jvhemert (376) - 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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
LarsEngen (367) - Sandvika, NORWAY - MAY 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
33 cl bottle from Vinmonopolet Vika. Pours clear red with a very small beige head. Aroma of malts, raisins and caramel. Some weak notes of wood and alcohol. Flavour is sweet and this is a dessert beer. Low carbonation, medium sweetness, slick mouthfeel. Well balanced.
smcd (366) - USA - MAR 8, 2006
4.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Excellent. Surprisingly little aroma, this beautiful, dark, brown specimen lends itself into a delicate yet complex rich flavor with a surprisingly huge palate that leaves almost no residual sweetness behind A masterpiece. Some burnt toffee notes in the background, but this seems to be exclusively from kettle carmelization and not from the malt. Pale malt flavors predominate and are exactly what this beer needs to present. Very clean. A masterpiece (oh wait ... I already said that).
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - MAR 14, 2006
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Poured deep, deep red with a great frothy head that stuck around for a while. Aroma is a little light at first, but takes off as it warms ... toffee, cherry, licorice, fig and a hint of chocolate. Very smooth in the mouth. In fact, there is no astringency at all. Flavor, like the aroma, takes off as it warms. Chocolate, cherry, bourbon, licorice and molasses all dominate, but they play nice. I’m not really sure what it is, but this one is greater than the sum of it’s parts, and is really a fantastic brew.
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - DEC 2, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very tasty. Looks a little light after the pour. However the taste was incredible. Nice dark malty taste with a medium mouthfeel. A nice bitter finish. A great scotch beer.
MrDick (363) - 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.