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RATINGS: 136   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nisse666 (4481) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 9, 2013
Big bottle at CBC 2013 cons 2013-05-04 Cophenhagen AR: creme brulee, chocolate, coffee AP: massive dark brown body, no head F: fizzy, creme brulee, chocolate, coffee,sugary feeling, nice brew

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
saxo (14158) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 9, 2013
Sample @ CBC. Nice head with good duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are dried fruits, rich malt, caramel, flowers and hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
olio (6494) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 4, 2013
75 cl bottle @ CBC’13.
Pours dark red color with a small head. Aroma of ripe fruits, caramel malts, some brown sugar, toffee and some licorice. Flavor of sweet ripe fruits, caramel malts, some toffee notes, mild chocolate and licorice. Extremely nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tiong (4009) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAY 4, 2013
750ml bottle @ CBC 2013

Pours dark brown with a foamy brown head. Aroma of sweet syrup, some wood, oak and herbal notes. Taste is malty, tart with notes of ripe fruits, some syrup and wood. Finish is warming and malty. Okay, quite tart scotch ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kryon (1470) - SWEDEN - MAY 4, 2013
Pours dark l b head Aromas citrusy woody, butterscotchy Somewhat creamy butterscotchy, fruity ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lusikka (6523) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 4, 2013
Draught @ CBC2013. Pours a dark brown colour with a red hue. Aroma of sweet caramel, toffee, some sourness and herbs. Flavournof caramel malts, herbs, wood and some tangy licorice notes. Full bodied, slick mouthfeel and a warming, malty, tart-ish finish. Great, especially aroma-wise.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ughsmash (7180) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 30, 2013
750mL bottle. Poured medium brown with a dense cap of smoked beige head. The aroma picked up a hefty dose of toasted fruits and fruity yeastage.. lots of sweet molasses and honey too.. more than enough sugar to hide the alcohol, but it was a bit muddled. The flavor found wisps of smoked malt over sweet molasses, darker fruits, and a touch of chocolate.. heavier on the oddly-placed Belgian yeast on the back.. sweet, mostly fruity finish. Medium-bodied with a full-ish feel on the palate.. malt-inspired tanginess helped cut through some of the sweetness on the back.. OK feel and flow. This was certainly drinkable, but was too sweet and had some conflicting elements.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
illidurit (2172) - Petaluma, California, USA - JAN 27, 2013
Bottle shared at the December tasting in Santa Cruz. Pours brownish red with a firm tan head. Tart and malty, basic caramel/rye interplay. Toffee, mild fruits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jethro6191 (460) - Indiana, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Pours a deep brown with a huge tan head. Dark fruit, whiskey, cherry, vanilla, and oak aromas. Big and boozy. Rich creamy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6152) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 25, 2013
Bottle via Hopscotch opened to celebrate Robert Burns Day and served in my La Chouffe tulip (which is more appropriate for this beer than a thistle... read on): Pours a very deep brown hue with a touch of ruby highlights topped by an initial huge frothy off-white head and okay lace. The aroma is full of caramel and toffee, pumpernickel bread, alcohol phenol, fig, dried cherries and raisins. Some earthy minerals and a touch of smoke, char and dark chocolate. Really this smells more akin to a Abbey Dubbel than a Scotch Ale. The taste confirms this with lots of dark and dried fruit notes and even some lactic acid twang. Moderate caramel crystal sweetness along with some rustic bready notes. The finish is boozy, medicinal and some burnt Creme Brulee sugar. The mouth feel is over carbonated, a touch oily but woody dry aftertaste. I like this beer for what it is and it is a Belgian Strong Ale and not a Scotch Ale. Why Saison yeast, WHY?!?

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