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RATINGS: 408   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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiver29 (1025) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeremytoni (2948) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
scottw86 (1089) - 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 it’s very flavorful and tasty.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
robgibbens (402) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - MAR 26, 2011
Found this at my favorite beer store and had to pick it up. Wee Heavy pours very dark but there is crimson on the edges. Almost no head from my bottle pour. Aroma is roasted chocolate. Medium bodied and a little sweet with caramel and chocolate notes. The alcohol is present and you feel it on your tongue. Overall not bad but certainly a slow drink!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nearbeer (3586) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 26, 2011
12 oz. Deep chocolate brown with a small lasting head.Nose of caramel, vanilla and a hint of whiskey. Flavor is similar with a bit of earthy smoke and char. Medium heavy body is tingly with alcohol and a bit rough on the palate.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
demitriustown (1054) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAR 25, 2011
12 oz bottle:Aroma of sweet caramel candy, raisins, alcohol, bready, hops are poking through and some roasted notes. Appearance is deep dark blacfk with a reddish tinge around the edges and an off white to tan head that diminishes into a soapy film. Taste is surprisingly spicey, caramel malt, a soy like texture, the thing that’s note doing it for me is that is way overspiced. Overall, Aroma and appearance were good but the taste and palate fell short. Cheers!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MmmcKay (1051) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - MAR 24, 2011
Bottle. Dark and rich. Alcohol was somewhat prevalent in what was otherwise a standout beer. Not quite boozy, this beer still has plenty of kick. Mostly balanced for the style, this had a nice body that wasn’t over the top in flavor. Creamy and full. A wee heavy but not too much. Can’t wait to try this again.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
notalush (4764) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 24, 2011
Bottle - pours a dark purplish red - fizzy head - intensely peaty nose, with some plum, raisin and toffee behind it - quite a bit of alcohol back there, too - medium bodied, especially for the strength - flavor is loaded with peat as well - earthy and dry for a second before the plum and toffee sweetness take over, which is a good thing, because there needed to be something to balance that peat - a bit of spicy alcohol, vanilla - not too bad, but a little rough, especially in the finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CJfromPhilly (138) - Aston, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2011
Pours from the 12 oz. bottle a cola-like dark brown with an off-white one finger head that leaves lacing as it settles into a modest collar. Hard to gauge the carbonation level of a beer to dark to see through. Aroma is of sweet, smoky malt...hints of caramel, toffee, and the smoked peat described on the label. The aroma of alcohol is also present, the way it would be in a single malt scotch. 1st sip brings everything promised on the nose...caramel, toffee, smoky peat, and alcohol. There is a silky smoothness on the tongue, with a solid mouthfeel. Light hints of the smoke & alcohol linger on an otherwise clean finish. Drinkability is quite good for a beer with such a big abv wallop, but these are obviously sippers, not chuggers. Overall, another very good offering from Boston Beer Company, an increasingly underappreciated brewery IMHO, although I can’t understand why!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crazyvin (1898) - New York, USA - MAR 24, 2011
A dark reddish-brown body with a tan head that had good retention and a little lace. Aroma was of caramel, alcohol and a little bit of peat. Flavor was primarily sweet, some alcohol notes and mild notes of vanilla and smoke. ice mouth feel. Smooth finish.


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