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RATINGS: 415   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - APR 8, 2011
Bottle. Stunning appearance. Clear but rick mahogany brown with some hints of red and a tall lacing light tan colored head. This might be the longest lasting head I have ever encountered--I love it. Great malt aroma: nutty, woody, earthy, vanilla yeast, sweet candi sugar almost like belgian candi. The flavor is not as appealing. It has all the same notes, but is just a bit too much. A bit too sweet, and noticeable booze, though not as much as the abv might suggest. I think this would be great at around the 7-8% range. Definitely has a serious scotch quality. Full bodied with minimal carbonation; thick and coating. Overall: the foundation for an amazing beer lies within, but the ultimate product needs some serious tweaking.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexanderj (3427) - Branson, Missouri, USA - APR 7, 2011
Bottle; poured a dark brown color, not great light, with a smallish khaki head. Aroma of smoky peat, caramel, roasted malt, and earth. Flavor was quite good, with earth, peat, caramel and roasted, smoky malt. A bit of a band aid flavor, but not too much.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DennisG (5) - - APR 7, 2011 does not count
I was not a big fan of this beer, To me it tasted a lot like other Sam Adams beers. It was not bad, it just did not stand out to me that I would seek it out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
17thfloor (2439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2011
Bottle. Pours a fairly dark creamy chocolate brown, canít see thru it, sticky sudsy, dark beige head. If it werenít for the fact that the aroma was so light and the bit of pool water, it would be an 8, really nice balanced bit of smoke, very lightly peaty that it almost seems like another type of smoked malt, smokey wet woods, creamy rich milk chocolate. Flavor follows exactly but is a bit cleaner, really nice balanced wet wood smoke flavor, just faintly peaty, the chocolate is fantastic, creamy milk chocolate and bacon, lightly fruity esters, I usually donít like smoke in my Scotch Ale but this one is actually very nice, hides the alcohol very well too, loads of dry cola, which is great. Great body, smooth chocolate, not sticky or chewy, medium/full bodied, smooth lightly milked, carbonation is medium but soft, great clean finish with a long fruity smokey aftertaste. At first I was ready to not like this one... but itís really opened up. Bit of a bacony, burnt brown sugar and fruity plum aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2011
Pours almost black with some ruby highlights. Some light pillowy head. Nose is smokey, rich caramel and bread like malts, and dark dried fruits and fruity esters. Taste is full on smoke, light roasted notes of chocolate, sweet malts, prunes, molasses. The body is oily and medium to medium heavy fullness. Really a nice brew! Im pleasantly surprised but could be a little heavier bodied.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
48FanInCali (827) - California, USA - APR 3, 2011
I am hopping I received a bad bottle becuase this was absolute crap. Pour was fine and the nose was at least ok with some smokey peet. The taste was almost entirely like Band Aids. Not sure how this happens to a beer but it certainly isnít the first time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
onceblind (5882) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 31, 2011
Poured out a dark brown with a light khaki head. Aroma was pretty strong on the malt, where a 10% Scotch Ale should be. Lots of smoked peat, some cocoa, caramel, oak, and a fair bit of nuttiness. Flavor not far off from the nose. Oaked peat and smokey caramel malts with a touch of chocolate, a fair bit of booze, and overall a very definitive Scotch Ale. Hops were very very faint, with a pretty sweet lingering finish, though I must say the texture was a bit weird--like soy sauce. Not the best drinking Wee Heavy, but a delicious one and one that for me defines the style---minus the booze.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2011
Bottle pours dark reddish color with head. Aroma is sticky sweet caramel with a touch of butterscotch. Heavy mouthfeel. Flavor is pretty consisent with the style and is not that remarkable. Average.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeremytoni (3018) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAR 31, 2011
From a bottle poured a brown color with a fair amount of head. Strong sweet malty flavor with a quick finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
scottw86 (1151) - Maryland, USA - MAR 28, 2011
Poured a deep brown color with a medium sized light-tan head. Aroma is very smokey with lots of scotch notes. Some alcohol noticeable. Also raisins and brown sugar. Taste is very flavorful with raisins and scotch at first. The taste transitions into a very smokey and fig finish with roasted malts and caramel. The alcohol is hidden well in the taste. The aftertaste is a little weird, but not in a bad way. Overall itís very flavorful and tasty.

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