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RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
This traditional Scotch Ale is full-bodied with an earthy aroma. It has a smooth malt presence, with just the right touch of hops for a balanced, clean finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
brian60625 (745) - Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2013
12 ounce bottle. Low aroma of smoked wood chips and molasses. Appearance is a deep brown-red mahogany, lots of lacing even though thereís practically no foam. Taste is ashy, tobacco smoke (maybe thatís the peat), sweetened barley, bordering watery. At least the abv is low key. Palate feel is pretty light, heavily carbonated, bubbly, watery. Overall, Iíve had better from Ale Asylum.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
portableparty (2263) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 13, 2013
12 oz. bottle from arkurzynski. Pours dark amber brown with a quick tight khaki head that settles to a wispy film and collar. Aroma is sweet burnt caramel roasted malt and faint peat and raisins/dried fruit. Taste has more of the above with dried fruit caramel roasted malt and some herbal characteristics. Palate is medium to full with a slick yet chalky dry finish. Honestly, this is pretty tasty! Thanks Adam!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrPickles (438) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 18, 2012
This is one that I just want to love, but it just doesnít do it for me. Well that makes it sound worse than it is. I just have high expectations for this and it falls a bit short.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RobertDale (4958) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - OCT 23, 2012
On tap at the brewery. Comes a dark reddish brown with a small tan head. Aroma of malt, fruit, and caramel. Taste is caramel malt, dark fruit, vanilla, and earthy. Smooth with just a touch of alcohol coming through. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (8969) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2012
Draft pint at the new brewery. Pours a just barely cloudy deep amber with good red and brown highlights and a small beige head. Aroma of burnt toffee, sweet caramel malts, cocoa, and toasted nuts. Flavor of sweet and toasted malts, more of the same toffee/caramel profile, cocoa, a bit of date-like dried fruit, and just a faint hint of earth and peat. Mostly the sweetness leads here, though. Medium-bodied, with modest carbonation and a smooth, sweet, then sticky mouthfeel. Solid Scotch ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChainGangGuy (4690) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUN 11, 2012
Appearance: Pours out a hazed, amber-brown body with light, light tan-hued head.

Smell: Malty notes of toast, brown sugar, nutty-hinted caramel crust mingled with a scant fruitiness, a vague hoppiness.

Taste: Fairly sweet maltiness with a caramel character, nutty accents and touches of toasted bread. Sliver of apple, a modest helping of ripe plum. Low herbal hops, maybe a touch of spice, with little imparted bitterness. Nutty caramel and some warmth from the alcohol coming across on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: A fairly decent beer. Itís not going to put in any overtime or work on holidays, but it gets the job done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AWISLguy (2207) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 29, 2012
Sampler at the brewpub shared with ck1, thanks bro! Pours a rich dark brown with red highlights. Aroma has a nice earthy peaty caramel smell. Taste is a super sweet sticky caramel. Finishes sticky sweet and hangs around for a while. Perhaps the best scotch ale Iíve had - quite interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheAlum (6812) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2013 Draft pour on tap at the brewery pub (Madison, WI). A beer Iíve long been after.. And finally have hooked up with. Pours a rich hazy brownish copper pour, some deeper reddish glowing edges show some life, touches of haze in the body, with a frothy tannish head sitting atop. Small layer, laces ok. Aromas are touches of caramel, sticky carmelized malts, and touches of cherry, dark fruit, and mellow smooth vanilla. Biscuits, gentle brown malt, lacking in the peat department. Carmelized, toasty, and sweet elements mix liberally, yet not complex. Initial is medium bodied, offering sticky malts, touches of caramel and toffee, biscuits, bready malts and toast. Some more mellow sweetness, touches of dried cherries, some smooth sticky sweetness but not overdone. Middle gets a touch drier, toasty, cherries, and carmelized malts. Finish is a touch dry, lingering sticky malts and touches of peaty malts give some life lingering into the back, not necessarily smokey but earthy, mellow sweet, and carmelized. An interesting offering, solid, yet a bit lacking in the peated aspect for me. Iíd prefer a more earthy, peaty beer and less sweetness. Redeems itself a bit, but does get a bit simple. Ok. A decent body, good drinkability except for a touch much in sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drpimento (2863) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 16, 2012
Pretty good beer and close adherence to style. Served at a good temperature with a nice, foamy, light tan head that soon subsided to a ring. Color is a clear orange-brown-honey amber. Aroma is heavy on the malt, some fruit, caramel, vanilla, hint of peat. Flavorís very similar to nose with just enough carbonic tang to balance. Body is full, round, slightly dense and carbonation is perhaps a touch low. Finish is like flavor, long and a little boozy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dionysus (1485) - Arizona, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Bottle pours burnt red/brown with a khaki head. Aroma is extremely malt driven with notes of caramel/toffee, nuts, cocoa, and earth. Flavor shows much of the same with a brown sugar/blackstrap sweetness as well as additional notes of dates and light peat. Overall body is moderate to full and the finish is fairly balanced.

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