MMM...Beer (385) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 19, 2003
Probably not only I'd have again real soon, but still glad I tried it. Deep brown color with a wispy head. Attrative overtones of smoke on the nose and palate. Thick mouthfeel with a sour start and a bitter finish. Silphium (3224) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - DEC 10, 2003
A dark red beer, with an off-white head and moderate lacing. Strong apple aroma, with darker fruits evident. Apple and raisin flavors overpower traditional "twigs 'n berries" notes. TheBeerGod (6284) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 12, 2004
Poured a dark reddish brown. Medium tan head. The nose is met with caramel, fruit, spice and a hint of wood. The taste more caramel, a hint of burnt wood, light alcohol, some sugar and light spice. I liked this better than the Jacobite. Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 8, 2004
Thin, off-white head above a cloudy red-brown. Sweet nose. Felt thick at first, but thinned out after the carbonation came through. Hints of toast. Chewy and malty-sweet, with fruity notes (raisin) and some bitterness to balance things out. Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - FEB 11, 2004
Dark brown with small head. Malty, coffee-ish?, dark fruits and dark chocolate, earthy (complex!)... sadly there is something funny (fishy!) about the finish.
jsquire (4666) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2004
Hazy brown out of the bottle with amost no head. Dark sweet alcohol nose. Burnt caramel, malt extract sweetness with a sublte earthy smokiness. Very well balanced and pleasant to drink. shintriad (701) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 14, 2004
Smells a bit funky, but nice grape, malt and chocolate. Rocky, brown head, fairly quickly dissipating with a bit of lacing. This was incredibly smooth, too smooth actually; it was a bit oily and could have used more carbonation. It also could have had a bit more substance to cover the alcohol. However, the balance was quite good for a Scotch ale. jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - AUG 23, 2004
Dark brown with hardly any head. Aroma of malt, nuts and cocoa. Flavor
is similar to their Jacobite Ale, though not
as interesting or complex. Mostly sweet
malts and caramel. bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - SEP 20, 2004
brown in color. smells of your mom and sweet breads choc malts. right into the fillis its rock candy sweet and more malty goodness though and through. brown sugar molasses and dark figs and raisins pushed into one bottle. i feel like im at the old course. DYCSoccer17 (3714) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 4, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2015 Lots of musty smoke notes in the nose with some sweet malty hints as well. A touch of licorice, chocolate in the nose. Ruby/garnet mahogany color that is transparent with a small off-white head. Vinous, malty, smoked malts with some large amounts of chocolate malts in this guy. Slight corn notes as well. Slightly thin. I’m trying to determine why I spent close to $6 on this beer...RE-RATE.....500mL bottle purchased at Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa. The aroma is moderately sweet with some caramel melanoidin notes. Light toffee and a bit of oxidation. Transparent cola-colored body with a medium, decent light tan head. Starts with a moderate sweetness. Some toffee notes, and light roast. Becomes tobacco and leathery in the middle. Finishes with a long moderate sweetness and more tobacco. Tasty, lowly carbonated. I wouldn’t really adjust my rating for this over a decade after my first one.