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RATINGS: 409   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Dark brown in color. Candy sugar in used when brewing this beer. Available in September.


4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
amp811 (38) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - MAR 17, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2009 Very malty with little hops bitterness to counterbalance it, which I love. The malt combined with the candy sugar give it a pleasant, sweet taste. If youíre not careful, youíll finish this one quickly. Note: Iím a little biased when it comes to a Scotch Ales, especially a good one like this.

4.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ericnixon (740) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 23, 2004
On tap - Super mega dark coppery color that was only somewhat normal copperyness around the edges. I couldn't discern a perceptable aroma (i have a slight cold). Slight fizzy mouthfeel with a blissfully wonderful malty taste. Simply amazing stuff. Sadly, my girlfriend liked it a lot too...meaning she gave me the beer she was drinking and she got the rest of mine. )=

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2004
Dark brown, clear, with a light brown head. Sweet nose with licorice, coffee, chocolate. Exquisite flavor--sweet and rosy, with some light chocolate notes and fruity hints of cherries and strawberries.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 18, 2003
This is an extremely tasty ale and another winner from Smuttynose. Fresh malt aroma and deep garnet color. Nice roasted malt flavor with underlying taste of chocolate and cherries. Nicely balanced with hop presence, this is an exceptional Scotch ale. Many thanks to Goz for this tasty treat.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
KariCupcake (214) - Lenox, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 29, 2005
Big bottle. Smells nice. Very very smooth and tastes like thistles (didnít see the label on the bottle until after I tasted it) with an undercurrent of apples. No aftertaste at all. I love it!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jde123 (765) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 21, 2014
This is one great tasting beer! Pours with minimal head, nice and aromatic. One of the better selections from the Smuttynose BIG BEER series of beers.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kidobutai (421) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2014
This is one good tasting beer! Beautiful dark red color makes up for the minimal head. Sweet to the smell, and it goes down very smooth, I was surprised if didnít have a higher ABV. highly recommended.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joekinty (263) - rockledge, Florida, USA - JUN 30, 2008
what a beautiful beer wonderfull aromas of swet malts dark fruits roasted barley and slight tabacco slight cherry in the flavor some moked or peated malts just a great brew hope you enjoy it as much as I did

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 17, 2009
22oz bomber from Hannaford. Pours a dark copper hazy body with a good inch of khaki colored head. Smells smoky/peaty with hints of chocolate. Chocolate, coffee, burnt malt, peat/smoke, caramel... Rich full body with just enough carbonation. A bit of a sipper, but one sip definitely invites another. I wish my review were more glowing, but this honestly is the best wee-heavy Iíve ever had, and another slam-dunk for Smuttynose!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (9518) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2004
This beer rocks!...Crystal clear, copper ale with a mid-sized, frothy, white head. Good retention. The nose is very malty with notes of toffee, caramel, bisquit, cola, light molasses and pear. Well-balanced flavor with light molasses, floral hops and a touch of salt. Full-bodied with a silky mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Lengthy, astringent, dry finish. World class beer!


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