Serve in Thistle


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RATINGS: 102   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
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A traditional strong scotch ale, full bodied with a sweet maltiness and a slight hint of smoked peat.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
italianjohn (2411) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2013
Deep reddish orange pour with a thin off white head and very light sticky lacing ... aroma of sweet caramel malts and smoked peat ..... taste has a nice roasted and sweet caramel malt flavor with a smoke peat bite ..... abv hidden well and very drinkable ... has a lingering smokey dry bite to it .... solid wee heavy

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
obxdude10 (2093) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2014
I’m not a huge fan of scotch ales, but this one blew me away! I sampled this beauty on draft at the Phoenixville restaurant. It poured a deep amber color with a purple-ish hue. The head was off-white and laced very nicely around the inside of the glass. The nose was sweet, malty and hinted at spices and alcohol. The flavors were complex, full-bodied and extrememly delicious. The character was smooth and very drinkable. I tasted sweet malts, caramel, yeast, warming alcohol and crisp, bright hops. The beer finished sweet and smooth with a punch of hops and alcohol.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
nimbleprop (5317) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 4, 2013
This was a 2009 750ml bottle I have had in the cellar for the past four years. Pours a slightly watery, caramel amber with some swirling white head. Nose has some dirt, brown malt, prune, a little dried citrus peel, a little cream soda, cardboard. Flavor sort of jumps the shark, malty but not too sweet, prune, very dried raisin, dirt, cardboard, bath water. Dirty finish. I think this is probably 2 years past it’s prime.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (14150) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 17, 2013
Draft in Media. Hazy amber brown color, medium off white head. Aroma of toast, light smoke, creme brulee. Taste is also toasted, lightly smoked caramel. Very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
reggiedunlop (3336) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2013
Pours a slightly clear deep amber with a thick off white head that dissipates very quickly. Aroma is fruity/woody...light peat. Flavor is sweet with raisin and fig with with mild earthy/woodiness....light booze...mostly sweet. Mouthfeel is medium and very lively with a sweet, warming finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (16489) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2012
3rd July 2010
Cloudy orange - brown beer. Tidy white head. Light soft palate., a little dry. Even soft malt. Some fresh orange underneath. A little carbonated bite and spice bring up the finish. A little honey in there. Nice beer, doesn’t taste like a heavy!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
alobar (2947) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Pours an amber brown color with a creamy off-white head. Aroma of toffee, bread, slight smoke, and dark fruit. Toffee, dark fruit, hint of chocolate, and smoke flavor. Excellent lacing. Excellent beer! Very well done!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
msojka (457) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 27, 2012
Pour is a deep brown color with a small khaki head. Nose is of dark fruits, predominately plums, and brown sugar. Taste is very similar with a bit more of an alcoholic note.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (11998) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 16, 2011
A: The pour is a dark amber, maybe amber color with a huge off-white head. S: Surprisingly fruity on the nose. There’s a lot of carbon dioxide aroma to it which sort of detracts from the other aspects. Some nice toast and toffee, though. T: Good stone fruit flavors with a hint of smoke/peat. Plenty of toasted bread/malt with a moderate caramel and toffee flavor giving the beer its sweetness. M: Medium in body with a very high carbonation. O: Good, but the excessive carbonation lessens the enjoyment of the beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 31, 2010
20101231 tap at Newark. Enjoyed more than expected and was hesitant to try it. Small beige head leaves rings of lace. Medium bodied and less sweet than feared but with a nice floral hoppiness that compliments the earthy peat notes. Less smoky than I was hoping, but still noticeable. Fairly dry to finish. Nice surprise.

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