MarinaMarket (210) - POULSBO, Washington, USA - OCT 10, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dirty brown pour, exquisite off-white head, clinging to brandy snifter. Nice legs, smokey alcohol nose, hint of dark fruit, maybe date. Sweet, wood, biscuit, and alcohol flavor. A bit of tart on the thin finish. Slight bitter lingering on my tongue. Really changes as it gets some air. Tasted from the bottle @ 60F.
ChrisTurner (206) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 8, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle -- A ruby-tinged brown with next to no head and only tiny touches of lacing. No sediment at all. Aroma of sweet malt with a vaguely harsh edge of peat and/or wood. Smooth palate . Flavour is just like the aroma, with some dark fruit flavours coming through with some nice alcohol warmth in the background. I can imagine this would taste even better in some quanit old English pub in the middle of winter, but itís very nice in Oz too.
WallyWalrus (205) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 17, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.2oz bottle. Pours a dark ruby port color with a very thin off-white head. Aroma is sweet and malty, with an aroma of dark fruit, chocolate, roasted malt, and wood. Taste is creamy and full, with an initial flavor of warming alcohol, dark fruit, and caramel giving way to a long finish of roasted malt and chocolate. A delicious brew thatís both complex yet well balanced.
joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 18, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
amber color, a bit of spice, some sour notes. Dry. OK, though not the jacobite
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - JUL 28, 2002
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I just didnít go for this one. Out of the bottle I got a murky brown, headless concoction - not flat or stale, though. Strong earthy chocolate-coffee aroma. Flavor continued the coffee-chocolate direction, also woody w. dried fruit and herbal elements. The strong bitter finish just didnít wash...it came on like a dessert beer and finished dirty and bitter. Not a favorite, will try again.
opiate (199) - Sandy, Utah, USA - NOV 5, 2001
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A damn fine beer. I expected a bit more. But it was nice. Iíll probably only be able to drink this on special occasions due to the price. Anywho... a great Scottish ale. Strong. Malty. Smooth.
beerking99 (199) - Virginia, USA - JAN 2, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark woody brown, with a slight haze, and red notes when held to the light. Aroma is very roasty, but with some fruity/estery notes, and hints of pepper. Flavor is roasty, with licorice character, and some dark fruits (figs and raisins). The dark malts dry it out quite a bit, but not unpleasantly so. Aftertaste is more licorice, and dark malts, expressing as coffee and chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium and very smooth. A nice beer, but I remember it being much more floral and complex.
minihame2 (198) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown, almost black colour. Minimal white head that fades away quickly. Great aroma, spice and malt. Nice mouthfeel, soft with very little carbonation. Very refreshing taste with slight bitterness in the end. Very nice beer.
lliams (196) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
the aromas are intoxicating... molasses, toffee- sweet malts and some alcohol... pours dark with good head and lacing. the taste is a little lighter than expected. thereís some savoury characters that linger nicely on the palate, as well as the sweet malt notes. not hugely complex but a lovely ale.
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 8, 2004
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a transparent mahogany brown with a beige head and smooth slippery lace. Head retention is low. Aroma is of malt, caramel, and dark fruits with an earthy/roasty, yet astringent background. Taste is of malt, molasses and caramel with an astringent hop finish. Palate is light to medium bodied with a smooth start and a tart biting roasty finish.
Notes: Lighter bodied than I expected. Smoothes and mellows as it warms.