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RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Malty, toasty, strong and sweet. This traditional Scotch Lowland ale is one of our most popular hearty winter brews. Available winter.


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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gachupines (847) - USA - MAY 4, 2011
Dark brown, almost black with a thin lacing of head. Aroma is slight, some roasted malt and a little musty. Flavor is a little sweet followed by a fairly strong bitterness though it doesn’t linger at all. Mouthfeel is very thin, it should have a fuller body. Overall, not bad but the lack of body really hurts this one.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerathon (1070) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2014
Sweet malts, caramel, cola-like qualities, low carbonation, tip of the tongue tingle, a bit nutty, toasty.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strykzone (4781) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2014
Bomber bought at the brewery during RBWG. This is quite dark brown and has a beige head. A rich malt and toffee aroma that is big. Some earth and European hops are tasted along with the malts. The hops bring some fruit and are authentic here. They tend to grow and add some spice. I also taste toffee and something almost like candy. Dark fruit is tasted late along with some toasted bread. Not a favored style for me but this is a strong example.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drsordr (986) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2014
Draft at brew pub. Nose all malt and mild roasty malt. Taste all malt,Slight sweet Mid palate. Fairly bitter finish

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jbruner (2135) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUL 19, 2013
Pours a clear copper brown from the bottle with thin ring of white lacy head that sticks well. Aroma is smoky, toasted brown malt, nuts, and a hint of funky wood. Taste follows, less of the smoky wood and more sweet. Solid stuff.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 26, 2013
Appearance: Very dark browns with some claret and garnet edges linger under a solid khaki head. The head fades spotty but swirls smooth and creamy. No lace.
Nose: Chocolate cake, chocolate cookies, and chocolate wafers. Chocolate covered raisins – of the more sweet store-bought variety. Fig Newtons in the back. Moist cakey presence. Sunsweet whole prunes. Brown spices and caramel nougat on top and in the back.
Palate: Medium body with a moist cakey mouthfeel. Spicy Fig Newton finish. Chocolate and red velvet cake soaked in prune juice. Caramel and chocolate nougat weaves in and out. Chocolate covered graham crackers in the back of each swallow.
Final Thoughts: An intriguing take on the Wee Heavy/Scotch Ale style that was quite delicious actually but not exactly true to style. If you drink it for what it is, then you will be very happy. If you drink it expecting a traditional Wee Heavy, you will be somewhat disappointed.
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3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Garbageman (443) - Lexington, South Carolina, USA - JAN 19, 2013
From tap at Brewery. Pours a dark brown with small head. Aroma was toffee and roasted nut. Taste was sweet with a bitter bite at first. Settled down as a good ale.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HighlanderOne (983) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - OCT 12, 2012
On tap at green man Asheville. Good aroma of coffe, caramel, cream. Very dark mahogany with lacing tan head. Nut, coffee, toffee flavors. Some creamy malt and hop notes. Almost stout-like feel. Well done.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
coolpop (1395) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JAN 21, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2012 Bomber. Pours a dark mahogany with a small off-white head. Aroma was pretty mild: roasted malt, a bit of fruit. Flavor is roasted malt, some molasses and fruit (cherries), rather sweet. Not terribly notable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Malty_MacHops (640) - Eastanollee, Georgia, USA - DEC 27, 2011
The aroma is maltly mostly caramel with toast. The color is deep brown with ruby notes. Minimal head. The body is medium to heavy and very smooth. Decent, the -er is much better.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jow (2005) - New York, USA - SEP 26, 2011
On tap at the Asheville Airport as part of micro sampler. Pours beige. tastes of caramel, malt, peat, and earth. slightly sweet and creamy and thin and watery.


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