MMM...Beer (385) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 19, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Probably not only I'd have again real soon, but still glad I tried it. Deep brown color with a wispy head. Attrative overtones of smoke on the nose and palate. Thick mouthfeel with a sour start and a bitter finish.
TH28 (379) - - DEC 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: Deep burgundy, clear, with almost no foam head.
Aroma: Caramel, toffee, and a slight woodiness. Nothing stands out.
Taste: Rich malty sweetness with flavors of bread crust, caramel, and molasses. A definite roastiness stands out on the backside, which wasn’t noticeable in the aroma.
Mouthfeel: Medium with a light carbonation, and a hint of alcohol warmth.
Finish: Malt forward with a lingering roast.
Overall: A showcase of rich malt without some of the smokiness found in other examples. It’s fermented in oak, but I didn’t pick up any vanilla, and only a minimal toast or chocolate flavor.
jvhemert (377) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 20, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
AROMA: dark chocolate, hint of espresso, light caramel
APPEARANCE: dark brown, clear, pours brown frothy head that disappears quickly
TASTE: light sweetness, lightly bitter, little bit savoury
PALATE: full body, thick feel almost creamy, lively, long finish going from bitter to leaving light sweetness in on the lips
OVERALL: one of my favourite Scottish ales, has almost the qualities of a Belgian Trappist (still lacks the balance of flavours)
ClassyBeagle (376) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 30, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
FROM NOTES: July 1, ’12
330ml bottle poured into a tulip with my buddy in Napa, CA.
A: Caramel malts strong on the nose, with molasses notes, and maybe some figs and/or dates. I can taste the alcohol, but it doesn’t feel out of place, and sort of compliments the dark malty profile. An inviting aroma that fits the style well, it warms to reveal some nutty tones, along with toffee and subtle woodsy notes.
A: Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights and a small head that dissipates fairly quickly. Not a ton of lacing, but it does gives some nice legs with each sip, coating the glass in suds.
T: This is a very robust malty flavored beer. A dark caramel malt base is the backbone for a variety of flavorful notes to come through. Dark fruits, (figs and/or dates) and just a touch of black cherries can be identified. Alcohol warmth and a molasses taste give it some hearty weight. Hazelnut and hints of toffee and maple add to the sweeter side, and oak and peat provide some delicious earthy tones. Finishes with just the right amount of alcohol heat, along mild bitterness and cocoa. Truly a well crafted flavor profile, and a damn drinkable beer.
P: Smooth and creamy. Low carbonation, with a medium-to-heavy weight to the body. Slight warmth in the finish with mild lingering bitterness.
O: A dark, complex, and flavorful beer. As a major fan of the style, I consider this the standard by which all others are measured. DELICIOUS!!!
RoscoeJackson (372) - Michigan, USA - NOV 20, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
maybe the style just isn’t really my thing. from my notes: flat, thin, bready.
not going to revisit this one.
Hoser (372) - Cowtown, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 10, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Malt smoke and toffee a very interesting brew. Page 460 of Michael Jackson’s Great Beer Guide and only 235 of his 500 Classic Brews to go.
MrDick (371) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 27, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark copper color with a smokey/sweet aroma. But the appearance is deceiving - I expected something a bit stronger but this ale has a light taste with a syrupy/peat aftertaste. Seems like a combination of a strong scotch ale and a barleywine.
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - NOV 18, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2006 Poured a dark red/brown, with a thick two finger head that slowly faded to a nice cap. There was quite a bit of lacing.
Smell; tons of malt, caramel, some vanilla and a little bit of alcohol.
Taste; the malts are there in your face, it has a little smokiness to it, and the caramel and vanilla really come through in the finish. There’s almost no hop bitterness. Mouthfeel was thick and velvety, really nice.
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - OCT 18, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured out of 11.2 oz. bottle, bought at Liquorama in Upland, CA 10/18/03. Pours to tight, slight head that turns to a thin whisp like an espresso. Mostly opaque, dark caramel color with a hint of redness. Subtle but delicious nose-- just wish it were stronger-- some cherry, some sour apple, lots of raisin, and slight malt. Smooth and substantial mouthfeel, medium body. Initial taste is lightly sweet with green raisin and slightly sour with an edge of dark malts. Very nice, light fizz in the mouth and lovely smooth finish. A little more complex finish would be nice, but it's mostly bitter and slightly glowing, with moderate length. Nice and clean. Hops? Strange to find them mostly in the finish. Others mention chocolate, and now that I think about it I guess it's there, but I sense mostly raisin and hold this up there with the Raison D'Etre. I bet it'd go nicely with some good dark chocolate, though. Very nice brew.
theOptimator (367) - 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.