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RATINGS: 69   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 267   ABV: 8.9%
Our version of the "Wee Heavy" Strong Scotch Ale style is literally a batch of MacPelican’s 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (18056) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 26, 2013
Bottle from Community Food Co-op - N Forest St, Bellingham, WA
bottled 123112

Dark mahogany color, beautiful; but the head, medium sized, is fizzy and short lived. Mild aroma of caramel, some wood, light toffee, and a wiff of roasted nuts. The caramel flavor is well developed, moderately sweet, with a touch of sweet nuts; the bitterness level is quite low, while in the final there is a pleasant alcohol warmth. After some minutes in the glass and with a bit higher temperature, it starts showing a rounder body and more malty presence.
It could as well be a malty and good English Barley Wine, but with a Scottish nuttiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (15269) - San Leandro, California, USA - MAY 6, 2013
Amber pour with a khaki head. Sweet caramel, toffee, and brown sugar. Some dark fruit, a touch of spice, chocolate, and a hint of alcohol. The flavor is nice, though not quite as good as the aroma. Sweet chocolate, caramel, toffee, and brown sugar. Notes of spices, some alcohol, and a little bit of syrup.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (13609) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 11, 2012
Bomber from Malt & Vine. Pours very ruddy dark copper with a slight beige head. Aroma of pretty roasted malt with hints of chocolate and treacle. Full bodied. There’s a suggestion of smoke, there’s very smooth heavily roasted malt, and it’s sort of like sucking on a Sugar Daddy. Bits of medium dark fruit are present - not dates - but in that direction. Incredibly smooth. Finishes darkly fruity, roasted caramelly, and certainly less than dry. Drinks way too easily.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (13062) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 11, 2010
Bottle shared by shigadeyo. Poured a clear dark reddish brown color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted sweet malt and fruit aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy toffee flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a complex good brew.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (11469) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUN 28, 2013
Bomber from some online place I’m forgetting the name of right now. Pours a hazy dark red color with a thin fizzy tan head. Fair head retention. Aroma of toffee and dark fruits. The taste is toffee, caramel, dark fruits, anise. Medium bodied. I thought based on the aroma this was going to be awful, but thankfully it tastes very nice. This will be a very bi-polar score.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10528) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 19, 2009
Bottle… Mostly clear orange ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. The luxuriant aroma is a malty, fruity swirl of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, medium sherry and a tropical fruit blend. Full-bodied with a slick, oily mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Fruity, malty, vinous flavor. Lengthy, sugary, toffee and caramel finish. Thanks to JMFG for sharing a very nice version of my favorite style!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (9210) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 4, 2013
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, dark brownish pour with thin off white head, aroma brought notes of caramel, rich molasses, toffee, hints of grass, spice notes, nice dark fruits in there as well. Taste is a mix of lots of sweet molasses, toffee, dark fruits, hints of spice, slight grass. Pretty tasty and well done wee heavy, though a bit sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (9206) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 11, 2014
"Very very malty brew...big toffee, caramel, light peat and fruit. Definitely hits the spot when in the mood for the style. Shows all of its 8-8.5% alcohol, but it’s warming and pleasant."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (9017) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2011
22 oz. bottle from the brewery. Pours a rich amber-copper color with a small beige head that settles unevenly and hangs around for the whole time. Aroma of sweet, toasty, caramel malts, toffee, brown sugar, earth, pecans, dried fruits, and dust. Flavor of caramel malts, toffee, brown sugar, raisins, oak, honey, and figs. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation and a rich, toasty, sweet, and sticky mouthfeel. This was really working for me and soundly defeated the MacPelican’s Scottish Ale in the Scotch vs. Scottish Ale-Off.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (8980) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 28, 2009
dark/burnt caramel brown. nose: oxidized caramel malt, burnt maple, light notes of acetone, dirt/soil/minerals. chewy, syrupy, over-sweet approach. medium body, turns mildly frothy in the finish with a black pepper and spiced molasses note. finish is resinous and deeply rich, but it’s really the only positive attribute of this beer. not one of their best efforts.

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