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RATINGS: 167   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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A big bastard of an award winning brew. Exceptionally smooth with rich maltiness and a touch of smoky peat character.


3.7
   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.

3.3
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (7411) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckeyeBoy (5495) - 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.

2.6
   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.

3.7
   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!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClarkVV (5369) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 27, 2006
Draught tulip at Redbones on 11/11/06
Glassy, but mostly clear body is a amalgam of browns, purples, magentas and auburns. Beige head is small, quickly receding to a ring, with only a light film left behind on the glass. No visible carbonation in the liquid.
Esters and melanoidins galore in the nose. Overlaying everything is a bit of char which provides good contrast. Singular black currant-like notes are very vinous and provide acid and plenty of dryness. Char diminishes to a crunchy, almost coffee-like roast. Not all that much sweetness, though some soft, medium-sweet toffee is apparent with warming. The melanoidins are the main show here, dancing about in the nose. Light oxidation, with just a touch of phenolic dryness on the end and a hint of warming alcohol vapors. Fairly full aroma, especially considering the very low carbonation and draught nature of the beer.
Chewy berry jam clusters on the tongue at first sip, slowly slipping in to a light chocolate and toffee note that dries out immensely through the middle, gaining a lightly smoked/roasted character and ending with raw graininess (crystal malts), a bit of char and some modestly acidic, dark malt vinousness. Sweetness never really builds up, and the beer is dry through and through. Probably too dry, though fortunately a low carbonation does not pick apart the little malt softness there is. With each subsequent sip, the same complex, highly flavorful berry-like opening is present (blueberries, apples, raspberries, strawberries, currants, etc...), but the beer is just very attenuated and the roastiness and scratchy crystal malts take things too far down the dry path. Light alcohol warmth on the end, moderately phenolic as well. Slick, nearly oily texture.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sunevdj (3891) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - NOV 3, 2006
Pours a clear red/brown with a foamy tanned head. Smells nutty, malty and strong. Very sweet, nutty with some alcohol. Surprisingly light bodied. Slihtly flowery. Low carbonation. Good, but could use some hops.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - OCT 28, 2006
Dark amber reddish colour with a little head. Lovely aroma of heavy caramel with notes of rostedness and malt. Also nice flavour of malt, caramel, littl eroastedness and some toffee-like. Ends up alcoholic and some choco too.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 23, 2006
Deep reddish colour with a small beige head. Malty, fruity sweet aroma with vanilla nad oak notes. Malty, fruity and light alcohol sweet flavor with notes of wood.


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