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RATINGS: 171   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skyview (5542) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JAN 19, 2010
Received a 22-oz bomber via trade with 5000. Pours a burnt reddish brown colored brew with a thick and lumpy off-white head that has some nice retention and lacing. Aroma of roasted caramel malt, some smoked peat, toffee, and floral hops. Taste is semi-sweet peat and caramel malt flavors. Medium bodied, soft carbonation with addition flavors of dark pitted fruits and floral hops. Finish is semi-sweet, candied berries, peat and toffee aftertaste that slowly disappears. Actually, quite nice for a full strength scotch ale.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaltOMeal (1093) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2009
Pours a cola-like color with no head. nose is of peat, malt and smoke. Taste is the same peat and malt. Mouthfeel is medium-thin. Not bad.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
BarossaLuke (552) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 26, 2009
Light brown with red hue, little head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is slightly burnt toffee, a little peatish/smoke aroma, caramel with a slight American hop aroma too. Slightly smoky and caramel on the palate, again with a very slight American hop flavour of fruit and citrus. Some nice raisin/fruit cake flavour too. Medium to full bodied, well balanced. An obvious American take on the style, but that is in no way a negative thing. Good beer!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 20, 2009
Pours a dark reddish brown with a thin head. Nose is standard for the style, hints of molasses, smoke, and dark fruits. Taste is very smoky, lots of brown sugar, molases, maple syrup and booze.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2009
Remarks Thin head.Clear dark ruby red black color.Sweet malt aroma.Mild hops.Creamy rich cloying sweet dark fruit fig black cherry roasted malty minimal smoky heather pine note body.Smooth & Rich.Mild malt spice hot EtOH malty end.Minimal Scottish Bourban notes.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
icmac (33) - Washington, USA - DEC 13, 2009
No overwhelming scents. The head was creamy and left a little lace on the glass. Extremely smooth considering the high alcohol content. Nice malt flavor. Color is dark.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mar (5227) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2009
bottle thanks to zdk9 from ba. deep amber with a cream head. nose is smokey, malts, light caramel and faint alcohol. nice on the palate with a hearty caramel flavor and a chewy peaty finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thirdeye11 (6043) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2009 ( 22oz bomber thanks to BA zdk9) pours clear dark reddish brown with spare ring of bubbles. Nose of burnt brown sugar, caramel and light peat. Taste of roasted sweet grains, toasted sugar, alcohol, caramel and peat. A little syrupy and undercarbonated but tastes nice on finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 2, 2009
(bottle from RiversideAK). Clear dark brown color. Medium tan head, which is mostly diminishing. Aroma of bread and molasses. Sweet molasses flavor with light alcohol. Avg duration. Thin texture. Smooth finish. Moderate carbonation. Spare lacing.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 26, 2009
22oz bottle from riversideAK - thanks, Alex! My man hooked me up with the barrel-aged version of this brew a while back, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that the base beer is equally complex and inviting. Mellow malts in the nose and then a lively fruit bouquet emerges, pert and intriguing. Full bodied and smooth on the palate, the flavors mingle very pleasantly, with enough hops in there to balance things out. A hint of vanilla but not much smoke or peat in there. Overall, though, a very lively version of the style.


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