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RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 3.48/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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We set out to craft a beer that could only be made in Houston - something that couldnít be replicated anywhere else on the planet, even in a laboratory We smoked our malt at Beaverís, Goode Company and Rockwellís Tavern up in Cypress, and blended those malts as the base for a strong scotch ale. Houstonís BBQ scene is literally infused in the malt of this beer.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
soupy (32) - - OCT 4, 2013
Caramel notes,smooth and sweet, the smokiness is in the finish. A fine Scotch ale, one of the better beers of that style that Iíve had.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SPDickerman (941) - Texas, USA - AUG 4, 2014
Pours murky reddish orange with a small tan ring. Smells mildly smokey and hints of caramel. Taste is sweet, a little hint of bitterness, caramel, smoke. Medium-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Buffalo Bayou Smoke on the Bayou finishes with a lingering sweetness.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfinney23 (1650) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 16, 2012
Tap @ Hay Merchant. Scotch Ale, eh? Perhaps not so coincidentally was thinking the smokiness was quite peaty while drinking it. Is "The Islay Malt of Beers" taken?

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beastiefan2k (2409) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - FEB 6, 2014
22oz waxed bottle poured. Pours a dark thick reddish amber. Low clarity. Aroma is sweeter and boozier but still has a leafy earthy soil Scottish aroma. Flavor is less sweet and less boozy which is better. Goes great with a slightly thicker mouthful. A nice long soil and bitter brown malts aftertaste.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (3481) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 21, 2012
On tap at Xmas in July. Pours a cloudy amber with a small beige head leaving spotty lacing. The aroma is caramel butterscotch and smoke. Thin moutfheel with a sweet caramel malt and light smokiness on the finish. Easy to drink hiding alcohol well a very impressive scotch ale from Buffalo Bayou.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rougeau13 (1992) - Richmond, Texas, USA - OCT 2, 2012
Tap at the Saucer Downtown Houston. Dark brown with a resilient beige head. Caramel, dark fruit, bread, and very light smoke aroma. Sweet and with relatively well concealed booziness, but again, almost no smoke character whatsoever. Full bodied, lightly dry and boozy, oily. Good Scotch, and I agree that this belongs here, and not in the smoked category.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Modularman (121) - - DEC 24, 2013
Bottle, smell of toffee and earth, appearance is dark brown, taste of light toffee and caramel which disappears quickly. You would never know this is a 9% beer

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dnstone (2137) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 19, 2012
Pours a dark copper-amber-brown color with soft off-white head. Light smoked aroma and taste. Taste is also malty rich, like a brown ale meet marzen and some smokiness in it. Notes: Humorously on the wrong tap and quickly corrected, this was going to be the most "hefeweisse-like scoth ale" Iíve ever tried!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (10774) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2013
Bottle at RBWG 2013, thanks to Daniel. Pours clear amber with a light, beige foam head. Huge sweet aroma, doughy and meaty bread. Big sweet flavor, heavy malts, toffee, light leafy bitterness. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Sticky sweet finish, semi-dark fruits, light alcohol, some toffee. Decent. Big boned.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (7973) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 17, 2013
Sample at Petrol Station. The beer is a slightly murky brownish-amber color with a medium light beige head that dissipates slowly to a wispy film. Strings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malt and fruit. Medium-bodied with flavors of smoked malt, toffee and hops. The finish is peaty with an earthy malt aftertaste. Decent overall.


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