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RATINGS: 152   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluemooner (657) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - JAN 16, 2010
Pours a dark amber with a very thin off-white head. Light aroma of malts, caramel, and raisins. Flavor is more of the same with a big malt presence and some chocolate and toffee as well. Medium bodied with medium carbonation and extremely smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (9256) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2009
Pours amber/red with off white head, nose is sweet sugar. Taste is nice and malty up front with a bit of caramel and dark fruit, with a slight hop bitterness at the end. Though scotch ales are not my favorite, this one is a good one!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BVery (9574) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Tap. Deep amber pour. Malty and caramel aroma. Toffee, butter, caramel taste, smooth drinking but kind of thin.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kramer (5827) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2009
On tap, at brewpub. Pours a clear amber to brown body with a small wispy white head. Nice malty nose, a little light peat and some light roasted malt. The flavor is malt driven and pretty clean with a slightly husky and grainy finish. A little sticky with moderate fizzy carbonation. OK, but rater run of the mill.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joechristenson (149) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 10, 2009
This is a well done Scotch Ale. Beautiful mahogany color with a deep ruby overtone. Sweet, malted barley aroma. Certainly a "roasted chocolate" flavor, hints of toffee and a very slight taste of sweet fruit. Buoyant on the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrPickles (438) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 3, 2009
On draft at the brewpub. A semi-clear copper amber pour with a thin off-white head that disappears quickly. Aroma of vanilla, caramel, roasted nuts and maybe bread. I was quite impressed by the aroma. Taste was not as good as the aroma. Flavors of butter, malt, and a toffee or butterscotch come through, but all are weak except for the butter. I think this is what turned me off more than anything. It was not bad, just not as good as I would have expected.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2009
Cask pour into Pint Glass. Dark reddish-brown, dark ruby when held up to light. Thin head. Aroma of smoky, caramel malts, light hops. Malty, sweet, but not quite as sweet as expected. Smoke and biscuit flavors. I never know what to expect from Scotch Ales, as some seem to actually be Export Scottish Ales (80), while others are very sweet and are definitely Wee Heavys. This tastes in between; maybe this is what would be deemed a 90 shilling. Low carbonation, relatively dry despite semi-sweet taste. Easy to drink. Overall nice flavor, so could definitely have another.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - SEP 20, 2009
On tap at the brewpub.
Pours a clear chestnut brown with white wispy head that leaves almost no lacing. Aroma is surprisingly sweet and vinous. This is unlike any Scotch-style ale I’ve ever smelled. Flavor is intensely rich and vinous, though it’s "rich" without being "thick" or syrupy. In fact it’s a pretty thin palate on this beer. Very modest hop bitterness. This is almost like a light-bodied traditional Englsih barleywine. I’m not sure how accurate this is for a Scotch ale, but it sure is impressive on its own merits.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 2, 2009
Pint at the brewery - Aroma is toasted malts, caramel and toffee. Flavor matches but is very sweet and thin. Too clean and non-eventful to be a good scotch ale.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kidmartinek (4664) - austin, Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2009
A rich, dark, red tinted, brown colored beer with a rich, tan, creamy head. Dirty, malt aroma. Heavy, syrupy mouthfeel. Very sweet flavor with molasses, sugar, roasted toffee, and caramel. Heavy caramel malt flavor. A little chocoaltely, light and sweet onthe finish. This would make a good after dinner beer, after a roasted lamb or something.

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