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RATINGS: 112   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 6, 2010
bottle shared by dakine on 1/12/2010. hazy iced tea color with no head. it smells medicinal and woody... almost like it has seen time in a barrel?... along with caramel, cinnamon spice, vanilla, nuts and some roast. it tastes of the same... bourbon-y? odd, but really well balanced. the alcohol pleasantly shows up and makes me wish that this wasn’t the first of the evening. it is very slick and rich yet very easy to drink. 8/4/8/4/16/4.0

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 25, 2010
Dark red-brown with a white head that drops fast, no lacing. Nose not very scotch ale, rather very sweet and lightly reminiscent of JW Lees but too much caramel, dark fruit, banana, and faint booze. Flavor is overly sweet, heavy caramel and tea notes, more alcohol than the nose. An odd beer, Belgian notes and interplay with the sweetness of an American IPA or barleywine. No real focus on a complex malt profile save for faint wisps in the nose, and way too sweet throughout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 21, 2010
2010 Bottle - Thanks BuckeyeBoy!! - Pours a clear copper with a small ring of beige head...aroma is roasty and peaty, vanilla and caramel malt...flavour is similar, burnt wood, fairly sticky sweet, caramel...pretty high gravity, although didn’t really notice the alcohol...tasty stuff...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 12, 2010
In short: A plain caramelized nutty boozy beer. Basic simple sipper.
How: Bottle 12oz. Exact age unknown. I suspect about 1 year old. Sent to me by Solan as a bonus, nice bonus Alan!
The look: Ugly murky brown body with many small particles and a quickly dissipating head
In long: Nose of caramel and beach wood. Taste is simple and follows up on the nose. Lots of rich caramel, lots of wood (again beach wood is what came to me), brown sugar, vanilla, cashews. No fruity notes whatsoever. The 10.5% is apparent and I would have guessed in that neighbourhood. Body is not thin but sure is a lot less corpulent than I would expect from a 10%+ beer. Wet willy, brings back childhood memories, I got wet willied a few times as a kid, big mistake, you don’t want to wet willy someone like me unless you like to be called candle-finger.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JAN 22, 2010
Bottle shared by the daknole -- thanks, holmes! Pours garnet in color with a trim off-white head. Smells like it was aged in a bourbon barrel -- lots of vanilla and brown sugar in the aroma. Tastes of each with added notes of figs, caramel, and a measure of heat. Really mellow for the ABV. One of the best Scotch Ales I’ve tried thus far.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 24, 2009
Bottle at Redlight-Redlight: Pours a transparent dark copper amber with a small ring of off-white head. Has a sweet, complex caramel toffee and light fruity nose with a touch of earthy peat. Starts with good malty fullness and some caramely peaty character well balanced with some berry fruitiness before a slightly warming dark caramel finish. A pretty enjoyable and true to style Scotch ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rocbyter (2072) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - OCT 17, 2009
In bottle at Delaneys. Mild dark wood aroma. Cloudy dark orange-amber color with a small white head. Strong bitter wood and scotch flavor in the beginning that fades into a light alcohol finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
JK (5632) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 7, 2009
Dark gold color, a color at scotch ale shouldn’t be. Sweet and malty. disappointingly, no other flavors really. Drinkable enough, if rather plain.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skyview (5477) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - OCT 4, 2009
Sampled from 12-oz bottle during MN Gathering 2.5. Pours a semi-hazy brownish amber colored brew with a fast dissolving off-white head. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, a hint of peat, and a touch of smoked honey. Taste is medium bodied, flavors of toffee, caramel malt, some roasted nuts, smoked honey and a touch of vanilla. Finish is semi-sweet, malty with a candy caramel aftertaste that quickly disappears.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badgerben (4826) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 26, 2009
Skyview Tasting 2.5. No idea who brought this one, but thanks! Brown color with no head. Aroma of peat and caramel. The peat drifts in the taste to the band-aidy side of life. More caramel and sweet malt.

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