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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
theakston (64) - arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 22, 2004
deep brown. light head.aroma of malts and bread dough a touch of nuttiness, not smokey or peaty as expected. Taste is sweet, mildly esthery. good sweet malt in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aubrey (3509) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2004
Really nice-looking, deep-brown hue. Sweet, caramel-like malts; lightly toasted. Surprisingly, almost watery at times. Alcohol is hidden really well. Not as smoky as I expected, which I commonly find in this style. Only mildly bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - FEB 29, 2004
Once again...another funky brew that needs some serious help. It starts off ok, pouring a magenta color with a slight tanned head which took a while to disappear...then everything went downhill. It smelled very alcoholic for an 8 percenter, with a lot of nut and spice aroma. It wasnt the most inviting of aromas. Some hints of fruit as well. The taste was a contrast of vast proportions. Plums and cherries mixed in with a nasty watery roastiness which made my stomach quiver in pain. It ended very tartly and bland with sours mixing in with sweet fruits. Utterly confusing!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - FEB 16, 2004
slight nutty and smoky aroma, transparent light brown, oily, alcoholic, nutty maltiness and it cleans up nicely

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (11643) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2004
Pours a dark copper color with a very thick beige head that eventually dissipates to nothingness. Decent lacing. The aroma has a smokey character, along with malt and caramel. Rich bodied and on the carbonated side (at first), with a strong malt presence. There are also sweet caramel and chocolate flavors, along with a hint of nuts that shine through as it warms. The finish is clean and malty throughout. This is a fairly good Scotch Ale that seems unbalanced at first, but only if it is still too cold.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kinz (3737) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 14, 2004
Cask at brewpub. Deep amber, hardly any head. Peppery hop aroma. Malty start, with molasses and toffee notes, melding into a strong, peppery hop finish. Some fruit notes are woven throughout as well. Truly a unique beer, and just amazing on cask. Not the same animal as the bottled version.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2004
This was a very big bold ale, that is highly enjoyable. Pours a deep rich copper coloring, with a big tan head. A very sweet syrupy aroma, that pours and tastes like maple syrup, very peaty and earthy with some oak and smoke in the flavor as well. Highly drinkable!

   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 (10657) - 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!

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