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RATINGS: 91   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
A strong, sweet and very full-bodied ale, with malt and roasted malt flavors predominating. This dark red colored ale is a house favorite among our specialty beers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drowland (7887) - Georgia, USA - SEP 20, 2010
9/20/10. Thanks, jtclockwork! Deep red pour, almost purple, with a big off-white head. Sweet aroma with roast and charcoal. Sweet caramel flavor with a hint of smoke. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (16055) - Dublin, California, USA - SEP 20, 2010
A: The pour is a dark amber color with a thin off-white head. S: A nice sweet nose with plenty of caramel and toffee notes. A light spice note as well as some dark fruit such as raisins, figs, and plums. T: The sweetness follows through to the flavor. Great caramel, brown sugar, and toffee on the malty/sugar side of things. Some light citrus notes, a touch of peat, and minimal spice notes. M: The body is medium with a lively but moderate carbonation. D: Pretty nice beer from a brewery I never would have ever heard of otherwise. I’m not always the hugest Scotch Ale guy, but this was enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 17, 2010
bottle pours murky brown with a non existent head, and no pop when I opened the bottle:(! Aroma is still nice, with toffee, sweet candied sugar, brown sugar and maple. Flavor is rich caramel malts, some light clove spicing, ends sweet and lingers with light alcohol and again maple. Not bad, but completely flat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
keepersj12 (3062) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 10, 2010
Reddish brown with a big pillowy head. The aroma is fruity and malty with some bread. the flavor is fruity and malty sweet with some alcohol. The carbonation is a bit much for my liking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (6574) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 28, 2010
750. Caramel and chocolate. Tons of carbonation. The first pour is too much. But a nice candy taste. Well done for the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerbill (3605) - Laurel, New York, USA - AUG 24, 2010
750 ml bottle. Pours brown that allows some light to pass with a massive tan head. The aroma is sweet with notes of brown sugar and molasses along with a few hints of peat. Unfortunately, the head is so large that it hides the aroma. The flavor is less sweet than the aroma suggests with malt and some very mild peat also present. Very prickly on the palate; this thing is way, way overcarbonated. Disappointing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (14079) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 22, 2010
750 c&c from Oak Tree. Pours brown with a foamy 5 finger gigantic beige head. The aroma is primarily molasses - with some smokiness. It triggers a childhood memory I can’t place. Medium minus body with foamy carbonation. Flavor is smokey treacle. A very unique and tasty ale. Finishes a bit ashy and smokey. That works!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
riversideAK (6140) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - AUG 18, 2010
Big sweet nose, chocolate, dark fruit, tangy booze, a hint of earthy peat, a little off maybe. Pours dark hazy brown, nice creamy beige head. Tangy dark fruit, chocolate, dark grainy malt, definite peaty notes like a metallic 9volt battery thing going on in the finish. Way too carbonated, some light boozy notes come through. Airy carbonation kills body on this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
bvc (1241) - Washington, USA - AUG 18, 2010
750ml corked and caged, with the cork working it way out on it’s own once the cage is off. Quite dark with uniform slight off white head. Nose is slight of candi sugars, peat, cherry, prune, cola, tobacco, leather. Very carbonated, really ruins the mouth feel for me, slight ’twang’ to it as well. Sweet, light peat, prune, herbal tea, cola, earthy rotten dark fruit. The over the top carbonation and twang kills the whole thin for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
IrishBoy (4103) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 17, 2010
750ml bottle from jtclockwork. Nose of candi sugar, light bubblegum, and caramel. Clear dark reddish brown with a huge beige glass lacing head. Flavor is mapley caramel, a little pepperiness, and a hint of the iron supplement they give little kids.

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