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RATINGS: 713   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!

beertholomeus' rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beertholomeus (1686) - California, USA - JUN 21, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2015 Pours a reddish brown with frothy off white head. Malt, spices, fruit and alcohol aromas. Fruit, roasted malts, spices, bread and caramel flavors. Bold taste with a slight bitterness and a dry finish. Different but very good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badhack (499) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 21, 2016
Copper red in color. Very, very malty. A little bread crust, brown sugar Sweet with good balance. Hops to balance. Slightly boozy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
melush (2740) - SPAIN - AUG 21, 2016
Bottle 65cl @ Cervezas Diferentes, Coslada, Spain. A: Amberish brown. T: Roasted malt, caramel, raisins.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Night_Cap (82) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - AUG 8, 2016
Can 500ml. Served at cellar temperature. Pours copper with a red tint. Head is off-white, averaged sized and quickly dissipates. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of burnt toffee, milk chocolate, figs and glazed cherries. Flavour is smooth with a light earthy bitterness, lightly toasted malts, milk chocolate, burnt brown sugar, nuts, raisins and tea leaves. Medium bodied with light carbonation and an average length finish. A little thin and one dimensional, but not a bad winter warmer by any means.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SHIG (4500) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - APR 24, 2016
Draft: Poured a reddish brown with tan head. Aroma and taste is not very complex, super malty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DwarfeD (2611) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - APR 24, 2016
650ml bottle shared with friends. Hazy amber brown with a small slightly off-white head. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Malty bitterness with subtle sweet tones. Malts, caramel, yeast, spices and raisin. Mediocre, I’ve expected more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentAle (1493) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 2, 2016
Aroma is roasted malts, caramel, clove and and spice. Taste is an almost chewy malts, caramel and licorice . Appearance is a clear brown with a thin pearl head that retains fairly well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
stevoj (3841) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 7, 2016
Bottle from Boise Co-op. Dark amber/ brown color with frothy head. Normal earthy, peaty aroma, but flavor comes off as a bit sweet, molasses and brown sugar. Mild bittersweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
phaleslu (9305) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 28, 2016
Draft at the brewery. Pours a clear amber color with a small beige head that settles into a ring. Notes of caramel, brown sugar, toasted malts, earth, old fruits, toffee, and dead leaves. Medium-bodied, with low to moderate carbonation and a sweet, sticky mouthfeel with a bit of a spoiled-like off note. Could be okay but it’s a bit off. Sub-par for the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mR_fr0g (8870) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 25, 2016
Draft at the brewpub. Reddy amber coloured pour with a lasting cream frothy head. Aroma is sweet raisin, nutty malts, some alcohol. Flavour is composes of cakey, toffee, nutty, raisin and dried fruits. Palate is sweet, little cloying, grainy. OK. Malty beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DSG (11469) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 14, 2016
[2/1/16] Draught at Moylan’s 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.

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