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RATINGS: 667   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! Slaintť!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - MAR 31, 2013
This beer is very dark amber in color, clear in body, with a white head and extremely fast-rising carbonation. It has a soft, woody aroma thatís well-balanced with its sweet, roasted malts. Itís rich and creamy in the mouth... very creamy, actually. A touch of fruity sweetness hits your tongue right away, then the seemingly thin Scottish malt flavor numbs the palate slightly before a rich, concentrated sweetness (much like molasses) coats the taste buds. The finish is mostly dry, with a slight peat-like smokiness that takes the edge off the beerís residual sweetness. Overall, itís good, but not worth hunting down or even spending your cash on unless you just want to try something new or are in the mood for a creamy Scotch ale. Itís well-brewed, though, and tastes great... if youíre in the mood for a Scotch ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
boozedude (1909) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - MAR 27, 2013
Bomber into hlass...pours dark murky brown..odd aroma i cant point out..first drink was almost lije a porter..but flat...not s fan

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Majin (256) - West Des Moines, Iowa, USA - MAR 25, 2013
Pour is hazy burnt amber with a khaki head. Aroma shows notes of toffee, nuts, and grass. Flavor shows the same with additional notes of light roast. Washes whiskey down well! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerenberger (1513) - Fischer, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2013
Aroma of sweet malts and maybe a hint of honey. A slightly hazy copper pour with a mostly lasting small tan head and sticky lacing. Flavors of toasted malt, nuts, and caramel give way to a grainy finish and aftertaste. Medium body with medium carbonation. Overall, nice toasty flavors provide a very enjoyable brew. Would drink again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ComradeK (1045) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - MAR 18, 2013
1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bottle. Pours a clear and attractive burnished copper colour, with a medium off-white head, which lasts well although does not leave much lacing. Rich nutty malt, a more savoury crispbread note and mild floral hops make up the aroma. Faint floral and sweet spice hops give way to a candied fruit flavour. Smooth hazelnut comes through in the mid-palate, along with a sweet Turkish delight flavour. This continues into the finish, and leaves behind a lingering aftertaste. This beer has some lovely sweet Scotch ale flavours coming through, yet avoids becoming, like some others of the style, too sweet and cloying. It is quite well-carbonated for a beer of this style, and this keeps the sweetness in check, making for a well-balanced and enjoyable Scotch ale.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
airrick2003 (522) - Louisiana, USA - MAR 13, 2013
Appearance: hazy rich deep red color, kind of small beige head that fades fast with no lacing Aroma: chocolate, some fresh fruit, faint Taste: initially some rich maltiness, coffee, chocolate, but also some citrus coriander on the end, Palate: not overly carbonated, leaves mouth wet, full bodied Overall: unique in the way it mixes both coffee and orange flavors the way it does, gets a low score from me because I donít like coffee flavor in my beer, but you may ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (2766) - Michigan, USA - MAR 12, 2013
22 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours very hazy deep ruby red color with a small fairly dense cream colored head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin lace that lingers. Slight spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big raisin, prune, molasses, toast, toffee, caramel, brown bread, brown sugar, tobacco, leather, peat, light smoke, light chocolate, and earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and big complexity of malt and light fruity notes. Taste of raisin, prune, molasses, toast, toffee, caramel, brown bread, leather, tobacco, peat, light smoke, light chocolate, and earthiness. Lingering notes of dark fruit, molasses, toast, caramel, toffee, brown bread, leather, light tobacco, peat, light chocolate, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of malt and light fruity notes; but the overall flavor robustness feels weak for the style. No cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly slick and creamy mouthfeel that is ok. Mouthfeel feels much thinner than I expected. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a nice scotch ale style. Other than it being a bit thin in robustness of flavor and mouthfeel; there is a lot of nice flavor complexity and balance; and it is very smooth to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
vvesside (256) - California, USA - MAR 11, 2013
Theyíve always got this on tap at my favorite watering hole in Benicia, CA. I remember not liking this very much when I first tried it a few years ago, but itís really grown on me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GIJOE (672) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - MAR 8, 2013
Pours deep amber, pops a good, foamy, white head. Light lacing with thin filmy head after a couple minutes. Smells like a loaf of white bread with a hint of grapefruity, citric acid. Taste is balanced sweet malt and hoppy, citrus bitterness. Not a bad brew at all. I don't know that I'd say it blows my kilt up, but I grab one from time to time at local pub. Slainté! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kidmartinek (3742) - austin, Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2013
Solid reddish brown smallish off-white head. Earthy wooden and musty mineral aroma. Flavor starts sharp and woody and finishes same with a little caramel malt flavor. Nice sessionable Scotch. The bite is the.l best part

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