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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUL 12, 2007
Perfect marks for aroma, as it’s perfectly smoky for my tastes. Theres some ovaltine and peat in the flavor. It also smells like the Coors plant in Golden. Could be the best Scotch Ale I’ve ever had. There’s a big alcohol bumb in the last gulp.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - JAN 31, 2004
Tasting at home from a growler purchased on 1/24/04. Pours a deep brown with reddish amber notes. Nice buiscity-malty aroma with some subtle smokey notes as well. Carbonation is excellent:soft carbonation with a tight tan head. Nice rich full malt flavor. Very little if any hops, as it should be. Rich, robust, creamy. Finish is malty with a subtle smokiness. One of their finer year round brews from a fantastic brewpub.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - FEB 12, 2007
Pours a deep auburn brown with a good two inch head of thick creamy light tan foam. The beer was a bit cloudy when first poured, then it cleared up. Surprisingly for such a huge head of foam, it only left a thin trace of lace rings. Mild sweet malt in the aroma, with just a hint of peat. This beer is incredibly creamy and smooth. Though not thick or cloying, the malt dominates this beer. It is slightly sweet, with a bit of peat, light butterscotch, caramel, and a hint of chocolate. I don’t detect any hop flavors, but the beer is very balanced. The finish is slightly dry, with a touch of scotch whiskey to it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nuffield (4065) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 5, 2002
This was the loveliest of the eight beers sampled at this brewpub--one that gets a lot of surprised comments from people expecting mediocrity but happily finding something better than that. Coffee-like richness, not an overwhelming aroma, but a complexity of flavors and a balanced sweetness. Particularly suitable for drinking with the brewpub’s menu. Really lovely.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2010
On tap at Town Hall in August 2009. Pours a dark brown with some crimson hues and a light tan head. The smell involves plenty of caramel malt with hints of toffee and maybe a bit of chocolate. The taste is somewhat sweet and bready with a good dose of caramel. A little bit of alcohol going on. The mouthfeel is rather robust without being too heavy, making this a fairly easy to drink scotch ale, one that my wife could not get enough of. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 10-01-2009

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 8, 2002
Nutty, malty ale from a surprise favorite brewery of mine at GABF 2002.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 15, 2004
Color, a bright, rich russet brown, nearly red in the light, with with a lovely, cramy, fluffy head, thick and well-retained. Aroma is all about the malt and again possesses a certain creamy-smooth quality, nutty, yeasty. Nothing but smooth sailing on the palate, full of character, medium-bodied. Flavor becomes more pronounced, more pleasing, as we drink further. Amazing on cask, and I'm glad this can always be found at the pub when I'm in the mood for a solid Scotch like this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4864) - 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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 24, 2007
The high point of my tour that evening. This one poured a light nut brown with a creamy white head. Mild scotch taste with a chocolate flavor in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2007
Very Nice drink, dark coca cola color, Tan thick head, perfectly sweet with toffee and caramel distinct flavors.

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