3daddict (139) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUL 31, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark ruddy brown pour with a thin light tan head. My mouth is near watering in anticipation of this brew after going into a fit and waxing all poetic about Jacobite. These folks are masters, toasted malt scent was perfect. The smooth, smokey understated malted flavor had perfect carbonation and once again the brew evaporated before my eyes. I do favor the Jacobite but this is splitting hairs and the House Ale is a majestic brew. But why, oh why, does it have to be so damn expensive?
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUL 22, 2005
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours medium brown/dark ruby with no head. aroma is all dark fruits and alcohol. Very vinous. Initial flavor has some sweet caramel malt, but again turns wine-like with a huge alcohol kick. Can’t believe this is only 7.2%.
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - JUL 16, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich mahogany color with a soft head and silky lacing. Fine malty aroma with cherries, dried fruit and touch of sherry. Malty and fairly sweet, toasty caramel with chocolate and a little butterscotch in the flavor. Medium to full bodied, very smooth and seemed a little oily on the tongue. Lightly bitter and warm in the finish. Really good.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 8, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Spiced raisins, dates and a good bit of alcohol and peat in the aroma. Poured rum brown with a sliver of a white head. Molasses-like texture and the flavors of bourbon spiced bread pudding. Very malty and full. The alcohol flavors actually would lead me to believe it was 10% rather than 7.2% but I have noticed many Scottish brews often taste more alcoholic than they actually are. it is kind of the inverse of the Belgian trademark of masking alcohol.
BlueDevil0206 (122) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 12, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2005 Bottled. Poured into a snifter. Appeared a deep cloudy garnet hued brown with a small head that quickly faded and left a thin ring of head around the perimeter of the glass. Aroma was of sherry and malt and figs/dates with some caramel sweetness and a bit of alcohol. Flavor is of sweet crystal malt and toffee and a bit of harsh charcoalish roasted malt and some peat comes through as well. Dried fruit definitely has a large role in the flavor of this beer: raison, fig, date and cherry. Some peppery spiciness too. Some hop bitterness is apparent though no hop flavor. Alcohol is hidden well but slightly apparent in the dry finish. The flavor profile is very complex in this beer, I would like to have it again to further anaylze. It would be great aged. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and silky smooth and adequately carbonated. Interesting beer.
marcus (8010) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 10, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This dark brown ale poured with a miniscule tan head, eliciting a malty aroma. There was an initial chocalate flavor with a slightly bitter finish. A very pleasant and interesting example of scotch ale, which had mellowed from 2 years of aging.
MiP (14563) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUN 4, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Malty aroma, slightly roasted. Chestnut colour, small head. Flavour is malty, sharpish. Aftertaste is also a bit sharp.
HogTownHarry (6371) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 3, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2005 Bottle (330ml) At Le Select Bistro. This one smelled extremely yeasty - beyond bread dough - still in the bottle - I thought maybe it was off. Poured with very little head, rich and cloudy amber colour, cloudy but fast-settling. Aroma of and mild yeast. Not much carbonation. Tastes to me like a very pleasant blend of a good ESB and a good scotch ale. I want to buy a case!
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very nice ESA. I liked the smoothness and how well the alcohol was hidden. There was a complexity of flavors that added to my enjoyment. Dry nut not over dry finish, I did not find it overly sweet
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 29, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is dark ruby brown with a thin tan head...smell is very malty and sweet...some caramel too...peat flavor for sure...sweet dark fruits...finish is a little vegetal...