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RATINGS: 261   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   EST. CALORIES: 248   ABV: 8.27%
This hearty red-brown ale has a slight smokey aroma of sweet caramel and lightly toasted malt. The flavor is malty, yet very smooth, with a delicate hop finish and a creamy head. Recommended Serving Temperature: 50°F

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
queenholly (3593) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - JAN 19, 2014
Bottle. Lactic prune, earthy malt and alcohol aroma. Brown with a small tan head. Smoky caramel malt and prune flavor. Alcohol well hidden. Body on the light side of medium, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfinney23 (2391) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2013
Pours dark amber with a thin head. Caramel, roasted malt and a light smokiness. A tad too sweet for my taste but still mighty fine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SSSteve (4007) - - AUG 3, 2013
bottle. clear deep amber with a lots a lively bubbles and a medium, creamy, stable, beige head. earthy, peaty, smokey, caramel aroma. flavor is strongly smoked and earthy with a balancing caramel sweetness. long smokey finish. could almost fit in the smoked beer catagory. not really supposed to be smokey for style, but this beer is really tasty. i am continually impressed with sprechers offering.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kaser (4616) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2013
This is very scotchy. Almost too much. Kind of sweet. Carmel and malty. Not a fan. Had this on draft at the sprecher brewpub in lake Geneva, IL.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerbaaron (1816) - Arizona, USA - AUG 1, 2013
Medium frothy tan head. Clear brown amber. Aroma is malty sweet, very peaty, smokey. Medium body. Soft. Lots of peat/smoke, some malty burnt caramel sweetness. Some alcohol. Dryish finish. Pretty decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChainGangGuy (4600) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUN 30, 2013
12 ounce bottle - $2.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a darkish amber-brown body with good clarity capped by a smallish, near white head.

Smell: Vibrant caramelized sugars, toast, roast and given a good dosing of fruity esters. All the while, there’s pervasive, peat-driven smokiness.

Taste: Toasted, lightly roasted malts hit with a little sweet caramel. Poignant peat character throughout that, when it combines with the upfront sweetness, tastes like a sweet barbecue sauce. Sorta. Fruity esters of golden raisin and cherry. A little herbal hop character, a little bitterness, but it’s not enough to keep it from finishing with a sweet, smoky peat flavor. Quite the malt-forward brew, here.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Very, very slight stickiness to the mouthfeel.

Overall: Sweet and smoky!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cybercat (4288) - Georgia, USA - JUN 10, 2013
Comes out of the growler a clear and bubbly mahogany, almost a Coca-Cola brown with a fluffy and frothy, if not persistent, buff head. Malty aroma has a strong syrupy caramel overtone and just a hint of cloves - and yes, a hint of roast malt. Flavor echoes the caramel and roast malt notes of the aroma, with touches of cloves and barbecue. Flavor is firm and smooth, if not too fizzy. Overall, satisfying and enjoyable. Let this Piper down your pipes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fredis23 (515) - Hickory Hills, Illinois, USA - JUN 3, 2013
Muddy Reddish Brown, Good Head and Lacing. Scotch Aroma. Sweet Malt, Toffee, Molasses, Lightly Toasted, Scotch that does not over power. . Well hidden high alcohol, nice belly warming feel. Pretty Good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SudsMcDuff (7277) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAY 27, 2013
bought at Whip-In in Austin,TX .. . happy to see Sprecher in Texas, great brewery! .. . and this didn’t disappoint .. . pours a deep molasses brown/black .. . great tasting beer, has a solid smoke feel, some toffee and burnt caramel .. . just a lovely beer, yes- lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BiggOnion (68) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - APR 20, 2013
Dark caramel appearance, with a thin head. Smoky taste that doesn’t linger too long...perfect for a cold night

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