haddon90 (1451) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 4, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown/mahagony color wiht a slim head. Nice malty nose with some raisin's and toffee in the aroma. Nice smooth taste. Not too overpowering. Malty, hint of hops, leaves you wanting more. Very glad I bought this bottle at McScrooge's Wine and Liquor in Knoxville, TN.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 1, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This stuff is pretty darn good. Dark in colour and brown with a thin brown head. Lots of malts in the nose but concentrated chemical thing going on. The taste is malty with a slight kick of hops.
Side note: I have this professor who is scottish (well, not really, hes south african) and he says trachea like traquair. Just a side note.
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled. This was rather boring. Tasted and looked like a Scottish Ale but that was it.
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - JAN 29, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2004 Interesting and rich, an excellent example of Scottish ale. Makes me wish I had a thistle. Kind of the doublebock of the ale world. Nice drying finish, good balance of malt and hops. Great body and perfect carbonation.
sayravai (4674) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 24, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 5, 2007 (Bottled) Quite clear, very dark reddish brown color with a small, creamy and tanned head. Caramely, very malty, roasty, oaky and fruity aroma with pear and plums. Roasted-malty, toffee-caramely, vinous flavor with dried fruit, oak, and hints of chocolate. Dryish, slightly harshly bitter-oaky finish. Alcohol is very well hidden. Medium to full-bodied, very smooth palate with medium, soft carbonation. Very nice and enjoyable, but not quite as good as Belhaven Wee Heavy or Traquair Jacobite Ale!
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a nut brown color with excellent clarity and head. Mild toffee, robust malt nose. Smells like I'm in for a treat. Great beer, excellent flavors that tingle your mouth. Sweet and very, very malty. Cannot tell at all its 7%. I wish I had another.
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Coppery brown w/ minimal off white head, but laces well. Lightly smoky and very malty aroma. Chocolate aroma appears as it warms as well as caramel and some woody notes. Light alcohol and hints of diacetyl as it warms as well. Caramel malt and alcohol seems to dominate flavor as well as some green apple and woody notes mid palate. Very well balanced w/ a mildly sweet caramel finish and dry, light hop flavored aftertaste. Medium bodied w/ low level of carbonation, slightly astringent, and warming alcohol mouthfeel. I've had this before, but haven't rated it. I seemed to remember this being complex in a different and better fashion than this bottle. I don't remember the diacetyl from past bottles, nor the hop flavor in the finish. Probably a very fresh bottle that could stand some aging?
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark red or garnet with a thick, fluffy tan head. The aroma is both grainy and fruity. Nice whole grains and nuts accompanied by dark, ripe plum, raisin, fig and sweet apples. A nice, silky body with a pleasant feeling on the tongue. A little warming with the alcohol. Nice combinations of fruity malt last throughout the bottle and really give a nice feeling for the entirity of the experience. A well-crafted and tasty beer from the folks at Traquair House.
TheBeerGod (5223) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 12, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a dark reddish brown. Medium tan head. The nose is met with caramel, fruit, spice and a hint of wood. The taste more caramel, a hint of burnt wood, light alcohol, some sugar and light spice. I liked this better than the Jacobite.
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.