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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 12, 2005
Pours a clear dark brown color with a thin offwhite head. Interesting aroma of smoked malt, caramel and alcohol. The flavor is the same, smoked malt, caramel, alcohol. Liquorous texture. Very interesting, thanks Erica !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 11, 2005
growler. brown copper body with a small off-white head. aroma is woody with a small smoke character along with some plum and raisin. sweet caramel flavour with just a touch of smokey-earthiness. nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 10, 2005
Deep amber in color with a small off-white head.Aroma and flavors of smoked malt, toast,bread and caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Goldorak (438) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 8, 2005
A gift from my friend Erica during her 2005 Mondial visit, this was our modest contribution to TiggMTL’s post-mondial tasting

Dark crimson, almost sanguine, with a slick ring of lacing. Smoked with hickory chips and peaty, with a side of chocolate. Very nice aroma. Smooth carbonation, rich caramel malts and woodsy, smoldering spices gives this Beer great carnal character. It made me feel like painting my face blue, lift my kilt and moon some Englishmen!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 6, 2005
Very nice foamy beige head tops the clearish burgundy body. Candyish and very earthy nose. Mild peatiness lends a certain deepness to the malt profile. Caramel, soy and soil work hands in hands. Bready overtones aptly cover the earthiness on the palate. Pretty rich malt, grapey and slightly smoky. Very good stuff. Thanks Erica!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (9411) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 6, 2005
The Lure:
Enticing caramel and toffee smoke pulls the nose closer into the growler to find an able roasted malt. Wealth lives within.

The Festivities:
Decent roastiness spikes the caramel malt. Fruitiness diversifies the rotund body. This achieves a full malt exposure without ever being cloying or too heavy.

For a grandfather in the Highlands, a regular meal is a hearty meal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - MAY 26, 2005
From growler thanks to Richlikebeer Poured ruby brown with a tah head. Taste and smell had caramel and scotch. This was smooth and very enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - MAY 24, 2005
growler. light tan foamy head, dark ruby brown color. smoky peaty aroma, a little caramel malt, pretzel too. smoky caramel malt flavor, watery mouthfeel. thanks richlikebeer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAY 24, 2005
From growler thanks to Richlikebeer. Light brown color with a small tan head. Aroma of lightly smoked malt, butter and a touch of caramel. Not the most pleasant aroma, at least to me. Flavor was much better than the aroma. The odd butter aroma was not present in the flavor. Caramel, malt, smoke predominant.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAY 23, 2005
05.22.05 Sampled from growler. Thanks to Richlikebeer, jimmack04 invitational. My first whiff gave me a big burst of acetic something or other that immediately put me off, but as I sniffed it more the aroma mellowed quite a bit into a more appropriate peat, light smoke, toasty biscuit. Flavor is sort of regualr. Earthy and dry. Thin body finishes with a recurring kick of acetic. A bit on the harsh side, I thought, for a scotch ale.

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