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RATINGS: 470   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   IBU: 27   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Unlike the lighter "Scottish" ales, this is an authentic heavy Scotch ale. It is lightly hopped with a strong malt character, and a hint of peaty smokiness. Warm fermentation produces fruity esters and balances the sweet malt character.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 3, 2004
Copper infused rust color, a bit of chill haze to it, large and thickly fluffed beige head sits well for a while before descending to a thin collar and the lacing sticks in strings and spots. Aroma is super yummy malt goodness, thick and dark caramel, super nice peat moss thats not overly smokey, but favorlaby earthy and has a terrific sweetness to it overall. Taste follows suit with a brigade of dark caramel and toffee sweetness with super nice earth tones and breadiness to make it rich and thick. Again the peat is there but not overwhelmingly smokey, it adds just enough to it to really go "Wow". Hops play underneath more towards the finish with a slight spice and bite helping the end of warmth and add to some of the slight dryness. Great feel, nearly full, very well rounded, and toothsweet smoothness and the low carbonation makes this a creamy thick treat to drink. The first thing that came to mind, and only after a few sips, is that its a whole hell of alot like a good barleywine. But without all the baggage of the higher ABV. A real plus and incentive to get alot more of this in the future, as it is quite a malty, yummy treat. One I would keep in my fridge alot if I could get it. Yummy! Did I already say that?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theli (3) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUN 2, 2004 does not count
One of my favorite local brews. Very well balanced despite the relatively high alcohol content. Strong flavor isn’t too overbearing, so it goes down easily. GREAT value, can usually get a 6-pack for less than $7.00.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - MAY 22, 2004
Subtle malt aroma. Great balance throughout and hides the alcohol quite well. Not quite as big or as malty as I expected, but good all the same.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 22, 2004
Toasted, sweet, carmel aroma that's very appealing; full bodied and flavorful with some smoked peat, carmel, and some fruit; fairly smooth with a little bit of a late bite on the palate; a great brew for the money, quite flavorful.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrDick (351) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 15, 2004
On Tap Sweet flavor with light hops. A bit of almond/cashew flavor and floral aftertaste. This tastes like a mild scotch ale - which hides that fact that it packs quite a high ABV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 5, 2004
Draft. Beautiful orange-amber color with a creamy white head. Aroma is mild, sweet and smokey with earthy notes. Sweet malty flavor, smoke and peat with a light hop finish. Smooth and creamy.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 3, 2004
Reddish amber in color and lacking any head. Strong aroma of sweet malt and alcohol. Watery on the palate almost flat like, with flavors of malt, prunes, and alcohol. The alcohol flavo builds throughout and leaves a mild aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GoldenCrown (18) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 31, 2004
Sweet perfumy fragrance. A beautiful amber brown. A pleasant non-distracting flavour, with no aftertaste. I enjoyed this beer. It allowed me to have a great drink while I did other things. Not overwhelming in a very good way. Recommended for situations where there is alot going on of interest, yet still in need of good drink. This would be a good choice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 31, 2004
It pours a whisky brown with a tawny head that evaporates pretty quickly. Sturdy, malty aroma. Solid flavor- hits the tongue and holds on with the malty sweetness while hitting the roof of the mouth with an alcoholic tang.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mikebeertaster (114) - washougal, Washington, USA - MAR 18, 2004
Great carmel color. Wonderful full fruity tasting beer. Not a bad reason for a trip to Seattle.

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