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RATINGS: 457   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   IBU: 27   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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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.

NWHopHead99's rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NWHopHead99 (58) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 21, 2002
Kind of dry with a sour aftertaste, but has a good robust selection of smokey flavors. Perhaps not as ’chewy’ as it could be, but a good hop-flavor and charecter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beastiefan2k (2421) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - SEP 16, 2014
8oz draft in small Sam Smith glass at Hummingbird in Columbia City, Seattle. Slick dark homey amber color. Light lacing. Clear beer. Slightly cleaner and a bit of hop but otherwise to style malt sweetness and earthy malt mix. A faint fruit British yeast character. Very nice American version of the style.

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Caytinator (943) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 19, 2014
Pint on tap at the brewery. Tasty little scotch ale, I’m a huge fan of the style, and there’s plenty of tasties to go around with this batch. yum.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TheKindleman (6) - Alabama, USA - JUL 21, 2014 does not count
Was in Seattle a few weeks ago, fell in love with this up lifting brew. Malt is heavy but like it should be, don't pass this one up! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Luvystypotables (655) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUL 9, 2014
Mild aroma of malt and hops, ruby color with a nice head. Wonderful complex taste, of scotch, malt, fruit and a hint of hops. Creamy feel with a mild fruity finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
furthur (172) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - JUN 17, 2014
Bottle. Orange amber body under a bubbly white head. Aroma is malt, caramel, peachy fruity. Taste is bright fruity, caramel and vanilla, mild bitter sweet finish. Body is viscous, but not heavy, with fine carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DocJitsu (949) - Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2014
Pours a but if a cloudy orange-golden with a large, eggshell colored head. The nose is somewhere in the middle of apple, green grapes, and honeydew melow. Some caramel notes float beneath. A bit puffy in the mouthfeel. More caramel in the flavor than in the aroma. Quite weak though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
onceblind (4064) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 1, 2014
Clear slightly dark amber under a thin light tan ring of head. The aroma is dark and biscuity with a light touch of molasses and earthy nuttiness. Big rich nutty flavor with some sweet earthy molasses and rich dark toast. But still quaffable, not too sweet or cloy. Just right in the middle and nutty and bready and dark.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slang14 (23) - - MAY 27, 2014
Great color west coast twist on a scotch ale refreshing hops are there but not taking away from the flavor

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
nakedwhendrunk (2086) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAY 9, 2014
Reviewed from notes. The appearance was a bright amber/copper color with a one and a half finger white foamy head. Adequate foamy lacing clings nicely to the glass. The smell had the typical meaty/peatiness is pretty scaled back in this one, but I do get it slightly with a decent Caramel maltiness lends a decent aroma. The taste was mainly sweet with a decent balanced cararmel maltiness coming out leading to the same flavored aftertaste but leaves a watery finish. On the palate, it sat about a light to medium to show a decent sessionability about it. Carbonation is super smooth and is decent for the style wow. Overall, this is a good drinking Scotch ale well worthy of coming back to and well worthy of having with its respected meal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kramer (4942) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2014
Tap. Pours a clear copper to amber body with a frothy one finger off-white head that faded to a thin film. The nose is sweet and malty with some toasted and grainy malt. The flavor is pretty nice, sweet but not over bearing. The toasty malt dries it out a bit towards the back end. Lingering huskiness. A slightly sweet candy-like caramel finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, a bit clingy and sticky, with soft fizzy carbonation. Serviceable enough, but nothing that sticks out.

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