lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - JUL 27, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice dark ale with good fluffy head. It has fine complex aroma of malt, nuts; buttercakes and fine Kent Goldings hops. The taste is rich and has hints of fine malts, burnt caramel, cacao and sweet spices. It end with a rich taste and a complex bitterness.
jonwell (104) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - JUL 25, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nearly opaque brown- shines a deep red when held up to the light. Pretty neat looking. Aroma is very smoky, a bit sweet, nutty, malty, bakers chocolate, toffee... very complex! Wow, flavor is deeply smoked, burnt steak, full bodied maltiness, some more chocolate, fairly sweet toward the finish. Ends dry and begging for more! Mouthfeel is quite creamy, smooth. Very enjoyable! Best scotch ale I’ve had yet.
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - JUL 24, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2005 Copperish color with a slight head. Malty aroma, malty flavor with slight hoppiness, a bit of nuttiness, a little alcohol taste, and...oak, possibly? A little pricey (paid $6 for 11.2 oz), but a good brew.
rajendra82 (986) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JUL 22, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Red clear body with a three finger off-white head is quite attractive in my goblet. Despite having pre wetted the glassware there was excellent head retention and lacing. The aroma was sweetly fruity and a bit oxidized. The taste was vinous and peppery with definitely warming, liquor like, alcohol sensation. The mouthfeel was full bodied rich, but a bit rough around the edges. The hops were surprisingly strong for a Scotch Ale and dried the palette nicely. A good hearty offering from across the Atlantic.
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - JUL 18, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly hazed light brown pour with very little head. Looks thick with some fine bubbles rising. Malty sweet aroma with some chocolate found under wet leaves quality. Not a bad thing, really. Starts sweet, but has a spicy bite, noticeable roasted malt and alcohol. Kind of a dry bitter finish, which suprised me after how rich it looked. This beer has a lot going on, most of it good. Good beer, just not 50+ cents an ounce good.
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JUL 15, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Almost black, deep brown w/creamy head. Nose of banana, fig, date, tootsie roll with sweet roasted flavors. Large sparkle on the tongue with dark chocolate, toffee, tootsie, earth, long lingering finish with some wood notes and persisting flavors. Wow
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JUL 13, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep amber/brown color, tan head. The beer was malty, a little caramelly, with a touch of smoke. Nice fuller body, very drinkable. It wasn’t the greatest, but no mistakes were made and was pretty solid all around.
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 12, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown color, thin, white and medium laced head. Nice aroma of burnt caramel and alcohol. Very good flavor of roasted malt, alcohol and burnt caramel. I prefer its sister, Jacobite, which I think is far more complex but it’s a very good beer nonetheless.
heemer77 (5196) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUL 9, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark brown body with small bubbles. Has a small head. The aroma make me think of milk chocolate and apples. It also has a musty dankness to it that I find extremely pleasant. The taste is amazingly rich with chocolate, coffee and some smoke. Finishes sweetly like pecan pie. This is an excellent beer.
PorterPounder (6408) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma, slightly stale, smelly feet come to mind , but it is redeemed by a lingering peppermint aroma. Dark, mahogany, sparkling pour, bubbly off white head, sticks around for a while. Has some Christmas spice notes to it, with a back end of pine. Some smoky notes in there as well. Mouthfeel is a tad thin. Alcohol is apparent, not overberaing though. Overall a decent ale.