MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 15, 2004
Nice one!!! Sweet malty aroma, with hints of molasses and caremel. Pours a dark amber body. Nice off white head with decent head. Taste is sweet, heavy caramel, malt, and some hops bitterness. Nice!!
A beer to be respected indeed. DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 10, 2004
Smells of malt, toffee and caramel, clear ruby, pours a huge, thick tan head, some pretty lace too. Woody and malty flavours at first, with bitter almond in the middle, and caramel/butterscotch at the end. Rich, creamy texture, softly sweet, nice bitterness towards the finish. Terrific! Crockett (1117) - Southampton, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 10, 2004
Pours very syruppy and attractive red with a firm off white head. Decent lace. Good mouthfeel. Aroma of dull wood smoke and earthy soft chewy malts. Toffee, toast, caramel, must, vanilla, chocolate and leather. Late grape/raisin, molases, and grassy hops. Some grapefruit. Toasted nuts and butter. Very solid. igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 2, 2004
Pours a transparent ruby red with a tan head. The head diminished rather quickly, but nice layer remained as well as a patchy, slippery lace. The aroma was primarily of malt, (not strong) with some roasted background. The flavor is malty, smokey, of roasted malt with a very slight bite at the finish.. The mouth feel is? somewhat creamy, but not very full, almost watery, and a slightly dry.
IMHO: I was really excited about trying this beer, and a little disappointed. lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - AUG 31, 2004
Great scotsh ale with the color of african hardwood,(dark-brown with red shine). It has a small airy head and the smell is rich and malty with hints of nuts, marzipan and dried fruits. It has a rich and full mouthfeeling with nice maltyness and a good selection of fine hops that gives more backbone to this great brew.
vanvenlo (1885) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 31, 2004
29 Aug ’04 Aroma: Lovely ripen sweet fruit malt and hop aromas. Appear: Dark brown with a slighned tinge, creamy brown head, lasting suds lace. Flavour: Heaps of smokey coffee some sweetness, light hoppiness. Palate: A bit thin low bitterness the taste sits flat on the tounge at the finish. Lunkie (1936) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 29, 2004
Burnt malt aroma. Clear black colour with good head. Bitter burnt malt flavour. Flat palate. ClarkVV (6708) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 28, 2004
2004 bottle. Pours a dark mahogany brown, somewhat clear, with plenty of tan head. Smells of sharp nuttiness, hints of treacle and dark maple syrup. Hints of alcohol laced caramel malt with a touch of scotch. Though for all of that, it’s quite tame. Flavor is very sweet, lots of brown sugar, caramel and honey. With the creamy consistency, it gets pretty heavy and sweet. Hints of smoke adding a bacon like sort of flavor, very subtle. No bitterness, no hops apparency. Finishes creamy, sweet and with a touch of scotch-like bitterness. Quite good, but gets too sweet and could definitely add more peat smoked malt without going overboard. RichardGretton (4770) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2004
Dark beer with a swirly head and a spirit like aroma and a strong sour flavour. Overall a standard strong scottish beer. BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 26, 2004
Dark amber colour with a frothy white head. Smells of apples and smoke that dominate the aroma. A very strong smokey and fruity flavour. Long sour like finish. A nice unique flavour.