AlabastorJones (815) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 19, 2004
clear dark brown with red highlights, thin white head, sweet barley malt aroma that’s slightly coffee-ish, flavor is alcoholic with strong accents of chocolate, thin palate which leads to a dry finish thats a little on the thin side, but the label is pretty tight, Bobby Bruce can rage but he’s a little over rated in my book. barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - AUG 16, 2004
(draft) A nice dark brown color that revealed red when help up to light. I thought the taste was very good, though there seemed to be a slight gritty feel until the head had dissipated. The slightly bitter finish made me want to drink again to get back to the nice flavor. Not recommended on an empty stomach, as I wanted another pint but had to decline. irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - AUG 14, 2004
pours a very carbonated deep amber/red, sightly hazy. nose is malty, underpinned by a mellow roartiness. flavor is very smooth, dominated by malt notes and a mellow chocolaty-ness. palate is excellent, with none of the stickiness that so often accompanies malty beers. a pleasure to drink-lush w/out being overbearing. Brodie (540) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - AUG 12, 2004
Great malty aroma of chocolate, hazelnut, caramel, and hints of coffee. Brown with red-orange tints, thin beige head. Interesting blend of chocolate and caramel malt with fruity hop flavors, bit of a roasty finish. Medium body, medium carbonation. Great aroma on this beer, a little too much hop flavor, though. I like my Scotch ales to be all malt with little to no hop character. gsteph (325) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 10, 2004
Pours a dark brown with an off-white somewhat thin head. Malty aroma with a light whiskey aroma swirling around and a little alcohol detected too. A sweet, sharp malty flavor with a faint whiskey aftertaste and some chocolate. The sweetness here is prevelant. Overall palatable but uneventful. Just OK., but worth trying.
rickgordon (3878) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 8, 2004
Muddy grey/orange colour. Aroma is vague, a little chocolate maybe. Flavour is fruity and sugary. Maybe a bit flat but aren’t all Scotch Ales? Pretty good. jonas (8278) - Garching close to the monks, GERMANY - AUG 4, 2004
Light grapes and wood aroma.
Brown color, low carbonation, low head.
Brown sugar flavors.
Light body, somewhat flatish.
Maybe the sample was too small, but I found it to be kind of boring. SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 31, 2004
ah, another great beer from three floyds. this one, as the description says is definately "a true malt-lover’s delight." but it also has a satisfying slight hoppy finish to balance it out nicely. NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 31, 2004
UPDATED: APR 11, 2008 This one surprised me. Very pretty deep Bock-ish coloring. At first smell, like a Brown ale. First taste is the same. Once I get past the dark malts, the same hops that are used in the AK are used here, though to a lesser degree. This is how a dark malt based beer should taste. No weird grainy tastes, just the finer nuances of the malts, complemented with a luxurious hop complex. Simply wonderful. madsberg (11798) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUL 29, 2004
Bottled: Dark amber coloured. Light beige head. Malt, butterfatness, some sweetness and a light touch of hops in the aroma. Light caramel, bread, hops and some spices in the flavour. Medium bodied, but finishes a litlle weak. Some bitterness is present on the palate.