Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 26, 2004
Bottle. Dark brown pour. Quickly dissipating tan head. Interesting unique malt/spicy aroma. A little yeasty as well. Heavy, but pleasant malt taste - well balanced - the mouthfeel was surprisingly crisp for such a malt heavy beer. Nice hop kick at the end. I enjoy this style, and this example was one of the best I’ve had. BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 25, 2004
Bottle: Deep, dark ruby red beer with a tiny off-white head. Aroma: Earthy, scotch, peat smoke, caramel, coffee. Flavor: Initiatlly dark roasted, earthy, malt hits the tongue. This is followed by bitter hops, unsweetened chocolate, earth, dirt, roasted malt. Interesting overall bitterness with what I can only describe as an almost overwhelming sweetness swept under the rug the entire time. I couldn’t have asked for better carbonation and mouthfeel on this one. Very nice. HoppyKev (50) - Redford, Michigan, USA - SEP 20, 2004
Dark red beer with very little head. Aroma is slight but roasty. Beer seems lighter than expected in terms of mouthfeel. Good roast flavor not as much malt taste as expected. Good beer but, not one of the top scottish style ale’s in my book Goblincat (399) - Petersburg, Michigan, USA - SEP 15, 2004
Pours deep red with very little, short lasting off-white head. Nose is malt and coffee. Taste is malt, a nice amount of hops, some coffee, some caramel... and a decent smooth finish. Not bad overall. Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 12, 2004
Dark amber scotch colour, off-white ring. Very light aroma of earthy hops, single-malt scotch, caramel malt. Light acidity on the palate, earthy, oily, light leafy bitterness. Nothing particular, despite all due respect, this would definitely be rated at least .2 lower if it weren’t a 3F. The creamy medium-full mouthfeel and soft carbonation is great though.
Cobra (1100) - - SEP 10, 2004
12 oz. brown, longneck bottle. No freshness date seen anywhere.
Poured out a deep chocolate brown color, with amber highlights.
Thick tan colored head at first, that slid back to a thick lacing down the sides of the glass. Aromas are of chocolate malts, malted milk balls, Brach’s caramel candies, and slight earthy hops.
Tastes are mostly of malts, with chocolate espresso notes as well.
Yeasty to a fault, but a clear brew all the same. The flavors of the yeast are there, but none of the cloudiness associated with it.
Caramel candies and warming alcohols make up the remainder of the flavors. Very warming, slight, brief but fleeting hops bitterness at the very end of the beer. Finishes somewhat sweet, but well balanced. It could use a touch more hops, however, for the style.
A decent effort, but not the best I’ve had. Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2005 As advertised, if you like malts, you’ll like this beer. It has a nice reddish-brown color with a healthy, lasting head and the malt aroma dominates. Tempered only slightly with hops, this gives a huge malty mouthful that goes down oh so sweetly. Great brew.Rib Eye (148) - USA - SEP 7, 2004
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Yum! Now this is Scottish style ale. Sweet and malty with a perfect bitter accent to tweek the balance. IndianaRed (4933) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 5, 2004
Bottle Pours a nice clear mahogany with a modest off white head. Good even lacing. Aroma is a rich slightly sweet, pitted fruit and dark malts. Flavors are a nice balance of malt and slight chocolate notes. Feel is medium heavy, and the finish is very smooth and soft. Very little bitterness.
Quite good. MrHoppsworth (47) - USA - SEP 5, 2004
This is a top notch beer for malt lovers.Very,very flavorfull,and malty with enough hops to keep it in balance.
Looks about as good in a glass as you can expect a beer to look.
Kinda high in the abv department,so be carefull.
Has a mild aroma,but what aroma it has is very nice.