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RATINGS: 109   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vyvvy (5864) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 25, 2006
Big thanks to Sneagrams3 for the trade on this hard to find brew. Pours dark amber / brown with a good sized tan head. The aroma has rich caramel malt with some spiciness and moderate sweetness and bread. Quite clean. Medium body at the beginning then fairly thin on the finish with a good amount of carbonation. Taste starts fruity with dark caramel, bits of toffee and hints of metallicness (not sure if that’s a word). Very malty but not very thick. The finish is somewhat grainy, sweet, spice and a bit astringent. A good beer, but has a couple flaws that keep it from being something special. This does hide the 9% incredibly well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2006
From a bottle purchased at Steve’s Liquor in Madison. Label notes "Reserve Strong Scotch Ale." Pours a dark copper brown, impressive hue, although lacing is pure white. Smells on the nose and tastes on the palate more like a barleywine, aside from the touch of smoke. There’s quite a bit of sweetness here, so much so that I imagine there will be some detractors on this basis alone. Candied fruit, fig jam, toasty oak, vanilla, and a pleasant warming finish. One of the better scotch ales I’ve had in awhile, and if we’re rating to style, I’m going upper 4s for this. Great work, Lake Louie!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 14, 2006
120z bottle. Filtered and a deep ruby garnet hue. Tan ring of head. Malty cocoa and buttery and a note of raisins. Plummy with a slight vanilla note. Dark fruit. All that in the nose. Wow! Thick and full bodied. Dark fruit and chocolate flavors. Oily and slick. Yet with a great dry roasty finish. Smooth with a nice burn. Sweet and cloying. Just the way I like ’em! This is money.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 26, 2006
Bottle - this review is for "Reserve Strong Scotch Ale" - is this the same beer? Clear walnut or cherrywood brown, with enough of a head to add style points. Nose is light woodsmoke. Hits the mouth with a rush of heat followed eventually (that is some rush!) by peat smoke and bitterness. Some woodiness as well, late vanilla. Rolls all over the tongue. A fine beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2006
Clear rusty body with a minimal, oily grayish head. Aroma of maple syrup and sweet, decadent liqueur. Bourbon notes with a light smoky aspect in the flavor plus dark fruit skins. A very good American Scotch Ale. Thanks to weeare138 for sharing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2006
Thanks to kmpitz2 for this… Appears a hazy mahogany with a small white head. Smell is of cocoa, smokey malts, and rich caramel. Taste is of the same aromas with some mild hoppiness in the background. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and syrupy. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (11560) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2006
12oz bottle shared courtesy of weeare138 (thanks!). Poured a medium to deeper mahogany color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of peat, toffee, earthy, and caramel. Tastes of caramel, nuts, and light chocolate. Some alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (6105) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2006
Poured a reddish amber color with a small, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of peat smoked malt, caramel malts, and butterscotch. Taste of caramel, nuts, smoke, and alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 18, 2006
12 oz bottle shared at HWOH. Pours a nice deep amber with ruby-like highlights and a thin head. Aroma has some slight diacetyl mixed with loads of caramel malts, light smoke, and hints of prunes and other fruits. Flavor is actually slightly astringent in the back, but has a lot of complex malts- toasted, caramel, nutty, and light chocolate. Despite the slight astringency, there was an otherwise enjoyable mouthfeel and a pretty good finish. Pretty good for a scotch ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 15, 2006
Bottled. Poured a reddish-amber with a short cap of beige head. Rather large aroma of butterscotch, caramel, earth, chocolate, toffee, and an air of artificial sweetener. Flavor begins very sweet (caramel, toffee, chocolate, earth)... transitioning to floral hoppage, smoked peat, and a solid alcohol kick on the back end. Grapefruit showed up for the warming finish. This was enjoyable and easy drinkin’.

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