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RATINGS: 106   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratman197 (9045) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 19, 2011
Bottle poured a clear amber with a lingering ring of amber foam. Aromas of carmel, toffee, vinous notes, oak and light vanilla. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of toffee, carmel, sherry and light oak with a smooth toffee finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - JUL 15, 2011
12oz bottle poured into snifter. Brown color pour with no head, small floating sediment. Aroma is slightly boozy with hints of oak and cherry. Flavor has hints of butterscotch, caramel, sweet malt and slight booze. This one is really blowing my mind. What a great beer!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pellegjr (395) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 1, 2011
Bomber courtesy of Cletus, pours honey-orange w/ clingy off-white head, aroma is dried frutis w light esters, malty sweet / some dried fruit on finish and light bitterness throughout, boozy finish, surprisingly light-bodied, interessting

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (5200) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 3, 2011
Tallahassee, Fl - Fermentation Market - 500 ml bottle. Murky dark orange pour, slight white head. Rich, engrossing aroma. pick up hints of burnt vegetables, smoked meat and toffee. Flavor is bold, lots of rich toffee, dates, raisins, rum soaked bread pudding - quite the bellywarmer - probably not the best beer to have in this 90į+ weather. Mouthfeel is thick and warming. ABV is definitely felt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hamilton23 (599) - Alpine, California, USA - MAY 31, 2011
A: Poured a nice caramel brown with a fair amount of beige head. S: Peat, toffee, some roastiness and something just a bit funky, couldnít put my finger on it. T: Slightly sweet, notes of caramel/toffee, smoked wood and vanilla cookies M: Nicely carbonated, smooth finish O: A nice beer, but not my favorite within my favorite style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAY 1, 2011
500ml bottle. Rating #61. Very murky and muddy, kinda medium brown with some orange thrown in there (seem like a lot of beers Iíve had lately has some orange in it) and very little head. Hard to describe the aroma, kinda sweet and a little grape skin as well, strange. Picking up a lot of woodiness, no bourbon or anything like that, just straight bare wood and a little sweet. (1700)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Thorpe429 (5006) - , Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2011
Reviewed from notes. Thanks to woosterbill for this--itís been too long, CL needs another release soon! Pours a dark brown mahogany color with a bit of an off white head. The nose brings forward some pretty nice aromas of caramel, butterscotch, dark fruits, sweet bread, and a bit of booze. The taste brings out similar characteristics, but everything is a tad bit harsh and slightly taken over by alcohol. Good body with decent carbonation, though still a bit hot. Iím anxious to see what some age does to this. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 10-29-2010

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radioscooter (41) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2011
Got this in a trade and was eager to try it as part of my ongoing WH/SA journey. Appearance is underwhelming. Almost no head, quickly dissipating bubbles. Cloudy caramel color. Aroma is earthy, musty, mossy, and heady. First taste throws me off. Wow. A Scotch Ale that actually tastes a bit like Scotch... Okay, thatís a new one. Of course itís possible. Itís all about the malt after all. But usually we donít get this much woodiness and Glen-roaming -in-the-gloaming in ale form. Sadly, the ridiculously inane name of this beer paired with the stupid label art did not set me up for the seriousness of the brew. This beer deserves a label with a crest on it and a name like "The Highlander" or "Glen Woodbridge" or something that makes you anticipate their effort. As opposed to yet another overly goofy, fraternity-aimed gigglefest. The alcohol level is immediately up front. Not annoyingly so, but prominent. I think mine is much too cold so Iím going to back off for a little while. 20 minutes later... As it oxidizes a bit more of the phenols come out and the spice levels reveal themselves in the flavor. Lots of sweet butter, toffee, and butterscotch syrup. Itís like an alcoholic Wertherís. Too boozy for all night. And not dark or heavy enough to treat like a true sipper. But definitely something to visit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5560) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - APR 5, 2011
Nose is somewhat light, notes of toffee, caramel, green apples, light earth, biscuit, tea, and peat. Pours hazy amber, thin non lasting head, no lace. Sweet and malty up front - caramel and tofee, biscuit, a touch of iced tea, a touch of earthy peat notes followed by green apple, and a very light hop balance/bitterness. Lingering caramel apple. Rather spot on for the most part, could have used a touch more peat malt, but a solid malty big strong scotch. Moderate/light carbonation, a touch of alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Damico (2356) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2011
The aroma is light in the nose tonight - light sweet maltiness and barrels. It pours dark amber with a bubbly off white head. The flavor is light and smooth for a scotch ale! I donít get much scotch, peat, or smoke like normal. It has smooth sweet malt and syrup notes that settle with a bit of light soft white fruit notes.

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