smcd (366) - USA - MAR 8, 2006
4.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Excellent. Surprisingly little aroma, this beautiful, dark, brown specimen lends itself into a delicate yet complex rich flavor with a surprisingly huge palate that leaves almost no residual sweetness behind A masterpiece. Some burnt toffee notes in the background, but this seems to be exclusively from kettle carmelization and not from the malt. Pale malt flavors predominate and are exactly what this beer needs to present. Very clean. A masterpiece (oh wait ... I already said that).
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - MAR 14, 2006
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Poured deep, deep red with a great frothy head that stuck around for a while. Aroma is a little light at first, but takes off as it warms ... toffee, cherry, licorice, fig and a hint of chocolate. Very smooth in the mouth. In fact, there is no astringency at all. Flavor, like the aroma, takes off as it warms. Chocolate, cherry, bourbon, licorice and molasses all dominate, but they play nice. Iím not really sure what it is, but this one is greater than the sum of itís parts, and is really a fantastic brew.
Hazmatt (363) - Virginia, USA - MAR 20, 2008
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2008 Bottle. Dark amber beer, touch of burgundy. Medium head. A great balanced aroma, toasty, dark bread, vanilla wafers with just the right hop aroma. The taste was a little one dimensional. Some roast or smoke, caramel. Has a malt liquor like taste late. Not a bad beer, but not very memorable.
jvhemert (363) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 20, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
AROMA: dark chocolate, hint of espresso, light caramel
APPEARANCE: dark brown, clear, pours brown frothy head that disappears quickly
TASTE: light sweetness, lightly bitter, little bit savoury
PALATE: full body, thick feel almost creamy, lively, long finish going from bitter to leaving light sweetness in on the lips
OVERALL: one of my favourite Scottish ales, has almost the qualities of a Belgian Trappist (still lacks the balance of flavours)
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - DEC 2, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very tasty. Looks a little light after the pour. However the taste was incredible. Nice dark malty taste with a medium mouthfeel. A nice bitter finish. A great scotch beer.
Veer (362) - Landskrona, SWEDEN - OCT 8, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Raisiny brown. Clear. Dense, pale head.
Smells of malt, dried plums, raisins, pepper forest mushrooms.
Tastes burnt, bitter, a bit sourish, metallic.
Itís cooling yet hot and liquor-like.
I like it, the flavour was a surprise.
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - OCT 9, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
dark brown to orange. slightly long head. melissa is my love. oh. off topic, umm.. the beer, yea. ugh its not as good as i expected. i thought it was the jaquibte ale that i purchased. or however you spell it. yea but it tastes good. the people next to me are talking much shit about my rating. but i showed em up. bc i have testicles large than grape vines. i love ratebeer.
Carlus12 (361) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Utobeer. Pours mahogany / reddish colour with thin beige head. Aroma is of liquorice, malts, dark fruits, plum. Taste is caramel, coffee, chocolate, fruits, some alcohol, roast malts too. Overall this is very much like a Belgian style beer. Very nice beer indeed.
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 18, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful dark red color, large head that quickly drops, strong malty aroma, roasty flavor, some caramel, very slightly smoky, medium body. I was expecting a little more body and a little less roastiness. Still, this is an excellent Scotch Ale.
KennethArd (358) - 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.