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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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gurthnar (5018) - 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 (2065) - 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 (4604) - 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 (1421) - - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bubblehouse (1365) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 18, 2015
Pours a really dark red with a big scotchy nose. Really smooth and super easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Abijen (2512) - ’s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - AUG 6, 2015
Caramel bruinig bier met een goede getinte schuim kraag. Ruikt zoet, caramel, rogge. Smaakt caramel, koffie bitter, zuurtje.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bosbouw (2692) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - JUL 24, 2015
Mooie caramelkkeur met een kleine kraag. Ruikt zoetig, honing, caramel. Smaakt zoetig, honing, mout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rouhlas (2843) - GREECE - JUN 23, 2015
From old notes. From tap at Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2012.Hazy amber reddish color with off white head. Malty caramel aroma, light fruity. Sweet and light bitter taste. Medium oily body with soft carbonation

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
nilsas (3547) - Bryne, NORWAY - JUN 20, 2015

Lukt: Karamell og en anelse smør.
Utseende: Kobber gyllen farge.
Skum/kullsyre: Dekkende skum, heng langs kant.
Smak: Frukter og karamell.
Hvor: Kjøpt@VP Kvadrat, Nydt@Lokal tasting hos Bryne.
Medium: Flaske@750ml, ABV@8,2%, Når@19.06.2015

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