ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reviewed 2/9/13.16.9 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.
A: Pours a deep cola brown color. The head is a one finger white shade which quickly descends into a thin film. Lacing is okay.
S: This is quite caramel-forward in its malt profile, and also some biscuity malt/yeast interplay as well. Thereís an element of dry chocolate here, alongside some brown sugar, molasses I have some trouble detecting the oak barrel here, but itís not a negligible presence. Quite pleasant.
T: At first, I notice some vaguely smoky caramel malts, before giving way to some brown sugar and molasses. The exhales present a lot of smoky chocolate on the palate - and is probably my least favorite aspect of this, due to how dangerously close they come to tasting like flatulence. Unlike Jacobite, thereís a faint presence of leafy, herbal finishing hops which helps balance the sweet maltiness in conjunction with the barrel tannins. Not particularly complex, but it goes down with superb ease.
M: Extremely clean and dry finishing. A slight amount of alcohol-concealing residual sugar lingers past the initial tannin presence - however after a while the tannic quality accumulates, which goes even further toward drying the palate out. I might even surmise that the heavy (but not harsh) dryness kills its potential complexity. Firm yet gentle carbonation helps ease this one down superbly.
O: Personally, Iím more inclined to prefer a less bone-dry Scotch ale (like Old Chub). Iím also a bit let down in its lack of depth; but on the flipside, the drinkability this presents is impressive. All things considered, a bit too expensive ($8/16.9 oz) given that it seemingly focuses on drinkability over complexity. That doesnít mean it isnít very good, however.
blackisle (698) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - SEP 15, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 33cl. Deep but clear chestnut brown, one finger frothy tan head, recedes after a while to a thin layer that lasts, minor lacing; aroma sweet roasted malts, brown sugar, caramel, licorice, raisins, coffee notes; taste mild sweetbitter, roasted caramel notes; full body, creamy texture and mouthfeel, average carbonation; lingering mild roasty bittersweet finish with toffee and woody undertones. Very well-balanced, I like its creaminess.
Hrc_Cro (57) - Zagreb, CROATIA - SEP 13, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
0.33l bottle. Dark brown color with small brown fast disappearing head. Aroma of caramel and coffee. Finish is nice coffee, little bitterness. Classy beer.
Alengrin (1716) - BELGIUM - SEP 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Vintage tasting at the Kulminator (18 year old bottle). A very classic and famous Scotch íwee heavyí with complex fruity and malty aroma, coffee, orange, walnuts, calvados, vanilla; sweet malty taste, dried fruits, citrus peel, mellow but thinnish mouthfeel probably as a result of the long ageing, roasted bitterness in the finish. A great experience this was, now letís purchase a young one for comparison...
rollsrace (59) - - SEP 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted on 3/14/2014. Got it for $7.27 a bottle. This ale seems dark for a Scottish ale being slightly amber but mostly dark brown. A robust flavor followed by a slightly sour finish. I can tell itís aged in oak, but not smokey or whiskeyish.
tillmac62 (192) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - AUG 22, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
BBD June 18. Dark amber pour with a deep dark ruby cast. Exceptional head, lacing and retention. Rich nose of dark fruit and malt - figs, raisins and plums against a rich malt sweetness. The body is heavy medium with a nice slick, almost creamy, texture. Normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence on the finish. The flavor profile is complex and well balanced. While not as intense as Jacobite, it follows the nose as well. The dark fruits flow into a light hop bitterness over a slightly sweet dark malt background. The smooth finish leaves a bit of lingering oak.
Douberd (2286) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - AUG 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Traquair House Ale) Bottle 330 ml at home, poured into a snifter. BB 2023. ABV 7.2%
Deep brown red colour on the body, one finger of thin tan head sitting on top. Average retention, it leaves light lacing around the glass after it has collapsed and with every swirl of the glass.
Aroma of caramel, red fruits, light vanilla, some wood even, hints of alcohol. Taste follows the aroma, caramel, light vanilla, slightly nutty, red stewed fruits, mildly sweet all in all, some roast character too. Very good. Faint bitterness on the aftertaste.
Medium thin body, Iíd like it a bit thicker. Good carbonation though. Slightly sticky palate.
Nice, tasty beer.
Benzai (8214) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 16, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ weekly tasting shared by Dutchdrebus and Ansjelaah. Dark brown color with a nice dark red glare coming through, medium to full sized beige head that lasts for a decent while. Aroma is quite faint, donít get much really. Taste is malts, a bit thin, lightly a hint of roastyness, a hint of raisins and dark fruits, lightly bitter. Decent body, medium carbonation.
gopherfan99 (457) - CROATIA - AUG 10, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, pours brown with a thin khaki head, has a light caramel aroma, taste is sweet caramel with some dark fruit and hints of chocolate, yeast, and vanilla, light bitter dry finish, alcohol is subtle, nice beer
ansjelaah (1374) - Westelbeers, NETHERLANDS - AUG 5, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @benzai. Dark brown color with a off-white head. Smells roasty, malts. Tastes watery, roasty, malts, iron, dark fruits.
DutchDrebus (4003) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - AUG 5, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ benzai. Dark amber colour, small off-white head. Smells sweetish, malts, some herbs.. Not a lot of smell. Tastes sweetish, slightly iron/rust, malts, hint of caramel. Not bad. Medium body, aoft carbo.