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Oíso Black Scotch Ale

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RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
Peat smoke and rich English malts highlight our full bodied rendition of a Scotch ale. Created in the mind of our wacky brewer, and delivered to you in freestyle fashion.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Wheatyweiss (29) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 13, 2010
Poured from a 12 once bottle into a thistle. Pours a murky, dark brown, damn near black. One finger head recedes to a thick cap and leaves a veil of lace. Aroma is of dark roasted malt. Metallic and smokey with a hit of roastiness. Roasted nuts and grain with a rider of dark earthiness and dark cocoa. Flavor is of dark roasted grain, fruity yeast and smoky peat. There is a distinct smoke and peat roasted flavor here that is VERY appealing. Malt is very sweet and earthy, but is balanced by the bitter roast and smoke. Mouthfeel is lush and thick, perfectly to style. Soft carbonation and a thick body. This is what I have been missing in a heavy. Exceptional. Reviewed on: 03-28-2010

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2750) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2009
Deep brown. Rich brown sugar molasses nose, appealing. Nice chocolatey malt flavors, leading to a semi dry finish and just a kiss of a spicy hop.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skyview (5534) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - DEC 14, 2008
On draught and in six pack bottles at the brewery in Plover, Wisconsin. Pours a hazy dark brown brew with a thick and creamy off-white/light beige head that has some excellent retention and nice lacing. Aroma of smoked dry caramel malt, a touch of peat, tropical fruit, a touch of flowery hops and some toffee. Taste is medium bodied, creamy, with continued flavor of roasted and smoked caramel malt with peat character, some light dark pitted fruits, and a touch of toffee. Finish slightly semi-sweet fruity aftertaste with smoked peat and then turns in to a semi-dry smoked malt flavor that lingers after the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 27, 2009
On tap at Sugar Maple. Poured deep, murky brown with a thick cap of beige head. The aroma picked up sweeter chocolate and toasty coffee with peaty accents.. well-balanced and more like a dry stout with light sours and smoke. The flavor found toasted coffee and chocolate at the core with smoky milk chocolate and vanilla around.. sweeter on the back with some residual smoke.. excellent, memorable finish. Medium-bodied and dry on the palate with great balance.. I could drink this all day!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
triguy84 (235) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 30, 2009
Tastes more like a smoked porter. Pours dark ,l canít see thru, thick off-white head, some dark residue at the end of the pour. Subtle smoke and roasted aromas, porter-like aroma. Up front smoked malt flavor, subtle malt sweetness, no hops flavors. Medium body. I like it, but I think it is a smoked porter.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 18/20
bpreo (2496) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JUL 24, 2010
UPDATED: APR 23, 2011 Oh yeah, this one is really good. Even though most of Wisconsinís European settlers were Germans, we can pull off a good Scottish impression.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beastiefan2k (3492) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - MAR 14, 2009
Bottle from skyview, thanks Bob. Pours with barely any head and a very dark brown color, no light edges at all. Aroma is strong on a dry Russian black bread, very earthy and dry. I donít know if its the peat or what by its really cool. Some light alcohol comes through as it warms up. Taste has that same sweetness on top of the black bread with a very dark soil, earthiness, dry, bark-y, just a spectacular splendor of dark, earthy, deep,. Scottish beer. Some chocolate notes in the flavor as well. A bit of earthy bitterness at the end.
12oz bottle, Gordon thistle glass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (9237) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 29, 2011
Pours hazy reddish brown with off white head. Aroma has notes of sweet toffee, vanilla, caramel, nice milk chocolate, and a touch of smoke. Taste yields much more smoke, along with roast and sweet chocolate, some toffee and burnt caramel, finishing roasty and slighly sweet. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rhinobrau (17) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 2, 2009
Another fun beer from Oíso Brewery. These guys are a riot because they started out in the homebrew industry (still own a homebrew shop) but yet they try to bust beer categories with almost every beer they make. This one has hints of a scotch ale while introducing dark malts for a hint of roastiness. A very interesting combination.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmoreau (3616) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2010
On tap at the Malt House in Madison, WI., before the GTOM. Poured a black/brown color with some garnet highlights, lasting off white/light tan head foam, and thick waves of lacing. The aroma was smooth and roasted malt, peat, some tobacco hints, and a little dark fruit. The flavor added a complimenrary hop bitterness and some smokiness in a medium+ body. Rich yet mellow, I liked!

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