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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 20, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2008 Copper hue with an average beige head that is rather diminishing. Aroma is pure malt, rather sweet. Quebecois among us will know what I mean by saying this smelled like "Sugar Times", smoked maple. The taste is overall pretty soft caramel, supported by a medium body, hints at licorice, molasses, hazelnut, slight earth(less than expected) It striked me as a quaffable beer for this ABV, but I shared the bomber and wonder if I’d have such ease drinking it all by myself. Good, but not enough:) Thanks to Lord hopsrus!
A new tasting revealed a vegetal and frail-bodied scotch ale. Quality control issues or this really should not age would it be a year. Dropping from 3.5 to 3.1.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2003
Medium copper/brown color with a moderate tan head. A nice malty aroma of caramel and smoke, lightly fruity. Moderate to full body. Wonderfully drinkable. A nice balance of malt and light hoppiness. Good flavors with beautiful drinkability. I would have liked it to be a little bigger, but that may be my american bias.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10557) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2003
Sparkling clear amber ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. Good retention. Buttery and caramelly aroma. Very sweet and malty with tons of yeasty notes... black bread mostly. The flavor is sweet and malty as well with blasts of chocolate, caramel and toffee. Decently balanced with some great, astringent hops. Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Lengthy, dry, crisp finish. Great Scottish Ale!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 24, 2003
Golden reddish. Swirled lasting light head. Strong dark mossy toffee aroma. Drenching, heavy lasting texture. Bitter dark fruit finish. Somewhat sticky, cloying palate. I really thought that the flavors weren't at their strongest, or at lacked the fullness at room temperature. Definitely best served at the temperature of the Scottish highlands in late spring. This makes me want to see out other Scottish ales.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2003
Nutty wood aroma. Color is nice brown with a thin reddish to it. Flavor is smooth and slightly nutty in tangent with aroma. Finish is quite smooth but could use a bit more of hop action.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - NOV 13, 2003
Yellow red color, medium off white head. Aroma has hop notes, lots of caramel, malt, a touch of sweetness. Flavor is malty, slightly sweet, with a bitter, slightly hoppy and dry finsh. Palate is a little too thin for me. A difficult to classify brew, but good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - NOV 6, 2003
reddish brown like one of those shaggy scotish highlander cows. or two of them. the head was gone before i'd even flicked the bottlecap at our cat. if i swirl it hard enough to douse my keyboard (the beer, not the cat), i can raise a brief fizzing in the glass that could be generously interpreted as a head. aroma is of strong, robust malts: heartwood of pinon, licorice, pumkin guts, cherry chocolate. lemon tea bitterness is in a confluence with cola and melon flavors, with a bock-like sweetened alcohol punch. the carbonation is mild, which, with a watery feel nearly causes me to utter dismissive proclamations about it; however, it's strong and sweet and easy, with an increasingly lemony finish. as far as the smoky peat characteristics typical of scotch ales--it's less the black sooty loam of scotland and more peachy-tart red earth of georgia.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kujo9 (1095) - 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.

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