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RATINGS: 419   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   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!


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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Iguanaman (11) - Seneca, Missouri, USA - SEP 23, 2012
Nice beer. I randomly grabbed since another of my favorites was not in stock. This beer is really drinkable. Nice thick maltiness and little bitterness makes this beer one I will certainly buy again.


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tectactoe (1943) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Niko100 (2009) - 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.

1.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
ryrpat (124) - 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

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bth122 (1269) - 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

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
czar (4450) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
gschrade (719) - Collinsville, USA - AUG 11, 2014
I had this at Global Brew. Pours reddish brown with a tan head. Taste malt, plum, sweet. I thought this was good. I could drink this again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
MadRobin (1964) - Silver Spring, USA - JUN 21, 2014
Poured from 12 oz. bottle in Manistique, MI. Clear, sparkling deep, dark mahogany with a khaki head and excellent lacing. Aroma of sweet dark malt, plums and gunpowder. Taste of plums, dark malt, peat, vanilla and a soured stale beer flavor that totally ruins an otherwise fairly average beer. Medium body and medium/low carbonization. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fsquirrel29 (79) - Michigan, USA - JUN 17, 2014
Nice beer. Out of the bottle and no head, but still pretty tasty. I would buy it again.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jsmerig (1246) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2014
Pours a rich clear mahogany with a Thin head. Aroma of butterscotch. Taste is plum sweet with little nutty accent. Finish is slightly bitter from hops and slightly bitter from the ABV. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jagad5 (66) - - MAY 20, 2014
Poured dark red/brown into a pub glass. Even I notice the taste of sweet plums. Smooth mouthfeel but a sour after-taste.


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