brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - JUN 4, 2004
This awesome brew poured muddy amber/brown with no head at all. Aroma is rich molasses with green apples. Heavy and satisfying complex flavors. Chocolate, apples, molasses, figs and smoke. This is hands down the best scotch ale I have ever had. Cheers to Traquair! Sammy (12096) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 27, 2004
complex flavours in a nice scotch malty brew. Rum and Chocolate, toffee, molasses,nuts Alcohol felt, bit of barley. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - MAY 24, 2004
Bottle: Very strong cocoa smell along with some fruit. Pours a hazy dark orangish-brown with virtually no head and slight lacing. Flavor is malty with dark chocolate the initial flavor then finishes bitter. Long lasting bitter aftertaste. I like the chocolate flavor but itís not quite balanced with the bitter finish to my liking. Still a pretty good beer though. grat (432) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 24, 2004
Dissapointing. My expectations were different, I think, and it destroyed this brew. Pours a lovely dark brown. Looks like earth sludge in my glass. Smells like a typical scotch ale. Heavy on the malt. Very heavy on the malt. What killed me though was the balance between the carbonation and the hops. I donít really like how beers from the UK always have a distinct carbonation and a distinct earthy hoppiness that makes me want to puke. I couldnít finish it. My first pour out.
grat SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 22, 2004
Pours brown - almost opaque with a thick off-white head. Garnet colors show up when held to light. Aroma is roasted malts, subtle dried fruits and peat. Flavor is nice, figgy, a bit of molasses toasted malts and light hoppiness. Full body and gentle carbonation.
FROTHINGSLOSH (7694) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2011 Overall a decent brew but lacking in character. I am surprised to find this one as many places as I do. +++Sampled from an 11.2 oz brown bottle this beer pours a dark brown/black color with a small tan head that fades quickly. There is a faint sweet and fruity aroma. The palate is thick. The flavor is an off malt with a heavy essence of molasses. The molasses lingers on the finish. LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 10, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2004 Dark nut brown colour. Very malty beer (toffee, chocolate) with hints of oak and brandy. The palate was quite flat (lowly carbonated) and somewhat disappointing. Strong and medium bitter finish. All in all a fine Scotch ale and I hate myself for drinking it too cold. Rerate (previous rating: 3.7): This time I noticed some rather unpleasant spices. Iíll choose the wonderful Jacobite Ale any day! jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAY 5, 2004
Aroma is malty with a slightly sour/vinous funk. Flavor is of mild chocolate, cookies, a bit of caramel and is balance by a fair bitterness. Pretty good, easy to drink. tiggmtl (4545) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 2, 2004
Aroma is sweet, dark and malty, vinous, plums, raisins, brown sugar, molasses, chocolate, a hint of smoke. Deep, rich, opaque brown body with off-white head that recedes to cover. Flavour is fairly simple - dark malt, slight pleasant, smoky sourness in the finish. A bit more bitter than your usual scotch ale but does not seem out of place. Body is medium full but mouthfeel is a bit thinner than that fat aroma led me to expect. Alcohol not apparent in either the aroma or flavour. Bottle. BitterPoet (57) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 30, 2004
Local store had this one, surprisingly, and thank Bacchus they did. Wow, a strong, full-flavored Scotch Ale. Warming with a long, full finish. Canít wait to try the Jacobite Ale they make. A bit pricey for the size bottle, but worth it all the same.