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RATINGS: 717   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 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 (9235) - 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 (15806) - 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.

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