elelwarren (140) - SF Bay area, California, USA - MAR 24, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I drank this immediately after a family funeral and it did the trick; a complex, rich ale with lots of malts, w/stone-fruit overtones and a very long-lasting coriander aftertaste. Yes.
johnnnniee (2404) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 22, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Colonial Spirits.
Brilliantly clear dark brown with wonderfully garnet highlights and a smallish off white head that took some coaxing to stir up and dissipated quite quickly. Aromas of stone fruit and brown sugary caramel and toffee with hints of smoke, light wood and non descript spice. The flavor follows through on what the aroma promised. Dark sugary maltiness with hints of caramelized sugars with lots of cherry and almond notes with touches of prunes and raisins. Light spice and alcohol flavor. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Wonderfully complex sipping beer.
RobertDale (3654) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - NOV 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at Strong Ale Festival 2014. Comes a dark reddish brown with a small tan head. Aroma of malt, fruit, and caramel. Taste is dark fruit, sweet malt, caramel, and spice. Very good.
john_henry (115) - - NOV 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark with good tan head. Slight fruity yeasty aroma. Quite high effervescence. Very light taste initially but soon develops to a lingering burnt apricot finish. Interesting beer, but doesn’t beat the Traquair House Ale for me, which is still my favourite scotch.
Renobob (784) - Besançon, FRANCE - NOV 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bue en bouteille. Belle surprise ! On sent le raisin, une pointe de caramel. L’alcool est présent mais bien dosé. Belle rondeur en bouche. Good one !
nealblind (896) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - NOV 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown pour some lingering tan fluff. Aroma berries, raisins, markers, smoke. tastes sweet smoke, leather, plums. Lactic sticky palate
Alengrin (2331) - BELGIUM - OCT 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Classic spiced Scotch ale since 1995, with a yellowish beige, medium thick but thinning and eventually breaking, moussy head, colour a very dark and clear ruby red, quiet fizz. Rich malty and spicy aroma which initially reminded me a lot of Rochefort 10, with impressions of banana, caramel candy, coriander, port wine, cloves, eucalyptus, raisins, pear, cognac, marzipan, chocolate, hazelnut paste, red wine, liquorice. Sweet onset, candied dates and cherries, rounded, rather thick and oily palate, smooth with a deep caramelly, nutty and eventually more chocolatey maltiness, adorned with strongish retronasal spiciness (especially coriander seed, subjective impressions of ’drop’ and cloves) with drying effect, further spreading into the satisfying, long and warm finish where some liqueurish alcohol, leafy hops and dark bittersweet malts are beautifully interwoven. Deservedly a classic, in which the maltiness combined with the coriander give it a somewhat ’Belgian’ bouquet. I can imagine this tastes less ’common’ to a Scottish or English consumer than to a Belgian one.
slowrunner77 (6019) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
"i LOVE their house ale...why’d they have to go and add coriander? i think it distracts from an otherwise solid beer. nice aroma and body, but the flavor is a miss. too bad..."
Ambro206 (144) - ITALY - OCT 17, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Birra scura incredibile. Se servita quasi a temperatura da il meglio di se e libera aromi fruttati e di cioccolata fondente incredibili. Nonostante l’alta gradazione non si ha mai la sensazione di alcolicità sul palato. La maltazione è imponente ma il bilanciamento non ne risente grazie ai luppoli che regalano note speziate. Il finale è piacevolmente lunghissimo e dominato da aromi di liquerizia.
eduardovl (919) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle served in a pint glass.
A: Simple but beautiful bottle art. Pours a very dark amber color forming a creamy and thin bubbled tan head. Medium retention and lots of spotty lacings left in the glass. A thin layer remains forever on the top
S: Very malty and metallic. Strong notes of toffee, caramel, caramel malts, roasted malts, oak, raisins. Roasted and a bit smoked
T: Sweet upfront. Very malty and a bit fruity. Again, strong notes of toffee, caramel, caramel malts, crystal malts, oak, roasted malts. Mild bitterness as a traditional ale should be
M: Heavy creamy body. Medium to low carbonation. Extremely malty aftertaste
O: Great drinkability. A classic that deserves its reputation
[ BA Review @ 11/6/2013 ]
ABT_S54 (177) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
33cl bottle served in a Trappist glass. Pours a very clear dark brown colour with a few large bubbles and a very short lived bubbly head. Aroma is quite subdued but there are notes of malt and sweetness. Taste is burnt sugar, toffee and caramel. Disappointing lack of spices. The taste is too one-dimensional and the mouthfeel quite watery. Disappointing.