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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!


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - OCT 29, 2003
Pours amber brown and slightly hazy with smallish off white head. Aroma is actually quite pleasant, mainly earthy peat and caramel/toffee. Taste is earthy malt and slightly spicy. Flavor not as bold as expected based on the aroma. Alcohol noticable on the swallow.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2003
Dark red/brown, slightly hazy, medium head that disappeared, good lacing though. Aroma was smokey sweet. This had to warm up quite a bit first few sips were watery. There's a nice hint of chocolate and nuts hidden at the end of the sweet malt. Minor hop presence. The finish was sweet and lingered - tasted like crystalized sugar.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kujo9 (1092) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - OCT 10, 2003
Deep copper/mohogany w/ a short lived off white head. Clean malty aroma w/a little solventy alcohol, low esters; caramel aroma is present but I was expecting it to be more predominant; has a light roasty aroma as well. Flavor is malty w/a little bit of roast and chocolate, but both are very subtle. Very clean, malty, and well balanced from start to finish. I was expecting more caramel flavor out of this one and a little more complexity for a Scotch. Finishes clean and malty, w/a medium full body, low carbonation, and a pleasant warming alcohol that's well hidden, but it does have a dry mouthfeel. I guess I was expecting to be more malty. It's well balanced, but a little too well IMHO. Again, I was expecting a little more complexity, but I'm not completely dissappointed, I just expected more for some reason.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jgb9348 (4490) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 3, 2003
Dark copper in colour with a medium-sized off-white head. Aroma of malt, malt, mmore malt and a toffee sweetness. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong maltiness (no surprise there) with some sweet flavours. Aftertaste fairly bittered from the malt, but not overwhelmingly so. Overall, a good scottish, but i'm not one for the style. I owe a great big deal of thanks to Phil (Haddon90) for bringing this 65 cL bottle back all the way from California for me to sample on my visit to Knoxville on 27-September-2003.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (7716) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 2, 2003
(draught) Deep copper; little to no head. Nose yields corn, heavy roasted malts, and lots of nuts, like walnut-oil. Again, very nutty taste, walnut and hazelnut. It has an oily aroma, but NOT oily mouthfeel. MF is a bit slick, all the same, medium to full bodied. Good, original, nutty flavour. No Scot would recognise it, however...

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 29, 2003
GABF 2003: Dark amber color, peaty malty aroma. Sorry that's all I wrote.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
haddon90 (1385) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 27, 2003
A deep amber color with a frothy white head. Aroma filled with caramel and roasted malt. Nice sweet flavor that goes down quite nice!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkover (1512) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 26, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2004 Amber color with a small beige head. Aroma of caramel and a little chocolate. Flavor is very sweet and caramely. Also has a little fruit and spices. Very drinkable

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 24, 2003
I think this is a classic scottish ale. Pours brown and transluscent. Aroma of an English ESB with more malt. Flavor was carmelly sweet mixed with bitterness(hop with East Kent maybe?). Finish was sweet. Excellent Scottish Ale.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (5743) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 25, 2003
Reddish/Brown hue with small head and okay lacing. Aroma hints of roasted malt, smoke, whiskey barrel, candy caramel apple, and floral pine. Large malty sweet taste initially. The middle found a minor twangy hop presence. The finish was smoky peat-like and woody dry. This medium-bodied beer had an alcoholic feel and a nice warming effect. While I didn't fully embrace the beer initially, it grew on me. I found it wonderfully confusing and complex, each sip a slighty different experience.


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