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RATINGS: 322   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   IBU: 23   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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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
Luvystypotables (790) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 30, 2013
Toffee colour, with a decent head. Aroma of rye whiskey, tastes a bit like rye whiskey with a hint of ginger. Palate of grains.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
mike5326 (1020) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 30, 2013
Poured from a bottle. Cloudy auburn color, thin short lived off white head. Can’t quite place the aroma. Slightly carbonated strong astringent whisky flavor with a smooth finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sagmarium (75) - SPAIN - OCT 19, 2013
Flavor is bready and sweet. A little spice from the rye in the finish, along with a fair amount of drying alcohol. Caramel, brown sugar, and some dark fruit in the aroma.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
worldbeertaste (1693) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2013
Medium amber with a thin, white, lacy, lasting, head. Smells of malt, caramel, with peat, raisin, and cherry. Smells a bit of aged malt. Defiantly smells like a scotch ale. Leaves. Tastes of malt with a grape, apple, caramel, toasted malt. Sort of light fruitiness. The finish is fruity and flavourful with slight booziness. Decent.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zer0 (1133) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 11, 2013
Bottle at THT tasting. Pours hazy amber. Aroma is spicy, sweet malts, caramel, red fruits and Toffee. Taste is quite sweet and medium bitter. Full bodied with soft carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sic1314 (3812) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - OCT 11, 2013
Poured hazy medium amber with a frothy off white head. Aroma of sweet berries and soft malt.Medium body, flavour of raspberry, lingering sweet end.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GandGKevin (920) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - SEP 5, 2013
A very good wee heavy scotch ale. Malty red fruit flavors. A little sweetness on the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
annunz123 (880) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 27, 2013
Caramel, brown sugar, and some dark fruit in the aroma. Flavor is bready and sweet. A little spice from the rye in the finish, along with a fair amount of drying alcohol. Not exactly what I expected--it doesn’t have the nutty flavor or hoppy finish that you get in most reds--but still a fine effort.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arkurzynski (1583) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 22, 2013
Deep bronze-brown in color with fading off-white head. Nose is packed with fruity malt, cherry, plum/raisin, carmelized sugars, brown sugar, toffee, and faint roasted malt. Flavor is a sweet mix of dark cherries, plum, caramel, brown sugar/molasses, toffee, and again some fleeting roasted malt. No real hop presence. Big syrupy mouthfeel. Big and sweet with almost some American barleywine-type characteristics. While the sweetness runs away a bit on this one, I enjoyed this.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SirRaf (18) - - AUG 22, 2013
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. Surely it would fit perfect with a great piece of meat...but the lamb just went running


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