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RATINGS: 106   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 11, 2012
bottle... really light scotch, medium bright brown with a bit of orange, light tan head... generic malt almost wort like aroma, not bad but plain... the taste is equally boring, alcohol is well hidden but i’m unimpressed

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (4540) - Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2011
500 ml bottle thanks to cletus. Pours a hazy orange amber color with a small off white head. The aroma has sweet caramel malts, some ripe fruit and some boozy alcohol. The flavor has the sweet caramel/toffee and ripe plums, but is again a bit too boozy. I keep getting some hops in the flavor mid palate to the finish which creates some bitterness. This was definitely different than most Scotch ales I’ve had. Worth trying.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerisgoodforu (992) - Nørresundby, DENMARK - OCT 30, 2011
Bottle. Pours a dark brown/reddish color with a beige head. Aroma is of dark fruits, breadiness, light alcohol notes, caramel, toffee and sugary notes. The flavor is again filled with dark fruits like raisins and prunes, sugary notes, almost brown sugar like, caramel, toffee, some alcohol and breadiness. The body is full with a sticky mouthfeel. Overall a pretty nice Scotch Ale, but a bit too much booze in there, and I would have liked a little peat too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
auerbrau (3126) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - OCT 16, 2011
500mL Bottle. Rich, boozy aroma. Clean and malt-driven, in a distilled kind of way. As if this has been scotch-barrel aged, but not exactly. Flavors have that terse boil caramelization edge that keeps it seemingly dry. I think there’s more hop presence here, both as some fresh juicy aroma and flavor, brambly, but also as a slight dusty aged hop character that sets it off a little in the finish. The alcohol really shows and, honestly, I don’t think most Scotch Ales need to settle in at over 8 or 9 percent, so I find this heat particularly distracting. Good, but rough on the edges.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (7119) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 5, 2011
Bottle thanks to Cletus. Pours dark reddish brown with tan head. Nose/taste of caramel, ripe dark fruit, toffee, vanilla and tons of alcohol. Crunchy nuts soaked in alcohol mouth feel. Medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoePeesie (853) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - SEP 14, 2011
Pours a deep drown, with a fizzy off white head that fades fast. Nose of booze and malts. Above average based on the few I have tried.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
craftbeerdesign (2140) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 28, 2011
tasting on 8/20/11. deep copper pour with a thin white head. caramel nose with light fruits. medium sweet body with dark fruits throughout. sweet finish with dark fruits and apple notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ughsmash (7006) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 26, 2011
500mL bottle. Poured cloudy light-medium toffee brown with a short, but easily-resuscitated beige head. The aroma picked up honey and darker fruity sugars upfront, quite well amplified by alcohol.. touches of drawn caramel and peat too.. almost like malt likka crossed with Scotch ale. The flavor found similar stuff.. tangy smoke and peppery alcohol upfront, with warm honey and lesser fruity maltage on the middle.. lots of boozy honey and corn-like malts on the finish, joined by a pinch of vanilla. Medium-plus bodied with low carbonation on the palate.. fairly spicy and hot.. overall messy, but with some decent factors, and it warms up the belly.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
ChainGangGuy (4281) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 23, 2011
Appearance: Pours out a cloudy, downright murky brew, tannish-brown in color, and with no real head formation beyond a small smattering of suds. Not the most attractive-looking beer around, particularly for a scotch ale.

Smell: An immediate sniff of ethanol followed by an earthy, yeasty uncleanness, a drizzle of cane sugar syrup, and hint of green peppercorns. Somewhat troubling, really. We will probably never know just what mischief that Wet Willy was up to.

Taste: Willy jumps to a high level of sweetness and already the alcohol content is quite apparent, even hot. Flavor of simple syrup dumped on bread crumbs and crushed graham crackers. Curious taste of raw wood. Slight spicy phenolics underneath. Clotted yeast. Drying, alcohol heated finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-low carbonation.

Overall: Yeesh. Just an odd, odd brew, though not ever in an enjoyable sense and certainly nothing I would ever identify as a scotch ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (10093) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2011
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured a hazy copper color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with fair lacing. Moderate toasted sweet malt and yeast aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate duration. My expectations where met.

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