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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.35/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Very malty


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 6, 2010
Opaque, milk shake-esque, muddy brown beer with a medium tan head. Seriously, a must have gotten the bottom of the keg, because this beer looked crazy. Caramel, dark fruits and light smoke in the nose. Lightly sweet, lightly bitter taste with toffee, raisins, nuts, light smoke and herbs. Medium body is soft with moderate carbonation and a bit chewy?! Pretty sure the chewiness was from the heavy amount of yeast in my pour.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3158) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 12, 2006
On tap at the Eccentric Cafe. Hazy orange-brown body, thin buff head. Cerealy, toasty aroma, light at the frigid temperature this was served at (speaking of which, it would be great to get properly-chilled draft beers at a brewpub from time to time...but I digress). Very strong toasty, leathery body with hints of Cheerios and sweet chewy malt. The heavy malts are paired with earthy, spicy hops. The finish reminded me of burning fall leaves, appropriate for a Scotch Ale. Similar to their other malt-heavy beers, solid, but still in the good zone of ordinary.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2007
Tap @ GTMW. Hazed and lovely amber brown in color with a fuzzy tan head. Scotch, toffee bars and chocolate powder aromatically meld with almond joy cookie bars and subtle caramelized splendor unto the nose. Flavor comes out with a tongue smacking of talc, pursued by butterscotch chips and a Nestle cookie base on which to plant it. Smooth and balanced with supple carbonation. Scotchy characteristics are in harmony and abundance. Cookie bars, butterscotch chips and toffee traits parry well. Sweet bakers unleavened brown bread gets woven around English toffee and buttermilk butterscotch crèmes. Finish fulfills with sweetened maple walnut bread, caramel ribbons and melted toffee.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scubatrip (596) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - JAN 7, 2009
On tap, pours a hazy orange amber color with a nice thick white foamy head. Great lacing as it leaves steps down the glass that tell you the last level before your quaff. Aroma is nothing special, beery with a hint of winter ale spices. Taste is similar, it’s got that flavor of winter ale spices without brig a winter ale. Blandly flavorful without letting water dominate, this is a decent beer that’s worth trying, but not worth hunting for.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 20, 2009
ON draught at the Malt House: aweseome brew, pours a semi hazey orange colour with a two finger sized white head with beautiful aromas of fresh fruits- grapes, oranges and pear. Taste is rich, friendly and comfortable with fruity, and scotch flavas. Awesome beer!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kseecs16 (1182) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2009
Draught at the Eccentric Cafe. Red, burgundy, almost opaque with a creamy thin head that leaves nice full lacing. Full malty flavor. Sweet, roasty notes with hints of chocolate, fruit. Full bodied.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FunkyBrewster (1517) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2009
On tap at Eccentric. Pours deep brown with a small red glow and a thin light tan head. Aroma is rich and malty with a nice dark fruit and raisin character. A small floral hop note sits in the background. I think I picked up some sweet black cherries? Flavor starts with a big roasted malt and some peat and sweet fruits. Again black cherry, currant, raisins, plums. Gains a nice smoky character in a bitter and abrupt finish. Medium body and an active biting carbonation. Nice flavor balance, a bit weak in the aroma but a lot of character to the beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Thorpe429 (5006) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2011
Reviewed from notes. Pours a dark shade of amber win an off white head that is several fingers deep. Nose brigs sweet caramel and toffee notes and a bit of spice. Taste is fairly sweet and bready along with a hint of spice. Medium body with a nice smoothness. Drinks well; was glad to try it. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 10-13-2010

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
coyotehunter (667) - , Michigan, USA - MAR 23, 2009
On tap at the Eccentric Cafe 3/23/09. Low aroma of apples and some malt. Pours reddish brown with a good lacing head. Initial taste is that of Light banana, some peat, honey and brown sugar. What it lacks is a good scotch note. Alcohol is hardly present. Not the best representation of the style in my opinion. Finish is crisp, dry, and a little bitter with something of a sweaty funk in there..

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2007
On tap at Maduro prior to the 2007 GTMW: Pours a murky dark mahogany with a nice wispy-lacing dark tan head. Aroma of sweet caramel malt with a hint of light fruits and tartness along with mild peat. Body is full of sweet caramel and tartness that seems out of place for the style. Has a touch of earthy smoky peat toward a slightly more bitter and sweet finish. A decent Scotch ale.


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