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RATINGS: 264   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 31, 2005
ruby color small off white head. Smell is a bit of stale malt and cardboard and a touch of smoke. Palate is very avg. Flavor is dominated by smoke and cardboard. Some sweet malts. This stuff just inst good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 26, 2005
Dark Brick Red Coloring with No Head. Sweet Caramel Malt Aroma...Smoothly Carbonated. Slightly Skunky Sweet Malt. Dry Malt Aftertaste.. Hoped for More.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badgerben (4889) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 16, 2005
Dark red color with very little head. The aroma was a disturbing slightly sour banana. Kind of sour malt taste with a bitter finish. Some caramel and a pinch of smoke. Not a normal Scotch ale at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
muzzlehatch (4839) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 30, 2005
16 oz bottle. Pours a dark ruby, with dried blood hints, medium silky cream head, decaying into a lasting thick ring with a sliver of cover...big plummy/baked cherry essence initially in the nose, caramel and light earthiness to follow....malty, sweet at first in the mouth, warming alcohol shows up quickly, peaty undercurrents halfway through and a touch of stingy hops to go with the brandy-tinted finish. I quite liked this and am surprised the ratings are so low...fruitier and less earthy than is usual, but very pleasant sipping.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 19, 2005
Dark ruby mahoganey body. Small creamy tan head. Sweet caramel, slightly hopped and smokey aroma. Also some spicey Burts Bees Bay Rum aftershave balm. Slightly smokey, stale rye-bread-like caramel malt flavor. Hops aren’t too noticable, but leave a slightly bitter trace. Pretty good Sprecher offering overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 17, 2005
Aroma was certainly tempting. Heavy malt and roasted aroma, taste didn’t come out that way. Overly sweet carmel taste,with an alcohol bite in the aftertaste. A good attempt , but needs improvement

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 16, 2005
Dark reddish tint and a faint peat smell on the nose gave me hope. Far too sweet on the flavor, band aid taste detected, too much carbonation, and again too sweet to really start picking out the specialty malts used.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
IndianaRed (3859) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 6, 2005
Bottle Shared at the "Pitonka mini RB fest" Clear mahogany color witha small off white head. Traces of lacing and a woody and peaty aroma. Medium body and a slight medeciny flavor. Interesting but not aina good way.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 5, 2005
Bottle: Reddish tint on top of a dark caramel, moderate beige head, frothy, fairly nice lacing.   Slight peat in the nose, but no real charred wood or campfire.   Unfortunately there is quite a bit of band-aid tho.   WOW, not much else on the tongue except even stronger band-aid.   Perhaps there is a slight smoked aspect on the finish, but the band-aid is still too strong.   Body and mouthfeel are both moderate.   This was a dissapointment.   Thanks Facto!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - OCT 4, 2005
Pours a dark red, off brown color. Small white head. Aroma of caramel, smoke, plums, plastic. Flavor is smoke, plastic and smoked malt. Not my thing...

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