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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: 50°F

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cancerhawk (22) - - DEC 12, 2012
Nice maltiness in this beer. Creamy and light hops. Good drinking beer. Has a nice aroma.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ttoadee (689) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 25, 2014
Light brown pour, off white head. Nose is smoked malt. Sweet. Middle is smoked meat and caramel malt. Finish is warming alcohol and smoky hop spice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jrob21 (2632) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 10, 2014
Single from total wine. Smoke and peat and unfortunately I can’t get much past that. This one is not for me but I’m sure the smoke guys will get all over it.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bigben873 (133) - Virginia, USA - JUN 22, 2014
The beer that taught me the difference between a Scottish ale and a scotch ale. Dark amber full bodied beer. I am rating it a 5 simply to try to counter the ridiculously low rating that it has on this website

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
UncleKorm (868) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 26, 2014
Bottle poured a cloudy amber hue w/a small fully diminishing head. Big sweet peaty aromas. Initial flavor is moderate sweet w/ a light bitter finish. Tastes are peat, malts, sugar, and smoke. Full bodied, soft carbonation and a light boozy finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
queenholly (3007) - 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 (1773) - 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 (3808) - - 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 (3020) - 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 (1315) - 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 (4400) - Marietta, 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!

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