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RATINGS: 167   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KyotoLefty (8848) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 8, 2014
Tap at Dig. Orange-brown color with lace. Faint malty nose, a bit smoky, caramel, dried fruits, raisins. Full body, smooth but a bit weird.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bulk_Carrier (3411) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - AUG 17, 2014
Thanx Steve. This was poured into a thistle. The appearance was a ruddy brown color with smooth level one finger white foamy head that dissipated within a minute. There was some light stringy lacing sliding into the beer. The smell had some light peat flavors with a light smokiness running in and out of the aroma. The taste was semi-sweet through some caramel malts, gets the peat to come back combined with the smokiness to blend fairly decently. There was a long smoky sweet aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat right at a medium on the body with a decent sessionability about it. The carbonation had a smooth capability about it letting the smokiness control how it rolled over my tongue. Overall, I say this was a good Scotch ale that I would have again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Mora2000 (6135) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 8, 2014
Thanks to 5000 for sending me this bottle. The aroma is fairly boozy with some heavy peat malt notes. There is also some big dark fruit character. The flavor is kind of strange. It tastes a bit like grape soda with some light toffee and peat thrown in. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Errl (2439) - Plano, Texas, USA - JUL 8, 2014
Bottbottle thanks mora...Nose is peat, spice, caramel, cola...Taste is cola, caramel, grape skin,

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsnicholas (502) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - MAY 15, 2014
UPDATED: APR 11, 2015 Bottle (22oz): This is my current favorite Scotch Ale. Smooth and not to boozy.

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone Update: Was rated 4.4 now 4.2. Update (4/11/2015) Was 4.2 now 4.1. Just adjusting

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deaconmike (456) - Roswell, Georgia, USA - MAY 14, 2014
On tap at Seattle Tap Room at SeaTac. Brown with ruby edges. Very thin tan head. Aroma is subtle - some sweet, but dark ripe fruit on the nose, sweet with a hint of tartness. Taste is sweet with a lot of the dark ripe fruit flavor coming forward along with toffee. Peat and smoke also present. Body is medium, mouthfeel is slick. Good scotch ale

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Strykzone (6214) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2014
Bomber from Hayduke that we had together via facebook chat. This looks like a cola. An earthy and malty aroma. That is tasted along with toffee, and soft fruit. A little whiskey. Moss and brown sugar. The earth is kind of lichen and mushrooms. Earth is the after taste but it is accompanied by brown sugar and lichen. I don’t love this style at all so my rating will reflect that. It did have a rich smooth feel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hayduke (4459) - Eureka, California, USA - MAR 27, 2014
Shared tasting with Strykzone on Facebook Chat. Pours a dark ruby red with a robust foamy tan head but no lacing. Nose is very malty with some ripe fruit. Medium in body. . Flavor is a very smooth and rich malt and there is vanilla, smoke or peat, and a hint of bourbon. Alcohol is well hidden. There is a little bitterness in the finish that works with the rich malts. This is quite a beer but almost overpowering. A sipper for sure.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (18101) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 9, 2014
Draught at Seattle Tap Room (Sea-Tac Airport)
Brown color, dark and clean, with small creamy head. Nutty beer, full bodied: good caramel component, with moderate sweetness; the aroma is too simple, the flavor quite nice; light fruity esters complete the picture in a pleasant way; correct bitterness. Could be mistaken for a Doppelbock as it’s very clean.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (4173) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 2, 2014
924 yen, on tap for a half-pint at Bakujun. Dark red almost onyx pour with a thin filmy beige head. Fruity plum, rich sweet malt aroma. Smooth slick but med-light body. Sweet malty beer, berries, caramel, toffee flavor. Very drinkable. My overall impression is this is an incredibly smooth scotch ale, well put together with no hint of the ABV it is packing...

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