Hirsty (26) - Perth, SCOTLAND - OCT 19, 2013
Aroma - Malty with emphasis on chocolate & dark crystal but still allow a subtle hop aroma supplied by Fuggles and Cascade to come through.
Appearance - Classic dark brown 80 shilling colour with redness at the edges. Bright & clear. Head tight, off white, lovely lacing all the way down the glass.
Taste - medium sweetness, medium bitterness. Discernable spec malts - chocolate, crystal 150, crystal 400
Palate - full body, thick feel, average carbonation (natural carbonation as in cask), long and satisfying finish,. Perfect balance.
The malt balance is perfect, aroma hop are present but subtle, bittering is just right, mouthfeel is full, taste lingers just long enough.
I’d go as far as to say that this is the best interpretation of the heavy style within or outwith Scotland. Ingevara (910) - SWEDEN - APR 6, 2004
Nice fragrance, refreshing! A good creamy white head. Lots of malt and hops, not a hint of sugar too much nor less. I don't notice any chocolaty side tones, no - just ale! But a very very good one. davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - OCT 22, 2004
I see several of the meekly 58 reviews here from my home state of Minnesota. Must mean that we have a good distributor here! I bought at Blue Max for $5.29/bottle. Wow, rich malty, grainy aroma. Not much else going on in the nose except the malt, but that’s great for this type of beer. Deep amber color, clean and clear. Carbonation is light. A thin light tan head forms and sticks around as if this were hand pulled from a cask. Sublime malty flavor through and through. Not overpowering, but very well done. Vanilla notes. Full bodied, but not even coming close to being cloying. Lightly carbonated which is a nice touch. This takes me back to the many cask conditioned Scottish Ales I had on my trip there in 2001. Oh, to go back! This is a stellar brew, and I hope I find more beers from this brewery! Rib Eye (148) - USA - NOV 30, 2004
A lovely light bodied and full flavored scottish ale. Recomended for those who love malt but hate getting filled up quickly. One bottle perfectly fills a dimpled British pub glass. austinpowers (2828) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 8, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2004 Sampled at the Spuyten Duyvil bar, Brooklyn, back in March, 2004. Sweet and a quite malty with lots of flavor. Very light on hops. Extremely hard to find.
IlBevitorediLA (452) - ITALY - MAR 30, 2012
Questo birrificio non mi ha mai deluso fino ad adesso, e lo posso annoverare tra i miei preferiti. Aroma di frutta secca e datteri. Al palato escono fuori note dolci di caramello e paste secche subito equilibrate da un amaro luppolato e agrumato, derivante dagl’ottimi luppoli utilizzati nella ricetta. Equilibrata, beverina; tutto quello che abbiamo bisogno da una buona birra. Complimenti! Crit (3996) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 22, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2007 Mahogany color, lasting tan head.Nutty carmel nose, hints of chocolate.Nutty woody malt start. Good medium strength lasting hop finish with chocolate overtones. Perfectly balanced. Good lacing BEERGUY007 (206) - Scotia, New York, USA - SEP 14, 2007
Dark colour, little head. Malty, I loved this beer, no wonder it was Scotlands beer in 2002. It’s my beer now! niquillis (2752) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 19, 2011
On cask at Ship Inn, Limekilns. Pours dark amber, spicy, sweetish, an excellent mix of tastes for this top class ale. davidm (2080) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUN 2, 2012
Bottle at the Dicken’s. Very tasty, well balanced. Aromas of caramel, nuts, with hints of liquorice. Taste is sweet, with bitter notes, and long length. Palate is velvety, and medium bodied. Amber, with a frothy head.