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 (2522) - 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
Duffbeer (192) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2002
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very odd after taste. I didn’t like this partcular ale, but some people obviously do.
hopscotch (8460) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 31, 2002
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2012 Bottle... This beer rocks!... An incredible, sparkling dark amber hue with a small, creamy, off-white head. Mostly diminishing. The aroma is thick with malt and caramel. Chocolate and toffee notes. Plenty of alcohol in the nose as well. Full-bodied with a syrupy mouthfeel. Heavily malty and lightly tangy up front, the flavor is a swirl of alcohol, dark chocolate and caramel flanked by perfectly balanced malt and hops on the backside. A lengthy, somewhat dry and bitter finish with undertones of sweet, sweet alcohol. A very nice Scotch ale. World class beer! I look forward to trying the Jacobite ale as well.
SilkTork (5068) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2002
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2012
Aug, 2003 There is a lot going on in this dark ruby ale - the pale and dark malts combining with the East Kent Goldings to produce a range of flavours from which you can take your pick, but fresh anthracite coal with a splash of breast milk from an alcoholic mother mixed with coca-cola is what I found. The hops are over stewed and over used, resulting in a stodgy bitterness. That stodgy bitterness is the only moment of balance I found, blending, as it does, rather nicely with the stodgy damp wood of the malt. There are sharper features to counter the stodge, but these tend to be chocolate tinged, which doesn’t really add anything of interest. Overall, a rather heavy going and awkward beer which has plenty of flavours but without control or style. The brewery’s Jacobite is more controlled and delightful; indeed, something of a masterpiece. But this house ale feels crudely thrown together like a homebrew. There’s flavours here, and some will like it purely because they can taste something - but those who like their beer flavours to draw an intelligent picture rather than just be slapped on the canvas, will be disappointed. [2.7]
Sept, 2012 330ml brown glass bottle from Dobbies. There are flavours here for sure - treacle and spices and some alcohol warmth. The fermenting is done in wooden vats, so there should be character as well, but the filtering takes the edge off that - which is a shame. This is an OK beer, and there’s much to like - though not as much as one would want to like. I am enjoying this much more than I apparently did back in 2003, but there’s still a feeling that the ingredients or the brewing method is not doing as much as it could to make the most of the potential. Bottle conditioning would help, though I suspect there’s something else. Fermenting temperature a little too low perhaps? [3.5]
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - OCT 25, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had a few bottles of this tonight. Pleasant nose of spice, dried fruit (raisin, date, etc.)
pepper, anise, and alcohol. Pours a dark ruby copper brown. The huge rocky tan head is
tight but not fully lasting. The lacing is good. The brew initially tastes sweet with a very
warm alcoholic middle, and the finish is sweet as well with a port like quality. The rich
full soft body is syrupy with a finish that feels alcoholic. Makes a nice late night warmer
now that things are cooling off. Reminds me of McEwans Scottish Ale.