Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 22, 2004
Deep copper pour with a smidgeon of head. Big spots of lace here and there. Toffee and warm biscuits come out first. Traces of alcohol, hops and malts also in the nose. The flavors show the chocolate and roasted malts from the description. Small pepper as well. Bitter end to this one. Tangy palate. BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAY 22, 2004
Bronze amber color with light head and some carbonation, moderate lacing for the comparable carbonation. The aroma is malty with some brown sugar sweetness and a very dry, hop note coming through. The flavor is very balanced between the sweet and the hops. The impact of the sweetness is very large but the hops ride it down the palate perfectly, never letting one or the other take center stage. The finish is dry and dusty too with some darker malt notes rounding it out. Very unique scottish, good. Thanks Falconseye! Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2004
Overall it was a pretty good beer. It was on my list of beers to buy this weekend but ended up finding it on tap at a local restaurant. Was a nice amber color, with a small white head. Taste was filled with malt, caramel and very light coffee. Not bad overall, probably wont pursue buying in bottle though anymore. YogiBeera (2569) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 20, 2004
Medium brown orange color, medium frothy head. Butterscotch toffee and malt nose - very light though. Also the flavor is light, malt, raisons and pepper - kind of weak. AcctError12457 (25) - Hebron, Indiana, USA - MAY 15, 2004
First 3 Floyds I tried, and I liked it. Nice bitter taste, very beautiful reddish brown color. Head was large but seemed to dissipate quickly. It warmed up quickly and the taste malty but still had a nice hop flavor to it.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 8, 2004
In the bottle. Dark reddish brown in color. Thick creamy head of substance. Tiny bubbles. Aroma of malt, possibly a little wine-like. Slightly buttery up front, but a little disappointing in the mouth-feel body category. Head disappeared rapidly. Subtle raisin flavor. Back of the tongue bitterness. As this warms up, I get a better feel for the maltiness. This one really should be slurped at room temperature. I guess I expected more from my first 3 Floyd’s ale. jde123 (775) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 5, 2004
Doesn’t have the strong malt smell as with other scottish ales, and the sweet taste kind of throws it off a little bit. I didn’t mind it too much, just a little strange. ClarkVV (6839) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 30, 2004
UPDATED: APR 21, 2005 2003 bottle, thanks to EddieG for the trade. Pours a wonderful warm rosy-red, with some light magentas, auburns and darker browns. Good creamy looking off-white head. Aroma of roasted barley, caramel and light smokiness. Flavor is immediately dry of roasted barley, medium dry chocolate malt and light hops in the background. Heavy roast flavor really keeps this beer dry with the chocolate trying to add sweetness. There is a decent complexity and you can really pick out the different malts, but I just wish it was a tad bit sweeter. The beer was very clear and filtered which seemed to detract from the flavor. No wateriness at all, and a medium body. Lots of bitterness on the finish emerges after warming. Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 28, 2004
Generous, creamy head, aroma includes toffee, vanilla, soft caramel notes. Dark brown in color. Solid malt here, but very, very hoppy. Sweet, mild, but still a stout and hearty ale, very enjoyable. One of my favorite Scottish Ales. Hail Robert the Bruce!
mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2004
Nice scent and color. I had this on draft and it got better as it warmed though it was initally too hoppy. It got creamier as it went down though and while I would not go out of my way for it I would drink it again.