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RATINGS: 418   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (1008) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 15, 2011
Pours dark, dark brown with no transparency (so rather dark for a scotch ale). Very thin light brown head. Aroma is a sweet smoked maltiness with a difficult to put to words scottish yeast character (I wish I still had the beer in front of me). Flavor is sweet, slight smoke/roast, yeasty (in a mineral way?), followed by a moderate hop bitterness, also unusual for the style. Big thick body, but very drinkable, in part due to the hops actually. Delicious in my opinion.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAY 12, 2011
Pours a dark brown with red highlights and a small beige head. Aroma of caramel, pumpernickel, toffee, peat smoke (less obvious than rauchbiers or peaty scotches) and wood. Flavor begins sweet with caramel, brown sugar, and adds plenty of earth, toffee, peaty smoke and dryness. Finishes with only a pinch of bitterness but itís mainly a balance of very gentle smoke, wood, earth, toffee, and lingering caramel. Kinda cloying aftertaste, but itís not actually as annoying as I feared. Medium heavy bodied, seems slightly thin (thanks, filtration!), and the carbonation isnít very creamy. Low alcohol presence. Thereís flaws, sure, but overall Iím really happy I like this as much as I do. Sam Adams: still, a good decision.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (14999) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 11, 2011
Pours black. Tan head. Nose and taste of scotch, peat, smoked chocolate malts and brown sugar. Taste has some medicinal and herbal characteristics. Medium body. Chalky mouth feel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - MAY 11, 2011
bottle thanks to swalden28. poured a dark brown with ruby highlights and a beige head. aroma and flavor were great with chocolate, fudge, and peat. almost heavy body with decent carbonation. this may become a regular drinker for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbill (3605) - Laurel, New York, USA - MAY 11, 2011
12 oz. bottle. Pours deep clear ruby that allows light to pass just along the edges with a thin tan head that lingers through the second sip and leaves light lace. Pleasant aroma of malt with notes of very mild smoke and brown sugar. The flavor is malt with again mild smoke and brown sugar. A bit of the peat comes through in the flavor as well, which I did not get in the nose. There is some moderate alcohol heat towards the finish that lingers briefly before subsiding.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vodka4blood (138) - Miltonboro, Vermont, USA - MAY 10, 2011
Not surprisingly, this is the best Sam Adams Iíve 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 (8267) - La Mesa, California, 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 (2707) - Chicago, 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 (6380) - 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 (7917) - 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.

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