BREWMUSKCLES (2743) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 8, 2008
huh! guess i got a bit of a find here, anyway beery and malty with small moderately intense carbonation this brew is a bit sweet and sour and a bit slick. barely moderate body it tastes and wafts kind of old as in old leather in an old unused home. some flaky floaties with an off perhaps grape turning into raisin or prune/plum flavor. tangy with a barely discernable chalk character that was probably more pronounced when younger. thank you! frankenkitty (2014) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2005
Bottle poured a dense (not hazy) iced-tea-brown body with an orange glow and a short, creamy, ecru head. Tasty caramel malt aromas with brandy & sour cherries, underpinned with smoky and earthy notes. Good balance... flavor started sweetly malted, finished sour, and lingered with a dirty, sour, bitterness. Dry textured with lightly astringent effects.
TAR (2787) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2004
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Well-aged sample: Translucent chocolate. Thin but beautifully persistent head of fine bubbles. Extremely earthy nose comprised of sherry, fruitcake, dates, and leathery yeast. Smooth, feathery soft carbonation. Immaculately conditioned. Firmly dry leathery yeast stance paves the way for ensuing fruitcake and sugared date richness. Relaxed tartness and oxidation lends sharpness to the already-firm minerally astringency amid sharp dried leather and softening background notes of smoky peat and vanilla. As with the massive dryness, phenolic hints engage to temper the beefy malt. Insistently barky malts resound as it approaches the extremely leathery, woodily dry finish with growing notes of dates and caramel lingering. Complex and appetizing. An aged wonder. joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2004
Hazy brown w/ frothy, pale tan head. Malty aroma of caramel, licorice & molasses w/ notes of leafy tobacco. Medium-Full, chewy feel. Malty flavour of licorice & molasses w/ lightly smoky notes of leafy, earthy hops. Sammy (12740) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2004
A wine-like, hoppy with molasses aroma and other spices. Rum colour with nice lace. Full mouthfeel, nice by itself, particularly during winter. More malty than sugary sweet. Satisfying.
A surprising find, at Chester’s in Hamilton, thanks to Doug Shoemaker.
Eyedrinkale (3235) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2004
Cloudy brownish red color with a quickly dissapearing head. Aroma is pungent malt and metallic. Taste is full of malt and sugars, musty leather and a certain sour grape that I’m not into. Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2004
This promised better than it delivered. The reddish/amber coloring was good and the aroma was good and malty. There was little, if any, head and very little carbonation. The taste was more bitter than malty, leaving a sour palate. Perhaps I had a bad bottle, as there was an unusually heavy amount of residue at the bottom. JCW (1279) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2004 I got this at the bargin bin of Jungle Jim’s, and I couldn’t be more pleased with it. Rick brown color, opaque with a small white head. Smooth carmel aroma, slighty buttery. Flavor is fairly sweet as fly noted. Sweet, buttery finish. It is one of the better scotch ale that I’ve had. fly (1487) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - MAY 14, 2004
So hard to say anything against this as I stare at the pooch on the label and think of Asta, if the Thin Man ever meant anything to you. I lkee this yar beer. Perhaps a tad sweet, but there’s so much more going on that melds with the sweetness. Tartness that I can never quite describe. SO I won’t. I’ll just say I like it. krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2004
when i first joined ratebeer, i listed 'scotch ale' as my chosen favorite style-- and this beer alone comprised the reason. with the move to samuel smith, it became very scarce, and thus i haven't had it in years until tonight. i myself have moved on-- on to favoring the stronger styles, yet this one remains indeed a great friend. it's a dense pour of osage orange-- ruddy copper tones as thick as carrot cake. an oat colored froth covers the top of the brew with loyal vigilance. an enormous aroma of peat and hearty burgundy, of musty old bookstore leather, raisins, scotch and vanilla soaked fruit cake. a charming libation to sip, this old dog, the scotch flavors permeate the earthy malts-- malts that seem to nearly creak with antiquity: old cellars, parchment, cracked steamer trunks and cobwebs. the bitterness seems to derive from a sour tincture of sugar maple roots, with a chocolate cherry liquer and praline sweetness. okay-- perhaps it's a trifle too sweet, like the maudlin notes of some silly old love song; but i'll honor it still, to emulate the fedelity of that noble terrier, the memory of near perfection is hereby enshrined.