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RATINGS: 96   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Our Scotch Ale is big in flavor and rich in aroma, brewed using unique barleys including peat smoked malt from Scotland, this beer is best served in a snifter to accentuate the flavors of black cherry and raisin and the subtle smoky aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 3, 2010
(bottle, sampled 2/28/10). Clear brown color, with ruby hue. Medium tan head. Smoky malt aroma. Sweet smoke malt flavor. Avg duration. Smooth finish. Slick texture. Soft to moderate carbonation. Fair lacing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerbill (3605) - Laurel, New York, USA - MAY 18, 2010
12 oz. bottle courtesy of a trade with notalush. Pours a hazy brown with a very thin tan head that disappeared before the first sip. The aroma is smokey with just a bit of peat along with some raisins and alcohol vapors. The flavor is similar with some smokiness and mild peat accompanied by some raisin. Undercarbonated with a slick, almost oily mouthfeel. So so.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beaver (1666) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 25, 2010
22 oz bottle. Pours brown with no head at all other than a few bubbles after a very vigorous pour.

The aroma is sweet peaty caramel and toffee with a bit of smoke and molasses and nuts. As it warms some vegetal notes come out.

The flavor is sweet peaty nutty caramel and toffee malts with some chocolate and a touch of fruits and smoke. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with very low carbonation.

Overall, this didnít have much carbonation like the other Grand Lake beers that I purchased from the brewery. Unlike the others, this hold up pretty nicely. Itís got some great flavors for a Scotch ale - a good balance of peat, smoke and sweet caramel without being overly sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - APR 24, 2010
A gift from the RatMan. Thanks Ron. Pours deep ruddy brown with a finger thick tan head that leaves decent lacing. Nose is a bit buttery caramel and smoked. The flavor is quite the same with a bit of earthy influence. Smooth on the palate. Surprised how good this one was.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 25, 2010
Poured dark amber brown, toffee, roasted malts, dark fruit, peat, little nutty, little earthy hops.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 3, 2010
Bomber. Pours a deep ruby amber with a thinning head. Aroma is a bit off- some oxidation, soy, dirty diaper, garbage, medicinal phenolics to go with the smoke and peat. Flavor is a bit of matchstick smokie, phenolic, spicy, big caramel sweet malts, toffee, molasses, peat, earth leather and tobacco- sweet on teh finish but an oxidized slick ending.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (5732) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2009
Bomber - pours a very dark reddish brown - smallish, fizzy lace - smoky aroma, with some notes of scotch/peat, plum, raisin, toffee, vanilla - very peaty, smoky, almost meaty up front - this is followed by medium plumy sweetness, raisin, caramel, the faintest hint of diacetyl (tastes intentional, though) - lingering peat in a warming finish - not bad for 3.99.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (12198) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2009
22oz bottle @Pauls Gathering Thanks microgrog-pours a light tan ring for a head and dark brown color. Aroma is dark fruit, peat. Taste is dark malt-molasses, drk fruit, peat, earthy. Minimum carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2009
Bottle Shared at Ryan & Maxís Tasting @ Pauls. Pours a brune body with an off white head. Burnt malt, peat, ashen char notes and some wet woody and whiskey esk tones. A decent scotch ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
j12601 (9562) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 22, 2009
Bottle at Paulís tasting. Pours a clear cola brown with a thin white head. Sweet, little chocolate, plum, pepper. Boozy, medium bodied, little bit of maple. More booze, roast, smoke, chalky roast bitterness.

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