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RATINGS: 696   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 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkover (1529) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCW (1277) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6507) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 19, 2003
Sweet malt molassis aroma.Brownish red appearance.Bitter chocolate malt flavors with fruity peaches.Long balanced hoppy malty finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mykenry (3) - Grass Valley, California, USA - JUL 11, 2003 does not count
One of the better Scotch Ales I've had. Great color, flavor, mouthfeel. Wonderful warming finish. I've had it on tap and in the bottle and never disappointed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - JUN 25, 2003
love the name of the beer and it's good. reddish copper in color with a sweet hoppy taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - MAY 23, 2003
really heavy on the tongue with a really water downed flavor, the burps this thing give you are way better tasting, tasted like it was left over swill that was rebottled

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
SpaceMonkey (182) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 12, 2003
Starts off with a very light grain aroma with a hint of chocolate. Pours a deep clear ruby red copper, with a head that doesn't last too long. An interesting strong malt beginning fade into a strange center filled with conflicting tones between the alcohol and hops, kind of an off twang, then finishes with a sweet smooth texture. Interesting, but the middle is kind of weird.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - APR 22, 2003
Seems to fit the style deScription for the most part, but I don't think the pieces fit together very well. I found it too malty-sweet with some dissonant flavors attacking from other directions. Could not even get through half of the bomber.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - APR 22, 2003
Huge bottle and the taste is a bit rough and alcohol-tinged. Harsh herbal notes and just plain undrinkable. I know it's won some awards. Count me among the people who just don't "get" this brew.

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