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RATINGS: 652   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!


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - APR 25, 2004
Very nice dark ruby brown color with a small off white head. Malt, spice and earthy aroma. Mildly sweet malt, with tea and earthy flavors. Very interesting.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - APR 25, 2004
Glowing dark ruby color, clear, with a small off-white head. The aroma was fruity...herbal tea, and a little medicinal. The flavor was very sweet...sugary, fruity, herbal tea. The feel was very soft...not a lot of carbonation here.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - APR 24, 2004
Clear garnet body, creamy medium tan head. The aroma is not very aggressive, some caramel and malt and that is about it. Flavor is medium malt and some caramel. Not much going on here. As is typical with Moylan's this beer is just OK and needs some serious work to to impress me.

3.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheBeerGod (5045) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 29, 2004
Pours a reddish brown with a small tan head. Nose is sweetened malts and caramel. Some alcohol and perhaps chocolate. Hint of toffee as well. Nice aroma! Of course, I let this warm up alot. The taste is a weakened version of the aroma. Thinner chocolate, alcohol and sweetened malts along with more caramel. The body is a little thin. I would have liked it to be as rich as the aroma, but, oh well. Finishes with some sugray and alcoholic notes. Not too bad!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
frankR (145) - Davis, California, USA - MAR 27, 2004
Pours with a small completely diminishing head. Liquid is dark red. Nose is alcohol and carmel malts. Initial flavor is very sweet. Body is carmel, burnt and alcohol. Finish is warm alcohol, like scotch. Palate is bit light, watery, may be a characteristic of the style. Overall, not bad, drinkable sweet ale.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
theakston (64) - arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 22, 2004
deep brown. light head.aroma of malts and bread dough a touch of nuttiness, not smokey or peaty as expected. Taste is sweet, mildly esthery. good sweet malt in the finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aubrey (3417) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2004
Really nice-looking, deep-brown hue. Sweet, caramel-like malts; lightly toasted. Surprisingly, almost watery at times. Alcohol is hidden really well. Not as smoky as I expected, which I commonly find in this style. Only mildly bitter.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - FEB 29, 2004
Once again...another funky brew that needs some serious help. It starts off ok, pouring a magenta color with a slight tanned head which took a while to disappear...then everything went downhill. It smelled very alcoholic for an 8 percenter, with a lot of nut and spice aroma. It wasnt the most inviting of aromas. Some hints of fruit as well. The taste was a contrast of vast proportions. Plums and cherries mixed in with a nasty watery roastiness which made my stomach quiver in pain. It ended very tartly and bland with sours mixing in with sweet fruits. Utterly confusing!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 16, 2004
slight nutty and smoky aroma, transparent light brown, oily, alcoholic, nutty maltiness and it cleans up nicely

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (7243) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2004
Pours a dark copper color with a very thick beige head that eventually dissipates to nothingness. Decent lacing. The aroma has a smokey character, along with malt and caramel. Rich bodied and on the carbonated side (at first), with a strong malt presence. There are also sweet caramel and chocolate flavors, along with a hint of nuts that shine through as it warms. The finish is clean and malty throughout. This is a fairly good Scotch Ale that seems unbalanced at first, but only if it is still too cold.


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