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RATINGS: 102   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 1, 2010
12oz bottle, courtesy of MrPickles. Thanks, Andy! Pours a deep, reddish-mahogany color; thin, fine-bubbled light-tan head with light retention and lacing. Solid aroma: no overt alcohol showing, some candied red fruits and caramel notes; minimally hopped, but with a well-tempered maltiness that doesn’t seem imbalanced; neither simple nor particularly deep, a nicely rendered fruitiness and smooth malt presence in the nose; basically good, with increasing amounts of ethanol poking through as this warms up. Medium body; medium carbonation (maybe even a bit lighter than that); modest amounts of alcohol, and generally smooth; this really doesn’t feel like a particularly hefty beer, and I’d be very surprised if the alcohol was actually 9%; maybe 7.5%+; there’s a prominent note from the vinous ethanol that’s modestly warming, with a restrained malty core of (again) candied red fruits - cherries, plums - and light caramel notes; not particularly complex or nuanced, but that restrained sweetness is well-handled; there’s some slight staleness in the core malt character, as well as a light toastiness; overall, a solid, very modestly complex beer at (maybe) 9%, which would really just be over the top on the alcohol for how much flavor is actually in this beer. Medium finish of lightly stale malts, mild toastiness, and a lingering hint of caramel and darker malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrPickles (438) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 27, 2010
How is this not ratted higher? Hands down the best scotch ale out there. Looks good tastes even better. Must get more before it is gone!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madvike (2696) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 29, 2010
Bottle - Fresh from the new batch. Kind of surprised on the so-so ratings for this one. Apparently they call this "liquid reefer" at the brewery, and I can see why. If nothing else, the beer looks tremendous, with a big fluffy light tan head sitting atop a deep, murky mahogany body. Bready, booze-soaked malts comingle with plum, peat, and a hint of black licorice. Despite the heat, the 9% is hidden very well. There are never any sharp edges to the booziness, and the intense maltiness balances it out. Not a lot of complexity in the flavor, but it’s smooth. Tons of sweet, bready malt with a whiskey heat and the slightest grassy hop presence on the finish. Pretty substantial and slick in the mouth, and carbonated nicely. Overall a fine beer, though not one whose complexity will wow you.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2010
Pours hazy amber tan head n sour plum peach brown sugar, fl sour apple, peach, caramel, sour malt finish. Thin body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 11, 2010
Pours a clear amber brown color with a tan head. Aroma is brown sugar, chocolate, toast, fruity, and slightly floral. Flavor is caramel, chocolate, toast, slightly tart finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmoreau (2380) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2010
On tap at the Local Tavern in Madison, WI. Poured a cloudy, dark brown, with a little head of light tan foam that quickly diminished to a small ring and film, and left some slight lacing. The aroma was earthy, light roast, caramel, and a little dark fruit sweetness. The flavor added some medium hop bitterness, medium+ body, the beer was nicely carbonated, and the alcohol was well hidden. Now if only the appearance was a little better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (34777) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 26, 2010
Bottle 12fl.oz.
Unclear medium amber color with a small to average, frothy, fair lacing, fully diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, sour berry, fresh overriped berry, light to moderate hoppy, citrus - orange, spicy. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a average duration. Body is medium to light, texture is watery to oily, carbonation is soft. [20100410]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (20662) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 11, 2010
Bottle at Papsø. Hazy orange coloured with a small off white ehad. Sweet aroma of malts, caramel and dried fruits with notes of berries. Sweet flavour of caramel, dried fruits and berries. Fruity and berryish finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (31018) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - APR 11, 2010
12 fl oz bottle, courtesy of Papsoe. Pours golden deep orange with a small off-white head. Aroma is fruity and caramelish. Distinct caramelish flavoured with a mild citric fruity note. Bitter and lingering roasted malty finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KimJohansen (10349) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - APR 10, 2010
Cloudy deep amber with a tiny beige head. Malty aroma with caramel and lacto hints. Flavour had lacto, roasted malt, caramel and ripe fruits. Finished dry and sourish.

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