HammerTroll (191) - Pula / Zagreb, CROATIA - MAR 18, 2014
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Red/brown color, no head. You can taste the alcohol a little bit, but not too much. Cocoa aroma. Full body and no carbonation. Good one, but kinda expected more.
slowrunner77 (186) - reno, Alabama, USA - SEP 7, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2010 very malty, smokey, and slicker than snot on a glass eye!!! this is a great beer. one of the best of this style, i highly recomend it. it’s a little pricey for the tiny bottle, but totally worth it.
dolemite77 (184) - Maryville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 2, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Definitely a winner... you can tell that this is a bottom fermented beer, it tastes very clean and has somewhat of a lager "greenness" to it... not very hoppy, but the malt and the oak meld together nicely. Mostly dark dried fruits for flavor, with the oak in the background. The aftertaste really has the peaty flavor that some have mentioned. Does anyone know if this is new oak they ferment in? or if possibly it was once used for scotch? There is definately a hint of scotch (islay mainly) but it doesn’t seem strong enough to be in re-used casks... whatever... good stuff...
keidjxz (183) - Fullerton, California, USA - NOV 24, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle. Pours dark brown with a thick and lacy head. the aroma consists of vanilla, woody, caramel, chocolate, raisin, and a little licorice. The taste is fairly sweet with little bitterness and a somewhat dry finish.
KennethArd (181) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2013
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark red / brown with nice white head. Roasted aromas. Light and very smooth with taste of mocca and chocolate.
Pringao_Toribi (179) - Oviedo, SPAIN - JAN 9, 2014
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong and thick, but surprisingly drinkable for it’s greasiness, from flavour to aftertaste goes from roasted to licorice, and a pack-a-punch and fizzy aroma
luvcasks (178) - USA - OCT 13, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a beautiful dark brown with mahogany highlights and a surprisingly almost whitish head which does not last too long.
Nose: sweet malt with some vinous and heather like notes
Taste: Tangy vinous dark fruits and heater like almost comes across like soy sauce and dr pepper combined finishing with a lovely touch of smoke and Hop bitterness and flavor in the background coming across slightly spicy. As the beer warms up some raisin like flavors show up with chalky notes as well
Mouthfeel for the alcohol and malt richness still finishes nice and light with a long lingering raisiny and smoky finish
Overall: Still a classic so much complexity with a such a simple grain bill. The magical smokiness is wonderful a great beer to warm up to on a blustery fall evening
Fulkrum78 (175) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 21, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Great beer. Nice aroma and flavor. Very tasty and smooth. Complex and tasty.
beerstop (173) - Roanoke, Virginia, USA - JAN 7, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2003 THe best Scottish ale that I"ve ever had by a long shot, and certainly one of the best beers period. How bad do I wish this wasn"t $6 a bottle. Malt, Malt, Malt. Hides its alcohol content completely. I figured this was a 5% ABV. In my mind this is almost a perfect beer if you like sweet malty brews. No hints of smoke found in some Scottish Ales.
Tomy63 (173) - Clermont-Ferrand, FRANCE - DEC 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bière noire assez simple mais bien faite, caramélisée, café, qui se boit assez facilement.