southamptonsam (114) - New York, USA - APR 23, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Don’t usually like any UK beers, but my favorite beer store pushed it on me. Very pleasant malty brew. Very well-balanced. This could grow on me.
RobertGBG (109) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 3, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
An acid smell but an sweet taste with some fudge, alcohol and bitterness. Minus on the smell.
barak316 (107) - Elyria, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown hue with a thin creamy caramel head. Smells of sweet caramel, raisin and roasted malts. Taste semi sweet with a caramel, toffee and raisin background. Has a flavorless finish with almost no aftertaste. Good but not great.
mickblueeyes (106) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 9, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This almost-black beer has ruby glints and a nice, medium head. The nose is of coffee, burnt grains, raisin and light alcohol. The palate is richly malty and accentuated by caramely and chocolatey nuances. As the palate moves toward the finish there is a moment of winey-like fruit which results in a very port-like beer. The finish is long and nutty.
epassa (105) - Sao Paulo, BRAZIL - JUL 17, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Ruby Color, medium head.
Aroma: Complex, oak, caramel, vanilla, dark fruits.
Palate: Malt, caramel, oak, liquoricey, roast, bitter. Complex too.
Very good beer!!!!
jonwell (104) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - JUL 25, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nearly opaque brown- shines a deep red when held up to the light. Pretty neat looking. Aroma is very smoky, a bit sweet, nutty, malty, bakers chocolate, toffee... very complex! Wow, flavor is deeply smoked, burnt steak, full bodied maltiness, some more chocolate, fairly sweet toward the finish. Ends dry and begging for more! Mouthfeel is quite creamy, smooth. Very enjoyable! Best scotch ale I’ve had yet.
mbeem (104) - New Hope, Alabama, USA - FEB 16, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2006 Pours almost opaque with a smallish head that quickly dissipates to a thin bubbly film that lingers around the perimeter of the glass. Nose of malt and subtle dates with very little (none that I was able to detect) hop presence. Strong roasted malt flavor with hints of alcohol. There is a bitterness as well as more dark fruit taste in the finish. A complex brew. Liked it better than the Jacobite Ale.
ProstmanSux (102) - Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
fermenting in uncoated wooden vats imparts a touch of a oaky flavor to this unique ale.
beergirl99 (101) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 1, 2000
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells like Sam Adams Triple Bock, but tastes much better. VERY smooth.
iNBe (100) - USA - OCT 21, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Had this in the bottle. Pours brown. I’d say that it was unremarkable, but I would drink it again.