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RATINGS: 704   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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!


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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bricktop86 (691) - Moore, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Pours reddish brown with almost no white head. Aroma is sour fruit and caramel. Taste is sour prunes with a bitter sweet finish


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DSG (10229) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 14, 2016
[2/1/16] Draught at Moylanís Brewery in Novato. Deep amber-brown. Aroma of malt, caramel, toffee, some fruitiness. Sweet flavor, with caramel, toffee, buttery note, and a slightly bitterish finish with a light alcohol note. Medium-bodied.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ferris (9825) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 7, 2016
Draft - Sweet caramel and some almost red berry notes. Clear copper with a decent white head. Light grains, caramel and a bit of vegetal notes.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
VsXsV (3647) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 1, 2016
Draught at Moylans. Almost clear copper liquid with small off-white head. Aroma of caramel, dried fruit, light smoke and toffee. Taste is light to medium sweet and light bitter with notes of grain, light smoke and caramel. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Quite grainy. Forgettable.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Homer321 (3571) - Melboring, Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2016
Draft at source. Strong malty sweet and caramel nose. Very clear deep orange red with a small white head. Taste is incredibly malty up front with a hint a roast in finish. Light butterscotch. Decent.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JulienHuxley (5210) - Trois-RiviŤres, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 30, 2016
Sample on tap at the brewpub. Clear copper pour with tenacious foamy white head. Aroma is very malty, barley candy, rich caramel/toffee. Taste of toasted malt, caramel, light booze, a bit like an english barleywine. Full bodied with med carbonation. Tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beer_rookie (265) - USA - JAN 11, 2016
Pours a cloudy rusty amber red color. Barely any head. No lacing.

Aroma is earthy. Burnt sugar, dark fruits, dates, figs. Alcohol. Iím loving the aroma. Did I mention dates?

Taste is very datey. This is very malty. Itís sweet, itís nutty. Dates, figs, raisins, burnt sugar. Follows the nose. Not a lot to say, just follow your nose.

Mouthfeel is full. Itís heavy. Itís sweet. Itís smooth. Itís slightly bitter at the finish. While you canít really taste the alcohol, you can feel it.

Overall, this is good. Itís not my favorite scotch ale, but itís good. Itís still one I could recommend.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
IndianaRed (3245) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 15, 2015
On tap deep reddish brown with a brief wispy tan head. Rather drab deep caramel peaty roast flavors. Very low carbination and a damp earthy character. Nothing stands out and rather boring.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
rproff78 (171) - - DEC 7, 2015
Very tasty scotch ale from Moylans brewing in California! Will buy it again!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjmoen (229) - - OCT 22, 2015
Pours a Ruby brown color with tan head. Good balance between malt and hop bitterness

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
CryptLiquor (8) - oakland, California, USA - OCT 18, 2015 does not count
Iíd suggest this beer to those fairly new to the beer world, possibly brought in by West Coast Style IPAís, and looking for the next logical step away from the heavy hops use and into something still heavy but with slightly more flavor. This has become a staple at the big chain grocery store closest to you. Itís a helpful stepping stone but nothing truly unique.


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