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RATINGS: 330   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.

sfontain's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sfontain (830) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerdedone (2828) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2015
Bottle. Pours a hazy amber with a thin off-white head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, and raisins. Flavor was quite sweet and malty with dark caramel, toffee, raisins and had notes of dark fruit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Headbanger (3472) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2015
22oz bottle 2/19/15 (Courtesy of TerryR)-40° in Mug-Pours a murky copperish amber with a big tan head. Aroma of malt, caramel, toffee, and brown sugar. Taste of the same with some dried fruit coming thru as well. This medium to full bodied brew is well balanced and hits the spot on a cold winter night.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuu666 (5340) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 2, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours copper amber, nose is caramel, toffee, fruity, taste is similar, rich and sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SudsMcDuff (6403) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2015
hoopin froog .. . pours a dark brown nelson muntz hair brown .. . molasses and chewy wood .. . long sweet finish .. pretty good example, a large one .. . .

please refrain from tasting the knob!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
djd07 (4899) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2015
Bottle thanks to Paul. Pours a clear orange gold with small off white head. The aroma is strong rye, smoke, wood. Medium mouth with sweet rye, light smoke, sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryecatcher (900) - South Side of Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2015
Bomber. Pours a slightly hazy, burnt orange with medium tannish head, okay retention and lacing. Nose is big toffee, dried fruit (figs, dates and raisins), brown sugar, crackery malt. Mouthfeel is oily and chewy, medium sweet, lots of the same characteristics given away by the nose, plus some vanilla and caramel, finishing with subtle bitterness. A very tasty example of the style and a proper warmer for the subzero temperatures that have been frosting my window and leaving my toes numb after walking a couple blocks from where I parked my car. Hoppin Frog once again proves there is definitely more to Akron than tires, the Agora and LeBron. Cheers!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
ttroha (396) - Americus, Georgia, USA - JAN 2, 2015
From a bomber at Northside Tavern. Pours amber with off white head. Aroma of rye. Flavor of honey, rye, wheat. Bitter aftertaste. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
martinrumsam (562) - BARNSTAPLE, Devon, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2014
Bottle. Hazy Amber with a very thin beige head. Aroma of dark sugar and fruits. Sweet malty burnt caramel taste with a light bitter touch at the finish very rich. Handles the alcohol well. Medium carbonation. A fine example of the style

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fitwitchik (379) - USA - DEC 15, 2014
Poured from a bomber into a hoppin frog snifter amber with a slight off white head. Aroma reminds me of rye whiskey with bitterness. Flavor is smooth honey. I get apple with this brew but maybe its because it is an older bottle. Nice bitter finish. Overall a better than average wee heavy/red ale. The rye comes out making this a savory treat.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
andrew_drinks (220) - Luxembourg, LUXEMBOURG - DEC 15, 2014
Keg at CBC2012, from some old notes. Dirty deep burnt sienna brown, little head. Dull hop aroma with a burnt sugar edge. Flavour of rich caramel with a biting hop bitterness.

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