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RATINGS: 414   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nearbeer (3899) - 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 (1098) - 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 (1052) - 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 (5070) - 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 (139) - 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 (2009) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5136) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2011
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a black color with a small foamy brown head that left some lacing. The aroma was malty, toasty and had notes of ripe dark fruits and wood. The flavor was malty, smoky and woody with a chewy toasty base and notes of sharp floral hops, scotch whiskey and fig. The finish was long and malty with lingering cherry, smoke and wood. Fairly full bodied. Interesting.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (9270) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2011
12oz bottle. Poured a deep and dark brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Lacing left on the glass. Aromas of roast, dark fruits, caramel, and chocolate. Tastes of some woodiness, roasty, dark fruits, chocolate, and caramel.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tgncc (2923) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAR 19, 2011
Nice aroma of smoke, peat, earth, molasses. The appearance is deep red/brown, translucent, light tan head. The flavor is chocolate, smoke, molasses, booze. Very nice. The finish is pine and resiny hops. Decent body, medium to medium/thick. Nice. Sam is on a roll lately.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
osu97gp (664) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 19, 2011
Pours a dark red-brown with a thin off white head. Aroma is of smoke, caramel and some faint alcohol. Flavor of dark fruits, hops, caramel with a strong alochol flavor the whole time. Decent.


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