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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3.64/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
This strong ale boasts a huge, complex maltiness, a very full body, and finishes with a long, herbal hoppy dryness. Crafted from imported Scottish malt and a touch of roasted barley, we then caramelize the strong wort in the kettle and subject it to extended cold-conditioning to round out its myriad complexities. Slip on that old kilt (wear whatever you wish underneath - we're pretty open-minded) and enjoy! OG: 1.082 FG: 1.0155 ABV: 8.7%

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
djd07 (10515) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 31, 2016
Bottle. Pours a cloudy brown with small beige head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is oak, candy sugar, roast. Thin mouth, earthy malt, roast, caramel, light booze, good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (9562) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 23, 2014
On tap at the brewery. Pours a deep brown with a thin white to beige head. Big malty stickiness on the nose, banana and yeast. Warm and slightly boozy, but still smooth enough to be enjoyable. Long warm finish with yeast coming through.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 4, 2014
Toasted peatmoss. Earthy. Bit of sweet toffee. toasty earthy moderately dry finish. Bit of cough drops. Okay.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fritz123 (1535) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Draft at Cambridge Brewing in Cambridge, MA. Flight pour. Deep brown, oily pour with nearly no head. I let it warm some while drinking others in the flight. Aroma was heavy scotch booze, roasted malt, peat, earth, bread. The taste very boozy (yes I know...it’s a scotch ale but I like it a little more balanced out to hide the booze.) The malt balance seemed off to me and it had a kind of stinging bitterness on the finish. Medium to full body, booze finish. Wasn’t my favorite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mkgrenwel (606) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 14, 2014
Dark murky brown pour. Creamy head. Aroma of chocolate and dark dried fruits. Flavor is chocolate covered cherry, plum, smoke, raisin, banana, alcohol. Nice bit of burn on the tongue and roof of the mouth. Thick chewy slightly sticky palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scrapersnbeer (1532) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 13, 2014
Dark and stone fruit aroma. Muddy brown appearance. Sweet toffee malt flavor, doesn’t come off as a very strong ale. Body is medium to thick without falling to the sticky Scotch trap. The most powerful sessionable beer I can remember.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (9122) - Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2014
22 oz bottle shared by brew3crew (May 2012). Pours caramel brown in color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor had sweet caramel malts, some dark fruits, herbal notes, noticeable alcohol that becomes warming, some floral notes and a very subtle nutty character to the finish. Ok, but not something I would seek out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Damico (3144) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2013
Pours murky amber with a creamy tan head. Aroma is really nice, sweet pleasant maltiness, unique scotch brown sugar notes. Sweet and malty notes, a bit nutty but nice overall with a smooth ending.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
nimbleprop (7560) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 6, 2013
22oz bottle pours a hazy light brown with one ring of creamy white head. Nose of prunes, raisins, malt, caramel, flavor is sweet, cookies, raisins, malt, a little toast, a little chocolate. Medium bodied, sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (6294) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 18, 2012
22 oz. bottle from Julio’s Liquors. This bottle Label reads Batch 1 bottled December 2011 at 9.2 %. Nice garnet color with thin off white head, mild retention. Nose is a nice scotch malt and little peat. The flavor is has dark fruity initially, followed by caramel malts, peat, and brown sugar. No doubt the 11 months of age helped this. Alcohol warming with little ABV taste. Not cloying sweet or boozy. Extremely well made.

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