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RATINGS: 171   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
A big bastard of an award winning brew. Exceptionally smooth with rich maltiness and a touch of smoky peat character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
presario (4903) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 15, 2007
GCBF sample. Huge peaty imperial scotch IPA. Strong malt body. Hoppy and dark.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CapFlu (5101) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 10, 2007
(Draught) Sampled at the Great Canadian Beer Festival 2007 in Victoria on September 7th, 2007. Good nose of scotch. Mild malt and a wood base. Above average.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (11560) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2007
22oz bottles acquired in trade with Larry Pitonka. Tasted side by side with the Barrel Aged version so notes will reflect the side by side tasting. Both versions poured a medium mahogany with a small sized off white head. The BA version was cloudy with the regular version being clear. They both had an earthy, peaty and caramel aroma (stronger in the BA) with the BA also possesing the expected aromas of vanilla, wood, and also a smokiness. The overall aromas of the regular were on the softer and subtle side. They both shared tastes of nuts, caramel, and earthiness. The BA also had wood, vanilla, smoke, and citrus. Overall the BA was more complex and enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
egajdzis (6130) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2007
Poured a lightly hay, reddish brown color with a thin, light tan head that left spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel, peated malts, roast, and a bit of alcohol. Taste of more caramel malts, nuts, smoke, with citrus, and a bit of alcohol in the finish. Thin mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - SEP 6, 2007
Thanks to hopdog. Pours a ruby red/brown with a medium light tan bubbly head that left some lacing. Aroma of dark fruits, toffee, caramel, lightly toasted malts and some vanilla. Flavor of caramel, sweet malts, brown sugar, light hop profile.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Enniskillen (2045) - Salinas, California, USA - JUL 21, 2007
Draft, Uber Tavern. Brown with a nice off white head. Light caramel aroma, with light roasted malts. Taste is tabacco, caramel, smoke. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (7608) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUL 7, 2007
22. Pours deep ebony, not quite opaque--you can see little bits of the other sides of the glass though the odd garnet highlight. Headless, laceless, carbless; not a lot of bunting on the balcony with this one. Big malt sugar nose--plummy, date-like, figgish, sharp pitted fruit tang. Still body on the attack, faintest hint of carb. Tobacco and leather flavors complement the fruit notes on the mid-palate. Sticky, molasses-y finish. Nice enough. Curious about the Fat Woody now.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckeyeBoy (6093) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 21, 2007
On Tap at BrewPub. Pours out a Dark redish topped with a small off white head. Another one of there brews with a sweet malt aroma and tast. not bad.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - APR 30, 2007
Tap - Brewery
A deep brown color with a thin head. This Scotch ale was more like a strong ale. The 9% is a strong giveaway this is trying to hard to be a great scotch ale. The scotch ale flavors will bring outt he beer not the high octane. I felt this beer missed the boat and was trying to hard to be somehting it was not. A great beer needs flavor not just high alochol. I wish this had more malt character and some spicy flavors and the deep earthtones a scotch ale would have. They just added more malt to get a huge high gravity beer. Theflaovr giets knocked out for this reason. Better luck next time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - MAR 28, 2007
Bottle. Pours a reddish-brown with a khaki head on top. Aroma is full of maltiness with nuts, caramel, toffee, raisins, and dark fruits. Flavor is very sweet upfront with caramel and dark fruits coming in. Vanilla and chocolate come in after the intial hit to the tongue along with a roastiness to help balance the beer out from being overly sweet. A slight smokey flavor is within the beer as well, coming in mid-palate. Slight hints of alcohol come in at the very end. A good enjoyable beer!

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