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RATINGS: 710   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hayduke (4629) - Eureka, California, USA - JAN 2, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2006 22 oz bottle. and on draft in a local restaurant. In spite of the admonition to let this warm up I poured it chilled. Dark copper colored with big tan head. Carmel nose with nice malts. Good taste. Slightly bitter finish. If this is what a Scotch Ale is supposed to taste like then this is a winner. Shucks, who cares about the label. Thisi is good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chilehead (186) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - DEC 18, 2005
Nice full body and creamy brown head. Mouth is rusty with some sour notes, quite malty. Color is hazy brown, nose is complex, tawny, woodsy and interesting. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2005
This offers a healthy hoppy aroma. It is copper colored with a decent head. The taste begins bitter and strong but fades fast producing a mild sweetness in the throat as swallowed.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - OCT 10, 2005
This was a moddy looking beer with no discernible aroma nor was this a tasty brew.All I could get was a mess of stuff that was sta;e and flat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2006 This is an enjoyable drink, but I’m not sure why it’s a Scotch Ale, except for the ever-so-original, cute name. It pours a hazy chestnut body with an initially creamy beige head that soon turns to an off-white film. The aroma is fresh baked bread with caramel. It’s a chewingly thick drink, full bodied. The flavor is caramel and toffee and butterscotch with a hint of alcohol lurking in the background. But there’s no trace of the peat smoke that one usually associates with the style. Make no mistake, I like it. I merely question the labelling.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 24, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2008 Hazy brown color with a nice loose, creamy head and a nutty/grainy aroma. Lightly roasted, nutty malt flavors come through clearly. Well-balanced alcohol character gives way to a dry, slightly bitter finish.

   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 (1142) - 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 (8903) - 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.

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