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RATINGS: 415   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
topherh (1914) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RSRIZZO (1873) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DiarmaidBHK (3610) - Lewisburg, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (7262) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 13, 2011
Poured up on tap at Papago’s in Phoenix with deep mahogany body with garnet edges and decent looking tan head. The mild aroma is sweet with chocolate and molasses as well as dark fruity esters. Near the end of the draw it gets a bit peaty. The taste is bold with prunes, figs and caramel covered raisins. It then moves into some dark roasted malt notes as well as a moderate level of peaty smoke, a sliver of chocolate and then a sense of booze into the finish. Nice stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (4669) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - APR 12, 2011
Pours deep mahogany-tinged black into a thistle. Pancake batter head wtih excellent retention leaves spider lacing as it recedes. Sweet caramel and peat aromas. Sweet licorice upfront turning to soy before the lasting slick smoke finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WesKBob (563) - Bethany, Oklahoma, USA - APR 12, 2011
Pours an opaque dark brown. Mild aroma of toffee, carmelized sugar and peat earthiness. Flavor is similar, with more of the peat and some more bitter coffee notes coming out. Very nice.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
unclemattie (4320) - Georgia, USA - APR 11, 2011
12oz bottle. Very dark brown. Aroma of toasted malts. Tastes of chocolate and toasted malts. Rich and malty. Heavy bodied. Strong and alcoholic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexsdad06 (6450) - Ohio, USA - APR 10, 2011
12 oz.bottle from Root Cellar. Pours a very deep mahogany brown color with a medium beige head. The aroma has moderate peatiness, decent roast, caramel malts, earthy, with a surprising amount of smokiness. The flavor is more smoke and peat, earthy, moderately sweet caramel malt helps to keep the peat in check. The alcohol notes are scotch like and woody. I actually had high hopes for this; it did not quite live up to expectations. This seems like it is not too far away from being really good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcox90 (1634) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - APR 10, 2011
12 oz bottle from a 4 pack. Pours dark, muddy brown with a thin beige cap. Aroma is heavy with smoke, peat moss and earth. Flavor is still very smoky and earthy, but also very sweet. Almost has a molasses quality to it. Heavy palate with a long bitter finish.

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