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RATINGS: 171   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
Brewed in the classic Scotch Ale style dating back to the 1700’s, with a deep reddish brown color. Full of body, sweetness and flavor. Higher in alcohol content but possessing a smooth and lightly hopped finish. Best served at 45 degrees F in a room temperature pint glass. For the ’Big Beer’ drinkers among us.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nuffield (4083) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 5, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2012 At least at the time I’m rating this it has a score of 3.55 and a Style % at 97.1. That doesn’t make sense to me. I would have thought, for sure, that there are a lot better scottish ales out there. There is a poignant smokey moment up front with a generally acceptable level of sweetness (I like ’em sweet so this could be even more) and some caramel base. But the presence of a notable metallic note diminished the enjoyment, with a lingering bitterness. Original rating: 7-3-5-3-11 in 2006 bottle // Re-rated: dense, lasting white head on a dark amber body. Grassy aroma. Fruity--strawberry, cherry--esp. aroma. Sweet with a slightly smoky note. Frothy-ish but lightly astringent, too. 6-4-7-3-13, 2012 (tap at Old Fashioned, Madison): merged ratings to an average.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 12, 2006
Pours a cloudy deep amber with a thin white head. Aroma is diacetyl with a candi-sugar sweetness and friuty esters. Lots of thick sweet caramel malts, toasted malts, and hints of fruits and chocolate in the flavor with a bit more butterscotch. Finishes with a bit of astringency.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 27, 2006
dark brown pour huge fluffy tan head some nice lace. Some light malts and carmels hints of light nuts in the aroma. Palate is well carbonated w/ a nice coating. Flavor is lactose light touches of carmel a bunch of dry coccoa powder. Not really very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 21, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2007 Much better than the 3 Floyd’s scottish ale, which seems bland in comparison to Warp Speed. Not as good as dirty bastard. Nice roasty coffee note. I want to try LL reserve scotch ale!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUL 30, 2006
Dark brown with a big bubbled head. Aroma is rum soaked dried fruits. Taste is nice and roasty with some cola and coffee. Decent stuff but not too terribly exciting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JUL 30, 2006
12 oz bottle. Deep brown in color with a nice off white head that left a nice lacing on the glass. Fruity malty roasty chocolatety aroma. Raisiny woody notes. Malty caramel flavor. Nice smokey peaty notes. Medium bodied. Nutty. Smooth. Finish is malty. Very drinkable. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - JUL 25, 2006
From a 12 oz. long neck brown bottle with no bottled/freshness date. Poured a solid cola brown with a foamy beige head that settled into a thin sudsy lacing, minimal amount of sticking. Aromas of grape and orange fruitiness with a vinous alcohol, a light caramel, earthy and a barrel woodiness. Moderate carbonation, a soft crispness and smooth medium bodied mouthfeel. Malty taste upfront, caramel and powdery chocolate, the barest touches of peat, a vanilla woodiness, dusty yeasty and a dryish earthy, orangy and malty finish, good drinkability. A pleasant Scotch ale from Lake Louie, not the best I’ve ever had, but still quite quaffable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUN 2, 2006
12oz bottle, no date. Pours a deep reddish brown with a small beige head. Aroma of caramel, butterscotch, slight smoked peat and nuts. Smells quite nice. Flavor is very sweet until the smoked peat shows up 2/3 through. Does have a chalky bitter finish. Taste follows the aroma, minus the butterscotch. Medium bodied. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 25, 2006
Bottled. Poured a rich toffee/amber with a short cap of beige head... rather intricate lacing followed. Toasted caramel and cereal malts lead the aroma.. followed by smoked cedar, dried pears, and dried leafy hoppage... quite intriguing. Flavor is slow to develop.. with toasted caramel, rye, and lightly smoked peat along with alcohol highlights, nuttiness, and more pears... came on strong after a short while. Lighter-bodied and slick on the palate.. just felt OK. Finish was a tad tacky with rich caramel malts and faint peat. Another solid brew from these guys!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2006
Thanks to stonecrusher for this... Appears a dark amber color with a small off white head. Mild scattered lace is left around the glass. Smell is slightly smokey, roasted malt, caramel, with a light buttery diacytel aroma in the background. The taste is about the same as the aromas. I may have to open up the other bottle as a comparison being that s.c. got this direct from the brewery not even a month ago. I was just expecting a bit more from this. Mouthfeel is slightly thin with hints of caramel and candy lingering.

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