Eructoblaster (3288) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 20, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful brown/ruby body with a thin off-white head. Vinous nose with evident hints of caramel, chocolate, raisin and cherries. Taste is complex and well balanced. Caramel, chocolate and fruity flavors are followed by a long and bitter oaky final. Thank you very much, PrimeMinister!
Rastacouere (6153) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 16, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brownish burgundy hue with a fully diminishing off-white head. Aroma is fully half like a great plum pudding and half like a chocolate cake. Slight vinous counterparts accompany this marzipan married cakefruity royal malt and give it all kinds of fruity suggestions among which stand out grapes, dates, cherries.. Full bodied, complex mouthfeel. Gentle oaky acidity supported by medium effervescence carry the caramel and chocolate with success. Subtle alcohol and peat hints accompany the sweet, but vinous malty finish. Traquair owns the malt.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 13, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, Smokeless Joe’s, Toronto. Poured a deep syrupy looking brown, very little head. Strong malt and whiskey flavours, very little carbonation. As it warmed, flavours and alcohol became more intense. Slightly bitter finish but again, this is overshadowed by the alcohol. I thought it tasted a little stale as well, like it was sitting in the bottle for a little too long (even though that shouldn’t have affected this sort of beer). Not bad, but maybe a little disappointing.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JUN 13, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a cloudy brown color with an off white head. Strong chocolate aroma. Tsate was nice and malty with a smokey finish. Great for a Scotch Ale.
Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - JUN 13, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
good beer, very impressed, pours a dark cloudy brown color, rich and chocolatey taste, strong aroma, very malty.
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!