chriso (7347) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2003
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
I found this one tucked away in a box in the loft. God only knows how long it had been there - nearly 10 years I reckon. No "drink by" date on the bottle. Colour was a rather murky deep red/tawny. Strong malt on the aroma, but also a pronounced woody whiff. A bit musty. Tell tale cardboardy oxidised flavours although there was black treacle/toffee/liquorice lurking in there too. Finished sweet with syrupy molasses, not much hop and a metallic tang. Past it I'm afraid. Must get a fresher sample and re-rate. Bottled, December 2003.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice dark reddish/brown like color,small white head that lasted for a short time but managed to leave a decent lace behind.Sweet malt taste with a decent hint of fruit,caramel and lightly hoppy.This is a malt lover dream IMO,very well done,not as good as the jacobite as i remember but very close and nicely flavorful.The finish is malty and sweet with a mild hop punch.This is definately a must try brew for folks.Especially for the Scotch ale buffs which i am.
Kinz (3274) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 13, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep red, small white head left a lasting ring. Aroma reminds me of the fudge swirl ice cream I remember from my childhood, the kind with that nice, gooey strand of fudge that was almost liquid, not that thin ribbon of brown food coloring that some inferior creameries tried to pull off. Yeah, and there were some hops too. Aroma is nicely malty, and I'm still drawn back to my fudge ripple comparison. In a way, this has more in common with a barley wine than many Scottish Ales I've had. Good stuff.
Silphium (3167) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 10, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A dark red beer, with an off-white head and moderate lacing. Strong apple aroma, with darker fruits evident. Apple and raisin flavors overpower traditional "twigs 'n berries" notes.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amber-brown body under tan head. Complex woodsy and sweet aroma. Similarly complex taste but very, very good.
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 7, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
#175: Beautiful bunt oak color with a thin white head. Sweet and slightly pungent aroma, reminiscent of a lambic. Strong oaky taste that envelops your tongue with malty goodness and leaves behind a woody aftertaste.
SirTom (88) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 6, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Good, but not as good as previous times I've had it. I prefer their jacobite over this.
3fourths (7976) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 5, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep red and brown appearance. Sweet, apple and cinnamon spice aroma. Sublte flavors initially in the mouth, then appearing smooth, with some honey, apple, and wood. Weak yes... not much there.
skortila (4467) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - DEC 4, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hoppy smell, bit fruity, some malts. Quite sweet. Dark red coloured, clear. Thin head. Taste is watery, malty, fruity and hoppy. Bit weak. More bitter in the end.
caesar (5046) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - DEC 4, 2003
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear dark color, short dying head. Aroma of roasted malts, fruity. Taste is of roasted malts, rye, bit fruity, nothing special. Dry and bitter palate, as we expect from an english style.