Kåstå (1272) - Mol, BELGIUM - FEB 5, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber coloured beer with a medium creamy head. Fruity and woody aroma. Rather sweet, sharp taste. Bitter aftertaste.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 4, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is one of the ales that I have had in the past, forgot about because of the price, but wanted to revisit. Dark brown thick (hazy and chunky) liquid with a thin lid of beige bubbles that disappear quickly. Strong malt aroma reminiscent of many eisbock/barley wines. Initial malt and peat float through the mouth merging with caramel, toffee, and smokey salt pork. "This is a hearty brew made to be imbibed while wearing a kilt with smoked meats and sausages grilled over an open flame and brandishing a tankard and grunting manly thoughts." - Oops, maybe a little carried away there. Brandy qualities come out as this one warms. Thick malty flavors continue through to the finish. Ugh - Beer Good!
SimonPatrice (312) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 19, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep brown with reddish hints, thin but long lasting beige head. Aroma of caramel, malts, chocolate hints. Sweet, nutty, a bit oaky, slides on a thin acidity and finishes on a dryer, woody note.
Verne (261) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - JAN 12, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 6, 2004 Malt! Yeah it’s sweet but not cloying. The sweetness seems to be balanced out by the alcohol’s dryness and a mild nutty flavor. Just a great beer in this style but at the money it cost it will remain a rare treat
Gregory (357) - Pullman, Washington, USA - JAN 8, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark brown in color, nice cream head that lasts. Aroma, is nutty, slightly smokey and some fruit notes as well. The flavor is complex, starts nutty, the middle has some sweet fruit like flavors, nice hop presence helps to finish great.
beerstop (173) - Roanoke, Virginia, USA - JAN 7, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2003 THe best Scottish ale that I"ve ever had by a long shot, and certainly one of the best beers period. How bad do I wish this wasn"t $6 a bottle. Malt, Malt, Malt. Hides its alcohol content completely. I figured this was a 5% ABV. In my mind this is almost a perfect beer if you like sweet malty brews. No hints of smoke found in some Scottish Ales.
jazz88 (2509) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 30, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Brown color with a laced tan head. A lot of malt in the nose, some nuttiness, caramel, and an overall earthy tone. Like a good cigar, it leaves your mouth full of primal flavors.
ProstmanSux (102) - Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
fermenting in uncoated wooden vats imparts a touch of a oaky flavor to this unique ale.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark brown, thin off white head. malty, raisiny, toffee-ish aroma. smooth for it’s abv. nice dark fruity flavours with some herby undertones. quite good.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2002
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2003 Head began nice and frothy but settled thin like the continents seen from space...
Pounds of cherry carmel malts & a tad of chocolate too
AAhhhh!!!! Metallicness...BLAH!!!!...tryi to see past the metalicness..some chewing tobacco spit..cherries stripped of all sweetness..alcohol burn...
Metallicness subsides in time, but I won't forget it was there..tons of not-so-fresh bitterness lings around to..also, the strong presence of alcohol kills the flavor of food... Not one of my favorites