Drake (6488) - Ivy, Virginia, USA - JUL 1, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Market Street Wineshop Downtown Charlottesville. Chocolate brown pour with an almost nonexistent head. Earthy, oaky aroma. Very dry taste with hints of oak and vanilla. The lightest hint of dark fruits if I really strain to look for them.
jercraigs (6475) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2008 2008-09-28. Very dark brown body with a decent sized beige head. (3+) Aroma of malt with a bit of a tang to it, light herbal character. Flavour is sweet, light herbal notes return with tangy malt and light bitter touches in the finish. Average palate is a bit thin for the beer which calls for more heft. Decent but I remember it being better. Having said that, the bottle is at least a year old. 6+/4/7/3/13-14 3.1 Bottle Shared by Mabel of unknown vintage
Rated Aug 2006 Very dark brown body with a small cream tan head (3+). Big sweet malt aroma with a spice I can’t place – nutmeg perhaps or something akin to it perhaps – in both the flavour and aroma. Very nice malt centric flavour. Medium palate (3+). Solid. 8/3+/8/3+/18 - 4
Rated Nov 2004 - Ruby brown body, with a small beige head. Aroma is sweet, slightly earthy and vaguely smokey. Hint of peat? Sweet malty flavour with a touch of alcohol in the finish, some notes of brown sugar. Palate is fairly smooth. Nice but a bit underwhelming. 6/3/7/3/16 - 3.5 <P>Rated Dec 2001 - Mildly sweet, full bodied, strong and fruity. Would be a good one to share and sip, or with a dinner of roast beef. Quite enjoyable. 5/3/7/4/17 - 3.6
gnoff (6317) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - FEB 25, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(33 cl bottle from Systembolaget) Clear darm reddish brown color, tan head. Sweet sirup and raissin scent, also light vinous. Caramelly malty and sweet taste with lots of warming alcohol. Big and full body. High co2 mouthfeel. Medium bitterness. Aftertaste is chocolate and roasted malt mixed with coffee beans.
Fin (6178) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle picked up from Evesham farm shop, 28-05-07, best before date of May 2016. Poured very dark ruby colour some carbonation but very little head. Had this after the Traquair House Jacobite and whilst another great beer it wasn’t quite in the same class as it was a little rougher and far less refined that the Jacobite. Rich fruity and nutty aroma tasted a bit like a Barley Wine but not quite as sticky. Some warming alcohol notes and tastes not as well disguised as they were in the Jacobite, finishes well and despite the sweetness there was some malts and bitterness. Very very good beer.
Cletus (6177) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 3, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2007 Pours a dark brown with a trace of bubbles. Smells of oak, cherry, port, juniper berries. Tastes woody with elements of a fine cognac. Some chocolate and grapey notes as well. Tingling mouthfeel and a full sherry like finish. This is delicious!
adnielsen (6161) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ home. Pours a deep reddish brown appearance with a light brown head. A bit smoky, rich toffee, caramel malty, light chocolate, a bit fruity aroma. Big burnt sugar, toffee, dark caramel malty, light chocolate, somewhat smoky, herbal flavor. Pretty interesting.
Rune (6120) - Tromsø, NORWAY - AUG 5, 2006
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle (bb.Dec.2014!) bought at Utobeer, Borough Market in Sept.05. Creamy, off-white head over a dark brown body. Rich flavours of black coffee and chocolatly maltiness. Vague bitter ending. Medium to full bodied.
DruncanVeasey (6102) - NUNEATON, Blue Square Premier, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Buttery malt aroma with liquorice and waxy dark fruit. Dark ruby pour ringed with beige. Unspicy but still very Belgian-tasting, developing more liquorice, chocolate and raisiny fruit in the mouth, with a peaty smoked malt note and some alcohol glow. Tasty, complex, smooth, and falling somewhere between a pruney, malty dubbel and a silky Trappist heavyweight (Rochefort?). Nice.
Emil (6070) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 3, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Brown colour with a small tan head. Light roasted raisin aroma and a sweet raisin light roasred dry bitter taste. Medium body and a sweet bitter dry finish.
Rastacouere (6041) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 16, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brownish burgundy hue with a fully diminishing off-white head. Aroma is fully half like a great plum pudding and half like a chocolate cake. Slight vinous counterparts accompany this marzipan married cakefruity royal malt and give it all kinds of fruity suggestions among which stand out grapes, dates, cherries.. Full bodied, complex mouthfeel. Gentle oaky acidity supported by medium effervescence carry the caramel and chocolate with success. Subtle alcohol and peat hints accompany the sweet, but vinous malty finish. Traquair owns the malt.