leeburg (227) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - FEB 5, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2009 Iced tea brown, off-white head. A little wet smelling, prunes, brown sugar, some yeast. Malty with a slight meat flavor, which reflects the interesting aroma. Quite lightly carbonated, and a lingering mildly bitter finish. Interesting and decent brew.
eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - NOV 6, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong, mulchy aroma with a taste that suits its scent. Sour tasting. Raisins. Like a sour, thick expresso. Not bad, but not worth its $5 per bottle price tag (and only 11.2 ABV!) The Traquair Jacobite Ale is much, much better!
BCAR (221) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Seems to be a nice representation of an English ale: Musty, sweet and dark. Forward is the sweetness followed by a nice malt body and a short, bitter end. I enjoyed this because of its ability to transport me to its origin.
ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 17, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
sweet tobacco smell, with a bit of the alcohol making it to my nose, too. it tastes like smoky/burnt chocolate, with a trace of a berry sweetness. the bitterness prevails in the end, making for a nice lingering aftertaste. melikes.
wulfhere (217) - Billings, Montana, USA - FEB 5, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown, but translucent. Mild head with decent retention and some fine bubbles. No lace to speak of.
Noce is malty, with an apple cidery edge. Caramel, molasses, a touch of peat smoke.
Warming as it goes down, with a moderate bitter-sweet finish.
janir (216) - Oulu, FINLAND - AUG 13, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish-brown, deep’n’dark coke-like color with creamy and lacy, beige head. Aroma is syrupy, roasty malty and fruity with mild hoppiness. Flavor is very smooth and sweet, also sugary, roasty malty and fruity with moderate hoppiness. Quite full-bodied and oily palate
lagomswedish (213) - UmeŚ, SWEDEN - JAN 18, 2007
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Systembolaget. Iíve got to be honest - after the first sniff and sip of this beer I hated it. I even contemplated a drain pour, but Iím glad I didnít because this beerís aroma transformed remarkably so many times during the 30 minutes I sipped it.
Upon opening I was hit by bubblegum (just like the gob-stoppers I used to buy as a child) and a distinct metallic nose. The beer poured a red tea colour with fizzy sepia head that foamed and frothed itself out in under a minute. My first sip reminded me of busgrogg, a Swedish ídrinkí where you mix a cheap low strength beer with a dash of moonshine. The alcohol is very obvious, dominating the very thin palate and leaving a sensation like youíve just garggled with mouthwash.
What saved this beer from certain 2-point-something was the way the aroma evolved in the glass. From bubblegum it shifted to sweet porridge and oats, then caramel and finally delicious butterscotch. Iíve never experienced such a transformation before - which lifted this otherwise strange brew out from the very ordinary to the rather intriguing.
beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 5, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle. I have been wanting to try this for a while but was unable to stomach the price...but I caved, and am happy I did. poured an amber murkey color with a small whiteish head with good lacing. A caramel, sweet malty aroma leads into a superbly balanced taste. the malt is semi sweet and just rightly sized for the bitter hop complement. The malt is smokey, toasted, dry with a nice bitter end. the smoke tatse is pleasantly prominate. Really enjoyed it!
unstablefable (210) - SCOTLAND - FEB 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a slightly hazy chestnut with. Very thin head, but plenty of lacing around the edges. Aroma is toffee, vanilla, some nice subtle oaky notes. Taste is pleasant bitterness which is off set by a sweet malty backbone some alchohol burn.
MarinaMarket (207) - POULSBO, Washington, USA - OCT 10, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dirty brown pour, exquisite off-white head, clinging to brandy snifter. Nice legs, smokey alcohol nose, hint of dark fruit, maybe date. Sweet, wood, biscuit, and alcohol flavor. A bit of tart on the thin finish. Slight bitter lingering on my tongue. Really changes as it gets some air. Tasted from the bottle @ 60F.