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RATINGS: 177   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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Produced in the style of a Scottish Export Ale this beer is big on taste and body. Imported Scottish Ale Malt is combined with Roasted Barley and Crystal malt to give this beer a unique taste and aroma. Golding and Fuggles Hops help to balance out the taste of this unique beer.


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4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jfishback13 (275) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - APR 5, 2004
Damn... they didn't play around with this beer. The best Scotch Ale I've ever had. Nice and thick, tasty, hoppy, and sweet. Just a wonderfully balanced beer.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hockeybeerguy (1854) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - AUG 7, 2014
Reviewed from notes. This was poured into a thistle. The appearance was a semi-dark brown with tints of purple along the edges.The head was about a fingerís worth of white foaminess that gently died. Super light lacing trickled down the glass. The smell had a caramel malty roasted peatiness I normally get in most Scotch ales. Light "meat"-like aroma tried to invade but stayed subdued for the most part. The taste was sweet roasty peaty with that light "meat"-like flavoring trying to come in. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium with a semi-decent sessionability to it. The "meat" flavoring could be a tad distracting. However, this beer definitely rolled across my tongue extremely well leaving a really nice smoothness all around. Overall, for the most part, good Scotch ale. Iím not sure where I got the "meatiness" but hey throughout the beer it does show its face fairly strong but fairly weak at different times.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
firstsip (392) - Michigan, USA - JUL 12, 2014
Tap. Dark ruby/plum. Thinnish. Very sweet. Raisin, soy sauce, definitely present alcohol.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ICEatALAMO (924) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JUN 24, 2014
Bottle. The pour is dark, deep amber. The aroma is nice and bold, mostly scottish malts. The taste is decent for a scottish ale, nothing special. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cmbatter (4) - Michigan, USA - APR 12, 2014 does not count
This is a deep, rich tasting beer with a heavily fruity aroma and truly minimal lacing/foam presence. This beer is best enjoyed cold as it becomes overwhelming as it creeps closer to room temperature. Itís not my favorite beer but it is quite enjoyable by itself, cold, or with a good slab of red meat.

1.8
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
chinchill (1776) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 4, 2014
Undated 12 oz bottle served in a snifter. Pours dark but clear, with a tan head of moderate size and retention. Minimal lacing. Aroma: more like wine vinegar than Scotch Ale. Flavor: Some vinegar here too, about matching the dark malts. Light smoke in the finish. O: "Unique taste" indeed. Probably not at its best, but then again the bottle was from a reliable store, and carefully cold-stored for just a few months.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tectactoe (1658) - Michigan, USA - JAN 9, 2014
Tap: Trudgy, swampy brown color with a vibrant red/ruby tone throughout; creamy, beige head on top settles nicely to a chunky collar. Aroma contains a nice abundance of malt; burnt caramel, cocoa powder, & a light smokiness. Rum-raisins & plums.... The nose is sweet, but offset by a mild smoky note & some faint charred malt. Taste is big fruit up front; apples, plums, raisins, even some pear; gains some robustness from the alcohol. Light smoke, rustic caramel notes, cocoa powder, & some slightly charred woody & nutty hints. Big black currant & date-like fruit finish.

Iíve had bottles of this that were quite disappointing; quite tart mid-palate with signs of possible infection. Astringent finish, & almost cloying levels of sweetness... Seems variation of this beer can be a bitch. But when itís good... itís not bad at all.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
koleminer20 (568) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 2, 2013
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark reddish brown, with a humongous head. The head finally settles and leaves a minimal amount of head. The aroma is very heavy on fruit. There is a light nuttiness, some hints of caramel and malt. The taste follows the caramel and nuttiness. The finish is very sweet, and not quite what I'd expect from a Wee Heavy. Not too bad though ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgianBeerGal (3138) - Panama City, Florida, USA - AUG 13, 2013
Bottle from Grand Rapids. Pours out like a cola with a bubbly brown head. Big aroma of brown sugar and roasted malt. Great malty flavor with a hint of smoke. Well made, true to style and tasty.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2013
Appearance: Extremely dark brown. Short lived, super "fine" tan head. Minimal patchy lacing... looks pretty nice overall. Smell: Well, well, well... malt, scotch, and dark fruits. Maybe some traces of chocolate as well. Definitely pleasing. Iíd enjoy it more if my glass didnít have a weird smell... Taste/feel: I havenít had many, but I absolutely love scotch ales. Dark fruits are very prominent on the front, and then thereís a lot of malts, scotch, and a bit of warmth on the finish. Honestly, PERFECTLY balanced, since the beer is never too sweet or too bitter ... itís just fantastic. On top of that, the mouth feel leaves a very pleasant coating in the mouth, but itís never too thick/sticky/cloying. My guess is that this is supposed to be a sipper, but it tastes too damn good. Under the Kilt isnít exactly cheap (I paid $3 for this bottle), but I canít say that it isnít worth that slight up-charge. A truly outstanding beer with an awesomely tasty blend of dark fruits, malts, hops, and scotch that keeps me coming for another sip. Now, one of my favorite beers.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AdamJackson (2524) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 7, 2013
Thanks Mike! Enjoyed in a wine glass

A - Pours nearly black. 1 finger head fades fast

S - Very sweet nose, burnt sugar, cane syrup and a hint of peaches.

T - Very english ESB taste. Some grape and kiwi taste. very weird and unexpected.

M - medium body and carbonation

O - Itís not a bad beer but just a bit too sweet and juicy for a scotch ale



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