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RATINGS: 153   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
A Scottish "90/-" ale. Brewed only once a year, this ale is rich and full with a dryness that is beautifully balanced with a classic malt sweetness.


   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5787) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2012
Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a dark nut brown color with orange highlights and a medium sized creamy tan head that lingered and left a bit of lacing. The aroma was sweet toasted caramel, cherry, plum and a bit of wood. The flavor was tangy cherry, plum, caramel, cola and pear. Medium length tangy finish with lingering fruit and caramel. Medium body. Solid.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gluepot (240) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 28, 2015
Disappointing, especially at 9% abv. There was almost no nose to the bottle I sampled. The body was a bit thin, but strikes a reasonable hop and caramel malt balance. The alcohol is well masked, I will say that.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (11172) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUN 19, 2015
Bomber, 5/30/15. Clear dark brown, large foamy tan head, decent retention. Aroma of caramel, toffee, dark fruits. The taste is caramel, toffee, dark fruits, a hint of earth. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadRobin (2505) - Silver Spring, USA - MAY 14, 2014
Poured from 22 oz. bottle after cellaring for 18 months. Hazy, rusty cola color with a small creamy tan head and fair lacing. Aroma of dark fruit, toffee, booze, toasted brown bread and caramel. Taste of raisins, alcohol, cherries, molasses, apples, dark toast, plums and a touch of cinnamon and allspice. Quite delicious. Medium/light body and medium carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - APR 7, 2014
26-Feb-14 (22-oz bottles: Obtained in trades with jah noth and Eyedrinkale, thanks Dan and Mike!)
This beer pours a hazy, medium-brown body with half an inch of tan head that settles to a creamy ring. The nose is deeply malty, with a caramely, toasty aroma, plus a bit of dried fruits. On the palate, while itís intensely and richly malty with loads of caramel and chocolate, itís also toasty enough that the beer isnít overtly sweet, but not roasty, so the bitterness is mild. There are also background flavors of prune, brown sugar, and molasses. The beer is full bodied but not heavy or sticky, and carbonation is light-medium. Overall, this is quite an enjoyable Scotch Ale, very malty and rich, but not too sweet, so itís relatively easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
vodka4blood (121) - Milton, Vermont, Vermont, USA - MAY 26, 2013
So it is actually a wee heavy, yes? Cant understand why more people dont love scottish ales...... Another beer Im looking forward to aging for a couple of years. Ill be back!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radagast83 (6119) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAY 21, 2013
Split a 22oz with friends. Poured a red/brown color with a light tan head. Aroma was some sweet malts, touch nut, some caramel. Flavor was caramel nut character, with sweet malts. Alcohol found in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pras (548) - Maryland, USA - NOV 19, 2012
Another throw back to my days in Syracuse. I wish this brewery made it out of NYS. Brown / amber appearance with a small lasting tan head. Aroma of sweet brown sugar and caramel. Taste is very very sweet with a warm bread / caramel flavor. Alcohol is well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theis (14668) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2012
Draught at Barcade, Brooklyn. Clear red/brown - offwhite head. Caramel. Sweetness. Fruity notes. Roasted. Berries. Dark cocoa. Nutty. Figs. Dried fruits. Fat too sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (12971) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 29, 2011
Bomber from Half Time. Pours ruddy dark brown with a creamy (small) beige head. Aroma of dark red fruits over some roast malt. Med body. Iím thinking this is fruit of the red sort over some chocolate cola. Thatís just gotta be wrong. But it suggests that. So whatís wrong with chocolate cherry cola? Smooth. Excellent texture. Tasty. Mildly challenging. It finishes slightly on the malty side. Itís sort of malt/dry/light malt. Anyway itís good stuff.

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