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Step into the Scottish Highlands with this authentic Strong Scotch Ale. A lovely and deep garnet color is joined by the aroma of plums and toffee in this unique and special ale. Brewed with Maris Otter malted barley from Crisp Maltings, Ltd. in England, the rich and full-bodied feel of this beer brings out flavors of caramel and roasted chestnuts, which is balanced with a clean and crisp alcohol finish, and just the right amount of lingering hop bitterness. A real treat!

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Arayaga2 (1818) - portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Dark translucent ruby brown with a half inch of off-brown head. Brown sugar aroma with cola notes. Taste is the same with worty treacle notes, ending in moderate, but persistent hop bitterness. $2/22oz

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BVery (7103) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2014
Bottle from Binny’s in Bloomingdale, IL. Very dark brown pour with crimson highlights. Soapy head. Good looking pour. Rich malty aroma with plum and sweet toffee, and a hint of roast. Might be getting a bit of black licorice in the taste, along with nut. Nice beer overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
freeofthoughts (674) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - NOV 4, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2014 Bottle pours brown with a little burnt orange, khaki fizz. The aroma is close to English brown ale, light toasted bread and sweet malts with a little fruit. The flavor is sweet malty light molasses and a near toffee thing, slightly green drying hops in the back, this is actually really nicely put together and a wonderful brew on the way into imperial stout season.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (21061) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 9, 2014
Bottled (backlog). Slightly hazy ambery brown colour with a small beigeish brown head. Aroma is leathery, toasted, mildly caramelly, long with some toffee and mild ripe fruits. Flavour is leathery, toffeeish, mildly ripe fruity along with some nutty and chocolaty notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBear11D (327) - Michigan, USA - OCT 8, 2014
Loch Down pours a dark purple to brown with a fairly decent sized bubbly tan head that does not last long. The aroma is earthy, plumb and grape. The flavor is dark fruit with plumb standing out the most. Overall this is a pretty decent beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kaser (3306) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 3, 2014
Scotch and carmel taste. Poured from 12 oz bottle at home. Vanilla and whiskey nutty taste. Not a fan at the moment but I could try it again

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tectactoe (2508) - Michigan, USA - OCT 1, 2014
Tap: Ruddy copper with a moderate red tint, more so brown towards the core with a burnt beige cap. Aroma of dark fruits & mild floral notes. Metallic toffee, raisins, toasted malt, & the lightest hint of smoke. Flavor is a bit nuttier with more of that toasted bread, toffee & caramel malt flavor, although it remains on the dry side, never really getting sweet at all. Hints of dry, baked bread, anise, raisin, & faint cocoa powder towards the finish. Thin bodied for the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Niko100 (2087) - Illinois, USA - SEP 21, 2014
Dark brown color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of toasted/smoky malt, caramel/toffee, & some spice; Flavor of sweet malt, caramel, molasses/syrup, hops, and some dark fruit; Warm finish; Not too bad.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
ryrpat (163) - Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2014
Absolutely awful. Not the Scottish ale I was hoping for. Tastes like awful cough syrup or even a hint or jäger. Couldn't be more disappointed. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bth122 (1311) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Bottle. In NYC. Pours a dark brown with frothy head. Aroma of roasted malts, hazelnut, and caramel. Some dark fruits and toffee biscuit. Complex. A lot going on and it's different from start to finish. Medium heavy body name warming alcohol. Nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
czar (4761) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 18, 2014
pours almost clear medium dark brown, orange tint, with a nice light beige head showing some retention and lacing. sweetish spicy brown malts, nice fruitiness - red, spicy peppermint, faint smoked red berries, very boozy - warm, peppery caramel, shy sweetness - some brown sugar. low carbonation, medium body - oily, slightly boozy and grassy-spicy-slightly piney short to medium long finish. average scotch ale.

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