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RATINGS: 42   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 327   ABV: 10.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Luxurious malt character and a bit boozy as a youngster at 10.9% ABV.
2014 vintage - 8.4% abv


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bookman10 (880) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - JAN 18, 2016
Pours a muddy, copper-brown, with minimal head. Aroma is full of malt, alcohol, and fruit. Flavor has some vanilla, caramel, dark fruit, and some booze, though this is fairly well-hidden. Not overly sweet, this is very drinkable stuff.

4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tfratzke (95) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2015
Tinge of caramel aroma. Appearance is a murky brown. Taste is caramel, butterscotch, sweet bourbon alcohol. Not barrel aged but gives impression it is. Some alcohol burn. Another solid delivery from Steel Toe.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
CheersMate (1337) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - DEC 28, 2015
Bottle from the brewery. Aroma is sugar-covered dark fruit, dark sugar, molasses, and a little bread and sweat malt. Not coming off very boozy at 10.9%, which is nice. Dark brown in appearance with a wispy head. The flavor, to me, is rather insipid. I wish the aforementioned aromas carried forward in the flavor -- which it does not for me. Flavor is dark sugar, caramel malt, and dark fruit, but there’s nothing bold here. There’s a little lingering bite at the end, but I can’t put my finger on it. The texture is rich, and I like it. Overall, for me, it isn’t bad, but again the flavor is rather uninteresting.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wchesser (1845) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 16, 2015
Bottle from mattsciguy. ’14 vintage in late ’15. Deep amber copper brown. Nose is caramel, some light smoke, lavender honey. Taste follows nose. Good balance, slightly sweet finish. Great example of the style.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (5628) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JAN 31, 2015
I have been looking for this beer for a long time. On tap at the brewery. Dark brown with some red when held up to the light in the dark tap room. Sweet nalt and lots of it. Some fruit, geain, and it is sweet. This is what i think of when I think of scotch ale.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
crajun (1150) - , Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2015
bomber from winter secret summer. what is diff in scotch ale vs. Scottish ale? this definitely has some alcohol/scotch characteristics mostly in the taste. caramel toffee and quick to the alcohol. quality, but the aftertaste lowers this for me.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (9826) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2015
On tap at the brewery pours a clear deep amber with a light brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has sweet grains and toffee supported by dark fruits and raisins. Flavor has toffee and bread with raisins and dates underlying.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluemooner (657) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - JAN 2, 2015
Tap. Pours a dark, reddish brown with a small beige head. Aroma is malty with fruity notes. Flavor is caramel, malt, sweet and rich fruit, and some noticeable alcohol. Medium body with light to medium carbonation. Pretty good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2014
Amber pour, quick head. Aroma is malty, dark fruit and very light smoke. Flavour is toasted malt, dark fruit, some alc bite. Light smokey finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (22307) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 26, 2014
Bottle. Pours a hazy orange color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty caramel aroma. Sweetish malty spicy caramel flavor. Has a sweetish malty spicy caramel finish.


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