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RATINGS: 415   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.

Bricks' rating

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bricks (673) - Delaware, USA - MAY 21, 2011
Smell isn’t great, almost of stagnant water and pennies. Good taste, but not a favorite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
climberbob (232) - Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2015
Bottle sweet nose and dark but not opaque pour. Slightly syrupy palate but not overpowering. Light on the peat but overall a decent beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
zvsn (825) - ISRAEL - JAN 19, 2015
Bottle sample. 2012 bottle, thanks Alex F. Pours dark mahogany-brown with a stable beige head. Aroma of caramel, prunes, raisins and alcohol. Very sweet, dark and roasted malts, caramel, dried fruits, light smoky notes, very boozy. Rather full bodied, slightly syrupy. Very rich but heavy and alcoholic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerdedone (2828) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2014
Bottle. Pours a deep dark brown with a creamy tan head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, smoke and chocolate. Sweet & malty flavor with caramel, chocolate, raisins, toffee, dark fruit and some peaty smokiness.Creamy slick texture, full bodied, average carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (6336) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 1, 2014
"imperial series beer - THE most smokey beer of 8 in the style tonight. full feel, almost sticky, sweet...almost overly so...not quite, but quite pleasant overall. the peat and smokiness won me over a little. dark and thick."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rollsrace (62) - - AUG 24, 2014
Not too syrupy, not as much as the imperial stout. Probably the best of the imperial series.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkmagus82 (1913) - - AUG 21, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 1-5-13- Poured from bottle into a snifter glass Appearance – Pours a deep brown color with highlights of a ruby red shinning through when held up to the light. Upon pouring there is only a fine film on the top of the brew. This fades fast with little lacing. Upon swirling the beer in the glass its thickness can be seen with the brew clinging to the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma is big and sweet. It consists of a load of caramel and toffee with some sweet smells of a dark fruit nature (mainly cherry and plum). Mixed with these aromas are a light chocolate smell and a decent presence of a scotch aroma. Taste – The taste is not nearly as sweet then you would expect from the nose. The flavor begins with a big malty and bready taste mixed with a lighter caramel sweetness. Other sweet flavors of a buttery toffee and some cocoa come to the tongue more toward the middle of the flavor. Along with the toffee and cocoa also comes the forefront of the alcohol taste. It begins rather mild and of a more rum like nature. As the taste advances toward the end however the boozy taste gets quite a bit stronger and take on a more whisky like flavor with smoky notes and some woody flavors coming to the tongue. The taste is rather dry and boozy at the end, leaving a very warming and smoky and roasty malt flavor to linger in the mouth. Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is on the thicker side, but for a 10% abv wee heavy it may be a little light to average with a carbonation level that is quite light. Quite appropriate for the style and fitting for the whisky and malty flavors of the brew. Overall – A nice smoky brew that is good to sit back with and sip slowly while being warmed by all the boozy and roasty flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VastActiv (3367) - Oulu, FINLAND - AUG 13, 2014
Bottle at Punavuoren Ahven, Helsinki. Originally rated 02062012. Colour is dark brown with small head. Aromas and flavours: Sweetness, caramel and roasted malts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
zoucrew102 (725) - - JUL 6, 2014
Bottle, thanks sevenhokie! Caramel and roasted malt aroma with just a hint of peaty smoke. Pours dark coke colored tinged with a bit of ruby. Started off with one finger of light brown head that mostly dissipated, but thin layer is still hanging around and good lacing. Starts with sweet caramel and roasted malts to start. Finishes smooth with a strong peaty smoke that sticks on the palate for quite a while. Solid wee heavy, but I thought it a little too smoky for my tastes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cmacklin (326) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 10, 2014
12 fl oz bottle. Deep orange brown colour with small beige head. Aroma is roasted malt, caramel and fruit. Flavor is sweet with notes of caramel, malt, prunes and light smoke in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hotstuff (4388) - Indiana, USA - APR 10, 2014
Rated on 4-17-2011 (Bottle) The appearance is a medium sized semi-fizzy tan head that mostly diminishes, reddish brown transparent body, very little carbonation observed, and one ring of lacing. The aroma is caramel malt, lightly smokey and lightly fruity. The taste is dark fruits, caramel malt, lightly smokey, and some alcohol. The mouthfeel is lightly tingly and this beer is medium bodied. Overall, this beer is easy to drink at 10%ABV and a sipping beer. It has a very good flavor, worth trying and a beer I would drink again.

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