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RATINGS: 77   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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This rich malty ale is best when shared among friends. So let us offer you a traditional Scottish toast.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (12470) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 28, 2012
Bottle courtesy of nuplastikk, thanks! Deep brown color, almost headless. Aroma of burnt creme brulee and dark cocoa. Taste is rich, sweet, malty with an edge of smoke and toast. Very tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11568) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 6, 2012
12oz bottle, thanks nuplastikk. Medium beige head that reduces to a thin top layer, atop cola red-brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, some bittersweet chocolate, light peat, cherry. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel/toffee, some cocoa/chocolate syrup, light cherry, peat. Light-medium body, some stickiness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (9986) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2012
Bottle poured a clear brown with a lingering ring of tan foam. Aromas of toffee, cocoa, raisin and light carmel. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of cocoa, toffee, dark fruit and light earthiness with a smooth lingering cocoa finish.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (8773) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 28, 2012
Bottle from 2011 summer trip. Dark brown with a small consistent off-white head, and some lace. A rich malted aroma. Medium mouthfeel, however it is smooth. The chocolate, the smoke, the malt, all nicely integrated.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crossovert (7609) - Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2011
Nto my favorite style but I tried it anyways. nice rich color and taste. Pretty roasty for a scotch ale imo and also not as sweet, more of a sessionable beer.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7159) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 19, 2013
Bottled. Poured very deep brown with a sticky khaki head.. looked great in the glass (darker than expected, but thatís OK). The aroma picked up toasted biscuit and chocolatey malts with touches of smoked pet accenting.. really nice. The flavor found burnt licorice, bakerís chocolate, and smoked malts, with tanginess from the yeast and smoke extending outward.. sharp, bitter, and tacky on the finish. Medium-bodied and fairly filling for the style.. I loved it for the first 3/4 of the drink, but it dropped off at the end.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BVery (6626) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 12, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Bottle. Very dark pour with a nice light tan head. Nose is rather mild - some caramel malts. Nice smooth palate with good density. Taste is great - smooth chocolate, caramel, malty - nice balance and character. Very well done!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6089) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 8, 2012
bottle and served in my La Chouffe tulip: Pours a rich brown hue with ruby highlights topped by a nice creamy off-white head that left excellent lace upon the glassware. The aroma has notes of caramel, chocolate, roast, bready malts along with some dark fruit, earthy tobacco and minerals with just a hint of smoke. The taste is malt forward as expected with some twangy fruit and herbal hops. There is a nice brash earthiness upon the slightly smoky finish. Surprisingly noticeable alcohol for something that is only 5.3 % ABV. The mouth feel is oily and ashy but must say not as lush or sticky as I would like, I think the aggressive carbonation is the blame. Overall I think this is a fine beer and something I would try again.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (5833) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2012
12 oz bottle from the Binnys Singles Rack (Naperville, IL). Pours a rich deep brownish ruby hue, healthy haze, deeper dark brown body shows some flashes of red in edges and bottom, dark and inviting with a cakey brownish head atop, stays as a firm layer and laces ok. Aromas are sticky sweet caramel, touches of red stone fruit, cherries and toffee, toast and biscuits. A gentle peaty essence gives some life as more toast, biscuits, and sweet sticky malts come on board. A bit creamy, gentle kiss of earth and faint dusting of cocoa. Initial is heavier end of medium bodied offering a firm toast and dryness up front, biscuits and carmelized malts meet touches of dry earthy hops, a gentle kiss of heat. Brown malts, earthy and toasty, tobacco, cocoa, and more firm toasty malts into the middle. A touch of sweet sticky girthy quality rears itís head, some caramel, toffee, and dark fruit. A lot more credit is due here.. Not just the sticky sweet typical one, offering some peaty dryness, carmelization yet still a firm body, deeper darker malts, sticky yet not cloying or too heavy. A touch of heat, signature brown malt feel. Solid beer. Almost a brown porter for my money though..

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skyview (5242) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - APR 29, 2012
Picked up a single 12-oz bottle from Heritage Liquors in Maplewood, MN. Pours a dark orangish brown copper ale with a thick beige head that slowly dissipates to a clean disk with some minor spotty lacing. Aroma of heavy caramel malt, a hint of toffee-like fudge, and a little white pepper. Taste is quite smooth, medium to full bodied, flavors of some lightly smoked dark malts, chocolate, caramel and light vanilla. Finish is still smooth with an aftertaste of dark caramel, with a touch of white pepper and mild bitterness. A touch more body and spicy bitterness compared to the retired CW Loch Ness Scotch Ale.


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