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Brewed by John Martin
Style: Scotch Ale
Genval, Belgium
Serve in Thistle

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RATINGS: 430   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Gordon Scotch Ale was born in the limpid highlands among isolated lochs and haunting Scottish castles. This brown beer, reminiscent of a dark ruby, is full of contrast - both strong and smooth. Its creamy head is delectation for the palate. This unique nectar can also be discovered under the name of Douglas Scotch Ale. Has been renamed ’Finest Scotch’ in 2006.
Note: ABV at some point from 8.6% to 8%.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cornfield (5452) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2005
My first Belgian Scotch ale, and if this is any indication of what to expect, it certainly will not be my last! (I already have another brewer’s entry in the wings.) Excellent looking pour, a reddish-copperish-brownish body with a tall, dense, rocky white (almost) head. The is HUGE in malt richness, fresh bread with a hint of whiskey and some soothing smokiness. It’s nice and creamy in the mouth, fun to slosh around and enjoy before swallowing. The flavor is a buttery, toffee malt taste with some mildly fruity sweetness and some peaty smoke on top. The finish is a toffee stickiness, lightly peppered, with just a trace of the 8.6% abv finally showing itself.

Someone needs to get this into the Chicago area on a regular basis!!!!!!

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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nagash (207) - Paris, FRANCE - AUG 8, 2005
Roasted, malty, some whisky and spices, very good beer. Nice dark-red color. Quite sweet for a 8.6% alcohol. Found in Belgium.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
weepingsuds (222) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - JUN 19, 2005
Beautiful pour full head extra dark in color. Spicy yet distinct. Like a stout and a pale ale decided to join forces. Sweetness really covers up the 8.6% alcohol, this is definitly a beer to come back to.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25089) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 16, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2005 (Bottle 33 cl) Black as original sin - perhaps with a shade of red. Nice, brownish head. Very roasted, almost burnt mal-flavours. Some initial sweetness to be substituted by a rather dry, bitter, stout-like finish. Very rich and potent. Brewed in Edinburgh Scotland. 241097 and 140303

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Roachie (13) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 13, 2005
Beautiful dark red body with strong nose of caramel. Dark mollasess flavour which leaves a sharp tingling on the sides of the tongue. Goes down really smooth leaving an airy aftertase on the roof of the mouth. This is one excellent scothc ale!

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mklein818 (172) - Etterbeek, Virginia, BELGIUM - APR 1, 2005
This bonnie lass of Scottish soul and Belgian strength is a real classic. This is what most British beers want to be when they grow up from their current 4% existence.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
leaparsons (7976) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 1, 2005
Dark red, almost purple with a disappearing off white head. Aromas are malty and fruity with bready yeast, whisky notes and herbal aspects. Flavours are malty with lots of whisky (or Scotch I suppose). Smoky and bitter, almost peaty. Lots of alcohol. Decent, if a little heavy handed in its production.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 12, 2005
Reddish colour with nice off white head. Malty aroma with spices. Flavor is malty with hints of licorice.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - FEB 18, 2005
Poured a lovely ruby colour with a lasting beige head. Malty nose, with some medicinal notes there. Very sweet cloying toffee flavour with some medicinal alcoholic notes there. Really offputting. I cant warm to this style of beer unfortunately.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 31, 2005
Bottle BB date: 26/08/06. Clear red with good head and lacing. Nice sweet malt nose. Nice malty flavor with caramel notes and alcohol bite. I taste some buttery notes as well. Very warming. Oily texture. Nice beer. Thanks to my friend Doug for this one!


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