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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: 50įF

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - APR 5, 2007
16 oz bottle. Pours to a beautiful, bright, caramel color, with a thick, creamy, white head, and a good bit of carbonation. The nose on this beer is just awesome, with lots of good sweet/carmel malt aroma, fresh bread, and light hints of peat smoke. The palate is rich, and full on the tongue. Flavors of sweet malt, light toast, caramel, and butterscotch, and light peat smoked flavor coat the tongue. This beer finishes with more fantastic caramel malt, and light peat smoke up front, then ends with a light, peppery, alcohol burn that lingers. Outstanding, delicious beer. Stylistically, one of the best I have ever tasted. World class.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bigben873 (205) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
sloshgator (708) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2012
Citrusy aroma with flavors to match. Slight grassy hints with a smokey quality. This beer is nicely balanced and mega flavorable. Served in a bottle and good bit of alcohol but not overpowering. This is one beer you have to try.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
thebusstop (178) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 22, 2011
Top five favorite of all time! This beer was so wonderfully rich equally in both aroma and taste. The nose was full of butter, smoke, brown sugar, and cola with perfectly subtle scotch undertones flowing through it. The flavor mirrored this impressively. The palate was soft and itís only weakness was a bit of wateriness in the texture of the finish. Not sure why others havenít scored it so well, but I loved this beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
nearbeer (4876) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 3, 2008
16 oz. bottle. Deep copper-brown with a lasting finger of cream that ices the glass over. Delicious caramel aroma also has some light earthy chocolate, and apple. Taste is peat smoke blended well with all the same bits described in the aroma. Medium-heavy body is mostly smooth, and nicely dry on the finish. Excellent Scotch Ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SSSteve (4006) - - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 4, 2007
Wow, this is probably my new favorite Sprecher beer. Smoked flavor thatís not overpowering. Hoped to pick up a couple bottles on my way out of the brewery, but they sold the final three cases in the hour I was there. I can see why.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
edgallow (3639) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 18, 2012
12 oz bottle pours amber with a off white head. Aroma of caramel malt and grain. Taste is grain and a bit of sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (9984) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2006
Thanks to Degarth for this one. First of all, this is a very rauchy scotch ale, letís get that out of the way right off the bat, and I didnít get any green apples out of this. Pours turbid brown with 1-finger khaki head. Aroma of caramel malt, brown sugar, hops, black pepper. Tastes caramel malty, with some brown sugar, rauchy mid-palate flavors, and finishing vinous fruit, like grapes over a campfire. The palate is complex and dense. This one stays rauchy through the finish, and acquires a pruney element, with more finishing hops. Iíd love another one (or 6) of these! Rauchbier fans, letís line up and get ya some, and get some for your smokiní sister, too!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
paultheguru (644) - Parker, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2010
A: snifter. nice, rich mahogany color. slight tan head with a nice retention rate. fair lacing. S: some peat of the bat. solid roasted malt nose. some raisins and fall fruits with some solid spices. brown sugar. T: nice smooth maltiness. solid peat flavors, and you can really taste the fire kilned difference. some hints of raisins and plums. M: very smooth for 8%. nice carbonation level. medium bodied. D: great representative of the style. solid flavors for a scotch ale, and I would put it up over a McEwanís anyday.

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