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.
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.
unstablefable (227) - 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.
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!
cthomas2390 (224) - Colorado, USA - OCT 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown pour. Earthy, breadlike on the nose with a bit of fruit. Malty toffee flavors with discernible warming alcohols and medium-low carbonation. Very nice.
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.
ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 17, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
sweet tobacco smell, with a bit of the alcohol making it to my nose, too. it tastes like smoky/burnt chocolate, with a trace of a berry sweetness. the bitterness prevails in the end, making for a nice lingering aftertaste. melikes.
wulfhere (217) - Billings, Montana, USA - FEB 5, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown, but translucent. Mild head with decent retention and some fine bubbles. No lace to speak of.
Noce is malty, with an apple cidery edge. Caramel, molasses, a touch of peat smoke.
Warming as it goes down, with a moderate bitter-sweet finish.
janir (216) - Oulu, FINLAND - AUG 13, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish-brown, deep’n’dark coke-like color with creamy and lacy, beige head. Aroma is syrupy, roasty malty and fruity with mild hoppiness. Flavor is very smooth and sweet, also sugary, roasty malty and fruity with moderate hoppiness. Quite full-bodied and oily palate