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RATINGS: 306   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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerbaaron (920) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 15, 2013
Clear beautiful reddish amber. Small head, off-white ring around glass. Aroma is sweet and malty, caramel, some dark fruit, some spices and alcohol. Medium body, soft and a little slick. Mostly malty/fruity sweetness, slight bitterness. Clean, a tad watery.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MarinEvelyn (465) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 15, 2013
Slight aroma of muted, sweet scotch. Caramel, malt. candy. Very sweet taste. malt, sugar, caramel, scotch, a little alcohol flavor but not much. As I drink it, the alcohol taste grows. Light and sweet.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pyrmir (2758) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAY 20, 2013
Bottle, rated from backlog. Deep amber with off white head. Aroma and flavor were toasted malt, caramel, toffee, some sugar, nuts, and spice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Niko100 (1835) - Illinois, USA - MAY 7, 2013
Dark amber/cider color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of smoky sweet malt, vanilla, licorice, & some whiskey; Flavor of sweet malt, caramel/toffee, syrup, dark fruit, and some rye/spice; Warm finish; Fairly decent.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sfontain (770) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2013
22 oz bottle, Andersons, $7.99 I think. Apparently unfiltered, this beer pours a murky dark copper with a creamy off-white head that dissipates into a thin, sparse covering and a thin ring; no lacing. Aroma is rich, sweet, caramel, toast, hint of red berries. Flavor is almost cloyingly sweet; toffee, oak (!), orange peel, maybe vanilla. Body is full and oily, slick, light but lively carbonation. Probably a little too sweet but otherwise really nice. The barrel-aged version of this beer is in my fridge for tomorrow, and I expect it to be interesting given that this non-BA version already tastes oaked.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jstraw (1900) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2013
Caramel-copper with modest, creamy, orange-beige head, some legs / Sweet, winey, somewhat thin nose of caramel, cider, baking spice, oak? / Full body, sweet, syrupy but very smooth & creamy, with excellent balance and heat evidence but really just adding a little winey character / Rich but mellow flavors of caramel, orange peel, apple cider, milk chocolate, toffee, cream, cinnamon, nutmeg, smoke / A real easy drinker, milkshake-like, for such a big beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
coolpop (1367) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - MAR 10, 2013
Bomber. Poured deep amber with a medium-sized khaki head. Aroma and flavor were toasted malt, caramel, toffee, touch of chocolate, nuts, and spiciness. Peaty -- or is that just the power of suggestion? Quite sweet, low bitterness and hop flavor. Syrupy mouthfeel.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Westchesterco (774) - mclean, Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2013
roasty, dough, earthy, Hint of rye,amber, clear, minimal head, medium sweetness, medium body, creamy, soft carbonation,

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Iphonephan (2657) - McLean, Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2013
From a 22 oz bottle shared in Avon NC. Pours a reddish brown with a thick but quickly receding off white head. Sweet malty aroma with a hint of alcohol. Flavors of caramel, raisins and dark fruits. Soft mouthfeel with moderate to high carbonation. Smooth finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NikkTwist (1387) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2013
Draft at Eulogy. Bit cloudy amber with a nice foamy white head. Certainly hoppy but muted IPA. Hopped up red ale. Foamy dry red. Decent mix.


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