Dorwart (2589) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 20, 2002
Pours to a slighty frothy head which quickly dissipates. Great dark amber/orange color and clarity. Hint of plum? in the aroma. Definate taste of licorice in the mouth along with some sweetness of caramel. Little weak on flavor though. Light end, medium bodied ale which goes down smooth with a slight warm of alcohol. A decent beer in a great bottle. amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2002
Peachy and appricot aroma with a light touch of alcohol. Copper color with a head that get thin very fast. Nice fruity taste that does not seem to go in any one direction other than light friut. Finish is on the sharp side. Good but not great, It could use to be a litlle more flavorful. Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2003 delicious sweet-malt-hop flavor (that is to say, well balanced - there are many flavors mingling here) beautiful color! It's a pitty that I was only given 2 bottles of this. must try some more. FastEddie (230) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 19, 2002
Nice scottish ale aroma, a bit like Gruyere cheese. Coppery-amber color, little or no apparent head. Nice bittersweet flavor. I still prefer Orkney Skullsplitter, but this is still quite good. mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 16, 2002
pours clear brown, off white head doesn’t last. roasty, slightly buttery aroma. malty, with faint chocolate and alcohol. not bad.
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - NOV 12, 2002
Sweet/sour aroma, with oxidized hops. Stale flat cardboard flavor. I hope this was an old bottle. Skred (107) - Houma, Louisiana, USA - OCT 27, 2002
Cloudy brown color, Dissipating head with lots of lace. Aroma reminds me more of a Belgian dubbel than a Scottish. Flavour is along the same lines, fruity/malty, but not as sweet as most Belgians, and therefore more to my liking. Allseeingeye (223) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 22, 2002
Deep red almost black color. No head to speak of. Smells like mollasses and fruit. Starts sweet with an a mild anise flavor. Finish figs/dates that lasts. Bought this a the grocery in Creif. I didn’t wait for it to chill. Poured and drank in the car on the way home. SilkTork (5737) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2004 Started in 1979 by David Younger of McEwan and Younger, Broughton changed hands in 1995 and has managed (somehow) to gain a reputation for decent beers. This Scottish Ale has more in common with an English Old Ale: a good strength used to add depth, and lots of complex chopped fruit embedded in a malt jelly base. Initially pleasing it soon becomes apparant that this is a beer flexing its over-inflated muscles into a parody of a sugar coated muscle builder. The result is an Arnold Schwarzenegger fruit cake dipped in rum and Fairy Liquid. Unbalanced and crude - there are better Old Ales (or English Strong Ales) around. Try Theakston Old Peculier for example, or - if you can find it - Stonehenge's Old Smokey. [2.8] austinpowers (2828) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 1, 2002
And again... White Cliffs Winter Ales Fest. Gravity. Sweet. Acidic. Not brilliant. [2.8]
Ahhh, a terrific ale, though it doesn’t taste all that Scottish. It’s right up there with Faygate Dragon on my list of enjoyable ales. Note to drinkers: this one’s kind of sweet and is fairly malty. You may note a small bite of alcohol if you search for it. Great stuff.