MetalNHopHead (1431) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - OCT 17, 2015
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Backwoods Bastard is the only barrel aged Scotch Ale I have to compare Traquair House Ale to. Itís a flattering comparison, yet both are so different from one another. Unlike Backwoods Bastard (or countless other barrel brews), Traquair House is medium-bodied and extremely smooth. Aroma is malty and rich with hints of syrup. Flavor has dark fruit, caramel, toasted malt, and a hint of smoke. Aging has given the beer some oak smells and tastes, but the influence is smartly subdued. íBout time I had a Scotch Ale from Scotland. Damn glad I started with this one.
HuskerTan (1700) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - OCT 17, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A- Dark cherries, dark fruits, molasses, subtle vinegar.
A- Black color, black liquid, tan head.
T- Dark fruits, cherries, cocoa, malty, subtle booze, raisins, plums.
P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, slightly medicinal finish.
O- Finally a scotch ale from their homeland. Full of dark fruits and cherry and smooooooooth. A bit of a medicine tasting finish which hurt a little but still very tasty.
solidfunk (7627) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - OCT 12, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Some oak and basement musk. A hint of caramel and smoke. Pours dark brown with good head. Some bitterness in finish. Ok. Bottle from outlet liquors.
nordic (423) - Tartu, ESTONIA - OCT 9, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark red-brown color. Aroma of caramel, alcohol hints. Taste: warming, berries, light caramel, wine, rich & complex. Good beer.
edgallow (3639) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 5, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
16.9 oz bottle pours brown with a tan head. Aroma of fruit, caramel, and oak. Taste is toffee, plums, and coffee.
rodabod (3) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 1, 2015 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Waiitrose in Edinburgh. Aroma is caramel/toffee and slight butterscotch. Hops are very subdued which helps the other flavours to shine. There are also slight stewed/dried fruit aromas like prunes and figs.
Appearance is dark like maybe a porter. Not a huge amount of head which is off-white.
Taste is medium-sweet. This is basically a classic Wee Heavy, and own of the last remaining real examples of the style.
Body is medium, but feels quite viscous. Carbonation is medium. Iím glad itís not too strong as it doesnít suit this style.
Overall, Iím so glad to have found this classic. Iíve tried Founderís - Dirty Bastard, Oskar Blues - Old Chub, and Brewdog Dogma which all love, but itís great to try a real old time classic of the style. Fantastic.
mR_fr0g (9266) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at the Tropical Croydonia tasting. 01/07/2015. Many thanks to Paul and JackL for these.
2011 vintage. Aroma is nice raisin dried fruits, figs nutty malts, some alcohol. Light caramel brown coloured pour with a thin tan head. Flavour is composed of woody, booze, dried fruit, jam, little tang, some sugars. Palate is light / medium body, little age, lowish carbonation. 7,3,7,3,14
1991 vintage. Aroma is woody, soy, jammy fruits. Flavour is more jammy and dried fruit. Boozy fruit cake. Better. 6,3,8,3,15
1985 vintage. Aroma holds more sherry note, little tart, nutty soy. Flavour is composed of jam, earthy wood, little musty wood. 6,3,7,3,13.
1977 vintage. More umami, soy. Rasisn and booze, tart berry, jammy fig. plum. Still some carbonation on this bottle.
Zlotta (2161) - Hagen, GERMANY - AUG 16, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
0.33 l bottle from FIRMA BIER, bottled in august 2014 (one year old). Clear, dark red with a thin, frothy, slowly diminishing, tan head. Sweetish-malty aroma of raisins, blackcurrant, plums, molasses and licorice. Sweetish-malty taste of molasses, cane sugar, licorice, raisins and blackcurrant, followed by a short, slightly bitter, coffeish finish. Medium body, slightly oily mouthfeel, average carbonation. Quite tasty but also not that interesting. Decent brew without any surprises.
poolstar (43) - Staffordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
dark beer, malts . liquorice, some dark fruits,strong boozy aftertaste, decent beer
colui72 (662) - HONG KONG - AUG 11, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Excellent ale. Dark amber-brown with creamy tan head. Aroma of malts and molasses. Taste adds caramel, roasted dark malts and the oak left a smoky-woody aroma. Low bitter ending. Smooth and easy to drink.