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RATINGS: 653   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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ComradeK (922) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - MAR 18, 2013
1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bottle. Pours a clear and attractive burnished copper colour, with a medium off-white head, which lasts well although does not leave much lacing. Rich nutty malt, a more savoury crispbread note and mild floral hops make up the aroma. Faint floral and sweet spice hops give way to a candied fruit flavour. Smooth hazelnut comes through in the mid-palate, along with a sweet Turkish delight flavour. This continues into the finish, and leaves behind a lingering aftertaste. This beer has some lovely sweet Scotch ale flavours coming through, yet avoids becoming, like some others of the style, too sweet and cloying. It is quite well-carbonated for a beer of this style, and this keeps the sweetness in check, making for a well-balanced and enjoyable Scotch ale.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
airrick2003 (411) - Louisiana, USA - MAR 13, 2013
Appearance: hazy rich deep red color, kind of small beige head that fades fast with no lacing Aroma: chocolate, some fresh fruit, faint Taste: initially some rich maltiness, coffee, chocolate, but also some citrus coriander on the end, Palate: not overly carbonated, leaves mouth wet, full bodied Overall: unique in the way it mixes both coffee and orange flavors the way it does, gets a low score from me because I don’t like coffee flavor in my beer, but you may ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (2203) - Michigan, USA - MAR 12, 2013
22 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours very hazy deep ruby red color with a small fairly dense cream colored head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin lace that lingers. Slight spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big raisin, prune, molasses, toast, toffee, caramel, brown bread, brown sugar, tobacco, leather, peat, light smoke, light chocolate, and earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and big complexity of malt and light fruity notes. Taste of raisin, prune, molasses, toast, toffee, caramel, brown bread, leather, tobacco, peat, light smoke, light chocolate, and earthiness. Lingering notes of dark fruit, molasses, toast, caramel, toffee, brown bread, leather, light tobacco, peat, light chocolate, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of malt and light fruity notes; but the overall flavor robustness feels weak for the style. No cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly slick and creamy mouthfeel that is ok. Mouthfeel feels much thinner than I expected. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a nice scotch ale style. Other than it being a bit thin in robustness of flavor and mouthfeel; there is a lot of nice flavor complexity and balance; and it is very smooth to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
vvesside (256) - California, USA - MAR 11, 2013
They’ve always got this on tap at my favorite watering hole in Benicia, CA. I remember not liking this very much when I first tried it a few years ago, but it’s really grown on me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GIJOE (472) - Monterey, California, USA - MAR 8, 2013
Pours deep amber, pops a good, foamy, white head. Light lacing with thin filmy head after a couple minutes. Smells like a loaf of white bread with a hint of grapefruity, citric acid. Taste is balanced sweet malt and hoppy, citrus bitterness. Not a bad brew at all. I don't know that I'd say it blows my kilt up, but I grab one from time to time at local pub. Slainté! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kidmartinek (3307) - austin, Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2013
Solid reddish brown smallish off-white head. Earthy wooden and musty mineral aroma. Flavor starts sharp and woody and finishes same with a little caramel malt flavor. Nice sessionable Scotch. The bite is the.l best part

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
igneous1 (1489) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - MAR 1, 2013
clear, mahogany color, moderately carbonated, not much of a head in my pour. nose is big and malty, bit nutty. flavor caramel malt, turning a bit dry, earthy, and toasty in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TickerTerryDJ (633) - Redditch, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2013
65cl bottle from Beers Of Europe shared with Steve.Reddish brown pour with a minimal white head.Malt and caramel smell.Malt flavour with some citrus and a little nuttiness.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
Homerlikebeer (36) - Petaluma, California, USA - JAN 29, 2013
Bomber...tried it again after at least 8 years..nothings changed. Really unremarkable ale, not much flavor..not much of anything. Moylan’s always disapoints me..too bad they’re just up the highway..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bricktop86 (515) - Moore, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Pours reddish brown with almost no white head. Aroma is sour fruit and caramel. Taste is sour prunes with a bitter sweet finish

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