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RATINGS: 667   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! Slaintť!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
adnielsen (9417) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 29, 2013
Bottle @ Epic Beer Fest Denver 2013. Pours a dark amber orange appearance with an off white head. Some veggie, caramel, light toffee in the nose. A bit more veggie in the flavor along with some caramelized sugars, bread, and a touch of fruit. Didnít really like this one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DeliveryDriver (170) - Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2013
Pours a deep ruby with a couple bubbles of tan head. Aromas of cherry, licorice, and alcohol. Bland maltiness rules the tongue, leaving behind a long, sticky finish that tastes like cherries. Big, thick, and sticky. Not bold enough for a scotch ale, but it was far from repulsive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beertholomeus (857) - California, USA - JUN 21, 2013
Pours a reddish brown with frothy off white head. Malt, spices, fruit and alcohol aromas. Fruit, roasted malts, spices, bread and caramel flavors. Bold taste with a slight bitterness and a dry finish. Different but very good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - JUN 20, 2013
22oz bottle served in a Duvel tulip. A - Pours a clear ruby brown color with a soapy of-white head. Very pretty beer. S - Rich toasted grains, cherries and apples, sharp alcohol, raisins. T - Toasted malts, sweet brown bread, caramel, hints of wood, cherries soaked in rum, lots of green figs, raisins, walnuts, reminds me of fruit cake. Some bittering hops are detectable but subtle, tannins come through toward the finish. M - Medium wet body with a semi-dry finish. Low carbonation. A good sipper. Lots of breadiness and I like the fruit aspect as well. The malt was there but seemed shallow. The fruit and bread was the showcase. Very clean but the tannins helped out with that. I wouldnít call it bold but a good drinker for the price. Serving type: bottle 11-18-2012

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nero55 (765) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 4, 2013
@Magic City Brewfest. Amber with a small head. Aroma of malt sweetness and caramel. Medium body with malt sweetness balanced by some hop bitterness. More balanced than most Scotch Ales.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
highlandlad (1418) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - MAY 23, 2013
As a Scot Iím supposed to love these hop-lite sugar bombs, but this left me as cold as Christmas in a croft with no peat. I bought this out of some misplaced sense of patriotism (Kilt: tick, Tartan: tick, Scotch: tick), but itís as sweet as Coca-Cola and packs as much hop cut-through. Which is largely true to style, of course, but doesnít improve the experience. I last had a sugary soft drink about a decade ago, so this jangled my nervous system. It was translucent amber with a fast-fizzling head. Sweet, malty aroma, as youíd expect, with minimal hop input: Highland toffees, Milo, Digestive biscuit, faint grassiness. Palate seems underdone - flat and oily. On the tongue itís mostly nondescript fruity sugars and little else. Light nuttiness, chocolate orange, a faint herbal note. Iím as comfortable with this as a Proclaimers fan at a Wiggles concert. (Pint bottle from Leura Cellars.)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
rangerred (949) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - MAY 6, 2013
Had on nitro. Pours a clear medium brown with a little head and leaves tons of lacing as the beer is drunk Aroma is weak as is often the case with nitro beers but there is some licorice and grass along with a touch of smokiness. The flavor is quite weak as well. Some smoke and char along with a little bit of grass. There is a little nuttiness and a moderate amount of sweetness with just a light bitterness. Overall, I was quite underwhelmed. Flavor was lacking all-around and it is just a boring beer. Maybe the nitro hurt it but I doubt I will be picking up a bottle anytime soon.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
brokensail (11371) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 1, 2013
Amber pour with a khaki head. Caramel malt, bread, toast, and some dark fruits. But, kind of watery and the booze is not exactly veiled. Maybe a hint of chocolate. The flavor is certainly on the bland side, but there is some caramel, bread, and fruit. Maybe a little citrus, some alcohol, and toast.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
adamah (214) - - APR 25, 2013
Mmm. A dark amber colored brew with solid head. Like the commercial despcrition says it gets better when it warms. Aromas of wood, caramel, toast and bisquit come out of the beer. Mostly a sweet flavor but drys up towards the end. It is a great examle of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmagnus87 (2548) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2013
From notes. Draft at olympic. Caramel and citrus. Smells very bready. Definitely has that distinct scotch ale taste. Above average, but not super special.

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