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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ketchepillar (1184) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - OCT 31, 2008
Aroma: dirty malt, lots of dirt. An interesting fresh fruit character. It packs an interesting punch. Nice bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crowderm (382) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2008
Dark body, nice tan head. Aroma of burnt sugar, caramel and roasted malts. Flavor is pretty good - toffee, chocolate, dark fruit, earth, dried leaves. Very soft medium body. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hillfiiiiire (323) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 26, 2008
Dark body with an okay head. Caramel and malts everywhere in the aroma, as you’d expect. Flavor isn’t overbearingly sweet like I find most scotch ales to be. It has a nice charred flavor that helps eliminate that characteristic. Quite good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastiefan2k (3547) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - AUG 22, 2008
Cask @ brewpub. Pint comes to me with no remnants of a head and a dark clear brown color. Aroma is light forest and bark that isn’t burnt but burnt-esque. A faint forest garbage poop in there as well (not as bad as it sounds). But all in all a decent aroma for what would be the wet dark weather of Scotland. Taste is a faint brownie with light muddy leaves. Its very contained and subtle. An easy drinking with a medium, felt body. Now I am interested in the tap version.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
kosko20 (352) - Bemidji, Minnesota, USA - AUG 3, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2008 I thought this was one of the weaker Town Hall brews I tried. Still a good brew just not up to par with others I had. Aroma was malty with chocolate and somewhere in there, coffee. Appearance was dark colored brown red with dark tan head. Flavor was bland with very little complexity, mainly a malty, barley flavor. Palate was good, went down smooth and had a nice body. So on cask, this beer is so much better. It needs to have a separate rate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUN 1, 2008
On tap at Town Hall. Pours a deeper brownish/amber with some golden notes and a smaller bubbly/creamy off white head. Aroma of peat smoke, roasted nuts, toasted malt, molasses, some chocolate and caramel. Flavor of light smoke, roasted malt, molasses, nuts, light chocolate, a touch of some hop bitterness and flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skyview (5696) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAY 26, 2008
On draught at the brewpub near downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. Pours a semi-clear copper amber brew with a thin off-white head that quickly dissipates to a fine film and ring. Aroma of caramel malt, a touch of butterscotch, peat and roasted nuts. Taste is medium bodied, very little carbonation with flavors of semi-sweet malt, butterscotch, a little butter and a touch of smoked peat. Finish is semi-sweet, malty with a mild butter and caramel aftertaste. An interesting scotch ale, but could lose the butter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 21, 2008
On tap at Minneapolis Town Hall brewery. Very dark amber pour with aroma of bitter but strong butterscotch and malt. Taste was the same with a strong aftertaste of real butter. Slight nut character and a lot of malt flavor. Interesting but good. Might buy again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
amishcaravan (247) - Winona, Minnesota, USA - MAR 21, 2008
scent of buttered popcorn and tequila. taste is of butter and toffee and nuts in the finish. A very different flavor. I did like this one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 17, 2008
Draft at the brewpub. Poured a clear mahogany color. The head was off white and left some decent lace behind. Smelled of vanilla cake batter, caramel, and buttery biscuit. No peat smoke. Sweet on the tongue and medium bodied. Caramel and cake batter flavors came out again in the flavor without any significant hop or peated malt elements. Too buttery and caramel-y for me.

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