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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 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beaver (1283) - 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 (1614) - 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 (5077) - 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 (4833) - 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 (11079) - 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 (6584) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
iowaherkeye (2691) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - AUG 30, 2009
12oz bottle, no date. Clear deep brown with a half finger tan head, fading to a ring before long. Smoked meat, leather, and tobacco up front in the aroma with some light toasted malts and chocholate behind. I also pick up on a tinge of something tangy, but could be from the leather and tobacco. The flavor adds a lightly roasty component, but otherwise mostly follows the aroma. The tobacco and leather are milder, as well as the smoke, but the smoke is only slightly lessened. Bitterness peaked around a 2. Light carbonation with a medium smooth body. Pretty good Scotch ale. Oh, and at 8 percent, I had no idea it was that strong until I lookeed at the stats.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Headbanger (3280) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2009
22oz bottle-Poured a dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of malt, smoke, and sweetness. Taste of the same with some fruits coming through as well. This full bodied brew was not bad.

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