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RATINGS: 684   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27   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!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
nowise (17) - USA - SEP 21, 2005
Tasty and strong! Small aroma but what is there is good. Very dark, rich brownish red color. Flavor is excellent combination of malt, bread and caramel. Palate was lacking, felt like water in the mouth. Overall very enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - SEP 21, 2005
thanks to Saarlander for the bomber. pour is a hazy brown with a fast fading tan head. aroma is of caramel and some hops. flavor is malty but I didn’t really feel it lived up to the commercial description of being "Big, Robust & Bold". a decent brew, but once on the tongue, it just kind of sits there, without developing further.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (7440) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 10, 2005
On tap at California Brewfest. This dark amber ale poured with a short tan head. Tastes like a scotch ale should - balanced malt and caramel peat enhanced flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
punkpie (19) - Covina, California, USA - AUG 29, 2005
pours a dark amber... the aroma is of sweet caramel and brown sugar... very smooth with medium carbonation... kinda watery with a sweet burst of caramel in the finish... doesn’t have a lingering aftertaste... enjoyable for an occasional indulgence but I couldn’t drink more than one and wouldn’t drink it often.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ebin603 (5) - Upland, California, USA - AUG 21, 2005 does not count
this brew smells very inviting. Scents of butterscotch and brown sugar. Moderately carbonated. Fizzy if you will. Sweet aftertaste. Don’t know if i could drink more than one in an evening.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2005
Pretty mahogany to chestnut red-brown. Good 2-fingered head, lasts a bit, nice lace. Smells of fresh grasses, earth, hops, herbs, smoke, toffee ,smoke, maltose, yeast.and caramel. Tastes include earth, peat, smoky malt, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, honey, banana, raisens, and currants with a solid bitterness finish. While the bitterness was apparent, I didn’t taste much of the hops. I got a little bit of yeast, too. Balance, however, is definitely on the malt side. This is a nice peat-smoke, malty ale. Mouthfeel is good, the tiniest bit thin. Effervescent and refreshing, with a slightly metallic aftertaste which abated as it warmed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oakes (13426) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 31, 2005
Bottle, Fogg Robson

Bright dark amber colour. Big caramel aroma with hints of earth. Chewy, earthy body, with plenty of caramel and a hoppy accent in the finish. The malts aren’t as bright as I’d like them to be - the beer plods its way across the palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2005
22 oz. bottle. My first and only Moylans. I like Scotch Ales, so I naturally compare this with the few I’ve had, like Skull Splitter and McEwan’s. The first thing is that the full malty aroma wasn’t there. The nice dark brown (a tint of red) color was there, nice mouthfeel. A tad overcarbonated. The flavor was good, but not top-notch. I certainly think Moylans is onto something here, though - the deficiencies are pretty minor overall - a step away from being great. Bottom line is I got this in a corner store in SF while visiting, and if I lived there I’d probably buy it on the regular.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ratman197 (11074) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 17, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2006 On cask @ Moylans poured a clear dark brown with a small amber head. Aromas of carmel, toffee, and bread. Flavors of toffee, bread, hint of dark fruit, and a wee bit vinous.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MayorQuimby (100) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - JUN 23, 2005
Bottle. Pours a deep deep red with a brownish tint, off white head, clear with a few bubbles. Aroma is malty, kind of a bready smell to it, a hint of ethanol hanging in there too. Strong malt flavor, very rich with bourbony notes, a little bit of alcohol bite, hop bitterness peeks through as it finishes. Full bodied, carbonation was a bit heavy I thought, coats my mouth very smoothly, rich but not oily at all. It stacks up with the other Moylans beers that I’ve had, good stuff.

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