TH28 (263) - - 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.
holdan (260) - USA - JUN 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark ruby with small head. Aroma thin with dark fruits, malt, chocolate. Taste Malty with dark fruits and bittersweet chocolate. Medium palate, carb aver. Finish bittersweet.
nramsburg (259) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 1, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very dark amber pour, small head. Smells a bit like a chocolate covered cherry to me, yet there’s almost an overture of vanilla in there somewhere as well. Great mouth feel that’s much less overpowering than I expected -- so smooth and definitely helped by having a fairly low alcohol (I guessed initially that a beer like this might have been up in the 9 range). Nice finish. Strong overall .
mugabe (258) - SWEDEN - SEP 29, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black ruby colour. Sweet fruity aroma. Rather dry taste of dark fruit and cookie dough. Nice, creamy finish.
Lele (255) - Padova, ITALY - JUN 24, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Splendida birra, dal sapore pieno e ricco. Già l’aroma mostra una birra di gran classe, caratterizzata dal sapore dolce. Ai bocca si sente il marzapane, ma anche un leggerissimo acidulo e un tocco di amarognolo nel retrogusto. Personalmente, però, sempre in casa Traquair, preferisco la Jacobite ale.
Keeper (252) - Milano, ITALY - MAY 27, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle, 033. Deep brown with gentle carbonation and tight head.
Coffe hops and chocolate in aroma.
Note: stranissima inglese: molta schiuma ed molti aromi sprigionati all’olfatto..sembra l’anello di congiungione tra belgio e uk.
danielst (248) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - JUN 11, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl bottle: Pours dark brown with a vanishing, off-white head. Raisiny, sherry-like aroma, very rich and deep, a little chocolatey and smokey. The best thing about this is the lovely, creamy and fine-bubbled mouthfeel, with lots of caramel and dried fruits in the flavour. Bittersweet finish. A beer best enjoyed on stormy autumn evenings.
wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - NOV 23, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amazing beer. Pours DARK amber with medium tan head. Aroma is malty, a little fruit (plums?) with toffee/caramel. Flavor is moderately sweet. Very complex flavor. Chocolate, caramel, maple. I'm not sure what else, but it is good! Little hop flavor. The alcohol does the job to balance the malt. A slight astrigent/alcohol aftertaste. A very good beer!
billb (244) - Kennesaw, Georgia, USA - DEC 2, 2000
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I’ll agree w/ beergirl, smells just like Sam Adams Triple Bock. The body is thinner and the maple flavor a bit more pronounced.
BeerRules (243) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 11, 2006
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium beige head on a mahogonay body. Sweet, nutmeg, caramel aromas. Rich tasting maltiness, toffee like with a dark fruity finish. A bit of smokyness as well. Mysterious flavors and aromas, but it makes for a damn nice beer. Medium mouthfeel on this, and medium CO2. Overall, very nice, wish it werent so damn expensive.