Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUN 10, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled. Dusty, dead tasting. Not worth my time or money. What saves it and gives is a few points is that it goes down easy, despite the rather high alcohol content.
khayman70 (154) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUN 9, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark orange and almost smokey looking in the glass, with very little head. The nose was of smoked fruit & peat. No hint of alcohol burn and a very pleasant, yet mild hops aftertaste. I have found my favorite Scotch ale. Delicious.
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 6, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
This was beautiful to the eye (a nice burnt orange color), and appealing to the nose, but the flavor was too sour and vinegar-like. The oak mustiness of this may make it more complex, but less appealing in my book.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUN 4, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
a slightly smokey yet peaty aroma that follows into the taste. Lots of nice flavors, but a little thin. A great scotch ale and definitely one of the best example of this style that I have ever had.
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - JUN 4, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This awesome brew poured muddy amber/brown with no head at all. Aroma is rich molasses with green apples. Heavy and satisfying complex flavors. Chocolate, apples, molasses, figs and smoke. This is hands down the best scotch ale I have ever had. Cheers to Traquair!
Sammy (9139) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 27, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
complex flavours in a nice scotch malty brew. Rum and Chocolate, toffee, molasses,nuts Alcohol felt, bit of barley. Slightly bitter aftertaste.
Pailhead (5272) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAY 24, 2004
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Very strong cocoa smell along with some fruit. Pours a hazy dark orangish-brown with virtually no head and slight lacing. Flavor is malty with dark chocolate the initial flavor then finishes bitter. Long lasting bitter aftertaste. I like the chocolate flavor but itís not quite balanced with the bitter finish to my liking. Still a pretty good beer though.
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 24, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dissapointing. My expectations were different, I think, and it destroyed this brew. Pours a lovely dark brown. Looks like earth sludge in my glass. Smells like a typical scotch ale. Heavy on the malt. Very heavy on the malt. What killed me though was the balance between the carbonation and the hops. I donít really like how beers from the UK always have a distinct carbonation and a distinct earthy hoppiness that makes me want to puke. I couldnít finish it. My first pour out.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 22, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours brown - almost opaque with a thick off-white head. Garnet colors show up when held to light. Aroma is roasted malts, subtle dried fruits and peat. Flavor is nice, figgy, a bit of molasses toasted malts and light hoppiness. Full body and gentle carbonation.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5168) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2004
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2011 Overall a decent brew but lacking in character. I am surprised to find this one as many places as I do. +++Sampled from an 11.2 oz brown bottle this beer pours a dark brown/black color with a small tan head that fades quickly. There is a faint sweet and fruity aroma. The palate is thick. The flavor is an off malt with a heavy essence of molasses. The molasses lingers on the finish.