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RATINGS: 664   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!


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jazz88 (2553) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 31, 2002
Tap. Deep amber color with a laced off-white head. Fairly light body with a fruity taste.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - OCT 16, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2003 Pours a dark redish amber with a light beige head. A sweet malty flavor with a touch of peat and a touch of smoke. Rich and full bodied. A winner in my book.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerNazi (169) - winnetka, California, USA - SEP 7, 2002
it was good,but way to sweet.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 16, 2002
Viscous dark copper. Small but dense and sticky light tan head. Centered slow rising carbonation. Peated malt aroma, green peas and hints of crystallized sugar. Sultry mouthfeel, slick and supple. Medium thick body. Mixture of sweet and earthy malts, tanginess, alcohol spiciness and mild bitterness. Soft carbonation. Fairly dry with tinges of crystal sweetness nestled beneath the earthy, tangy flavors. Not as malty or smoky as expected, considering the source. The smooth, gentle thickness and intriguing root vegetable flavor keeps it interesting, as does the integrated alcohol content. Has a rhubarb-prune fruit essence to it as well. Alcohol surges towards the end, as does a dextrin thickness. Finishes together but still lackluster in the malt profile. Disappointing but still worthwhile.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - AUG 9, 2002
I too am quite surprised by this brew. Some of the best Scottish ales get quite sweet, and quite thick as they warm...but not this one. It remains, as Daniwerks say ’Eminently quaffable’. I get some pretty strong peat, particularly at the end of the finish. Good alcohol hiding. Real good as a whole package.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2002
A little on the sweet side, could stand more roasted malts

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 13, 2002
It’s not Robert the Bruce but it will have to do. This is a pretty good Scotch Ale. Not quite as peaty and smokey as I like, but good. Very smooth. Full body. Nice drunk warm and slow in a low scotch glass.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bolt (117) - Boulder Creek, California, USA - JUN 4, 2002
Smells like milk chocolate... very smooth and enjoyable scotch type ale. It was a nice addition to last nights evening of catfishing at the lake.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
heykevin (1275) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - MAR 25, 2002
Wow this is the Scottish ale I’ve been looking for for a long time. Immediately after opening the bottle and pouring a goregous malty smell as well as alcohol came at me and then in the flavor there is a goregous malt taste with some piney spiciness, that is very enjoyable. Alcohol is well hidden in the taste. Nice sweet flavor without being cloying, which I find in many Scottish ales I’ve had. Too bad I only brought one back from San Francisco.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KansOfBeer (2) - Sebastopol, California, USA - MAR 16, 2002 does not count
I like this one a lot. great taste, well hidden alchohol, yet has a little bit of bite. Nice beer.


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