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RATINGS: 57   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
This brew has a recipe change every year. You never know what it may be, you’ll just have to wait and see. It will always be a nice winter treat coming in above 8.5% ABV and never spiced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (14074) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 19, 2014
660ml bottle - BierKompass.de
Very pleasant malty aroma. Deep copper, nice tight beige head, fairly persistent. Fairly pleasant malty taste. Pleasant woodiness,dry,a little nut-papery. Touch of marmite in there, but nice toffee aspects too. All in all not saying wow, just decent, but when I consider the alcohol percentage, this covers the alcohol very well. I raced down the glass, it’s a very easy tasty barleywine. Like the Celt, there’s something so full and drinkable about this. Best beer of the evening so far. Haharr, me hearties, this’un’s a good’un.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (12756) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 11, 2005
(Bottle) Pours a medium brown body with a thin off-white head. Aroma of sweet malt, licorice, and caramel. Flavor of malt, some fruit, and mild hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 02/21/2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting

cloudy brown, wispy beige head, rich chocolate figs and raison aroma, very rich malt flavor, lots of chocolate, nice fruity character,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **4
-------- /> I would like to rerate this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (8557) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 23, 2004
Bottle. Deep mahogony color with no head. Sweet malt aroma. Malt flavors with toffee, brown sugar, slight spiciness, a little fruit and a hint of bitterness. Good overall mouthfeel - nice and full. A little alcohol warming at the end, but otherwise hidden nicely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2005
Pours a robust dark brown with a thin, whispy off-white head. Aroma is a wonderful blend of sweet butterscotch and lots of smoky peat. Actually reminds me of Bells Batch 5000. Body starts thick and sweet with a nice peat presence and sticky, nutty caramel finish. Hides its alcohol magnificently. A very nice Scotch ale. Thanks to DarkElf!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marduk (6434) - Reval, ESTONIA - SEP 22, 2014
660ml bottle (shared by FatPhil). Slightly hazy, deep orange color. Small size, beige head, stays. Sweet, malty, candy, fruity, alcohol in aroma. Malty, caramel, fruity, dusty roast, woody notes in taste. Dry mouthfeel. Soft bitterness. Copper hops in aftertaste. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (6426) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - OCT 23, 2006
Bottle; Courtesy of lunaticharness. Malty aroma of chocolate, caramel and some oxidation. Pours a reddish-brown with minimal transparency and a small off-white head. Starts with a nice dose of caramel and chocolate. Noticeable oxidation is a positive. Finishes with some muted hops and a touch of sourness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (5858) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 22, 2007
Unsure of the age on the bottle, but I drank it on 7/11/07. Obviously 2004 or earlier. Bonus from Stoutlover72, I believe. Thanks!
Didnt realize this stuff was old when I had it, and I sure as hell couldnt tell. A triumphant tan head tops a clear, auburn-mahogany body. Retention and lacing are moderate to strong.
No sign of oxidation or alcohol or anything particularly undesirable in the nose. Still fresh and nutty, with hazelnuts, brown sugar, light melanoidins and a touch of soft smokiness all producing a grand complexity. Oily tobacco notes pepper the finish and some sweet toffee emerges with warming, further developing the complexity and giving more depth to the malts. No flaws.
I definitely sensed it in the nose, and it’s even more obvious in the flavor, but this isnt a typical scotch ale. More a mix of a brown ale, scotch ale and stout, with much more roastiness than you’d find in a scotch ale, sweeter chocolate and caramel malts and lacking the strong breadiness and melanoidin-like dryness on the finish. Alcohol is never felt, texture is smooth, not really creamy but not oily or hard either. Still ample carbonation creating a strong drinkability. A bit of nutttiness/blandness creeps in on the finish, but its minimal. Impressive for its age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 4, 2004
Black color with a tan head & small lacing. Notes of fig, raisin, plum and roast in the nose. Smokey flavor with sweet apple pie. Finishes thick and warm. Balanced and tasty, seems like there is spices but there’s not. Good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy101 (5359) - Newark, California, USA - JUL 29, 2004
2004 Version Scotch Ale. Medium brown color. Medium white foamy head. Aroma is malty and sweet. A medium bodied scotch ale. Malts are malty, chocolately and fairly sweet. Lots of bourbon flavors as well. Hops are slightly spicy. Nicely balanced. Touches of brown sugar and molasses. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and sweet. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

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