bierkoning (9999) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JUN 4, 2002
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bought in 1985 and hidden in my cellar all those years. Alc % on the label: 6%. Overwhelming porto aroma. Carbonation has almost disappeared. Porto taste with blackcurrant, raisins and pure chocolate. A bit metallic and buttery aftertaste. A very special beer that has survived 17 years of storage under less than ideal circumstances well.
joet (2121) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUN 3, 2002
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet malts, full aroma, spicy finish. A full flavored, mild nosed Scottish Ale with some tobacco pepper back. Delicious and genteel.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 2, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I prefer the Orkney Skullsplitter, personally. Decent flavor and very complex. A bit bitter. Strong and very malty.
Indra (2591) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUN 2, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Heady, indulgently fruity aroma. About the darkest but still distinguishable red/brown color Iíve seen. Extremely fine carbonation, interesting effervescence for a beer of this style. Served at approx. 60 F in a brandy snifter, Iím convinced this is the way to go. Slightly smoky, rich fruit flavor in the malt, and just a touch of light hops for the finish. Overall, a bit on the sweet side, but well balanced. Some alcohol to be noticed here, even though the % is lower than expected. Definitely a terrific strong Scottish style ale, the most complex Iíve had to date.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 31, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smells like homemade wine. Looks like brewed ice tea. Strong and malty. Thick, good mouthfeel. Very nice.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2002
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Amazing!...Find it, but it, savor it.
Kevbo99 (149) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2002
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Great drink. Warming, refreshing and the alcohol is well hidden. The aroma is breathtaking. I would recommend this to anyone.
Suttree (5013) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 20, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Heavy, Malty big brew. Good with steak or any red meat.
Ernest (6142) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 13, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2006 Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark brown. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel), with notes of vanilla and sherry, hint of alcohol.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lighlty to moderately bitter, lightly acidic, lightly sweet. Medium body, watery
texture, lively carbonation. Doesnít do much for me, but who the hell knows how fresh it is?
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a darn good ale and a fine Scottish ale. Extremely malty and peaty in the nose and on the tongue. Dry enough not to be cloying. Very alcoholic, but it is well hidden and reminiscent of a fine barleywine. Deep auburn to mahogony color with a medium sized, quickly dissipating head. Very good.