waolsen (1376) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - APR 4, 2007
bottle. dark mahogony pour iwth thin frothy head. beautiful looking beer. nice moderate aroma. dark fruits, raison and plum. sugary sweetness. oak. mollasses. a bit of maple and faint yeast. I was excited to drink it. smooth creamy mouth. mild chocolate. nice sour malts. oak and sugar. balanced yeast. roasted nut and plum. lively peppery bitter finish. great balance and power of flavors. wonderful beer. imdownthepub (14556) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2007
Bottled, Filtered, 330ml, aged 4.5yrs. Ruby to brown with beige head. What a beautiful looking beer, it has the appearance of a rich burgundy, but with a head. It is smooth, the ageing has worked particularly well, fusing the parts into one luscious, rounded, full beer. There is a blackcurrant and winey raisin note to it, warming in the alcohol, there is a sweetness on the finish. Very, very good nramsburg (259) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 1, 2008
Very dark amber pour, small head. Smells a bit like a chocolate covered cherry to me, yet there’s almost an overture of vanilla in there somewhere as well. Great mouth feel that’s much less overpowering than I expected -- so smooth and definitely helped by having a fairly low alcohol (I guessed initially that a beer like this might have been up in the 9 range). Nice finish. Strong overall . orville (160) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 14, 2009
An oaky beer, but balnced by nutty maltiness. The finish is acidic and makes you want to keep drinking more. A great beer. Scotland will continue to be a place to watch as their beers are finally showing up more and more here in the sates. slowrunner77 (12051) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 7, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2015 very malty, smokey, and slicker than snot on a glass eye!!! this is a great beer. one of the best of this style, i highly recomend it. it’s a little pricey for the tiny bottle, but totally worth it.
2015 - bigger size for roughly the same price I paid for 10 oz before. takes a while to open up...next time I’ll just slightly chill it. Too cold, it’s good. Near room temp it’s still phenomenal.
Holmen2 (3651) - NORWAY - SEP 3, 2012
Dark copper in colour, head disapearing quickly. Aroma of prunes, maple syrup and dark caramel. Wonderful taste. Aftertaste of dried fruit, toffee, dark caramel balanced with hop bitterness. Holmen1 (5889) - Stavanger, NORWAY - SEP 4, 2012
Fra flaske på Cardinaltreff: lakris og vanilje (gjæret på eikefat!), mykt, velbalansert og innsmigrende med stor munnfylde. Et fantastisk øl helt uten skarpe kanter. Lurer på hvordan en ufiltrert utgave ville smakt... flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - SEP 22, 2002
Very malty, sweet aroma, but more mild malty taste with a hint of caramel. Very complex, almost wine-like flavor. Nice carbonation, and dry finish. TaktikMTL (7798) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 13, 2005
Bouteille de 330 ml obtenue par Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur de fruits foncés, de dattes et d’alcool. Apparence: Couleur brune. Moyen col beige crémeux. Moyenne densité des bulles. Fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’épices, de torréfaction et de fruits. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture crémeuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût de craie et de fumée. (Rating #292) BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 3, 2007
12oz brown bottle from Ron’s. Dark brown body with ruby red highlights and a quarter inch of off-white head. Toasty nutty aroma on this one. Tastes like nut, caramel malt, with roasty and burnt malt, with hints of chocolate. Full flavored and complex. Creamy mouthfeel with just enough carbonation to support it. Fairly drinkable for the full-bodiednesss and abv. Fantastic.