theOptimator (301) - 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.
burpfrank (299) - carpinteria, California, USA - APR 29, 2006
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Had a good head.AROMA WAS malty.color was a medium amber.Had a distinct flavor.Creamy.Oak flavor.Good.I will buy again.
Jsawyer (297) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured dark barley, slightly garnet, with amber edges and thin white head. Aroma was woody, licorice root, strong maltiness, and chocolatey scotch. Flavor was smokey peat, oak, vanilla, port, raisins, licorice root, very strong malt, a little caramel and a little chocolate, and a strong peaty finish . Palate was a little heavy but very enjoyable and ended with a little burn atop the tongue. Very enjoyable.
Pringao_Toribi (296) - 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
Chrism86 (294) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 21, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours brown with red highlights and a thin off white head. Nose has substantial dark fruit with dark treacle-like malt. Palate translates well, with the addition of a slight woody character, Finishes with significant licorice spice.
mnoud (292) - 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.
K-V-F-L (292) - LaVista, Nebraska, USA - OCT 23, 2001
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Balanced strength. Not overpowering like the typical Scottish; this genre is hard to calibrate well, I suppose. This is a good example of it being done well. Explodes in the nose.
BEENJAMIN (290) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
500ml bottle - pours a reddish brown with a tan head. Figs, cocoa, toasted grain, anise for aroma. Flavor starts carmel toffee sweet with black licorice and light bitter chocolate notes in the finish. Traquair House Ale is a fantastic scotch ale.
Cable (286) - SE, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 17, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled from bottle. This scottish ale pours clear, dark brown with a thin tan head and remarkable lacing. Aroma is wonderfly complex, but not overpowering with ripe plum, berries, molasses and spice. On the sweet side of balanced with smoke, chocolate, apples and toasted malts. Quite malty. Medium-full body, moderately carbonated and warming. Very well-made beer that I will certainly buy again.
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.