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RATINGS: 406   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.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
LinusStick (2756) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2011
I would never have thought I’d 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!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thegreenrooster (3081) - 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

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Panzuriel (1257) - 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 that’s a word.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (9068) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAY 6, 2011
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a medium, creamy tan head, medium retention with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (caramel, cookie, toffee, nutty), light hops (woody), and average esters (fruity) with notes of dates, peat/smoke, and faint meat. Flavor is heavy malt (caramel, cookie, toffee, nutty), light hops (woody), and average esters (fruity) with notes of dates, peat/smoke, and faint meat. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation with a sweet finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hombrepalo (1757) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 5, 2011
120z bottle from Archer Liquors. Very dark brown body that is near copper. A light khaki head on top. The aroma is apple and smoke with some sweet wood and a little bit of toffee. The taste is smoky old toffee and caramel.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wxman (1338) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2011 Pours a nearly opaque, dark cola color with a significant light tan head. Lots of lace. Aroma is prunes and dark roast coffee. Dark fruit comes through in the taste as well, along with sweet dark roasted malt, molasses, honey and espresso. Smoky, too! Pretty busy, but well balanced and delicious. Really, a wee heavy on steriods. Alcohol warmth arrives after the swallow. Yum.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chuckaduck (605) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - MAY 2, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2011 Pours dark brown with a thin light tan head. Aroma is herbal, sugar sweet, bready cereal. Flavor is slightly fruity, grapes, burnt caramel, a bit creamy. Sweet and a bit grassy; incredibly drinkable. Well done on this one.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2011
12 oz bottle. Pours a deep, dark brown with creamy tan head. Aroma of dark roast, toffee, peat, dark fruit with an alcohol spice. Flavor is very much the same with a nice sweetness . Heavy body with medium carbonation. Overall, I am very impressed with this brew!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dcschiller (2201) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 29, 2011
(12oz bottle). Pours a dark mahogany-almost burnt caramel. Khaki colored head. Aroma has caramel, peat, and with a hint of chocolate. Taste is sweet with some light hop bitterness and great peaty smoke. Medium bodied with slick texture. Smooth finish. This is a very nice beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rusty (1533) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 29, 2011
Pours a dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is peat, moss, chocolate, spices, malt. Flavor is chocolate, moss, malt, peat. Well balanced and enjoyable wee heavy. One of the better SA imperials for sure.


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