drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a beautiful deep red brown body with a small white head. Aroma is dark fruits with some caramelly sweetness. This is definately a "liquid bread" tasting beer with notes of dark dried fruit. I also tasted a bitter yeastiness in the finish that took away from the overall effect. Very nice creamy palate. Reminiscent of some of the best Belgians, but not quite as good.
jobyone (234) - Charlotte, USA - AUG 14, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice dark amber pour but devoid of head. Sweet aroma but not overwhelmingly so. Flavor is good but not very deep. Well worth a try.
TheJollyOne (230) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 30, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark amber with fine tan head. Nose of caramel and toffee. Very vinous hops upon tasting, nice tart caramel quality makes for a new taste, and a pleasant one. Almost winelike in its palate, smooth, and filling. Im a big fan.
FastEddie (230) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 19, 2011
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Has most of the qualities that you’d want in a Scottish Ale. Nice dark brown color. Flavor is a good balance of malt and hops with more on the malt side.
TLNash886 (228) - Idaho, USA - JAN 4, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark mahogany with little off white head into a pint glass. Aroma of caramel malt, vanilla, cherries. Tastes of cherries, currents, vanilla, caramel malt, treacle, raisins. Low carbonation, silky mouthfeel, medium body. Good, not great.
rsmeds (228) - Turku, FINLAND - NOV 10, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Very dark red-brown, with tiny off-white head.
Typical barley-winesque sour aroma, plum, spices, red wine.
Fairly complex flavor of plum, cinnamon, liquorice, malty sweetness.
Very well balanced. Smooth palate.
Surprisingly mild, not as "heavy" as I’d expected.
Short, slightly bitter/sour finish.
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!
unstablefable (224) - 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.
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.