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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 3.65/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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Scottish-Style Ale

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
UrbanCaveman (131) - Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2015
12 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at ~40 degrees F. Appearance: Pours a gorgeous clear garnet brown, much like a deep mahogany wood. Forms a very pale off-white head, which dissipates swiftly into a ring with a couple cap islands. Smell: Thick caramel sweetness, sprinkled with toffee and poured over a loaf of dark bread beside a bowl of black cherries. Taste: That is decadent. The caramel-toffee swirl from the nose is present, but muted beneath a mix of pumpernickel-esque bread and earthy, wooden peat. An array of dark fruit manifests as the beer moves along the palate, with black cherry, raisin, and prune all making cameo appearances. The ABV makes itself known only at the finish, with a little heat in the swallow and aftertaste, alongside a slurry of caramel, toffee, and peat. Mouthfeel: Creamy, and on the thicker side of medium-bodied, with decent carbonation. Overall: This wee heavy can stand with some of the best. Don’t let the ABV fool you, this one is not barrel-aged - it just has all the kick of a BA wee heavy, and a flavor depth and complexity that is up there near Skull Splitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (7262) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 6, 2015
12oz bottle pours with a clear copper body that supports a thin off white head. The aroma offers up modest notes of brown sugar and raisiny dates. The taste delivers slick sweet malts, brown sugar, figs and sweet raisins. It does pull up mild earthy, pumpernickel and mineral notes midway and into the finish. Well hidden abv.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jtclockwork (9999) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2015
Etched glass bottle from Chris. Pours amber off white head. Nose/taste of toffee, pine and maple. Lighter medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (13041) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2015
Bottle shared late night in the hotel lobby during RBWG 2015. Pours Clear red-brown with a frothy white head. The aroma has lots of caramel, bread and well ripened fruits. Medium sweet flavor, more ripe fruits, berries, toffee. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Sugary bready finish, caramel, fruits. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
djd07 (4938) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2015
Bottle during the RBWG Lobby Share. Pours a clear copper with small white head. The aroma is scotch and toffee. Medium mouth with rich toffee, strong booze, decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Patrickctenchi (4455) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - DEC 6, 2014
Draft: Red-brown with a creamy tan head. Toffee, dark fruit scent...... Alcohol is noticeable in scent and taste. Berry, prunes, toffee malt. Strong, but very smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tastybeer (1823) - Indiana, USA - JUN 23, 2014
Draft. Brown pour, tan head. Good retention/lace. Aroma of prune, toffee, caramel. Taste is sweet, toffee, caramel. Palate is soft, slick, sweet finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Johnsense (910) - - MAY 21, 2014
Brown pour, huge head. Big beer - not boozy but overly sweet! Toffee and smoke aroma. Malty, toffee candy sweetness, a bit fruity. Medium body. It’s good, but not what you’d exepct from a scottish style ale - I prefer to stay on the happy side of diabetes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammy (9204) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 19, 2014
sweet as much as smoke, smoke in butterscotch and caramel. So-so drinkability.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drjohnrock (519) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 26, 2014
Sampler from bottle at 2014 Price Hill Beer Fest, tasted on February 16, 2014. Dark mahogany hue, strong boozy nose, smooth but flavorful bourbon/vanilla/malt flavor. The abv is quite noticeable. Very enjoyable beer.

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