MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - MAR 6, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice auburn color with a moderate head that fades pretty quickly. Interesting scent on this one, with molasses, soy, maple syrup, spice, and who knows what else. Flavor is of licorice, brown sugar, bread, caramel, and, again, who knows what else. Enjoyed it, but, due to its complexity, need to revisit it to get a better handle on the flavors.
heykevin (1272) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - FEB 26, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good, thick malty beer. Spicy with plums and figs. Sweet finish. Maybe I expected a little more out of this, but I couldnít help being a wee bit disappointed.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 23, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
It has a deep woody/wine character to it. Certainly a slow sipper.
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 13, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2005 Brownred hue. Malty and spicy nose with a hint of almonds. The flavor is syrupy with toffee and chocolate tones and a large bitterness combined with some almond notes. It dies rather quickly. It will hoppefully grow with maturation. I have a few stored away and will return to them in a couple of years.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 8, 2002
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I feel this is a huge ripoff. Maybe I cracked it open too warm, maybe the oak cask flavor, but this one did me wrong. I prefer a Robert the Bruce or Old Jock any day.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very, very good stuff. Nice and dark, extremely malty, warming, thick, and with a slight madeira quality. About as good as an ale can get. My only complaint is, why $5 a bottle? Itís very good, but I feel that I am being taken advantage of when I buy this stuff. Itís like I can see someone at the brewery counting his money and laughing. MacAndrews Scotch (now Stock) Ale is just about as good, and priced more reasonably. I donít usually complain about a beerís price, and will gladly pay $5 a bottle for something different, but this beer does not have any special characteristics to justify the steep price. Itís just very good, but there are other very good beers out there. And the bottle isnít even 12 oz! Rating down two points for being overpriced.
omhper (18326) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 21, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark nut brown. Very malty, and rich with notes of caramell, oak and smoke. Salty and well balanced.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2002
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 29, 2010 Damn. This was good. Smooth flavors of caramel/butterscotch and the like. Very enjoyable.
duff (5484) - Lund, SWEDEN - DEC 30, 2001
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good scotch ale, nice dark fruit flavour, malty, chocolatey. A bit edgey on the finish, but it was a great beer.
npdempse (933) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 26, 2001
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Iíll have to go back and give this a try sometime when I donít have a stuffy head. Though my taste was somewhat impaired, this stuff seemed pretty impressive: rich, smoky malts, spicy hop notes and a powerful bitterness.