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RATINGS: 659   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Robust and strapping, our Scotch Ale takes BIG Beers to a whole new level. Rich malt balances perfectly with delicate hops to provide a concentrated and intense flavor; an ideal companion for hearty foods, or as a meal unto itself. Allow this ale to warm slightly in your glass to enhance its truly bold character. Sharing is encouraged, as this is one beer that lives up to its name! Hey! No peeking! Slainté!


2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2008 Amber with piles of tan head and some chunks floating about in the mix, buoyed around by linear streams of carbonation. Aroma is walnuts and dates--hell, we’ve got a regular bowl of granola here. Slightly sticky maple notes. Slight butyric acid as you move into sipping it; sweet straw flavors with some grape juice. Sour, lemony smokiness finishes out with a cloying, quickly-fizziling thinnish finish. Some of the parts (the unique smokiness) could be good in other beers, but it just doesn’t fit together here.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - OCT 26, 2004
A light brown/mahogany color, hazy, with a tan/yellow head (that dies quickly). Light sticky lacing. Aroma is of malt and caramel, fresh and grassy. Flavor is sweet and malty with a light tart/dry hoppiness. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and effervescent with a dominant sweetness and a well-balanced, light hop finish. A different representation of a Scotch Ale, and not over-hopped. Worth a try.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 3, 2004
This scotch ale pours with a deep amber-brown body topped by a medium thick head with little lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet and lemony(?) with a slight berry note and a touch of grain. The flavor is slightly sweet and malty with a slightly lemony, berry note and a little grain. Pretty thin for a scotch anl and smooth. Not that good of a scotch ale.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2004
Deep copper with a decent tan head. The aroma was fruit, earth, soy sauce, malt, caramel. The flavor was strange but not bad. Was put off by all the awards noted on the bottle. Like they were trying to convince me that it was a good beer. Wasn’t bad but certainly not much of an award winner.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 28, 2004
The beer dispenses from the 22-ounce brown bottle a clear mahogany color with the head portly in size and a semi-creamy light tan, the residual lace a thin curtain to drape the glass. Nose has a hint of hops, sweet malt dominates with some fresh clean caramel tones also noticed, the start is rich in malt and sweet with the top moderate to almost full in its feel to the palate. Finish is benign in carbonation and the hops superbly spicy with the aftertaste dry and long lasting, a fine beer from a great brewery.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mjg74 (2478) - La Mesa, California, USA - SEP 27, 2004
UPDATED: APR 8, 2008 Pours a very deep brown/amber color. Strong scotch like aroma. I could smell this stuff from over a foot away. Smooth. Roasty/nutty flavors right of the bat. Spicy alcohol finish. Malty as well. Quite sweet.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
motelpogo (6203) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 26, 2004
bottled. just tasted like something went wrong with a batch and they shoved in some artificial scottish ale taste to cover it up. caramel aroma, lots of fish sauce in there and shitloads of brown sugar

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GeniusGirl (221) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 25, 2004
mellow, smells sweet and tastes better after warming up a little, complex flavor but keeps you sipping to figure it out

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 25, 2004
Dark mahogney color with a dense creamy head. Malty aroma with hints of smoke and leather. Lightly smokey malt flavor with some earhty notes and a slight nuttiness int he finish. Fairly well crafted, but scotch ales aren’t really my thing.

2.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - JUL 2, 2004
Creamy off-white head, later soapy, diminishing. Smell: caramel popcorn-molasses, plums and figs, light floral honeysuckle, and some alcohol. Great copper color and good clarity. Retronasally....spice? Flavor one dimensional--eggs?? in middle, green beans at end--are these yeast flavors? Wierd, wierd, wierd. Finish semi-dry and clean, aftertaste of green beans. Thanks, wunder!


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