AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 14, 2004
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark murky brown color, nearly opaque. Looks almost like melted chocolate. Complex malty aroma smells carmel, chocolate, and even a little burnt but mostly sweet. Head quickly dissapates. Very rich, full, malty, nutty body... smooth. Coats the mouth nicely. Aftertaste is a bit rough, quite acidic and alcoholic. With every sip that rough aftertaste comes through stronger and stronger... must be the alcohol. A great beer, but loses points in the follow-through.
shintriad (700) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 14, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smells a bit funky, but nice grape, malt and chocolate. Rocky, brown head, fairly quickly dissipating with a bit of lacing. This was incredibly smooth, too smooth actually; it was a bit oily and could have used more carbonation. It also could have had a bit more substance to cover the alcohol. However, the balance was quite good for a Scotch ale.
rlgk (15805) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 14, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2005 Amber, offwhite head. Malty aroma, with notes of toffee and nuts. Brings a nutty, malty flavor, some toffe and creamy notes. Somewhat vinous and very complex. Great body.
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 14, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown with a quickly dissolving head. Quite a malty nose with notes of caramel and toffee. The flavour was malty as well with caramel notes. The alcohol, even though it was only 7.2, was quite noticeable, however if I was to drink a few of these I don’t think I’d care much.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 12, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
08.12.04 bottle. Pours a dark coffee brown; small head. Aromas of dirt, peat, chocolate. Flavors are complex and balanced - peat, green grapes, oak, caramel. Predominance of earthy flavors and smells throughout.
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 8, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle best before 2007. Chose this over the 2013. Flat appearance, a few loose bubbles. Red copper colour. Aroma of malt, spice and port-like alcohol like a Barley wine. Thin body but nice texture and mouth feel, ether-like. Malty flavour. Like a love child of an Old Ale and a Barleywine.
steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 7, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
duvel tulip; compliment to a hot chocolate dessert: complex and smooth. caramel, burning, spice, citrus. reminds me of jacobite in an odd way. traquair is unique.
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.