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RATINGS: 72   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05/5   IBU: 19   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
This is a Scotch ale like no other. The brewers use the finest smoked malt for flavor complexity and then combine it with roasted barley, and caramel malts for a rich distinctive and smoky flavor. These ingredients give it a deep, dark color with a smooth, rich finish that is surprisingly drinkable.

foyle's rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
foyle (374) - Wyoming, USA - SEP 2, 2013
Appearance: pours a 1" cream colored head that recedes slowly with moderate lacing. Color is a mostly clear deep red-brown. Moderate carbonation bubbles streaming through the body. Aroma: smokey roasted malts, cocoa, earthy hops Mouthfeel: light and watery with a somewhat dry finish. Flavor: dark roasted malt, toasted whole wheat bread crust, cocoa, a bit of earthy hop flavor, and a lingering smokiness in the middle and finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Iphonephan (5658) - McLean, Virginia, USA - MAY 22, 2016
From a 12 oz bottle. Pours a Clear dark mahogany with an ecru head. Malty nose. Flavors of toffee. Smooth finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beerandhockey8 (324) - Three Forks, Montana, USA - FEB 7, 2016
From 12 oz bottle to snifter. Pour is a nice dark brown color, cola like with a thick tan head the dissipates quickly. Nose is weak, some malt, chocolate, caramel, ready. Taste is light-medium bodied, mostly sweet. Finishes crisp on the palate. Not a bad beer, very drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Quick3Beers (780) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 14, 2015
Pours a dark nearly opaque brown. Aroma of chocolate, cola. Flavor of the same, very sweet I think, little bitterness. If tasted without a label I would have called it a porter, not a scotch ale. Meh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mikem409 (1964) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - SEP 20, 2015
Bottle. Copper white head toffee aroma. Taste is thin body with sweet candy malt. Nothing to special

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bule (1680) - California, USA - DEC 12, 2014
12oz bottle pours a dark brown color without much head. Some maltiness and spice. Somewhat watery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Darkmagus82 (2196) - - NOV 13, 2014
Poured from bottle into a pint glass Appearance – As the name would suggest, the beer pours a deep copper-mahogany color with a billowy one finger head of off white foam. The head fades rather quickly leaving only a trace level of lace on the sides of the glass. Smell- The aroma of the brew is heaviest of a sweet caramel and molasses smells with other aromas of some darker fruits of cherry, plum, and raisin. Other aromas of a toasted bread and a little bit of brown sugar and oak are there as well mixing with a bit of a boozy smell to produce a rather nice warming aroma overall. Taste – The taste starts with a toasted malt flavor along with some big flavors of brown sugar, and caramel as well as some darker fruit flavors of fig and plum. As the taste advances, more fruit flavors come at the expense of the sugary flavors, with cherry joining the fig and plum. A little bit of an oaky and woody flavor comes to the tongue more toward the end, and with the other flavors and a hint of boozy scotch alcohol joining the tongue, one is left with a somewhat drier then would have been expected, but still more sweet and malty scotch flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in its thickness and chewiness with a carbonation level that is on the average to slightly higher side. A slightly thicker body and lower carbonation would have likely been a bit better overall for the brew, accentuating better the malt and scotch flavors of the brew slightly better. Overall – A fairly decent scotch ale overall, but nothing too extra ordinary. A nice one to try and a rather decent winter style sipper.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EdInSaltLake (727) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - OCT 11, 2014
Malty aroma: Sweet, caramel, raisin, biscuit. Some leafy hops. Sweet/caramel malt is pretty dominant in the flavor; biscuit, and maybe subtle fruit in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
bytemesis (6165) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 30, 2014
Tap. Clear chestnut, small of white head, decent lacing. Aroma is cardboard, faint smoke, caramel. Flavor is light plus sweet, light bitter, pretty bland, notes of cardboard, caramel. Some acidity. Medium body. Not good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (7957) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 3, 2014
12oz bottle pours with a deep amber body that supports a billowing infected looking tan head (but this is not an infection). The aroma offers up caramel, sweet wort, molasses, a dash of sweet cherry like fruity esters and some faint graham cracker notes. The taste has a pretty rich mix of caramel malts, molasses, sweet maltiness and a dash of earthy malts. Toward the finish it picks up additional sweet dark fruity ester notes of brown sugar dusted dates and figs. Pretty nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
IndianaRed (3483) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 21, 2014
12oz Bottle pours a deep redish brown with only a few bubbles. Aroma of sweet woody malts, lightly toasted. Malty soft woody flavors, with a little astringency. Very little bitterness and a woody sweet trailer.

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