JonMoore (2058) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 22, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown with ruby hues, off white head. Malty aroma. Sweet malty taste with dark fruits, raisins, caramel. Full bodied, , moderate carbonation, creamy. Very good.
highlandlad (1456) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - APR 19, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A bonny strong Scots ale, best appreciated in small quantities. Poured a nut-brown colour with a short, lasting head. Thickly alcoholic aroma, dank and fetid like truffles marinated in treacle. Earthy character, similar to one or two lambics. Full, creamy palate. Full-flavoured, with plenty of sweet malt upfront, then some raisins, spice and a peppery astringent finish. Complex but a little too tart in the finish for my taste. (Bottle)
Garrat (1323) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - APR 10, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
From A Bottle.Auburn in colour with a small head,aroma is malty,
taste is sweet,malty with some yeast and caramel.
Nuffield (3953) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 9, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I know I’ve heard some people say that this beer really rocks...and I absolutely loved the Jacobite, so I was readying for an overwhelming beer. Expectations set too high, perhaps. But I think the current average (3.73 in April 2005) is right on target. It poured a deep ruby with brown hues and a yellow spectrum at the edge; a moderate off-white head on my pour. Dark fruit, caramel aroma, with some alcohol effervescene and a richly woody-cherry aroma, like a good Flemish Sour perhaps. Big sweetness filled my mouth at first, marking this out as a beer with Scottish roots. There was a strongly vintage quality, though this bottle isn’t that old, I think. I was pleased by the raisin, woody, fruity flavors, but struck by a metallic astringent finish that didn’t please. The palate was rich of malts and had an early frothiness but it seemed to lose life quickly and as it went limper the astringency took hold. So, overall, there is lots to like but I think the overall effect was a bit less than desired. Still, overall satisfying.
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 8, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown with a white head. Aroma full of cherries and malt, there is something else in the background that I just can;t put my finger on. Body is on the fuller side, flavor filled with fermented cherries, malt, caramel, and alcohol. A nice brew.
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 5, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Gabriella, Viking Line ferry Helsinki-Stockholm Backlog 3 April, 2005
Dark ruby, almost no head. Dark fruits in taste, like christmas pudding. Complex. Rich. Long lingering aftertaste. A contemplating drink.
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - APR 4, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber colour. Malty buttery nose. spicy roasted flavour. A little sour.
asheft (2891) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Darkish ruddy amber that’s almost clear, with a cream cover that just barely covers the top. Aroma is roasty and toasty and melanoidiny with notes of grain and raisin. The taste and aroma is kind of aged, with all the raisin and spicy melanoidins. The mild bitterness may come partly from hops, but there is definitely a contribution from the dark malts. Good amount of residual sweetness that may be a little much for me without some more bitterness. Medium to full body with a fair amount of carbonation.
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 3, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Brown colour with a small tan head. Light roasted raisin aroma and a sweet raisin light roasred dry bitter taste. Medium body and a sweet bitter dry finish.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - APR 1, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was intriguing. Well, the aroma of raisin and malts was right there. Poured dark, with little head. taste was cherry/oak and some sour and coffee. Finished strong. This was a pleasant surprise.