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RATINGS: 406   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
A collaboration ale. Brewers:Chuck Silva of Green Flash Brewing Co., San Diego, Jeff Bagby of Pizza Port Carlsbad, Carlsbad and Mitch Steele of Stone Brewing Co., San Diego

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mixmasterob (983) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 27, 2011
Bottle from CBX. Dark brown, burnt amber pour with a small white head. Faded quick. Aroma was rich caramel malts, some peat malt, and light smoke. Very nice. Flavors were also rich, good bit of caramel and light peat. Seems very authentic to me. Mouthfeel was full, carbonation medium to soft. Great scotch.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - FEB 26, 2011
Pours a lovely red and brown color. Very malty with a secondary hit of alcohol. Strong but light as well. A very woodsy, strong grain taste really lingers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 25, 2011
Served from a 12 oz bottle from OTM. The appearance is a deep copper hue with a small light tan head. The aromas are a bit fruity. Some apple cider thing in there without much of a malt nose. The flavors are some caramelized malts, light amount of smoke, alcohol. As it warms the flavors are a bit more creamy caramel and a much better drink. The mouth is a touch hot, pretty full bodied. At first I wasn’t digging this brew but after it warmed a bit it was much better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - FEB 25, 2011
12 oz bottle from bev4less. Pours a translucent red-brown color with a small off white head that soon fades to a fine ring. The aroma is weak with indistinct malts and some toffee. The flavor is malts forward with hazelnuts, pretzels and a small dose of hot alcohol. The palate is silky smooth with lively carbonation. Finishes medium in duration and dry. Overall: Not bad, but not real inspired either--tastes like a compromise.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexanderj (3429) - Branson, Missouri, USA - FEB 25, 2011
On tap; pour a dark auburn color. Aroma of caramel, fruit, roasted malt and earth. Moderately sweet, earthy, roasted, peat and caramel-fruit. Solid

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ulfada (257) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 25, 2011
A beautiful beer, clear very dark redish amber. Thick, sweet maltiness to start, smooth throughout with a nice touch of alcohol at the end. A damn good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hamilton23 (618) - Alpine, California, USA - FEB 24, 2011
Poured from a 12oz bottle. Pours dark copper/brown. Aroma is smoked peat and some toffee. Taste is toffee, caramel and smoked peat. This is missing some sweetness that I usually enjoy in a scotch ale. Not a bad effort.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 23, 2011
Nose of toasted malts, toffee, light peat, light fruits(apple, pear, apricot). Malty but not over the top. I actually enjoyed the aroma. Pours hazy darker copper/amber, thin head, light lace. The flavor is malty with toasted malts, toffee, apple, caramel, earth, a hint of peat and mild bitterness. Full smooth body with some residual sweetness hanging around. I liked it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (6836) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 23, 2011
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark amber to medium brown. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, nuts), lightly hoppy (apricot), with notes of gum and alcohol. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively/soft carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. It’s interesting that there’s so little hops in the nose, considering the brewers involved. For me, on the surface, that’s a good thing. Sadly, though, there’s not much of anything else in the nose either. Lots of caramel and not much else. Very syrupy sweet in the mouth, but not unbearably so and at least that’s somewhat expected for the style. The biggest fault here is just being dreadfully dull and forgettable. There’s nothing that beckons further sniffs or sips.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
matthewjk (1002) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 22, 2011
Picked up single 12oz for premium price - First off, not as aggressive and assertive as one might think. Sometimes collaborations means compromise. Incredibly smooth. I think this represents a nice scotch ale that anyone could drink. Hop & malt balance near perfect. Alcohol hint--basically none for 8.8%

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