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RATINGS: 652   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! Slainté!


4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jcdsmack (88) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - JUL 8, 2008
I love this beer! This is what a Scotch ale should be. It’s rich thick malty mellow on the hops. It may not be as thick or dark as other scotch ales but at near room temp It has definite chocolate notes that make it a great beer for a nightcap and 8% you will sleep well. It definitely lifted my spirits I dont know about the kilt thing, I was wearing pants.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
leah2974 (445) - Georgia, USA - APR 21, 2010
This beer was deliciously smooth, malty, and sweet. Full flavored, with a hint of caramel.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mykenry (3) - Grass Valley, California, USA - JUL 11, 2003 does not count
One of the better Scotch Ales I've had. Great color, flavor, mouthfeel. Wonderful warming finish. I've had it on tap and in the bottle and never disappointed.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bnoel09 (410) - Elk Grove, California, USA - APR 12, 2011
Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Color is a dark ruby brown with a moderately sized tan head. Aroma is caramel malts, toffee, fruit and a touch of alcohol. Overall this smells like candy - delicious. Flavor matches the aroma well. Big and malty all the way through - Caramel malt sweetness is nicely balanced with the earthy smokiness from the peat malts. Slight resinous hop bitterness on the finish. Palate is full bodied with creamy mouthfeel. Overall this is an extremely delicious beer and my favorite Scotch ale that I have tried. Extremely smooth and enjoyable and highly recommended to anyone who loves big malty beers.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mkel07 (2520) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 4, 2012
650ml bottle. Deep bronzed copper colour with a sheen of light brown bubbles across the top. Abroad of vanilla, caramel and butterscotch. Full in the mouth with a strong vanilla aftertaste.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2005
Pretty mahogany to chestnut red-brown. Good 2-fingered head, lasts a bit, nice lace. Smells of fresh grasses, earth, hops, herbs, smoke, toffee ,smoke, maltose, yeast.and caramel. Tastes include earth, peat, smoky malt, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, honey, banana, raisens, and currants with a solid bitterness finish. While the bitterness was apparent, I didn’t taste much of the hops. I got a little bit of yeast, too. Balance, however, is definitely on the malt side. This is a nice peat-smoke, malty ale. Mouthfeel is good, the tiniest bit thin. Effervescent and refreshing, with a slightly metallic aftertaste which abated as it warmed.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kra303 (8) - Carbondale, Colorado, USA - APR 3, 2010 does not count
Pours a dark red amber. The froth is small but the lacing lasts through to the end. Big aromas of toasted nuts, caramel, dried apricot & sweet orange rind. The palate is full-bodied, dense with a maltly viscosity. Flavors of caramel, toffee, black cherry & chocoate are balanced with just the right acidity and carbonation, keeping it from being too cloying and thick on the finish. Very well done!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
joet (2052) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUL 9, 2001
Oh my god! Some grass and I know this sounds bad but it’s good *paint* in the nose. Incredible. Spicy. Is that peat? Tastes like scotch and with a nice bite that elaborates as it warms. It also hammers hard. Surprisingly excellent.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KansOfBeer (2) - Sebastopol, California, USA - MAR 16, 2002 does not count
I like this one a lot. great taste, well hidden alchohol, yet has a little bit of bite. Nice beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beertholomeus (525) - California, USA - JUN 21, 2013
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.


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