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RATINGS: 409   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
italianjohn (2309) - 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 (1713) - 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 (1148) - 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 (2673) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Acknud (1078) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - FEB 28, 2011
Thick dark brown pour with a moderate head. Molasses on the nose. Taste is sweet but burns with alcohol. also tastes of dark malt and dark fruits. A good meal finisher and with an alcohol at near 10%, a couple of these might be a night finisher!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Bottle: Pours a clear dark orange/brown with a thin off-white head, sweet grains and caramel in the aroma, full bodied with a slick mouthfeel and a plum aftertaste, starts and ends lightly sweet.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (9042) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 20, 2011
This is the best of the imperial series so far. Very dark brown. Aroma of toffee, light peat, burned sugar. Flavor is much the same. Very light on the peat/smoke level, a bit sweet, burned sugar flavor. Good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (3099) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 19, 2011
A deep dark red in the color. Head if poured correctly is going to be large and copious. Lacing has good retention. Aroma is big time malt with a defanite hint of alcohol. Taste is sweet malt, exclusive malt. Very good carbonation gives a nice zing on the tongue. Mouth feel is full bodied. Finish is a sweet sugary texture with a tinge of alcohol. Definitely in the top 10% of Sam Adams brews.


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