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RATINGS: 685   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27   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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 6, 2003
Poured a brownish color with reddish tones. A frothy small head. An aroma of chocolate carame and sweetness. A sweet flavor, some hoppy notes and caramel. A touch of chocolate and notes of oak. A medium body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 23, 2003
Pours a copper, ruby color with decent amount of foam. Thick caramel peat malt aroma. Body is robust and has some stale graininess to it. Interesting complexity with a strong western hop influence. Finish is of toasted malt with some alcoholic notes. This beer was confusing and had a lot of off-flavors that detracted from its authenticity.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 13, 2003
Did anyone order a glass of foam??? I know i didnt but that is what i got, this beer had a white head that looked like a root beer float head and lasted four times as ling, i couldnt believe it. the clear, red-brown body that supported this incredible head was a smooth medium bodied treat of a scotch ale. at 8% the head lasted ages and the alcohol was very well hidden behind a very comfortable smokiness. i say comfortable because that is what it is in my mouth, it was not forced into the beer because the style is supposed to have some smoke in it, it was finnessed into the beer. the aroma and flavor both have notes of smokiness. the flavor has the smoke accompanied by supporting malts, the hops are not all that apparent though i know they are there. after a bottle of this i might have to go put one of my kilts on.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - JAN 11, 2003
This beer pours a dark, clear brown color with a small, rapidly dissipating white head. No lacings are left on the glass. Malty, sweet, slightly fruity aroma with just a hint of alcohol. Medium bodied and very smooth, I taste apples up front along with the malts and a sweet finish. I detect no hops in the flavor. A malty and tasty Scotch ale that packs a good alcohol punch.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crit (3561) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 9, 2003
Coper color with light tan head.Earthy peat nose.Full bodied earthy malt flavor with pleasant light alcohol heat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
stephen (308) - California, USA - JAN 7, 2003
Malty, bready and sweet. Rich mouthfeel and fairly clean finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 13, 2002
I’m finding it hard not to give this brew five points all around, becuase this is what I enjoyed while my Green Bay Packes beat the cat ass dome vikings tonight. Really though, this was a very good scottish ale, power, flavor-maybe too much though, but damn good. And the PACKERS won, And the rest of the packers fans will hopefully enjoy many fines brews tonight,

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2002
This is a decent Scotch Ale. Not up there with Traquair House, but not that bad of an example.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2003 smells like apple juice?? cloudy brown color and very apple cinnamon/alcohol taste...not like other scottish ales I've had..very alcoholly in flavor but not as heavy as you'd expect from 8%..the more i drank it the less it tasted like a scottish ale and the more it tasted like fermented apple juice or something....maybe it's a wierd bottle..hard to rate, it tastes good, but scottish ale?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - NOV 20, 2002
Deep reddish brown color, great head formation. Strong fruity, oily aroma, buttery caramel and a little spice. Palate is smooth, sweet and fruity, with a kiwi-fruit and blackberry jam middle. Some hop bitterness in the finish but never really overwhelms, with wild fruit aftertaste. Alcolol is strikingly noticeable and provides some warmth.

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