Syrupy oak flavor with warm alcohol mouth. Nice finish.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - JAN 10, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Really nice red orange dark color, tan head. Lovely aroma of malt and fruit. Big malty, meaty flavor. Chewey thick. Some smokey undertones. One of the best scottish ales that I have had, period.
JMerritt (1771) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Red-auburn color. Head is large and white, formed of many small, tightly-grouped bubbles. Head falls after a few minutes, except for a thin film and thick, frothy ring. Caramel malt, alcohol, and red grape aroma is somewhat merlot-ish at times. Flavor is of thick, sweet malt and wheat bread. Chewey and full palate, this stuff seems to get thicker the longer you savor it in your mouth. Alcoholic and astringent finish, and only here is the oak evident.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 7, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown crystal clear body and a quickly fading head. A nice nuttiness and roastiness to the flavor. A tad of sweetness with the many malts present. You can definetly taste the oak. The finish is a little thin with a tad of bitterness.
notalush (4789) - 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 (1977) - 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.