DarkMagus (560) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 26, 2007
Dark caramel-brown color. Tan head composed of soapy bubbles that dissipate rapidly. Sweet, malty aroma with a serious hoppy presence, some slight saltiness and a hint of soy sauce. Rich, smoky malt flavors, with a significant hops presence. Woody, smoky, salty, very complex. Some mysterious eucalyptus quality was also present. A great, but somewhat expensive beer (I paid 1500 yen for this one). Definitely worth the experience. Very unique, deep, and complex. doublebock (558) - California, USA - JUN 23, 2008
Dark amber color without much head. Burnt Molasses and wine aroma. High malty flavor with a barely wine like mouth. Raisins, coffee, and port. Mellow hopiness. A tad bit flat. eManu (557) - Kuala Lumpur & Brussels, BELGIUM - JAN 10, 2010
Pours a dark brown color with a nice beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, some dark fruits, a hint of smoke and some spices. Flavors of roasted malts, dark fruits, caramels, some brown sugars and some oak smokeyness. Low carbonation, quiet sweet and a little bitter, and somewhat creamy taste. Lots of good flavors, well balanced, an excelent beer. beerlady (556) - lucerne, SWITZERLAND - JAN 26, 2009
darker brown beer with offwhite head
smells malty, of dried pears and plums
tasts bittersweet, malty ,dried plums, caramel, earthy
aftertaste bitterness,burnt caramel,roastyness ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 8, 2005
Brown with a white head. Aroma full of cherries and malt, there is something else in the background that I just can;t put my finger on. Body is on the fuller side, flavor filled with fermented cherries, malt, caramel, and alcohol. A nice brew.
Diabobale (552) - ITALY - FEB 8, 2016
Appena la si stappa e prima ancora di versarla nel bicchiere, questa birra in stile scotch ale è esplosiva al naso, con tante note caramellate e di pane nero, di whisky e frutta secca (prugna), lievissime le note tostate. Il colore è mogano con bei riflessi aranciati e rubino, con una schiuma non abbondante di color beige e dalla consistenza cremosa, ottima anche la persistenza che accompagna tutta la bevuta. Il corpo è abbastanza strutturato, assai vellutato e dolciastro, con una carbonazione bassa ma con bollicine finissime. Al palato tanto caramello e frutta secca (prugna e albicocca), con sentori legnosi e di whisky. Buono il retrogusto ancora dolciastro e a tratti vinoso. La beva non è facile ma risulta assai calda e avvolgente. Floback (550) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 27, 2008
Bottle from Total Wine. I read the description on the label and was too intrigued to pass this up. Pours a dark ruby/brown with loose lacing and almost no head. Nose is molasses, caramel, grains, and a hint of oak. Flavors include toast, biscuits, more molasses, Cheerios, grains, a hint of bittersweet chocolate, and the distinctly subtle aftertaste that all Scottish ales have that I can’t quite identify. Maybe it’s kilt...I don’t know. Medium carbonation. Decent beer. benpickens (544) - Camarillo, California, USA - OCT 8, 2006
Black with a medium frothy head. Smells of sulfur, roots, and coffee. Sweet malt up front and a long hop dryness in the finish. Brodie (540) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - SEP 28, 2002
Excellent example of a Scottich ale. Malt aroma, in particular a hint of toasted malt. Smooth, very clean flavor dominated by malt, with a hint of smoke. Well-balanced bitterness. Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 25, 2001
I'm not this beer's biggest fan by a long shot, but its a good one nonetheless, certainly better than the atrocious Jacobite Ale. This one is smooth, malty, toasty and very warming.