BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - MAR 19, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark malt fruit aroma, prune especially noticeable. Dark fruitiness also strong on the palate but has a clean fresh minty balance in the second half and drying hoppiness in the finish. Licorice notes appear in the aftertaste.
Dougal (130) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 13, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tastes like Oak barrels and smoked planks of wood. Deep rich red/black color. Malty textures with a hint of tannic acid.
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 5, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good Scottish ale. Smokey malt and oak flavor. Finishes with a smooth bitter flavor.
TheTsunami (162) - Arizona, USA - FEB 21, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Interesting. Woody aroma. Deep brown color. Little head that was gone almost immediately. Initial flavor was sweet but then it started to focus into more of a bar-b-que flavor. medium to light body. Short finish.
Voivod (304) - Como, ITALY - FEB 10, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ruby colour with disappearing head. The taste is very complex: it's malty, with light traces of caramel and wine flavour and it's a bit salty. Very particular, but not really my favourite beer.
mickblueeyes (106) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 9, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This almost-black beer has ruby glints and a nice, medium head. The nose is of coffee, burnt grains, raisin and light alcohol. The palate is richly malty and accentuated by caramely and chocolatey nuances. As the palate moves toward the finish there is a moment of winey-like fruit which results in a very port-like beer. The finish is long and nutty.
Kåstå (1273) - 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