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RATINGS: 45   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Based on one of our favorite Scotch Ale recipes, this beer is both robust and extremely smooth. With the emphasis on its maltiness, this ale has a very well rounded and full flavor which is delicately balanced by the addition of old world hops. Furthermore, at 6.5 % ABV this dark brown ale is guaranteed to keep you warm during the cold winter months!

evanlarkin's rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
evanlarkin (307) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - DEC 16, 2013
Pours a hazy red with a bit of white head. A subtle caramel malt aroma comes through, but not much else. Flavor is bitter, slightly metallic, with some plastic. Slightly smoky with a burnt flavor. Finish is more metal. Not really my thing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JPDIPSO (5597) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 6, 2016
Lightly murky, dark copper color with a moderate sized, beige colored head. Dark caramel and light fruit aromas. Flavors of lightly roasted nut, dark caramel, and bits of toasted wood. 5/11

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
arminjewell (9253) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 7, 2015
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, hazy dark reddish pour with white head, aroma brought notes of caramel, red fruit, candied dark fruit, hints of cinnamon, slight nutmeg into a bit of fruit cake. Taste is a mix of dark fruit, caramel, molasses, hints of slight tart fruits into a bit of spice, cinnamon, finishing slightly sweet, tart.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mnmike (1084) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 13, 2013
Bottle pour. Just use this beer for recipes in which you actually warm this liquid up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
after4ever (7579) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 5, 2012
12-oz. Thanks B! Pours cloudy medium brown with a loose tan head that fades quickly. Big graham cracker nose. Creamy thick body with soft carb. Graham crackers and a bit of molasses and honey, along with a bunch of caramel, on the mid palate. Could use a bit of earthy or spicy or even bitter counterpoint to round it out. Sweetish finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Brigadier (3535) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAR 11, 2012
12 ounce bottle
Thanks to a generous Wisconsin trader for a pair of Rush River releases. This - the first - was not great but not terrible either. I am willing to give Rush River another chance to see what their house approach is.

Aroma / Appearance - The rosy red body was full of optimism. The head was thin and idle. Nutmeg, pumpkin, and squash were festive although the cream cheese icing was a little too much.

Flavor / Palate - Malt driven, this beer is heady and dense. Molasses, sugar, and a semi-bitter touch rot the teeth. The result is unfocused although somehow not totally a train wreck. A slightly below average winter warmer does not bode well for the future bottles. I can think of many better Wisconsin area options to try instead.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Guerde (1282) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2012
(bottle) Pours a muddy brown color with a medium sized cream colored head and no lacing. Aroma of sugar-coated raisins, lightly roasted malt, stewed dark fruits, dark chocolate, possibly toasted nuts, and arguably a touch of smoked gouda. Flavor possesses plenty of dark chocolate, nicely toasted malt, and a lingering finish of roasted nuts and malt. Mouthfeel is medium to full (gets a bit sticky) and carbonation is light. Overall this is a highly quaffable beer that certainly does not possess many bells and whistles, but remains good nonetheless.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2011
Poured a normal amber color with not much head. Had a typical scotch ale taste, nothing stood out much, rather average.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
emeinz (220) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 22, 2011
Bottle to glass. Amber/brownish pour with off white head. Very malty nose. Contains notes of nuttiness and toastiness. Slightly bitter on the finish. Not a bad winter warmer. Not the standard scotch ale either. While its not mind numbingly awesome, I could drink a few of these especially with its reasonable price point.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
portableparty (2281) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2011
Bottle to my favorite glass. Pours a hazy amber brown with a off white head that fades to a whispy film. Aroma is spice and sweet caramel with a malty coffee coco scent. Taste is malty and sweet with a coco coffee finish. Palate is malty slick and dry. Decent brew!

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