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RATINGS: 150   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Hope and King is a full-body brew and is rich in malt complexity. Brewed with both English and American barley and many, many specialty malts this deeply colored ale has hints of roasted chocolate, caramel and raisins with very little hop presence. Our interpretation of the classic ale that originated in Glasgow, Scotland.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
piscator34 (2182) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 24, 2004
Lots of malty and sweet aroma from this dark red ale. Lots of body with just a touch of bitterness. Mainly a malt flavor vehicle. I’m pretty sure I could taste some chocolate malts in there.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
szkot (100) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 17, 2004
Pours a dark red amber. Smells of dark fruit, like black raspberries. Taste is extremely malty, very little bitterness. A good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 24, 2004
Dark ruby color, off-white creamy ring of head... dense. Sweet grainy taste. Chocolatey vinous andd sweet scotch taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 23, 2004
Brownish-red body. Oats, molasses, dark wheat in the aroma. Molasses cookie flavor and yeast in the flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 1, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2008 Rather dark and somewhat lifeless looking. Aroma is of darker malt. The flavor had that Scotch Ale all malt profile, but the palate came off a bit watery. Overall, fair. Update 9/6/2008: On cask as "Scotch Ale", pint dark colored with cask descending micro bubbles and a malty aroma. Holy crap, this has improved in the past few years, pint was almosty ambiant temperature, sweet, malty, slightly roasty, and rich. Much improved, will have again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PorterPounder (6529) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 31, 2004
Dark cola colored pour witrh a thick mocha colored head an thick lacing. Candy sweet toffee aroma, delicious. Flavor has elements of dates, chocolate and toffe. Mouthfeel is just a tad thin though. Overall though, a pleasant diversion.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 14, 2004
Sample at the brewpub. Nearly opaque, extremely dark brownish-red, like dried blood; lasting bit of cream on top. Nose a bit weak; deliciously sweet at first, some middle herbal-bready (tarragon-rye) notes, rather simple overall and sticky near the finish. Just OK.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 30, 2004
Dark Coloring. Little head. Sweet. Malts. Caramel... Definitly worth sampling... might become your reason to come back...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4681) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2004
Deep, dark, red color with minimal head. Aroma is slightly sweet, maybe some chocolate. Taste is much more of the same, along with some heavy malts and caramel. Very tasty!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - MAR 14, 2004
Brilliant ruby. Sweet estery aroma, nuts sticky sweet malts. Malt is rich and carmelly sweet, luxurious. Good depth. Darn good stuff.

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