aracauna (3709) - Georgia, USA - APR 25, 2002
With the scottish ale type I was expecting less hops. Hop flavor overwhelms what would be a nice Scottish ale however. It did get better the closer to the bottom I got however. Color was a bit average for a brown too. booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2003
There was a sour note to this beer that overpowered the maltiness. Maybe mine was off? In any case, good elements in the mix, but the overall result is not that great. AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 15, 2003
Smooth drinking. Carmely, malt aroma and flavor. Fairly tasty. As smoosh say, I'm also surprised not to be overwhelmed by hops coming from 3F. 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. skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 14, 2004
Poured the color of the bottle with some surprising level of carbonation. The aroma had the prune/raisin smell of a belgina bruin. The malt quantity was NOT as advertised, as the alcohol tore right through the flavor. There is a "roastiness" to this, that reminds of an old-style ale. There doesn’t appear to be any sweetness or biterness, yet the dark chocolate hints were there. Sir Robert did finish with a lively kick, but alas it might have been his last kick down my throat.
shadey (2171) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 3, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2006 Deep red color without much head to speak of. Plenty of malt in the flavor. Slightly odd aftertaste but overall quite a nice example of the style. 8/3/7/3/17zootfinster (221) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2007
RERATE: Very dark red with no head. Aroma is dark earthy sweetness. Cant really smell any smokiness. Nice body, but really not too much else going on.
Malty, a bit sweet and almost a hint of fruit. Not much of a hoppy taste and quite smooth. BustedFlat (554) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - JUL 5, 2007
12 ounce bottle. Shaker glass. Dark brown with a small head. Aroma was roasted malt and hops. Taste was of sweet malt, caramel and a hint of hops. Not as creamy and smokey as I would have expected.
kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2011 Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 3, 2008
Date: November 07, 1997
Source: Brewfest, Real Ale Festival
Appearance: dark amber
Aroma: rich malt aroma
Flavor: rich malt flavor, slightly sour
Date: February 27, 2001
Source: Taco Mac, Sandy Springs
Appearance: dark amber, whispy head
Aroma: sweet carmel malt aroma
Flavor: lots of malt flavor, slight sweetness, well balanced with some bitterness in the finish
Date: November 18, 2006
picking up some nice chocolate flavor and smokey earthy character
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Score: ** /4
Bottle. Pours a hazy brown color with minimal head. Nose is caramel and malt with slight alcohol. Palate is caramel, chocolate and malt. Alcohol is well hidden. Overall a smooth drinker.