luvcasks (178) - USA - OCT 13, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a beautiful dark brown with mahogany highlights and a surprisingly almost whitish head which does not last too long.
Nose: sweet malt with some vinous and heather like notes
Taste: Tangy vinous dark fruits and heater like almost comes across like soy sauce and dr pepper combined finishing with a lovely touch of smoke and Hop bitterness and flavor in the background coming across slightly spicy. As the beer warms up some raisin like flavors show up with chalky notes as well
Mouthfeel for the alcohol and malt richness still finishes nice and light with a long lingering raisiny and smoky finish
Overall: Still a classic so much complexity with a such a simple grain bill. The magical smokiness is wonderful a great beer to warm up to on a blustery fall evening
bax (1030) - Hasselager, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle 14/03-2014) medium beige head, clear dark red brown color, rather smooth complex taste, balanced wood taste, soft co2, fit body. BB date aug 22.
Grzesiek79 (2910) - Radom, POLAND - MAR 9, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Doskonale piwo. Miedziano czerwone w odcieniu ze srednia piana ale znaczaca slady na kufelku. Tradycyjne piwo w smaku. Karmelowe lekki posmak toffi. Figowy aromat. Intensywny. Tradycja i doswiadczenie starego browaru to sama klasa w sobie.
AdiBeer (468) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: massive caramel malts, banana. Appearance: dark brown/black, small beige creamy head.Taste: medium to heavy sweet. Palate: sweets continue, dark ripe berries, dried fruits, low carbonation. Overall: big fan of this Scotch Ale, both massive aroma and complex palate, extremely enjoyable. Bottle from Beer Hawk, England.
Landmonger (152) - USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured from a bottle into a dimpled mug, dark brown with reddish hints, the aroma is malt and a little oak, some smoky flavor with mild tang and some bitterness, the feel is thin and nice wamth at the end.
Jbfd2 (4) - - FEB 22, 2014 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark caramel with a pronounced head. Smells sweet and malty. Taste great! Sweet on the palate with a smooth finish. Creamy mouth feel makes this an easy drinking wee-heavy.
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RexTalionis (2085) - FINLAND - FEB 21, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 33 cl, BBE 08/2022. Pours clear dark amber in color with a nice creamy tan head. Really mild aroma with some dark malts and faint hints of toffee. Malty taste, some salty licorice and perhaps dark fruityness too is present. Feels a bit light at first, but somehow steps up and gets better towards the finish. Behind the salty licorice there’s some vague smokyness and bitter chocolate in aftertaste.
jamestulloch (995) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Vino Wines. Hazy dark brown body with a medium off-white head. Lively carbonation. Nice lacing. Mild aroma of red apple, grass, toffee and wood. Flavour of liquorice, raisin and leather. Tastes a bit like a Belgian Dubbel, and much lighter than its 7.2% ABV. Thin body with an oily mouthfeel. Fizzy carbonation. Quite an unusual beer, and more subtle than I was expecting.
BEENJAMIN (251) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
500ml bottle - pours a reddish brown with a tan head. Figs, cocoa, toasted grain, anise for aroma. Flavor starts carmel toffee sweet with black licorice and light bitter chocolate notes in the finish. Traquair House Ale is a fantastic scotch ale.
superspak (2123) - Michigan, USA - FEB 7, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 6/2018. Pours fairly crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big raisin, plum, pear, apple, molasses, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, oak, light vanilla, light clove, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast ester notes with moderate oak presence;and good strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, pear, apple, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, molasses, toffee, oak, light clove, light vanilla, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering flavors of raisin, plum, pear, apple, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, molasses, toffee, oak, light clove, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast flavors with light-moderate oak presence; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome scotch ale! All around great balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast ester flavors with light-moderate oak presence; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.
gegwilson (520) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the Hogs Back Brewery shop. Pours deep chestnut with a small cream head. Taste is quite vinous and spicy with notes of raisin, coffee, evident alcohol and a finish that is a little woody and smokey. Nice stuff.