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RATINGS: 139   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Hopped with heather.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (9319) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 11, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2009 My Bottom Line :
Caramel and roasted malts delicately envelop the herbal heather notes, as raisins and earthiness meddle in a balanced, drinkable finish.

Further Personal Perceptions :
-A ring of foam circles the dark brown gown.
-Carbonation is rather low, but the dextrins arenít too heavy, so the mouthfeel remains quite approachable.
-The heather adequately replaces the hops, on top of adding a touch of personality.
-The flavour profile isnít too compelling, but I cannot say this is not well brewed.
-This is the kind of Scotch Ale Iíd drink by the pint, not the sippers Iíve been accustomed to in the style.

Bottle.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmac (5587) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 29, 2008
22 oaz bottle from Canal’s Hainesport. Pours a deep reddish/brown with an average size light beige head. Aroma is light malts with some notes of chocolate,raisin,peat but just weak for a Scotch Ale. Flavor of caramel and chocolate with some other notes that must be the heather or just some Scottish secret ingredient they didn’t list.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WeeHeavySD (3379) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 6, 2008
Bomber that I believe I bought on Mt. Desert a few years back. Pours blackish brown with a tan head. Nose is lightly malty. Taste is sweet, malty with hints of caramel. Can’t tell that heather is there. This is decent, but not amazing.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrDavid (957) - Johnson, Vermont, USA - SEP 28, 2008
(Bottle). Mild, semi-sweet aroma of malt and caramel. Dark reddish brown color, with moderate light tan head. Flavor is well-balanced, with restrained sweetness, fruits, some caramel. Malty, quite astringent finish. Not bad.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BelgianBeerGal (3837) - Panama City, Florida, USA - SEP 26, 2008
Bottle in Bar Harbor. Have not tried many Scotch ales but I could honestly taste the heather sweetness in this offering. Very easy drinking overall and well done.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 2, 2008
Poured a deep dark brown body with minimal off-white head. Smoked peatiness, caramel, and pine in the nose. Interesting heather brew. Light crackly body with mild caramel and heather-sweet finish.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dangelicom1 (17) - Shelton, Connecticut, USA - AUG 25, 2008
great beer, you can really taste the heather. it is well hopped but not overwhelming. i brought back a few 22oz bottles for a rainy day. cant wait

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2008
Bottle. Poured a deep brown body with thin head. Aroma is malty, rich floral smells. Flavor is peat malt and caramel. Light roasty body.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 15, 2008
22oz bomber from The Lighthouse in Manchester. Pours a nearly opaque dark brown/black body with ruby-red highlights and a thin film of light tan head. Smells roasty, slightly peaty, with chocolate notes. Tastes sweet and malty, with roast, caramel, chocolate, and hints of peatiness. Medium to full in body with moderate carbonation. A good combination and balance of flavors, though it reminds me of some mid-point between a Scottish and Scotch ale. A solid and flavorful beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 11, 2008
22 oz. bomber...pours a deep ruby-brown hue...pale tan mostly lasting head. Roasty, chocolate, herbal, faint smoke nose. Caramel, rasion, dark toffee, licorice, sweet up front, light to medium body, earthy hops, herbs thru the finish.


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