clong83 (285) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 28, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Malty aroma. Very well balanced and elegant flavor. Floral and fruit notes behind a nice malt foreground of caramel. Alcohol is there, undisguised, but is not unpleasant. Expensive, but well-worth checking out.
WeissGary (285) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAY 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Quite a nice wee beer from Traquair house (the oldest inhabited house in Scotland!). Pours a ruby red body, little to no head, quite a peaty aroma. Liquorish and malty taste with a light spice and warming finish. Lovely!
theOptimator (284) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 17, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2010 Aroma is nice, dark fruit. Earthy, oak. Appearance is very dark brown almost black. Small head. Not impresive. Looks like a glass of Coca-cola. Taste is dark fruits first, then coffee, chocolate, then oak. English esters present but fighting through all the other flavors. Many strong flavors, but not overly complex. Palate is medium. Oak and roastiness linger. Slight hotness, but barely. Overall, I like this beer. It is different and enjoyable. Very smooth. Not a typical strong ale as it brings in more roasty flavors than I am used to. Definatelly worth a try, but I will not buy again.
mnoud (279) - Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA - JAN 18, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle in pint glass. Pours medium dark like an opaque brown ale. Aroma is indistinct to my nose but inviting, a bit of breadiness. Taste is pretty good, not much on the front end, mild maltiness, a bit of bitterness and dryness. Alcohol is pretty well hidden for 7%. It took most of the 12oz bottle for me to really start noticing the sweetness. I prefer the Jacobite but this is interesting.
brugmanneke (278) - GERMANY - JUN 17, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
(33 cl bottle) Dark brown coloured, clear, with a small light beige head. Initial impression is an aroma of pure licorice pastilles, and a little metallic. After a while, some more roasted malty notes, dried fruit and sherry aromas come into the mix, and finally even a small trace of hops on the palate. Taste is rather sweet, with a moderate bitterness as well. Mouthfeel is less sticky than expected, medium to full body, soft carbonation. Might improve with keeping. Young as it is now, it is not among my favourites, mainly because I am not too fond of that licorice aroma. But that’s just my taste - it is certainly a well-made and complex beer.
DocHop (278) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 8, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear, dark ruby brown with a small ringing khaki head. Strong aroma of dark over-ripe fruits like plums and cherries, along with some bready Belgian yeast. Wonderful sweetness upfront, very cherry like. The oak flavors fade in nicely and take over with an earthy taste that doesn’t linger very long but is pleasant. Nice full bodied flavor and texture.
oliodnb (277) - ITALY - MAY 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark reddish brown, almost like cola, off white fine head. Nice aroma of malts, caramel, plums, raisins and some alcohol. Similar taste, good light bitter finish.
OliverG (276) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 27, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
De couleur rousse-cuivrée, elle est limpide. Légers arômes de malt, d’épices et de jello aux cerises-fraises. Légèrement piquante en bouche, on perçoit vite la douceur et l’épaisseur de la bière. Notes de fruits rouge et de malt et une touche d’alcool en finale.
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - JUL 18, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly hazed light brown pour with very little head. Looks thick with some fine bubbles rising. Malty sweet aroma with some chocolate found under wet leaves quality. Not a bad thing, really. Starts sweet, but has a spicy bite, noticeable roasted malt and alcohol. Kind of a dry bitter finish, which suprised me after how rich it looked. This beer has a lot going on, most of it good. Good beer, just not 50+ cents an ounce good.
MacDaddyOJake (274) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 4, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Malty aroma that speaks of a scottish ale. Flavor is clean and dominated by malt. Alcohol is very prevalent in both the aroma and the taste. I had to check the label for alcohol content, I would have guessed higher than 7.2% Not sure what all the fuss is over this beer.... it tasted like a regular scottish to me.