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RATINGS: 342   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sfontain (845) - 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 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 (907) - - 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 (810) - 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 (1961) - ’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 (1966) - 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 (1347) - 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 (2441) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Huhzubendah (3074) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 12, 2015
Served alongside the barrel-aged version. Copper / ruby body with a thin to head. Aromas of light spice, malt, a touch of cinnamon. Slightly sweet, fruity, malty, bready. Solid.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
esp0r (2378) - NORWAY - JUN 2, 2015
Bottle from VP CC Vest enjoyed at home
Deep red, creamy beige head. Smell of caramel, dark fruits, hints of butterscotch, quite alot of malt aromas. Medium to heavy sweet, a touch of smoke, caramel, toffee, nice malt base, quite good and better than the aroma. Moderate bitter finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ej (1000) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - MAY 2, 2015
Bottle. Pours a clear light brown, looking more amber, dark brown in the glass, A small shortlived tan head. Aroma is fruity and slightly vinous. Taste is malts and a sugary fruityness. Light alcoholic notes and a slight warmth as well. Medium-full body, oily texture and soft to avg co2 levels.

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