Libeerian (209) - Garner, North Carolina, USA - AUG 18, 2003
Toffee!!! In the aroma, in the flavor! Sure, there are other malt flavors and the hops are subdued but I've seldom found a beer that embodies a single character as well as this. beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 15, 2003
Color is a deep amber/copper with a nice frothy, creamy head that goes absolutely nowhere. Then there's the lace, very nice sheeting effect that clinges forever. In most sips, the lace stacked up on top of lace already there like layers of paint.
Smell is faintly sweet malt close to a toffee but more caramelness then anything, very soft and warm.
Taste is sweet caramel malt, slightly bitter, and a balanced in hop that hints nicely over the top giving a fruity/citrus note thats very subtle and super interesting lending the feel with a long lasting bitter drying effect that smacks of warming alcohol. Not overpowering though, its a sneaker with its nice welcoming malt and then earns your respect as it goes complex in its subtle ending. One heck of a keeper. I always pick up two or three singles of these when ever I see em, which is sporactic at best.
I also just love the label, it's a classy Scottish green with a yellow banner sporting the name and a Black Scottish Terrier with a innocent look on its face saying "please drink me, I'm oh so good."
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 1, 2003
Nice and malty, with a slight bready flavor. Palate is definitely chewy. I didn't detect and smokiness or peaty flavor, but it was definitely good stuff. I think mine was a little bit old, but it was still worth buying. Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - MAY 9, 2003
A Scotch ale from Samuel Smith, it must be good. This ale pours a deep, reddish brown color with a small, mostly diminishing white head. The aroma is malty and slightly fruity with a light, strange sourness. Medium body with light carbonation, the flavor is malty up front with a some fruity raisons and sour cherry notes. The finish is lingering and sweet with a touch of hops and smokiness. Very nice Scotch ale, not quite as smokey and tasty as some other examples, but still very nice indeed. Verne (263) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - JAN 12, 2003
Heavy malt presence without an overpowering syrupy sweetness. I good example of this style
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2003
Dark bright copper appearance. Organic malt and candyish hops in the nose. Bittersweet hops in the body with a touch of alcohol and roast to finish it off. Blends together nicely. DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2003
Excellent. Pours reddish brown with a lasting creamy head (from a pint bottle). Hoppy, sweet caramel-raisin bread aroma. Very smooth mouthfeel. Well-balanced chocolate, raisins, malt, some woodiness. Finished with a slightly bitter, vanilla note. Extremely drinkable. ProstmanSux (102) - Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2002
very strong malt and a thick texture, has a somewhat smoky flavor. boto (2210) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - OCT 13, 2002
Lots of body to this one. Highly recomended. DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 26, 2002
Candied fruit aroma. Garnet, huge toffee head. Treacle, plums, raisins, cherries, almonds. Complex, woody, bitter, dry. Wonderful texture. A real treat! Seems like a Barley Wine.