Inland Empire Scotch Ale
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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 2.91/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.87/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
Our 1st Anniversary Ale and crowd favorite, styled as a smoked scotch ale; aged in used bourbon barrels packs quite a punch. It is a hefty 13% ABV, and carries a not so subtle bourbon character. Extremely rich, slightly smoky, and barely hopped; it is surprisingly easy to drink despite its high alcohol content. Ideally it should be served at a slightly warmer temperature to allow the many complex flavors and aromas to fully develop. The high popularity of this beer demanded that we add it to our lineup, officially making it our new winter seasonal (offered from mid-November through February).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, California, USA - DEC 31, 2012
A dark amber, almost mahogany, pour with an off-white head. Rather intense smokiness on the nose with an almost bacon-like aroma. Some salt, burnt wood, mild bourbon, green apple, and caramel. Very tart, too. The flavor is a bit sour. Boozy and smoky, maybe some peat, lots of green apple, caramel sweetness, and a hint of chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Tap at the brewery simply as their "Scotch Ale" but online elaborating that their Scotch Ale is also their 1st Anniversary beer and is aged in bourbon barrels. A muddy, dark mahogany pour. Dissipating beige head. Nose is peaty Scotch (the distilled spirit), pretty intense. Taste is quite tart and again very dry. Lemon tea, tangy finish. Not bad. Palate is still very dry and dusty. I don’t understand...Scotch Ale never meant to describe beer that smelled and tasted like Scotch the distilled spirit. Where did this misconception come from?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dnstone (2707) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 7, 2011
Interesting bourbon but not overwhelming. Hazed amber and off-white head. A nice scotch ale with pronounced (but not over-shadowing) bourbon tones.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
That1Guy (2192) - Colorado, USA - JUN 19, 2011
Crushed at GABF ’10. Overwhelmed by bourbon and booze. Kinda difficult to choke down even the one oz pour. Given some age I’d like to see what happens. Otherwise I’m staying away.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 21, 2011
From the Jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center Denver 17/09/2010 Fruit and some whisky aroma. Dark coloured strong in alcohol rich on the palate and fruity with a hint of dryness in a sweet warming oak vanilla and malt finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12756) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2011
(Draught) Pours a dark amber body with a medium cream head. Aroma of caramel, bourbon, peat, black pepper, and earth. Flavor of peat, smoke, caramel, bourbon, earth, raisins, and wood.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 23, 2010
GABF 2010, heavy bourbon in this, almost overbearing. Really dominates everything going on here. Boozy, peat, sweet & rich maltiness. Notes of vanilla. Bit too sweet & bourbony.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2010
1 liter growler from hophead22. thanks!.... pours a cola like pour with a thin quickly dissipating bubbly white head... huge diacetyl in the nose with butterscotch and vanilla notes with an underlying scotch ale presence.... flavors of peat and semi-smoked malt and not as butter-scotchy as the aroma suggests. somewhat salty and has no real cohesion. light carbonation and thin body.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 14, 2010
Bottle shared by Shawn: Not really too much to say about this beer. While the are some nice light peaty and sea salt tones, vanilla bourbon wood notes as well... there is a HUGE Diacetyl overtone that makes the beer basically undrinkable along with a medicinal metallic chemical quality. The mouth feel is oily and sticky with a boozy finish. Agggh, it was hard to finish the half of pour... drain pour.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAR 12, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2010 growler from hophead 22. hard to get the touch of butterscotch out of your head. Salty, buttery, scothc, butter. a well. who cares. one beer. loking forward to the nect ionre.

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