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RATINGS: 438   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   IBU: 16   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Our tribute to the Scottish-Highlands, this beer offers a gorgeous garnet color joined by the aroma of ripe plums and freshly-baked biscuits. The rich, full-bodied texture reveals notes of roasted chestnuts and caramel in the smooth single-malt style brew. Balanced with just the right amount of hop character, this beer delights with crisp alcohol finish.

BeerAteHer's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 5, 2005
Iím 90% sure this uses sugar to attain a higher alcohol level -- it just doesnít taste like it relies on natural maltiness. Still, Arcadiaís version is an ok beer that still exhibits plenty of caramel maltiness and even a touch of hops. Very dark chestnut color with minimal head but rich body. Recommended, but this is "a world apart" from anything actually produced in Bonny Scotland, as Brits from any of the provinces tend to avoid adding sugar (which is one of the reasons most of their beers are 4.5% or lower but taste great!) But this one would specifically qualify as a nice Winter warmer, for it has a certain cold-weather blankety softness in its sweetness and a potent stout finish -- recommended in the end. ... or should I say the Final Analysis ... maybe not, Iím gay-neutral! Just give it a try, you might like it (not GAY, this beer!)

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Larry_Duffman (140) - - SEP 15, 2015
I poured it from the bottle into a glass. It pours a light brown color with a small tan head and little lacing. The aroma wasnít very strong. It was caramel, nutty, and booze. The taste was nutty, caramel, and booze. It was creamy. It hid the alcohol well at first. As it warmed, it became much more pronounced.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BrewBoxer (2472) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 29, 2015
Draft atvthe growler NYC. Dark brown color . Malty boozy taste but not much flavor. Not really a fan

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jonhall (59) - - AUG 27, 2015
Poured from bottle and everything just seemed ok to me. My go to scotch ale is Founders Dirty Bastard, and I'd rather have that than this. I'd drink this though if Founders wasn't available. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DavoleBomb (1614) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2015
Poured into a perfect pint. 3.5 A: Lightly hazed deep amber brown color. One finger of frothy tan head. Retention is a tad below average and a thin ring of lacing is left. 3.5 S: Caramel, toffee, and peat right from the start. Then an almost mineral rustic outdoors. Sweet, yet manageable. Hints of tobacco, raisin, and dates. 3.5 T: Wow, thereís a lot of flavor in here. Big peat component with layers of caramel and toffee. More fruity than the nose with plum joining tobacco, raisin, and date. Mineral and a touch of metal. Itís not dry or sweet, but somewhere in the middle. Viscous neutral maltiness however. 3.5 M: Medium to heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation with a little bite to it. Light creaminess with a little more chewiness. 3.5 D: Good enough all around. Give it a try if you havenít already. DavoleBomb, Jul 09, 2013

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stoutgap (52) - Indiana, USA - JUN 14, 2015
Bottle to glass, a muddy ruby color with an abundance of particles,very little off white head that left in a hurry.Good malt in the aroma, bread and caramel and slight raisin with low hop.Medium slick mouth with lively carbonation and a bitter finish,of average length with heavy sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nearbeer (4288) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 29, 2015
12 oz. labeled 8% abv and bottled 10-31-2014. Pour is opaque chocolate-brown with a lasting film of creamy foam on top. Nose is earthy dried fig, dark toffee and red grapes. Taste is raisin, toffee, earthy peat and a hint of red wine. Medium-heavy body is smooth with medium carbonation and a nice balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PrattBrat (30) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 22, 2015
Pours a cloudy dark reddish-brown with medium creamy tan head. Aromas of sweet sugary malt with some smoke, dark fruit and whiskey. Tastes of sweet malt, faint smoke and alcohol with some light hops in the finish. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
JerseyBrew (59) - Hillsborough, New Jersey, USA - APR 3, 2015
Every beer in this 6 pack was infected. No body left to the beer at all with a bunch of fruity notes. Horrible!! Not a wee heavy in any way. No one should ever buy a bottled beer from this company. This is the second 6 pack of a different beer that was infected. Over $20 and down the drain it went ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Optimatorjoe (6) - - MAR 14, 2015 does not count
I drank this at Rattle n Hum in NYC. Good dark beer. Good aroma and very good tasting beer .I'd order again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
smroush (140) - Michigan, USA - MAR 7, 2015
Aroma dominated by the malt as one would expect in a Scotch Ale. However there are some interesting aromas most notably a fruity, plum flavor. Also bread and caramel. The hop aromas are quite subdued. The alcohol is fairly apparent. The head is a fairly sparse and short lived off-white color. The beer is dark brown with some ruddy color to the brown. Taste includes above average sweetness and mild bitterness. Body is medium to full; texture seems a bit sticky or slick from the alcohol or sugar. Carbonation is average which works well with this beer. The finish is fairly long, sweet and malty. Overall this is a pretty good Scotch Ale; I particularly like the fruity plum notes.

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