l1br4r14n (451) - Rancho Cucamonga, California, USA - APR 22, 2009
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light aroma of sweet malt, caramel and some floral hops. Pours a very dark brown with ruby highlights and a thin khaki head that soon dissipates. Flavor of roasted barley, sweet malt, finishes with a chocolate bitterness. Medium carbonation, robust. Little aftertaste. Nice.
mcdav2154 (449) - GERMANY - MAR 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
brownish clear color with a small white head. Smell is of malts and raisins/plums. Taste is malty with very little hops. Notes of raisins, brown sugar, and bread. Good beer with a hidden kick of alcohol.
timsilvia32 (449) - from Michigan now in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 8, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A cloudy brown pour. Sweet malt, does smell a bit like malt vinegar. Tastes is not so much, but malt and sweet malt. Some raisin, woodiness. A bit thin throughout. I guess I was expecting a little bit more of an old ale, so I was a little dissappointed. Not bad, but for 6 bucks, I could have found something better.
acearl (448) - The Ham, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Auburn brown hue with tan creamy diminishing head with not much lacing, a little hazy, smells like the oak barrel or cask it was stored in, tasted primarily like oak and a little malty, sweetened and syruped as it warmed, nice balance slight creamy texture with light carbonation, minimally dryness. I liked it.
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2010 Deep beer bottle brown coloration. Nose is deep with malt. Coffee spice and cheese rind notes. Mouth is plums and carmel, a light concord sweetness. Lasting bitter finish, firm yet smooth feel.
caralkaline87 (435) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 2, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours brown-amber and transparent with a decent off-white head; nose is strongly oaked but not in an unpleasant way, with some hops and maple syrup in the background. Flavor and palate are both very soft. The flavor is best described as "earthy", with wooden and herbal hints coming out without a specific dominating flavor. Hops are light and balance the modest maltiness well. Finish is dry and slightly herbal. Not quite excellent but a solidly good beer.
DavidWoodruff (433) - Windsor, California, USA - JAN 28, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark mahogany with creamy off-white head. Molasses and raisins are the most prominent aromas. Sweet malt, burnt toffee with hints of licorice round out the flavor profile. Excellent Scotch ale.
jpkeskinen (433) - FINLAND - OCT 25, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Drank from a bottle at a bar. Nice, strong and slightly sweet taste. Quite a good beer.
bhops (433) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 6, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours dark red, cloudy. Beige head. Aroma is caramel/maltiness, some alcohol, dark fruits with hoppiness underneath. Flavor is malty, sweet, dark fruitness. Medium bitterness but well balanced. Good beer.
grat (432) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 24, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dissapointing. My expectations were different, I think, and it destroyed this brew. Pours a lovely dark brown. Looks like earth sludge in my glass. Smells like a typical scotch ale. Heavy on the malt. Very heavy on the malt. What killed me though was the balance between the carbonation and the hops. I don’t really like how beers from the UK always have a distinct carbonation and a distinct earthy hoppiness that makes me want to puke. I couldn’t finish it. My first pour out.