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RATINGS: 479   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (7121) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2004
Murky, dark orange appearance, light white head which fades quickly. Faint, fruity aroma - a bit of raisins in there as well. Has a slight Christmas spice flavor, with some dates and prunes as well. Has a bit of a smoky undertone to it all. Very clean palate, finishes strong. Alcohol hidden well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 19, 2004
Pours a light golden amber hue with a small white head. Aromas of straw, a little caramel and a little roasted. Flavors of honey, roasted malts, a slight smokiness, and caramel. Mouthfeel is meduim bodied and goes down smooth. This was a lot better than I had thought, yet is is the "lighter scotch ale" that so badly want this not to be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - AUG 3, 2004
This is an interesting beer that I couldn’t really get my taste buds around. it had lots of flavor but I couldn’t really figure out where it was going. A very decent beer though with good taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 11, 2004
Dark golden/light copper color. Lightly sweet and sour caramel malty aroma. Starts lightly sour with some mild caramel toffee sweetness. Finishes with a tart body and a touch of bitterness. Thanks to harlequinn for bringing this to the Georgia 14% gathering.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shag (2805) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUL 11, 2004
A copper color I think? It was pretty dark at the Summits Tavern. Well anyway this was a good simple beer. The flavor was malty and creamy with some caramel and grapes in the flavor. I detected some chocolate in there as well. A bit on the sweet side but I liked it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cstuartj (1020) - Washington, USA - JUL 6, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2004 Really like this brew. My first ’Scoth Ale’ was expecting more of a Scotch Whiskey taste to it, but was supprised a a complex yet easy drinking brew of very new style to me. I highly recommend it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUN 25, 2004
Bottle pours reddish golden, small white milkish head, very light carbonation, with spotty lacing.   Aroma of malts, some toffee or caramel, and light smokiness.   Forwardly smokey, slighty peaty/malty, with some semi-sweet character.   Finishes with a slight bitterness, but moreso a malty semi-sweet caramel flavor.   This is a rather easy to drink, non-offensive Scotch Ale.   Slight smokey on the aftertaste.   Fairly tasty this is...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 19, 2004
Tap@Pike. Pretty malty and sweet, sticky caramel. Slightly syruppy texture, and really not a hell of a lot more, scotch ales are always a bit hit and miss with me though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DomiNate (123) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 6, 2004
2004 NABA Festival: Deap mahogany pour. Foamy head. Spicey smell. Tastes slight bitterness.

   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?

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