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Style: English Strong Ale
Biggar, Scotland

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RATINGS: 331   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle; Pasteurised.
The soldiers of the Highland and Lowland regiments of Scotland are known as "The Jocks". This classic Scottish Strong Ale with its strong warming flavours of malt and hops, is a fitting tribute to these powerful fighting men. A drink to be savoured at room temperature.
Major ingredients are:-
Optic Pale Ale Malt, Roast Barley. Hops used are English grown Challenger, Fuggles and First Gold.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeM500 (1906) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - MAR 22, 2003
Just a few months past the "best before date", this reddish-brown brew offered a very light aroma of dirty, earthy malts and a slight oaky or woodiness. Although caramel was the dominant malt flavor, it was not as sweet and enjoyable as I like. Sort of jumbled at the end with strange smokiness and a bit harsh, maybe from the strange and high amount of carbonation. I left 1/3 of the glass.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - MAR 22, 2003
Pours a clear, deep copper color with a big, lingering white head. The aroma is strongly malty with some smoke notes and a bit of alcohol present. This one has a medium body with medium carbonation and a very smooth and malty flavor. The finish is long and lingering with malty tones of smoke, caramel, and licorice. Smooth and delicious, this is a great Scottish Ale to drink and savour anytime of the year.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAR 14, 2003
Pale red color, with a medium-sized thin white head, slightly cloudy. Aroma has caramel, malt, oak notes, burnt oranges, and a bit of creaminess. The aroma seems a bit confused to me, not bad, but not great. Flavor is malty, with caramel and orange and a bit of sweetness. Very carbonated. Overall not a bad ale, but I've had better scottish ales.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thedm (4971) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAR 12, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2003 The aroma of the ale reminded me of fruit. It is definitely not a typical aroma for me to sense. The head was very carbonated with very fine bubbles that lingered a long time. The taste was different for me and I am having trouble describing it. Many fine bubbles continued to rise from the bottom of my glass well after I poured it. The color of this ale is a pleasant medium amber. Overall, I liked it, but I much prefer the Bocks and the porters.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ravidesai (947) - Bombay, INDIA - MAR 4, 2003
dark full bodied scotch ale. very malty stuff here with only a trace of hops. taste is rich and has butterscotch, peat and whisky.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Radek Kliber (6519) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - FEB 25, 2003
Yes, I see that this beer is well liked. I personally did not like this bready malt that was used, very average ale. Sharp in front but boring at the end, soft light bitterness. Thanks Doug!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GregClow (2912) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 10, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2003 Clear dark amber colour with a respectible beige head. Caramel malt and wood smoke in the aroma. A little light on the tongue, but the flavour is nice and smooth, with the caramel and smoky malt suggested by the aroma, and some licorice & vanilla hovering around the edges. Could do with a bit more assertiveness in the finish, but otherwise, it's a solid brew.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopscotch (9553) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2003
This beer mega-kung fu rocks the house! Crystal clear, lovely deep amber hue. Small, creamy, khaki head. Slowly, but mostly diminishing with poor lacing. The aroma is vineous and tart. Tawny port and red wine vinegar come to mind. Notes of purple grapes, American White Oak, butter and grapefruit. Caramel notes surface as the ale nears room temperature. The flavor has vineous (tawny port) blasts with lightly sweet bursts of dark fruit and lightly pungent hints of buttermilk up front. Well-balanced with a nice hop addition and tart on the tongue on the backside of the flavor. A whisper of warm alcohol creeps its way down into the abdomen. Medium-bodied with a very creamy mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Long, fizzy, dry finish. This beer is a great example of why Scottish Ales are my favorites.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - FEB 1, 2003
If not a poor man's Fuller's Vintage, then at least a petit bourgeois's Fuller's Vintage. This has wonderful lacing and a big frothy head. THe nose is caramel, fruit, spice and wood, perfectly setting up the balanced flavor that mirrors it. So smooth, so noble. Top notch. My sample expired January 2002. Held up beautifully.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerstop (173) - Roanoke, Virginia, USA - JAN 20, 2003
Malty and sweet aromas and flavor. Reminded me of Traquair Ale a bit (nowhere nearly as good though). Very smooth and drinkable Scottish Ale.


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