noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2005
Wow! Great! Poured dark chestnut with medium head. Faded to thin foam and lace. Massive aroma, full of dark malt, coffee grounds, toffee, caramel, molasses, fruit, new-mown hay, and flowers. As expected, taste was a "Wee Heavy" but a magnificent blend of toasty malts, light yeast and a wallop of hops. It starts with a slighty fruity sweetness and very dark malt, and finishes spectacularly bitter. Very full-bodied but full of complex nuances in both taste and aroma. High ABV means no sessions but no sacrifice for the great drinking experience. A keeper. HogTownHarry (6823) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 28, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2005 Bottle (500ml). Fell in love with it - I now try every Scotch Ale I find. Very malty, sweet but not too much so, there’s chocolate in there somewhere, and when it ages in the bottle a bit of a kerosene aftertaste (not too bad). I bought over 30 bottles of this when it was in the stores and mourn its passing - will buy at least one case when it reappears. A beer for enjoying AND drinking in quantity, if that’s your thing. joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 26, 2005
This scotch ale was a nice suprise. Aroma is sweet and malty. Taste is sweet, malty, with some vanilla and soft roasted flavors. This beer has very low carbonation which gives it an awesomely smooth, silky mouthfeel. Nice. yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 23, 2005
Tasted 23/05/2005. 500ml bottle from New World, Metro.
Pours a nice, deep, ruby red with a light tan head that has a soft velvety appearance. The nose is a rich, sweet, aroma of peaty whiskey malt, rum, sugarcane and fruitcake that follows through in the flavour. Some alcohol notes are also evident in the mouth. Mouth weight is medium-heavy and with the carbonation low enough to ensure the mouthfeel is as velvety as the beer looks. The palate has residue hints of sweetness and alcohol but is by no means cloying. This one earns surprising respect. Not sure it is "handcrafted" though. OlivierMTL (709) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 23, 2005
Rougeâtre tirant vers le brun. Bonne quantité de mousse compacte de couleur blanche concassée. Arômes de balles de foin séché dont la récolte fut tardive. Très herbal en bouche, flaveurs de vieux foin et de toffee. Son aspect sucré, rappelant les peppermint rose, ne prend heureusement pas trop de place, laissant ainsi les herbes s’exprimer. Corps d’épaisseur moyenne, carbonatation douce et effacée. Bouteille Charlie’s street Liquor, Boston Janvier 2005.
Dorqui (2258) - Brescia, ITALY - MAY 16, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2005 (Belhaven Ruby Ale Dunbar Strong)
Bottled. Much compact and dense foam, discreet persistence. Beautiful intense red color, lightly dark and much bubbly. Bitter and strong alcohol scent. Determined taste and many agreeable. Bitter, strongly and extremely persistent. shintriad (701) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 14, 2005
Mahogany. Strong toffeeish malty notes, a bit of grape juice, a wee bit of whiskey. Quite sweet with some mild, faintly lingering bitterness. Soft, creamy palate. I like sweet and syrupy, but this was a touch overdone for my taste. Low carbonation makes it disturbingly easy to drink. A good quality Scotch ale. lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2005
Pours a dark cherrywood color with a nice lacy ivory head. The smell is spicy and malty. Kind of coppery smells as well.
Taste is not a big as I expected and I was a bit disappointed but as it warms and you tune in there are some nice things happening here. There is a nice smoky and spicy flavors in this beer, almost like smoked pork if you can believe that. It is a bit thin but still malty and a bit sweet. The smoky, sticky aftertaste lingers forever on the back of your tongue.
This is far from my favorite scotch ale (or wee heavy for that matter) but a nice smoky/malty beer to sip during a card game or to have a smoke with. SDalkoholic (2386) - Linda Vista, California, USA - MAY 4, 2005
Somewhat of a red wine aroma. Brown colorish mahogany with sediment/dust floating around inside. Flavor is flat but quite strong of caramel malt, chocolate, and coffee. Not the type of beer id buy again. wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - APR 28, 2005
This tastes quite different then the other two Scottish Ales I have tried. Pretty cool stuff none the less. Poured Reddish/Brown with a nice white head. Aroma had caramel malts and fruits with was also smoky. Very sweet taste with a good bitterness. This would fit better in the Winter for my taste. However it was still quite good.