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RATINGS: 360   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   IBU: 23   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
Rich malty flavors of caramelized and toasted grains dominate this robust Scotch ale. A hint of rye adds a crisp, scotch-like, old-world beer character, reminiscent of a simpler life from centuries ago. It’s a wee-bit heavy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Turboninja (435) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 13, 2016
Tap@WinterWarmer’16, Cleveland, USA. Medium aroma with cherry and some plum. Brown/amber color with small natural white head and hazy liquid. Strong smooth, balanced taste with sweet plum and cherry. Medium taste spectrum and medium aftertaste with cherry. Medium/strong body with light carbonation. Overall, high quality but bit dull and not so sophisticated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
allmyvinyl (8822) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 4, 2016
Bottle shared with Jeevan. Pours murky amber with a thin white head. Aromas of malty toffee, caramel. Taste is sweet, some herbal bitterness. Sweet, light spicy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Borup (10323) - Albertslund, DENMARK - FEB 23, 2016
From tap at Taphouse. Hazy amber colour with an off-white head. Aroma and flavour of malt, caramel, fruit and alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Simonsen (1054) - NORWAY - DEC 25, 2015
Flaske. Noe uklar, karamellfarget. Lavt karbonert med skum som forsvinner. Smaker karamell, tørket mørk frukt . Meget god

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ciocanelu (911) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - DEC 18, 2015
Dark amber color with light brown head. Aroma has booze soaked raisins, figs, dates and other dark fruits. Taste is somehow sweet and slightly tart with dried figs and caramel up-front. Body is quite light and effervescent. Really nice dark fruit notes but the alcohol is a bit too present for my taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gurthnar (4553) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - NOV 9, 2015
Bottle. Thanks Matt! Rich fully malty beer. Rather sweet but not unbalanced. Caramel, burnt sugar, toasted. Moreish. Burnt sugar but dry in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Turtles (1561) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2015
Tap @ Bishops Arms Hornsgatan. Almost clear amber with a medium size lacing head. Sweet caramel and pine aroma. Mild carbonated and a smooth creamy mouthfeel. Great dark sugar and caramel, with pine and oak taste in good balance. Woody smooth finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Alengrin (4163) - BELGIUM - OCT 2, 2015
Bottle from Delirium Hoppy Loft. Loose, irregular, pale greyish white head stabilizing on the edges, colour is a warm orangey ’rust-brown’ with lively sparkling, hazy, with small flakes of protein everywhere. Weird aroma of ketjap, fresh ginger, strong and even somewhat ’ironish’ rosehip tea, caramel, overripe grapefruit, whisky, milk chocolate, more subtle hints of balsamic vinegar, peanuts, salted tomato, old-fashioned brown cough syrup with a lot of sugar, sourish-spicy wet rye bread, parquet varnish- or even nail polish-like phenols, marmelade, strawberry, cloves. Sweet onset, restrained fruitiness of strawberry, orange and overripe pear with candi sugar, surrounded by a persisting but subtle sourish edge, medium carbo, drying a bit on the tongue but becoming a lot softer and even almost flat in the end, supple but rather thin mouthfeel (probably already thinned by age), very caramelly and a bit nutty with a toasted edge in the end, as expected from a wee heavy. Finishes malty, sweet and still candyish, cloying a little bit, with herbal, tea- and leaf-like hops residing in the background but providing basic structure, as well as quite a big dosis of retronasal phenols (and lightly spicy, rosehip like aromas) and warming, even very slightly burning alcohol. This was probably a good beer when young, but surely this bottle hasn’t been kept in the best of circumstances and is too old now to properly present itself. I expected a lot more from this, seen my previous positive experiences with this brewery, in particular the barrel aged version of the very same beer. Bit of a downer, actually, but I have no other choice at the moment than to rate it the way I receive it, which is too old, too thin as a result (especially for this particular style) and too phenolic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisbruce (18) - SCOTLAND - AUG 25, 2015
A really beautiful close to red color in my cup. Caramel, cereal, innapreciate nearly 30 IBUS, fuuuuull body with soft carbonation and a long finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zoucrew102 (1203) - - AUG 19, 2015
Bomber. Rich caramel malt aroma with toasted grains and a bit of smoke. Pours caramel colored with a thin tan head with poor retention and good lacing. Starts with rich caramel sweetness with some toasted malt. Finishes smooth with the caramel sweetness as well as some toffee with a bit of smoke. Nice scotch ale.

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