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RATINGS: 61   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
This Scottish-style wee heavy ale is deep ruby in color, full in body with a sweet, malty finish. A great beer for late Fall or early Winter. If it ainít Scottish itís...!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (17031) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Draft. Dark amber brown color, thick creamy head, solid lacing. Aroma pf burnt caramel and black pepper. Taste is toasted ground nuts. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (10949) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2013 Growler from the brewpub. They donít sell this in growlers, but they told me over the phone that they did and no way in hell was I going to drive 45 minutes each way for just this beer and not leave with it. Oh well, generally they give great customer service. Pours a dark brown color with a slight haze. Aroma of toffee and caramel. Small head with good head retention and fair lacing. Taste is caramel, toffee, nuts, molasses and a lightly hopped finish. Very very faint peat-like smoke. Smooth, thin-medium bodied. 8/3/8/4/15/3.8

Rerate 10/22/13 from a 12 ounce bottle. Pours a clear amber color with a thin off-white head. Fair head retention. Aroma of toffee, caramel, toasted malts, mild vanilla and raisins. The taste is toffee, toasted malts, mild smoke, mild fruits, mild vanilla. Medium bodied, slight bitterness, decent balance. Still excellent. 8/3/7/4/16/3.8

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (10930) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Bottle. Pours clear dark brown with ruby highlights and a small, frothy light tan head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is caramel, cookie, and biscuit malt with dates and golden raisin esters, and faint spicy hops. Flavor is malt dominant, light hops and bitterness, dark yet sweet fruity esters and a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10228) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 21, 2014
Bottle... Pours clear and new penny-copper with a small, white head. The aroma presents caramel and traditional tea-flavoring roots. Full-bodied with modest carbonation. The flavor is sweet and rich, boasting tons of caramel and toffee. Short, crisp, moderately sweet finish. Bottle courtesy of ygtbsm94!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GT2 (9410) - Oceanside, California, USA - FEB 11, 2013
355mL into thistle. Pours clear, deep cola red. Fizzing out yellow foam. Nose is dark cherry cola, milk duds, candies, twizzlers. Taste is sticky sweet, black cherry soda, sugary cream soda. Palate is papery, some alcohol sweetness, suddy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (7274) - Ohio, USA - AUG 28, 2015
22 oz bottle from Nimbleprop shared with a big group. Pours a clear amber color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have sweet malts, caramel, a candy like quality, some oak character to the finish, floral almost, which is a bit weird, more mal, decent enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sledutah (6191) - Utah, USA - DEC 10, 2013
12oz bottle thanks to obguthr
Pours clear dark ruby with a small off-white head, no lacing. Aroma is smoky, caramel, woody and sweet. Flavors caramel, sweet malts, crackers and hot alcohols
A decent Scottish Ale, nice for a cold night.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nimbleprop (6173) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 23, 2012
12oz bottle pours a transparent, deep copper amber with some thin, slightly off white head. Nose is almond, caramel, dried grains, bread crust, some apple, a little dusty. Flavor has a nice dried chocolate powder accent, caramel, brown sugar, almond, cracker, a little cola. Medium bodied but dry finish. A bit of a hodge podge, but the sum of the parts is pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Braudog (6048) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 9, 2013
Bottle. Muddy brown, thinly topped. Slightly malty aroma. But the big, sugary character is a bit of an initial shock. But this settles into a nicely rounded, fully malted beer, easy to drink yet meaty. Well done. (#5356, 12/9/2013)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (5959) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 2, 2013
Draft at Rustico Alexandria. Poured a dark orange, light copper color with a small white head. Aroma was sweet, caramel and toffee malts. Flavor was some toffee, caramel, touch of alcohol. Not usually a huge fan of Scotch ale, but I found this one was pretty enjoyable and well balanced, no harsh malt character here.

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