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RATINGS: 311   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   IBU: 23   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
checkmatei1 (765) - Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2009
Draft: Poured a copper color with a little bit of head. The aroma was sweet malts and caramel. The flavor was sweet, sugary, some dark fruit and malts. Overall, a nice beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
lb4lb (2487) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2009
Bottle from miketd. Thanks! Pours orangeish red with little head. Smell is sweet and bright sticky malt. Taste is sweet and rye and bready like. Much different than expected and without the smoky flavor I expected. Heavy and syrupy, but with a nice dry breadiness. Much better than expected, but still a touch sweet. Interesting take on the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gkost (1710) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 18, 2009
Bottle courtesy markwise. pours deep amber. Fruity aroma, full of fig and some caramel. Flavor is nearly cloying sweet mixed with toasted malts and some rye spices. Full mouthfeel. Not too bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
travita (3856) - Frisco, Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2009
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. The smell is malts, caramel, sweet, and bready. The look is clear, amber colored, and a decent off white head. The taste is sweet, malts, caramel, and some hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (6782) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 8, 2009
Courtesy of markwise. Pours clear copper with gold edges and thin tan head. The aroma is sticky prunes, ripe cherries and a sense of general dark fruity mustiness and really not much else. Tons of aroma but a bit limited in complexity. The taste is sweet cherry cotton candy moving into sweet crystal malts. It then bleeds into ripe cherries and minced stewed prunes. Solid brew that’s a bit on the sweet side.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexsdad06 (5335) - Ohio, USA - JUL 4, 2009
22 oz. bottle shared by Tmoney99. Pours a clear reddish amber color with a disappearing ivory head. The aroma is sweet and candy like and does have some caramel malt character. This just doesn’t seem to have the heavy fruits and malts in the nose that I have come to expect from the best scotch ales. The flavor is malty, but again comes off lacking in the richness of flavors I would expect. Some fruit, caramel, and hints of spice presented on a medium/light body. It certainly falls short for a wee heavy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2009
Bottle courtesy of markwise. Pours a clear reddish amber color with thin tan head. Aroma is sweet and malty with notse of caramel, brown sugar, ripe dark fruit, toffee, molasses, and some hints of maple and honey. Flavor is sweet and malty with notse of maple syrup, molasses, brown sugar, hints of chocolate and ripe dark fruit. Generally medium body with a pleasing malt finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markwise (4427) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2009
Bottle from trade with goryskewych. Pours red amber with a white head. Nose is sweet malt, maple, and brown sugar. Flavor is balanced malt, brown sugar, sweetness, and some tiny smoke. Medium bodied, enjoyable Scotch Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - JUN 25, 2009
Hoppin frog makes me proud to be an ohio resident. They make some good shit, and this is no exception. Awesome grains in this scotch. Huge body, huge, lots of tasty caramel and candies in this one. Awesome beer yet again. Could have a slight touch of bittering hop in this one, but overall awesome.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 6, 2009
(22oz bottle) Pours a clear amber body with a small off-white head. Aroma of peat, caramel, and roasted malt. Flavor of peat, apple (and some other fruit), caramel, roasted malt, rye, and nuts.

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