thegreenrooster (4396) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 3, 2005
Pour is a dark brown with a small white head. Aroma is of malts and peat moss. Flavor is malty as well with lots datea and chocolate with a touch of butter scotch. Tasty and rewarding. Probably not as overwhelming of the sences like Jacobite but still has enough to make any beer geek excited. auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - SEP 1, 2005
Deep clear ruddy brown-orange pour, with a nice line of white head. Light buttery and nutty aroma. An almost lemony tart flavor, over a strong backing of caramel, toast, nuts, and a touch of green onions. Almost savory, maybe coming out of the hops. Very sweet, with hazlenut sugar finish. Complex. Finish is dry and a little tart. DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2005
Slightly weaker body than the jacobite and not as spicey, which i see a good thing, however not the easiest to finish. jrob21 (3684) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 20, 2005
smells of coffee and slightly burned. pours a dark brown with no head. a bit flat with chocolatey undertones. JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - AUG 3, 2005
(on botlle) Red,dark colour, no head. This batch was slightly oxidaded. The most neutral of the T. brews I´ve tried. taste iis dominated by burnt, coffeenotes and the alcohollash. Potent, but a bit flat brew. Still very dry and harsh finish for a scot.
3daddict (139) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUL 31, 2005
Dark ruddy brown pour with a thin light tan head. My mouth is near watering in anticipation of this brew after going into a fit and waxing all poetic about Jacobite. These folks are masters, toasted malt scent was perfect. The smooth, smokey understated malted flavor had perfect carbonation and once again the brew evaporated before my eyes. I do favor the Jacobite but this is splitting hairs and the House Ale is a majestic brew. But why, oh why, does it have to be so damn expensive? Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUL 22, 2005
Pours medium brown/dark ruby with no head. aroma is all dark fruits and alcohol. Very vinous. Initial flavor has some sweet caramel malt, but again turns wine-like with a huge alcohol kick. Can’t believe this is only 7.2%. Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - JUL 16, 2005
Rich mahogany color with a soft head and silky lacing. Fine malty aroma with cherries, dried fruit and touch of sherry. Malty and fairly sweet, toasty caramel with chocolate and a little butterscotch in the flavor. Medium to full bodied, very smooth and seemed a little oily on the tongue. Lightly bitter and warm in the finish. Really good. NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 8, 2005
Spiced raisins, dates and a good bit of alcohol and peat in the aroma. Poured rum brown with a sliver of a white head. Molasses-like texture and the flavors of bourbon spiced bread pudding. Very malty and full. The alcohol flavors actually would lead me to believe it was 10% rather than 7.2% but I have noticed many Scottish brews often taste more alcoholic than they actually are. it is kind of the inverse of the Belgian trademark of masking alcohol. BlueDevil0206 (122) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 12, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2005 Bottled. Poured into a snifter. Appeared a deep cloudy garnet hued brown with a small head that quickly faded and left a thin ring of head around the perimeter of the glass. Aroma was of sherry and malt and figs/dates with some caramel sweetness and a bit of alcohol. Flavor is of sweet crystal malt and toffee and a bit of harsh charcoalish roasted malt and some peat comes through as well. Dried fruit definitely has a large role in the flavor of this beer: raison, fig, date and cherry. Some peppery spiciness too. Some hop bitterness is apparent though no hop flavor. Alcohol is hidden well but slightly apparent in the dry finish. The flavor profile is very complex in this beer, I would like to have it again to further anaylze. It would be great aged. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and silky smooth and adequately carbonated. Interesting beer.