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RATINGS: 342   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   IBU: 23   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - OCT 10, 2009
Bomber into mini pint glass. Nice clear copper body with a good creamy offwhite head that holds pretty well. Aroma is nutty, roasted malt,vanilla, and some dark fruit. Jesus the flavour is strong - strongly sweet and boozy. So sweet I am wondering why they didn’t just let it ferment out longer. Not bad, just very intense. Not sure if I’ll get through the bomber. Getting more tolerable. Dark fruits mostly. Medium body with minimal carbonation. Great smooth mouth feel. Overall: not bad. A nice warmer for the fall and winter months.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ughsmash (7387) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 7, 2009
Bomber. Poured clear medium amber with a short beige head. The aroma picked up sweet caramel, toffee, and redder fruits with light smoky accents and citrusy warmth. The flavor was centered around sticky-sweet malts (caramel, molasses, and fruit again).. a touch of smoke, earth, and orange around..spicy warmth and sticky malt on the finish. Medium-bodied and even lighter at times on the palate.. rather slick feel with low carbonation.. nothing great about this, but nothing bad either.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tmoreau (2994) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2009
Sampled at Binny’s Beverage Depot in Glen Ellyn, IL. for a Mead, Cider, and Beer Tasting. The pour to my wine/sampler glass was a deep red/amber with a modest off white head and lacing. The aroma was toasty and dark caramel sweetness. The flavor showed some mellow alcohol and light hop bitterness. Not the fullness I would have expected from a wee heavy.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Plovmand (7056) - Helsinge, DENMARK - OCT 3, 2009
Bottle shared by Skinnyviking. Clear reddish brown body with a medium off white head. Good malty aroma with fruity and hoppy notes. Some sugar notes. Caramel, sweet malt, fruit, light spicy and hoppy flavour. Long fruity and hoppy finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Skinnyviking (7905) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 3, 2009
Bottle. High creamy and lasting off-white head. Clear dark brown body. Sweet malty hoppy caramel berries aroma and flavor with a faoir amount of hops bitterness and a bit of spices. Low carbonation, long bitter aftertaste.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - OCT 2, 2009
Botella. Unclear amber colour. Sweet caramel yeasy malty alco aroma. Good mouthfeel. Sweet caramel malty yeasty bit spiced flavour.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pinball (11545) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2009
clear amber, large stick fizzy light brown head. aroma is caramelly, flowery. flavor is sweet , caramelly, faint flowery. faint spicy. sweet red ale.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheAlum (6373) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2009
22 oz bottle from Binnys (Orland Park, IL). Pours a nice dark reddish amber, orange and fiery, a bit hazy, small offwhite head that dies to a very small film, minimal lacing. Aromas are malty, caramel and toffee with faint vanilla, sweet with a faint biscuitt feel and small smokiness. Initial is medium bodied, fairly malty with biscuit, caramel, toffee and a faint raisin feel.. Faint vanilla, peat, maybe I’m imagining that faint smoke. Very little bitterness, could use a little more body for mouthfeel and more of a palate stick. This is an interesting beer, and does not take on the status quo style (which I consider bad that they aren’t). Where is the peat? The vanilla? This lacks life, falling back on its haunches and decent malt profile and underbodied qualities. Ok, but far from good.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (23865) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 23, 2009
Bottle at Papsø. Clear orange coloured with a small white head. Sweet aroma of caramel, dried fruits and marzipan. Sweet flavour of caramel, berries and dried fruits with notes of hops. Sweet finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thornecb (4877) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 22, 2009
Pours reddish amber into a thistle. Off-white head recedes to coat surface leaving no lacing. Dusty caramel and pit fruit aromas. Full and sweet with dark caramel and an herbal clover aromatic finish.


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