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RATINGS: 49   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
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Scotch Ale. Rich & malt driven. Part Highlands. Part Hill Country


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ilovedarkbeer (2446) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 19, 2009
Pours a reddish copper caramelized color with a small to medium sized off white soapy head. Nose is wood, earth, caramel, and a bit of smoke. Taste is caramel, grapes, grape seeds, and sweet brown sugar. Moderate mouthfeel, and lasting finish. Not bad.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tejas (928) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 12, 2009
Big beer and sweet. A bit much for my taste but that’s just me. Usually scotch ales aren’t as strong. Despite the 9%, alcohol is hidden well. Smooth as it’s going down. A bit buttery.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7904) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 4, 2009
On Tap. Pours with an ever so slightly hazed amber with a faded khaki, creamy head. Aroma of caramel, peat, alcohol, bread and light fruit esters. Taste is plums, prunes, caramel, alcohol, smoke, raisins and sherry. Strong bitterness for the style. Creamy and silky mouthfeel with light bubbles.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mar (5018) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 25, 2009
Deep amber pour with a thin cream head. Nose is heavy with malts, caramel, peat and light fruits. Very nice on the palate with a creamy peat flavor that finishes with a slightly sweet note.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
graham515 (536) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 16, 2009
Pours a deep amber into the glass with a white head. Aroma is deep malt with some brown sugar and alcohol. Flavor is an extremely smooth and rich caramel malt flavor with great rum and vanilla notes. Really impressed at the body of this brew.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (12268) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 29, 2008
(Draught, various samples) Pours a dark brown body with a tall beige head. Aroma of dark fruit, caramel, sulfur, roasted malt, nuts, and brown sugar. Flavor of molasses, raisins, boozy, and roasted malt with a somewhat thin mouthfeel and a dry finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (10774) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 10, 2008
On tap @ Denver Logans Pre GABF Bomb Factory Tasting. Pours clear brown with an average, fizzy, light brown head, somewhat lasting with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, toffee), light hops (herbs), average yeast (dough, leather) with notes of pear, apple, and brown sugar. Medium bodied, oily texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness, acidity, and bitterness.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratman197 (11228) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 10, 2008
On tap @ Denver Logans Pre GABF Bomb Factory Tasting poured a clear brown with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of carmel, fruittiness and light spice. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, molasses, spice and light fruittiness with a smooth warming malty finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (6055) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 17, 2008
On tap at Flying Saucer. Has a dark amber color with a medium frothy light tan head. The aroma is a sweet malt and raisin. Decent lacing on the glass. The taste is a rich malt with a dark fruit finish. A very easy to drink scotch ale that hides the alcohol well. Really enjoyed this one.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
texasbartender (160) - Sugarland, Texas, USA - APR 14, 2008
Pours a dark brown red. Nice thick white head. The nose carried with it notes of dark caramelized fruits. The taste is what you would expect from the nose a very sweet flavor of dark fruits, maybe plumbs. The alcohol is well hidden this beer, it is one I will need to be careful because it goes down so easy.


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