Pours dark brown with red, like mahogany. Light off-white head that dissipates quickly, leaving a halo. Brown sugar, malts, raisins on the nose. Medium bodied old ale flavor with spices, but very well balanced and subtle. I would guess that the coriander masks the alcohol a bit, because it does not seem like an 8% beer to me. As this beer warms up, more sugars come to the front. Sweetness combined with spices, malts, and dark fruit, but not in a "holiday" beer way. Very well executed old ale. Tasted at 50F, 55F, & 60F.
Brewed to celebrate the anniversary of the 1745 Jacobite rebellion the ale proved to be so popular it has become a permanent addition to the range. Based on an eighteenth century recipe the ale is spiced with coriander which gives a remarkably fresh aftertaste.