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RATINGS: 107   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (4702) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 5, 2010
12oz bottle. Deep amber-brown color with a steady beige head. Sweet caramel aroma, not diacetly. Thick and malty, with a very well done interplay between the chocolate and amber malt. Rugged in itís malty depth, but still a ouch watery and drinkable. No real hop character. ABV is quite apparent after a few sips, not so well incorporated/hidden. At times there is an almost artificial grape taste supplied by the amber malt.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
triguy84 (235) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 10, 2009
Clear, dark brown, with a thin off-white head. Subtle malt aroma. Moderate malt flavors, subtle caramel flavor. Medium-heavy body, some alcohol burn. Iíd like more flavor. I will have to try this again as the first beer of the night.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 9, 2009
Deep mahogany pour, thin white head, only temporary lace. Aromas of apple cider and cream soda. Varied malt profile on the favor: cracker, cider, biscuit, fig. A strong dose of bittering hops balances any would-be sweetness but adds little in the way of hops aromatics. Interesting harmony of smoke and bubblegum. One flaw is an underlying cardboardiness. Medium body, drinks smooth and warm.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (9519) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 13, 2009
BottleÖ Murky caramel-colored ale with a small creamy, off-white head. The earthy, malty, acidic nose is of caramel, dry leather, lactic acid and black cherries. Full-bodied with soft carbonation. Tastes infected to me - unless itís wood aged - in which case, itís still infected, but in a purposeful way. Itís fairly tangy and Iím not convinced that any Scotch ale should be this acidic. Also, lots of caramel and black cherries, but itís every bit as tart as it is sweet. Finishes tangy and dry. Hmmm? Iím confused by this one and Iím not certain this is what the brewer intended, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Thanks to Skyview for the bottle!

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
lb4lb (2555) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2009
Bottle in trade from wisrarebeer. Thanks! Pours clear dark amber maroon with short lived beige head. Smell is earthy, nutty, malty and a bit peaty. Taste is smooth, chocolate and caramel maltiness, and slightly tart and peaty with a touch of hops. Creamy soft mouthfeel and carbonation with a medium to full body. Really not too bad, and pretty good as Scotch ales got, but this one didnít make me love them.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2008
creamy. not too sweet. bitter.earthy but not too much of the peat or smoke. I say wll done but not a big leap forward past warped speed which is a less expensive classice with a coffe note added in.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (7091) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 26, 2008
Courtesy of Gillard. Pours deep brown with light tan head. The aroma has musty dark fruitiness, solid earthiness and sticky mushed up stale berries. The taste is bold and very inviting. Yum. Tasty rich mildly roasted maltiness starts things off followed quickly by firm earthiness. Toward the finish a layer of berry fruitiness and tart fruitiness picks up the flavor and carries this puppy to closure.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (6895) - Enghien, BELGIUM - OCT 6, 2008
Courtesy of gillard. Pours amber, beige head. Aroma, caramel, suagry. Taste, malty, chocolat / caramel notes. Found the beer to be quite enjoyable.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
ChainGangGuy (4420) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 29, 2008
Appearance: Pours a clear, reddish body with a small, wispy, ivory-colored head. Smell: Toasty caramel malts, but I’m left wanting an integral peat character. What gives? I never pick up much in the way of peat, be it the aroma or flavor. Taste: Toasty caramel maltiness with a middling sweetness. Sip of frothed fruit juices accompanied by a slight, slightly displeasing tartness. Some hop bitterness can’t manage to shake the tartness from the taste. Picks up an odd astringency near the end. Finishes dry. Bleh. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Drinkability: A pretty poor offering. PASS.

2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 13, 2008
Date: 06/21/2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party

Appearance: cloudy dark amber, wispy beige head, streaks of lace,
Aroma: dry dark charamel malt aroma kept dry with lots of earthy character, peppery alcohol,
Flavor: dry caramel malt flavor, dry earthy and astrengent bitterness, light tartness grows to be the dominant character, long bitter finish,
Overall: not a good day for Louie

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 2/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 5/20
Rating: 2/5.0
Drinkability: 2/10
Score: 4
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