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RATINGS: 68   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 267   ABV: 8.9%
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Our version of the "Wee Heavy" Strong Scotch Ale style is literally a batch of MacPelicanís Scottish Ale brewed with half the water and twice the boiling time to create a beer with a massive malty flavor and a deep red color. The aroma hints of rich caramel, cocoa, toffee, and tropical fruit, with a full-bodied mouth-feel and a velvety sweet, slightly dry finish. A robust beer with a dangerous, drinkable smoothness!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2009
sweet caramel thistle aroma, simple, warm with heat, strong roast, leathery tannic finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JK (4808) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - AUG 9, 2009
Thanks to Skyview for sharing this one. This is a very earthy beer, with dirt and vegetable flavor. Quite sweet with malt, no perceivable hops. Very smooth, but thick and heavy also. The alcohol is well hidden. It becomes sweet and the palate smoother as it warms.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GodOfThunder (1248) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2009
Thanks to JMFG for the Pelican goodness. Malt flavors with some chocolate, brown sugar and other sweetness. More and more malts. Good stuff.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DiabolikDUB (147) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 14, 2009
On Tap @ Baileyís Taproom on 5/11/09 Fairly Murkey Brown with a slight ruby glow towards the bottom of the glass with a off-white to slightly beige head. The aroma is very malt forward, lots of sweet aromas, caramel, maybe some brown sugar although faint. The flavor is full of strong smokey, sweet malts and thats really all I get. It seems to be full-bodied and syrupy with a slight semi-dry finish. This isnít my kind of beer but Iím definitely trying to warm up to more of this style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewDad (5090) - Olympia, Washington, USA - MAY 4, 2009
22oz Bomber Ė Pelican Brewing Co. Ė Pacific City, OR
Aroma: Great dark malt aroma with lots of sweetness coming out.
Appearance: Brown in color, clear with a thin head.
Flavor: Big Scottish flavors smokey, fresh, with sweet malt. This was blended very well.
Palate: Dry Finish, with a Good Scottish Mouthfeel.
Overall: Big malty flavors with this brew. Love the finish and this beer was just plain tasty. I will be getting this again for sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckeyeBoy (2967) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 29, 2009
On tap at Baileyís taproom. pours out a brown with some red highs topped off with a sand head. Aroma of sweetness lots of caramel malts and pit fruit. Tast was more of the sweetness caramel and pit fruit. Plenty of malts on this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - APR 10, 2009
Clear reddish-brown color, almost no head. Deep rich fruity malts, rich Noble hops, a mild bubblegum aroma. Rich mouthfeel. Fruity malts, caramel, very mild hop character, no real smoke or peat notes but still a very nice malty Wee Heavy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2009
Courtesy JMFG. Pours a fairly hazy brown, with a medium off white head. Smells of dark sweet fruits, some definite caramel malt, and some brown sugar as well. smells like a wee heavy. The flavor was fairly syrupy and sweet, definitely sticky on the palate. The dark fruits and malts really form the bond that creates the flavor profile here as you might expect. very solid brew as expected from these guys, although not outstanding.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (6466) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2009
22. Thanks, BVC! Comes with an "11" hand-written on the cap. Is that a best-by date? A number from a limited series? No explanation is given. Maybe itís their effort to be like Rolling Rock, with the unexplained number on the packaging. Hmmmmm.
Pours a lovely and amazing bright ruby red--Iím not kidding, this beer has jewel tone. Itís beautiful. Thin off-white head of no particular distinction.
Great big malty nose--toffee, brown bread, peat, caramel, toffee. You can already smell the near-caramelization from the long boil. Not a Fourth Dementia, but a malt bomb at the very least.
Creamy medium body--doesnít hit the tongue like liquid sugar and glue, like so many big american malt bombs do. But itís still a little sticky. Toasty, a little roasty, plenty of toffee, peat, caramel, and brown bread on the mid-palate. Just where you want a 90-shilling to be, really...not that Iím any great advocate of to-style brewing. Long toasty finish. This is a dandy little scotch.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2009
Courtesy JMFG. Pours a clear looking copper brown colort with a small off white head that settles quickly to a thin film. The aroma shows notes of sweet caramel, toffee, grapes, and other tropical fruits. This one is very sweet smelling with all the malts. The flavor shows more of the sweet tropical fruits and some earthy hops to go with the richly sweet caramel and brown sugar base. Taste is reminisent of a cherry jolly rancher. Medium bodied and smooth, but a touch syrupy from all the malts with a long, sweet finish. This one is a bit too sweet and fruity for the style. Not bad, but not what I look for in a scottish ale.

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