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RATINGS: 408   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   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

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tool2scream (188) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 31, 2012
Real good beer. Sadly the nose outdoes the flavor on this one. The nose has this deep, strong, rich, condensed malt aroma... almost like a malt jam. Just incredible, with a hint of bread and smoke. The flavor flattens out a bit, offering you simply nice caramel malts in a standard, but well-done scotch ale style. Nothing fantastic on that front to give it an 8 or a 9.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (6671) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2016
Bottle. Brown pour with tan head. Infected? Fruity tart, yeast, Brett aromas, saison. Herbal, fruit, Brett tart notes. Some oxidation. Not what it should be, but I probably like it better this way.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tysongillmore (362) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
I didn't take any extra notes when I tried this beer for the first time but I'm gonna try it again and update my comments. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BuckeyeBoy (5966) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 30, 2015
12oz bottle thanks to Toby. Pours out a mahogany topped with small head. Nose is caramel toffee. Taste is more of the sweetness caramel toffee sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zita (6121) - Assentoft, DENMARK - APR 2, 2015
Sep2011:light sweet sour malty aroma,dark amber, light brown foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, light soft and creamy, light dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2015
Bottle from SJ. Nice notes of Peat, caramel malts, Earth / dirt and hop. Body was medium. Nicely done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
baraciisch (2873) - California, USA - FEB 1, 2015
Mahogany brown in color... Aroma of peated malts, smoke, tobacco, humidor... Flavor is fairly thin initially, smoke, peated malts and tobacco, would be pretty bland if it weren't for the barrel aging... Lots of peat on finish... Minimal carbonation, almost like drinking scotch...Decent

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (10116) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 1, 2014
"nice use of peat, along with a tobacco aspect to the aroma and flavor that i really dug. if it weren’t for those things, this would be uninspired, but it turned out a nice malt bomb if a little thin."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Travlr (21437) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Clear amber color, tiny off white head. Aroma of perfume and caramel. Taste is sweet and plain, slight bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - JUN 26, 2014
12oz bottle - Aroma and flavor had some oxidation and while sometimes I think oxidation can be nice in certain styles (including scotch ales), because this was an ale of what thought was on the "delicate" side, the oxidation didn’t help it. But, still a really nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GarrettB (1460) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 26, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2015 September 11th, 2013 - A beer of this calibre, and at this price ($17.99, California) is typically out of my range. But it’s my birthday month, and a luxurious beer is better than a cake at my age. The Highway 78 Scotch Ale is a promising way to celebrate. The style is one of my favorite, and the bottle demonstrates all the pedigrees of an expensive collaboration. Once poured it looks a great deal like a pint of Coca-Cola. Large bubbles stick to the side of the glass, sitting just below the thinnest of mottled heads, and the body is that familiar semi-clear liquid that we’ve all seen splashed, swirled and slurped in a million Coke commercials. The aroma is dominated by hickory, hickory smoke, and wood, almost so as to snell like Virginian pipe tobacco. The hickory notes return on the tongue where they present as slightly sour. A mild to medium weight palate is closer to a flat carbonation than I would have expected, but the silence of the mouthfeel reveals other subtle flavors like juniper, blueberries, black pepper, and beef jerky. The traditional caramel sugars of the scotch ale don’t appear here, nor does the whiskey burn of the barrel, but these are replaced with new and interesting flavors - a wonderful birthday gift. September 8th, 2012 - Also on display at Green Flash’s fair weather festival was a collaborative scotch ale - strangely dark for the drinking environment, but a sticky, boozy addition nonetheless. It has all the smells and scents of a good scotch ale: dark malt, brown sugar, caramel, apple and pumpkin spice, and a heavy whiff of alcohol. And the flavor has it too, with a heavy emphasis on burnt caramel and cacao nibs, giving this brew a whole spectrum of sweet flavors that it can play on: dark fruits to chocolate and back again. At this point in my craft beer drinking career, this is a new and novel approach to the scotch ale, with a nicely balanced level of alcohol that satisfies the drinkers and keeps excessive sugars at bay.

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