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 (8031) - 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 (4505) - 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 (5123) - 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.
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - DEC 2, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very tasty. Looks a little light after the pour. However the taste was incredible. Nice dark malty taste with a medium mouthfeel. A nice bitter finish. A great scotch beer.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 2, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep dark bronze color with a nice white creamy head and excellent lacing. Smells of alcohol, muskat grapes, figs, caramel, hops, oak, port. Flavor is sooo malty and caramely delicous. Balanced finish and a nice zesty mouthfeel. This is a world class scottish for sure.
Reid (1899) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 30, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I really dunno what glass to pour this into so I finally chose myChimay Glas, turned out to be a good choice as in the chalice the beer looks most excellent stuff a deep smoky red with a nice sized tannish head that dissapates to the most fantastic ring and lace all over the glass..great.
The smell of this excellent ale is strong, but it materfuly balanced between the strong dark fruitness and a lighter smoky chocolaty aroma.
Ahh what an amazing taste to this brew..tastes like the best Rum christmas pudding ever with the added extras of dark chocolate and black espresso chocolate..and this taste stays around to visit for a while..very nice.
Very very good feeling on the taste buds..this is "A-1" stuff all round
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2003
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice ale with a combination of chocolate and caramel flavors we with a bit heavy malt flavor. Quite good but McEwans is cheaper and better.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Color is a of a chestnut brown, no real head appeared as I poured it slowly into a 10 oz tulip, just a few big bubbles, no real lace either. Aroma is all malts, loads of caramel, sweet, dark, with a earthy undertone of tobacco and wet wood. Taste is super mellow of caramel, dark toffee, some dark fruit notes of plum and banana, the malts are provided all over the place, but not thick, more so of a very clean and softly calming chewyness, thinnish to the point of becoming non-existent really. Not very flavorful. Some notes of hazelnut and molasses poke through as it warms but nothing sticks out really. Kinda boring and plain. Feel is a bit thin, the front of this is like water, nothing there, but luckily it picks up some and renders some light heft over the middle and has a smooth lightly sticky, calm, malty sweet finish that doesn't last all that long. Not something I'd buy again, nearly forgetable.