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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dermis (20) - Monona, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 28, 2011
Enjoy it on tap at Hawk’s Bar & Grill on State St. Madison! Great seasonal brew for the cold winter months. Friend that works here has turned me onto it and it has turned into my favorite winter brew this winter. Which is off the beaten path of my Stouts and Mead.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 6, 2004
Glug, glug, glug, goes the growler...(yeah, I’m the original See’n’Say of beer, folks).. .and it pours a plummy brown, like rich molasses, and the creamy tan head has a sturdy presence and beckons one to come further, to make better acquaintance with this brew. Aroma, richly roasty, yet still soft, and redolent with lightly bittersweet espresso and mocha connotations... just how I like my porters, how did they know? Oh, very smooth on the tongue, in the palate and down the throat, sweetly slides over the sense, damnably drinkable. Body is full, finish is sweet, a touch thick, and finally drying, crisp and neat. This continues anew with each at occasion that lip meets glass. Amazing flavor, and carbonation is so light, the mouthfeel so perfect that I would have no problem knocked this 64 ounce jug back in one session...this tastes "brilliant", screw those crappy cartoon micks in the Guinness commercials! It’s got me wishing I were residing more Easterly than I do, in order to easy access to a great porter like this.

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tomxcs (321) - California, USA - NOV 13, 2004
Strong scotch malt flavors and almost smokey peaty flavors. Bitter woody flavor in a way; thick like hot chocolate without the flavor. Just plain strong overall.

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - JUL 5, 2008
Bottle pours a clear, garnet edged chestnut body with a small beige head that quickly falls into a cap and film. Aroma of Heather honey, buttery toffee, and very old Scotch. Solid medium body has a subdued carbonation that is smooth and warming. Taste has a dominant maltiness of toffee and caramel, accented by some grassy hops and a faint note of char. Warming alcohol is felt. Nicely done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (8159) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sunnyridge (222) - USA - APR 8, 2010
A fantastic beer and something scoth ale lovers should be on the look out for. i prefer a darker color this was a deep brown pour, lots of sediment and good head. Nose is rich and malty some of the wood comes through in the nose. The taste is rich and very smooth. Flavors of fresh earth, cider, dashes of chocolate and an aged maltiness are all in great balance. An outstanding scotch ale.

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