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RATINGS: 411   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ogiergrove (120) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - APR 18, 2011
Smells rich and sweet. Caramel malt flavor with subtle smoke and raisin. Warm but not overly alcoholic taste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
malrubius (1709) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - APR 18, 2011
12 ounce bottle in snifter. Dark brown with tan ring. Mild peat smoke rich earthy woody aroma. Dark rich maple syrup brown sugar with mild fig/raisin fruitiness medium peat ashy woody bitter finish. Nice rich body. Some excessive astringent bitterness in the finish, but overall excellent. Not quite Alesmith, but definitely top notch.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
badnewsbeers (2313) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2011
Reddish brown with small head. Aroma of burnt sugar, alcohol, maple syrup and danish. Some resinous hops. Flavor is highly resinous and caramelized. Too sweet and the body is slightly viscous in a syrupy kind of way that makes this difficult to finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDalkoholic (2146) - Linda Vista, California, USA - APR 16, 2011
Bottle from Whispering Willows Liquor: Poured a dense dark brown color with a thick topping of head which left behind a trail of lacing down my glass. In the aroma, my nose is able to pick up the thick base of syrupy caramel like malts with a slight hint of alcohol in the background. The flavor is rich and intensely sweet with upfront caramelized malts that come across as sticky and syrup like, but balanced in such harmony with the Sammy signature hops that it becomes a well put together Wee Heavy.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 16, 2011
[bottle] Pours clear brown with a small tan head. Aroma is grainy, caramel, light smokiness, not much alcohol. Flavor is pretty nice - rich, light cheese, caramel, light smokiness. Overall, pretty good quality stuff. I would drink this again.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 16, 2011
A nice hint of iodine & peat in the aroma. The body is sweet and not as peaty as the aroma. Thanks Mike.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
topherh (1911) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - APR 16, 2011
Pours nearly black with a tan head. Aroma is peaty smoke and caramel. Flavor is sweet and toasty malt, wood, smoke, and earth.

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RSRIZZO (1853) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2011
12oz bottle poured into a Stem Glass at 42°. Color is a deep dark amber with good carbonation and a small tight tan head. Aroma of malt with a touch of alcohol then a little smoke that gives a Band-Aid like scent. Its bold medium body gives a smooth rich mouth feel. Flavor is rich with chocolate, smoke and radian then an even bitterness. After taste is dry for such a rich brew with the smoke hanging on the end. Overall its another good brew from there Imperial Series, its easy drinking and it seems to cover the alcohol well.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hero12 (180) - Minnesota, USA - APR 15, 2011
*Disclaimer-I have a cold.*I had it in my head that this was a stout. I got a very happy surprise when it poured an opaque mahogany color with a sweet molasses aroma. Taste starts like a scotch ale; then there is an overwhelming molasses taste with hints of chocolate and coffee malts. No noticeable bitterness at all. Full bodied, sticky texture, with a sweet, lasting finish. The more I drink IPA’s the less I like this style, but still a very good beer.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DiarmaidBHK (3393) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2011
Pours a dark rubyish brown with a light brown head. Some malty spice in the nose. Lots of malt and what tastes a bit like peat on the tongue. Warms inside the mouth and grows richer and more complex as it warms.


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