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RATINGS: 406   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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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!


BitterPoet's rating

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BitterPoet (57) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 23, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2006 On-Tap at The Happy Gnome in St. Paul. I am a fan of few things, but Scotch Ale is one of them. I have few to choose from in my neck of the Tundra, but Arcadia hit town a while back, and it has yet to disappoint. This is the beer that separates the Scotch Ale from the Scottish Ale. This is definitely thicker, meatier, if you will, than my other fave in the latter category, Robert the Bruce. Highly recommend anyone who wants to know what all the hubbub is about regarding this autumnal style.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dfonorow (1206) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2014
On tap at Chipotle Festival. Pour is deep hazelnut brown with a small beige head. Aroma and flavor are of roast, earth, coffee, fruit, peat, smoke, and rich caramel. Finish has a touch of booze.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheHopster (746) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - MAR 6, 2014
(bottle) Pours a black-brown with thin tan head. Aroma is sweet malt with prune and some peat. The flavor is roasted with mild malt sweetness and warming 8% ABV accentuated. Good call for wet winter weather. New improved labels issued from brewer than RB photo.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CutSteel (9) - - FEB 26, 2014 does not count
Drank out of a bottle, 2/25/14. No head whatsoever, virtually flat. Smells of caramel, toffee, and plum, slightly sweet. Pours a dark ruby, slightly hazy when held up to a light. Medium body, sweet with some lingering bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tdoyledesign (154) - Michigan, USA - FEB 20, 2014
Pours a nice brown with a thin head that dissipates. Aroma is molasses and malts. Taste is a little flat but there are some hints of molasses and malts. Palate is the same. A little flat but a great finish.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
fat2fitfred (1) - Carpentersville, USA - FEB 16, 2014 does not count
Caramel looking beer. No head. Fruity taste a bit, but very filling. Whiskey type of taste at first.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bwa5879 (537) - Portage, Michigan, USA - JAN 5, 2014
Whiskey colored pour, no head. Very carmel scent, sweet/sour dark fruits too. Low carbonation, oily mouthfeel , a bit of heat on finish. Very sweet flavor, butterscotch and carmel, dark fruits and raisins and bitter peat. Not my favorite style but a good scorch ale for sure.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fattybladdy (449) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2013
Sampler at brewpub, dark copper appearance. Scotchy scent. Big flavor with caramel malt, scotch and dark fruit. Pretty good stuff.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christpuncher (705) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2013
Super sour and and really easy to drink. Pours a dark brownish read on color. Has a bitter dis jsh and tastes like. Jerries. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbruner (1972) - Athens, Georgia, USA - DEC 9, 2013
Bottle thanks to a trade with jdb288! Labeled as 8% abv. Pours a translucent reddish brown with thin lacy tan head that leaves good lace. Aroma is boozy smoke and caramel malt, almost a isopropyl alcohol note. Taste is a nice blend of smoke malt and caramel sweetness, just a slight hint of the booze here. Not bad, medium body and carbonation.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rumproasts (2549) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2013
bottle. Mahogany brown with one finger head. Strong caramel malt, dark fruit. Roasty, but a little thin.


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