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RATINGS: 413   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Inspired by the traditional Scotch Ales, has a deep, intense flavor from its dark roasted malts. The addition of peat smoked malt adds a unique flavor of the Highlands to this complex brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vodka4blood (92) - Milton, Vermont, Vermont, USA - MAY 10, 2011
Not surprisingly, this is the best Sam Adams Ive ever had (note: reviewer has severe bias towards this style).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blipp (6357) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - MAY 10, 2011
Bottle. Pours deep deep brown with a beige head. Peaty smokey aroma with earthy notes, a light sweetness and leather. The flavor has peaty smoke, light roasty notes, some light sweetness, and tobacco. Awesome.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Niko100 (2066) - Illinois, USA - MAY 10, 2011
Dark amber/brown color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, caramel, & dark fruit; Flavor of smoky malt, dark fruit, caramel, dark chocolate, and some spice; Alcohol at the finish; Overall, not balanced very well - could not get into this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerman6686 (4704) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2011
This poured a semi cloudy brown color with an off white head. Aroma was of dark fruits, light peat, and some caramel too. Flavor was big and sweet upfront, light alcohol, a very nice peat smoke character that I was not expecting from this beer. Good Stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7874) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 9, 2011
Bottle. Pours with a near black, dark brown body that appears pretty much opaque. Medium tan and creamy head covers and leaves some lace. Decent retention. Aromas are strong, malty, brown sugar, caramelized. Lightly smokey, peat/phenolic smoke aromas. Bacon even (a bit excessive for me). BBQ, ash, maple, some esters. Dark fruits. Some alcohol. Flavors are smokey (too much for me), malty, bacon, estery and a bit uncommonly bitter for the style (but that does help balance). Neutral, to even a bitter balance (not normal), with some fruit, bready, burnt toffee flavors. Biscuity. Medium esters: plum, raisins and dark fruits. Long duration. Lightly woodsy in the finish. Creamy mouthfeel, full bodied, warming, but ABV is decently well hidden in the taste. Carbonation might be a bit high for this beer (seems like most SA beers, aside from the super high ABV ones, are high in CO2), some carbonic bite. No astringencies. Pretty thick, finishes pretty dry for the style. Tasty, but the peat malt is a bit more than I enjoy for this style. Could also finish a touch sweeter and with less carbonation. Overall pretty tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
SanfordBrewer (1391) - Sanford, Florida, USA - MAY 8, 2011
Opaque mahogany with a creamy tan head, sticky full body with medium-high carbonation.

Aroma: strong ans slightly acrid peet smoke, high minerality, and roast malt.

Taste: intense dark smokey malt, earthy herbal hop bitterness, and lingering peaty acridity.

Quite a bit more peat smoke and hop bitterness than most contemporary versions, and possibly more historically correct; but id really like more sweet grain, caramel, and roasted meat type of malt flavor in here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pailhead (5073) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAY 7, 2011
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate smoke, peat, chocolate, raisins and a touch of alcohol. It pours a dark reddish-brown with some transparency when held to the light and a one finger beige head that fades to a ring around the edges of the glass. The lacing left behind is some sporadic webbing. The flavor starts with chocolate and toffee. The finish has moderate-strong smoke, peat, and light-moderate alcohol. Full bodied with moderate carbonation and sticky mouthfeel. The alcohol can be a bit harsh at times and doesnt mix well with the smoke and peat.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
LinusStick (2887) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2011
I would never have thought Id rate a Sam Adams beer over a 4, but wow was this a great beer! Aroma was huge. Strong rich caramel malt with a hint of peat. Very full. Pour was a deep murky brown with a one finger off white head. Taste was awesome. Strong and full caramel and peat with an heavy earthiness. Very sweet and malty with no hop presence at all. Leaves the mouth sweet and sticky. Hides the alcohol deceptively well. Stunning beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thegreenrooster (3304) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 7, 2011
Pour is an almost black with a small tan head. Aroma has lots of woody aspects along with a nice peat smoke. Flavor is again some peat smoke with a little dark cherry in there. Flavorfull and powerfull

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Panzuriel (1359) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - MAY 6, 2011
Pours a deep rich black opaque with very fine head of small white foam. Nose is deep in rich roasty malt goodness. Taste is rich full mellow malt goodness with smoky peat tones. Body is full and satiny. very nice. Finishes nice and warmingly. if thats a word.

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