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RATINGS: 145   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheEnemy (562) - 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 (3742) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JUL 26, 2009
Sample at the brewery. Very dark brown pour with an off-white head. Sweet malty, caramelly aroma. Light fruity flavor, more caramel, nice sweetness, very nice drinker.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drfabulous (4169) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUL 18, 2009
Malt bomb. Lots of malt but lacking some of that chocolate remainder you get from a scotch ale like Great Divide’s Claymore.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OzarkElmo (300) - Poplar Bluff, Missouri, USA - JUN 20, 2009
June 15, 2009 draft at brew pub. Pretty good for the style, one of which I am not very fond of. Pours a dark amber/brown with light head. Medium to thin body with slight bitter finish, with hint of alcohol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BOLTZ7555 (2823) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 22, 2009
On draft @ pub. This one stepped up a notch but still nothing remarkable. Dark copper pour produces a small khaki head and moderate lacing. Aroma is brown sugar, burnt caramel, dark fruit, and cocoa...flavor is similar with additional notes of peat. Medium mouthfeel...highly drinkable Scotch ale without noticeable alcohol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 30, 2009
Thanks to Thickfreakness for this beer. Amber pour with small head. Malty aromas with peat, dark fruits and sugars. Flavor is peaty malt with a nice roasty sweetness to it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - FEB 13, 2009
Tap at brewpub. Pours a solid amber with an aroma of raisiny peat sugar. Flavor is thin peat chocolate with little pizazz. Thin mouthfeel. Falls flat, lad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
holdenn (2083) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2009
Pours a brown color with red tints and a thin head. Malty nose with a touch of peat. Scotch ale flavors peat, malt, earthy, and slightly roasty. Tasty and drinkable scotch ale.

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