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RATINGS: 114   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.84   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Limited Release. 100% Scottish Maris Otter malt was used in the brewing. The combination of the scottish malts and slow aging process produces a unique brew as distinctive as single malt whiskey with a subtly different taste than any other beer. Look for a sweet malty taste with a backround of floral notes from english fuggle hops. To not be confused with the Scotch Ale that Saranac sells.


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (11191) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 9, 2003
Clear amber body with light tan head. Aroma is sweet and caramel malty. Taste is sweet up front, caramel malty -- just like you’d expect in a Scottish ale. The finish has some earthy bitterness that combines nicely with the sweetness. Medium body.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (8552) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 29, 2002
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2006 Bottle... Mostly clear amber ale with orange highlights and a mid-sized, frothy, off-white head. Malty, earthy aroma with notes of caramel, yeast, spent grain, light chocolate and a hint of smoke. Malty, floral flavor with good balance. Medium-bodied with modest carbonation. Lengthy, dry finish. Grassy at the wee end.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Drake (7950) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - APR 7, 2012
12 ounce bottle. Pours a clear copper color with a medium sized off-white head. Average head retention. Aroma of toasted and toffee malts and an earthy hop note. The taste is pale malts, sweet malts and a floral hop finish. Medium bodied.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (7803) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 12, 2004
Dark yellow color, clear appearance. Aroma resembles a lager, with a grainy nose. Medium body, sticky, with a light grain and wheat flavor. Finish has a scotch character, which is quite nice, but otherwise this one misses.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7502) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2004
Had this with the 2003 12 Beers of X-mas. Pours straw colored, with an aroma of dry white wine, scotch, and slight citrus. Medium head. First taste is hoppy and super dry. I can really taste the single-row barley! Finishes smooth, dry, and slightly acrid. This is the Johnny Walker Black of beers, and I think some reviewers didn't realize what they were going for here. Very crisp. Like a fine Scotch/white wine/beer hybrid. Very complex. Nice.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jtclockwork (7137) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 11, 2010
Nice dark amber pour with white head. Nose and taste is very sweet molasses. Rated 11/23/02

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6331) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 26, 2009
Pours brown with a thin tan head. Smells fruity and breaddy. Tastes of sweet malt, fruity, soe peppery splashes. Interesting.

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
PorterPounder (5205) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2002
Aroma - closest thing I can think of is baby diapers! But the taste makes up for it. Quite a complex flavor to it - hard to put into words. Looks like a single malt scotch - high marks for appearance in that regard. Many complex flavors - hard to pinpoint - kind of a spicy thing going on. Had better from Saranac - but I compliment them for branching out into so many styles.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 21, 2002
Not like any other scottish ales yet not like an english pale ale. Perhaps it is more of a mild ale. I love using marris otter pale malt in almost all my homebrews, so this was a welcome and familiar taste and mouthfeel. Very low hop character throughout, remains smooth, and has a clean finish.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4547) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2008
From old tasting notes. Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a medium amber color with a medium sized white head. The aroma was somewhat faint but had a sweet maltines. The flavor was a bit off and odd but had a light nutty caramel presence with a touch of smoke and almost canned mushroom juice. No hops to speak of. A bit thin and watery. An interesting idea but it did not do a whole lot for me.


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