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RATINGS: 413   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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HonkeyBra (3519) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2011
Labeled as Sam Adams Imperial Series Wee Heavy, 10% alcohol. Very dark brown, near black, pour. Minimal tan head. Aroma of molasses, smoke, brown sugar, caramel, toffee. Flavor of dark fruits, smoke, caramel, molasses . Thick mouthfeel. Finishes smokey and sweet.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RoscoeJackson (378) - Michigan, USA - MAR 11, 2011
big beige head. pretty big taste of roasted tobacco. some hops. very roasty and not much sweetness. overall pretty decent.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (11070) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 11, 2011
Bottle. Poured clear dark brown color with a large frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted malt and smoke aroma. Medium body with smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted sweet flavor with a medium to heavy toasted sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Very enjoyable brew

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Arayaga2 (1811) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 10, 2011
Dark ruby brown with a cm of light brown head. Aroma is worty caramel, with a bit of metal. Taste is the same but rich and smoky with high residual sweetness, and finishes with a bitter astringency and caramel. $3/12oz

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
italianjohn (2372) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2011
Deep reddish/brown pour nice tan head lively but receded a very good looking beer ... aroma is malty caramel and light smoke .... taste is rich caramel malt, lightly roasted and toffee and smoked peat malts with a lightly bitter malty finish ... well done and balanced very drinkable bottle said 10% this beers dangerous .... one of the best sam adams brews in my humble opinion

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zathrus13 (1723) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAR 9, 2011
Bottle. Pours clear dark brown, with a light brown head. Aroma is malt, and brown sugar. Flavor is roasted malt, smoke, caramel, alcohol and a little chocolate.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
troyc (2473) - Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2011
[Bottle] Pours a clear dark brown color with a dense beige head. Aroma of caramel malts, alcohol and sweet grains. Molasses, burnt caramel, some toast and residual sugars in the taste. Decent amount of hop presence throughout. Noticeable alcohol burn in the finish. Very little peat or smoke in here. Seemed more like a Barleywine. Not much going on here though. Mediocre.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boliv (1149) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2011
Bottle. Pours clear burgundy with a small light brown head. Aromas of smoke and peat initially, with roasty malt, berries, and alcohol present as it warms. The flavor is sweet burnt sugar and caramel, smoked oak and earth, with some bitter cocoa and vanilla in the finish. Medium to full-bodied, warming, and nearly creamy. A good beer, and a fine winter warmer. [627]

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
keepersj12 (2758) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 5, 2011
Decent brew for the style. Starts out with a malt and peat, earth aroma from a dark brown pour with a thin tan head. This is loaded with sweet malt but the most prominent note is the smoke. Peat burning on the braes and the moors like a lost soul searching the Scottish hillside for a lost love. As a Scotts man, this is good stuff.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kmyers8807 (176) - Ohio, USA - MAR 2, 2011
Bottle. Not this biggest scotch ale fan, but this one seemed different. The taste was much sweeter than others ive had. Seemed thick with molasses and a bit boozy. The flavor did come out more as it got to and above room temperature.


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