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RATINGS: 421   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Dark brown in color. Candy sugar in used when brewing this beer. Available in September.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kevin62 (267) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 11, 2007
Had this on draft-Poured out an amber color with a small tan head.Aromas of smoke and peat,which were also reflected in the taste,as well as some hops.Different at first,kind of grew on me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PilsnerPeter (3030) - Flushing, New York, USA - NOV 10, 2007
Tap at Barcade: Amber brown pour topped by a tan dense film. Nice thick velvety carbonation, smooth on the palate. Aroma of earthy, lightly smoked malts and cholate-nut hints. The flavor has a roasted peanut character with a light vanilla hints in the background; along with caramel, peat, and a nice smokey finish. A well crafted Scotch Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2007
22oz. Bottle: Aroma is medium sweet. Smells malty with notes of grains, nuts, light wood, brown sugar, caramel, and a hint of chocolate. Poured dark brown with hints of ruby and amber and a large, creamy, khaki head that lasted throughout. Small lacing. Hazy with many small floating particles. Not sparkling. Flavor is lightly sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of chocolate, toasted malts, hazelnuts, smoke, and wood. Medium body. Texture is chewy and a little sticky. Average carbonation. Toasted, malty finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rocbyter (1967) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - NOV 5, 2007
Sweet dark malt with some hints of wood in the aroma. Clear amber color with a small tan head. Strong sweetness in the beginning. Finishing with a moderate bitterness. Slight alcohol burn.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Arayaga2 (1930) - portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 5, 2007
Clear amber with thin white head. Aroma is minimal, but malty and caramelly. Taste is very smoky with a slightly bitter edge. Not bad, but it could use a bit "more" of everything except the smoke.$5/22oz

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JPDIPSO (5124) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 29, 2007
Lightly hazed dark orange/umber color with a small diminished off-white head. Smoke, peat and caramel aromas. Nothing to strong, just pleasant. Malt flavors with some brown sugar. Fairly sweet throughout. Light acidity and some biting smoke and roasted malt flavors. A lightly toasted bread linger. A touch light in feel for me at times, but still a lot of good stuff going on.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - OCT 28, 2007
Pours dark, hazy copper with a small white head. Sweet caramel/toffee aroma with a surprising amount of smokiness. All the malty sweetness I expected is there in the flavor, but alongside of it is a very odd plastic/metallic taste which lingers for what seems like hours after a sip. It might be smoke, but it comes across as nasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - OCT 26, 2007
bottle poured mahogany brown with a thin white lace aromas of smoke , peat ,heather and malt . Mediun body to it. A very smokey flavor. Then some sweet malt ,somewhat earthy finish. Not a bad Ale

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stine (1677) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 17, 2007
Deep mahogany pour, reasonably clear, with a thin but resilient skin of beige. Thick and peat-heavy aroma with a raisin and gingerbread disposition. Quiet, pleasant, and softly sweet, imbuing a tender campfire impression. Smoky flavor with rich heather honey, rye whiskey, and a thorough density of chocolate and caramel malt; well-constructed and rustic. Medium bodied and proportionately rich. Black cherries and licorice rub gently before a kind and smooth finish; this adopts a floral dryness on the ending smack that suggests lavender and thyme. Lingers with a pulse that straddles the medicinal edge, though not in an alcoholic sense. Lovely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2008 Date: 07/10/2004
Mode: Bottle
Source: Vintage Cellar, VA

Appearance: dark brown with ruby highlights, whispy tan head,
Aroma: rich sweet malt aroma,
Flavor: rich dark malt flavor, good carmel sweetness, a nice touch of earthy peat mixed in with a short bitter finish, complex mix of flavors,
Overall: perfect balance of rich dark malt, carmel sweetness, and earthy character for a true scotch ale
-------- /> Date: 07/14/2007
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting

Aroma: lots of earthy smoke and peat in the aroma,
Flavor: rich sweet dark caramel flavor has blended well with the earthy character

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.9/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: ***+/4

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