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RATINGS: 252   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   EST. CALORIES: 248   ABV: 8.27%
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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: 50įF


2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - SEP 16, 2005
Copper with ruby highlights. Aroma is initially oxidized with some sour and strange fruit cocktail. Taste isnt that bad though, however its thin bodied. Nice warming alcohol sensation though but those damn off flavors. Wish I could put my finger on what it is.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 11, 2005
Pours a transparent deep dark copper with hints of ruby and a thin, light tan head. Aroma is lightly peaty, smoked and sweet with a full deep caramel maltiness and a touch of earthy, piney hops. Body starts full and sweet with nice authenticity and lots of well-balanced malt. Light complexity is very enjoyable. Iím glad Sprecher is brewing this again.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DavidP (1746) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 10, 2005
12oz bottle. Clear reddish-brown body under a medium light tan head. Earthy, dry aroma: Butterscotchy caramel malt followed by earthy peat. The first thing I notice when sipping is the satisfyingly thick mouthfeel; it fits the rest of the flavor very well. Strong earthy notes, rye spice, and well-toasted carmael malt. Finishes with a malty tartness and dried leafiness. This beer is unique because it provides big flavors w/o resoritng to high hopping levels. The maltís kilning really stands out. There might be some hops in here but theyíre in a stricly supportive role here. What a treat!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2005
Nose is nutty caramel, but taste brings in smoke (misplaced); body thinner than expected --- was expecting more

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (5741) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 5, 2005
Bottle provided by redlum:

Nice coppery hue with an initial large fizzy head that faded to nothing and no lace. The aroma has notes of caramel and grainy malts, toffee, overripened pear and blackberry, walnut, wispery smoke and a bit phenolic. The taste is sweet malts supported by some equally sweet fruit. The finish is most bready and a dash of salty and smoked character (I didnít get any peatmoss like others). If you donít like sweet beers you probably will not like this. The feel is thin bodied yet a sticky quality makes it work, more warming than expected on the chest. Good overall beer and glad to have tried it.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ughsmash (7002) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 30, 2005
Bottle. Deep copper/amber pour with just a little creamy off-white head. Strong aroma even as it was warming up to drinking temperature... a solid amount of caramelly sweetness, smoke, and some floral hops. STiís right-on with the flavor.. you think itís all gone, and BAM!... smoked peat. Overall quite sweet, with a sticky finish. A little alcohol warmth accompanied some peat and darker fruit on the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
1FastSTi (3282) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 29, 2005
Sampled from a bottle, this beer pours to a fizzy light tan head that disapated fully and quickly. The body is a clear mahogany color. The flavor is initally caramel and toffee with a light smoke. Then about 10 seconds later, just when you thought the flavor was gone, it becomes peaty and nice. The aroma is a touch light. Caramel and peat, smoked malts. The palate is sweet and sticky with a medium-full body, lingering flavor, and moderate carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 22, 2005
Translucent cherry wood in color with a fizzing, spinning and lively tan bubbled head. Aroma leads in with caramel and chocolate, bubble gum, peat, chicory, walnuts and a hint of burnt twigs. Admirable, wholesome first quaff. Smoked malts come to the forefront, partnering with caramel and English toffee. Hints of chocolate malt linger with pecans and walnuts. A distinct earthen edge is evident but the sweetening is frequently cumbersome. If it werenít for the smoked malts, Iíd be singing a slightly more depressing song. Medium-to-full bodied. Carbonation sprits is a little heavy early on but it subsides in due time. Finishes with viscous caramel. Decent and above average beer from a brewery thatís usually hit or miss.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
twindadplus2 (576) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 21, 2005
Bottle. Dark brown body with a ruby tinge. Nice creamy, light brown head. Aroma is sweet caramel and smoke with a bit of floral hops. Taste is lots of sweet malt and peat smoke. Smooth and light to medium bodied with light carbonation. The finish is a bit of flowery hops and more peat smoke. I like it; Reminds me of some of the heavily peated Islay single malts. A good beer if you like single malt scotch (and I *really* like single malt scotch :-)

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
heemer77 (5080) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - AUG 18, 2005
Very dark ruby body that is almost brown. The aroma is nice and light smoke with a little hint of caramel. Sweet overall. The taste is rich caramel with some metallic overtones. Finishes with a slight tartness that is a little disconcerting for a beer that starts so sweet. A decent Scotch ale that might benefit from a little more smoky character and some balance for the tart finish.


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