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RATINGS: 316   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (9161) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 5, 2009
Bottle… Deep, clear orange ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. The aroma is constructed of your Scotch ale basics: chocolate, caramel, port and toasted nuts. Full-bodied with a buttery/sticky mouthfeel and relaxed carbonation. Rich, sweet flavors of port, caramel, brown sugar and a little vanilla. Finishes sticky and sweet. In a word: hearty!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jimmack34 (640) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - AUG 30, 2009
1pt6oz bottle. Pours amber brown with almost no head. Smells honey, brown sugar, prunes, and malt. Tastes of brown sugar, fermented dark fruit, almost red wine-like, molasses, and fig. Caramel aftertaste. Soft and mild carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GodOfThunder (1247) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 27, 2009
Amber colored malt bomb with a strong caramel aroma and sweet flavor. Solid wee heavy, though a little on the sweet side.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 5, 2009
Pours copper with a white head. Smells of sweet malt, some spicy hints, dark fruit, some caramel, toffee. Tastes of caramel, sweet, some dark fruity hints.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 5, 2009
Bottle from batch 1. Clear copper pour. Fluffy beige head that settles to a fine film and leaves behind some spotty lace. Aroma was rather one dimensional rippened dark fruits. Caramel & toasted malts giving way to a dry spicy finish

   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 (2546) - 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 (3954) - 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 (6888) - 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.

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