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RATINGS: 365   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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
msante79 (2225) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2009
Bomber from Orland Park Binny’s. Pours hazy reddish brown with light tan head. Aroma is malty with caramel, toffee, and some peat. Flavor is caramel, toffee, sweet malts, nut and some cereal. Has a weird bready flavor. Average at best scotch ale. Meh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (6029) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2009
Bottle from Broudy’s in Jacksonville Beach brought back by the wife. Pours copper with as short beige head. Aroma is malty with caramel, light peat, and wet grains. Taste is big caramel, sweet malt, subtle peatiness, wet cereal and light toasted notes. Body is medium with a bubbly but creamy carbonation feel. Ends with more caramel and wet grains along with sweet malt and faint peat. Ok stuff but I wish the peaty notes were more pronounced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 24, 2009
Pours a transparent copper amber with a thin ring of white head. Has a soft caramel malty nose with some grainy notes and a touch of peat. Starts with good malty fullness and some light caramel flavor with a touch of light fruits and earthy peat beFore a drier grainy finish. An ok Scotch ale, but could use more sweetness and complexity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
riversideAK (6170) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 4, 2009
Nose is sweet and malty. Lots of caramel, some green apple, and fruity sugars. A hint of earth is in there underneath the sweetness, as well as a very light rye note that is lightly tangy/spicy. Pours red amber with light foam and lace. Sweet and sugary. Lots of caramel, some toast, apple. Lingering sweetness coats the palate. Tons of residual sugars in here. Light earthy spicy rye notes deep down. Too sweet for me to enjoy all the way. Medium carb. Almost syrupy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2009
Experienced from a 22oz bottle in a pub glass. The beer pours a medium to fairly deep amber color, with a moderate off-white head. The nose shows strong notes of English character malts. Caramel, toffee, and a touch of milk chocolate. Unfortunately, the palate is, to put it very mildly, a disappointment. The aforementioned flavors initially come to the fore, but they are followed by an absolute tidal wave of residual sweetness. Given the O.G. (1.086), and the beer’s abv (8.2), the beer had to have finished fermenting at an unbelievably high level. The level of sweetness leaves a cloying note on the palate of malt and a sort of caramelized sugar/maple syrup. It is tempting to just pour the beer, had it not ran $11. Overall, a pretty pathetic effort from a fairly widely distributed brewery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jrob21 (3455) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 2, 2009
Is a clear dark red color with almost no head. Way on the syrupy side. I typically like this style but this one is just not doing it for me due to all of the sweetness. After the sugar there is a bit of a red fruit and caramel malt flavor working in the background. The aroma is even filled with syrupy sweetness. If you want dessert, drink this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
smith4498 (3562) - Miami, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2009
Pours hazy amber color with thin beige head. Aromas of toasted malts, molasses and some alcohol. Flavor is pretty sweet and malty with some dark fruits and molasses. Medium to full body with moderate carbonation and a syrupy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fonefan (44143) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 24, 2009
Bottle 22fl.oz.
Clear light medium red amber color with a small to average, fizzy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, dried fruity, candy, marzipan notes. Flavor is moderate to light heavy sweet and light to moderate bitter with a average to long duration, a dry finish. Body is medium to light, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft to flat. [20090922]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
biznizness (1128) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 21, 2009
Bottle, had this last night with V and Julie while we were brewing our coffee stout. Very good scotch. Sweet and malty and tasty. yEAH.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 19, 2009
bottle thanks to muckjoe! Pours, a murky dark red with a medium off white head. Sweet maple syrup and carmel aroma with lots of malt notes. Bold malt flavors with a peppery sweet carmel and toasted nutty character. Light spicing in the finish with som heat from the alcohol. Really nice lingering sweet finish that is hard to pin-point, close to big red soda? Maybe like a peppery almost minty sweet flavor. Either way, very nice scotch ale, I like it alot.

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