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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.66/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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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%


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SrSilliGose (3260) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fritz123 (1040) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mkgrenwel (571) - Cambridge, 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scrapersnbeer (1490) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (5608) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Damico (2614) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
nimbleprop (5017) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (3315) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chriso (7396) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2012
10oz tulip from tap at Kinsale, Boston in April 2010. Very handsome. Extremely dark red with a thick beige head. Maybe a little haze but too dark to see clearly. Big fruit aroma. Prunes and other dried fruits prominent. Quite boozy feel on the palate but warming and not too hot. Some herbal bitterness. Strange grapefruit and orange peel edge that probably isn’t too appropriate to the style but works very well. Has an almost Belgian Dubbel feel. Not usually a style I enjoy too much but this one was quite rich, intriguing and satisfying.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Reynolds314 (2375) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 28, 2012
This really is a phenomenal scotch ale. The malts are very pronounced and lightly roasty and nutty without being too sweet. Very impressive stuff.


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