Duffbeer (192) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2002
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very odd after taste. I didn’t like this partcular ale, but some people obviously do.
rjkreid (191) - SCOTLAND - MAR 2, 2012
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A malty, caramel aroma. Pours quite thin with a deep brown colour. Taste is a fairly basic malt body, with a fairly quick drop off leaving a insipid, washy bitterness. As the beer warms there is another sour bread flavour which is tantalising but seems to dissipate rapidly and doesn’t last long in the mouth. It is really a surprisingly dry for what has the appearance of a hearty malt. As a result, I suspect that it would do better as an accompaniment to food.
Tomy63 (190) - 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.
RD400F (185) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 11, 2012
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Borrle into Chimay glass...
Aroma: Faint liquorice breadyness, fruitcake, toasty malts, alcohol, dried apricots and a sour funky note. Not a very aromatic beer but there’s lots going on.
Appearance: Transparent red color with minimal head on pour. BOOOOO
Taste: It’s quite watery and lacks depth. Slight cough syrup, roasted malts and a yeasty finish.
Palate: Disjointed and boring. A little light in body for a darker beer I think and there’s no carbonation. Flavours seem transparent and passive minus the funky yeast finish.
Overall: Disappointed, the Jacobite is better. This isn’t horrible by any means...but not my style.
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.
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.
optemoz (171) - Apex, North Carolina, USA - OCT 8, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled - Pours a dark reddish brown with a creamy fast disapating head... aroma is lots of malts with a hint of hoppiness..... Flavor is dark fruits and a slight bitterness... overall a great beer