Triumph Scotch Ale
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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.55/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
Scotch Ale, sometimes called "Wee Heavy," is stronger and bigger-bodied than Scottish Ale. Roastiness and caramel sweetness are prominent, along with alcohol warmth. Ours is made with a bit of the peat-smoked malt used in the manufacture of Scotch whisky.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - AUG 26, 2009
Mild smokiness, sweet malt in the aroma. Scorched malt dominates midway through with a sweet almost raisony finish. How is this 9.5%?

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
lownote (530) - Austin, Alabama, USA - NOV 2, 2015
Pours a muddyish brown. Ring of head. Light aroma. Really classic scotch flavor, but itís a little light bodied. Itís all right... I like scotch ales, but this isnít my favorite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
scarletfire65 (1336) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 21, 2012
Sample at the brewpub. Advertised as a cask pour, but came out ice cold. Good smoke in the nose and taste. Plenty of dried fruit nuances, and also oaky flavors. Truly reminded me of scotch whiskey. The best offering of the 7 I had there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
decaturstevo (5850) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUN 13, 2009
Deep amber pour with creamy white head and lace. Medium malt and abv on the nose. Sweet maltiness, light abv, a decent building bitter finish. Slightly thin but a very nice beer overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nickd717 (4187) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 5, 2009
Tap at the Princeton brewpub. Clear copper color with a nice beige head. Aroma of scotch (whiskey), caramel malt, and mild hops. Flavor was more of the same, with the scotch really standing out even though I know scotch whiskey and scotch ales are not supposed to be similar. Must be the peat smoked malt. Body medium.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
imadeadguy (378) - back in NJ!, New Jersey, USA - MAR 7, 2009
Tap at Philly. Served into a snifter. Pour is dark brown/purple with a two finger caramel colored head. Aromas of piney hops, caramel, sweet fruits, and some candy. Flavor is well balanced with hops up front, sweet fruits, warming alcohol, and nice vanilla in the finish. Outstanding brew with the 9.5% hidden very well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
adrian910ss (2565) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2008
On draft at the Chestnut Street location. Pours a dark semi clear coppery amber with a medium beige head. Aroma of plastic(contact paper), candied malt and dark fruit. taste of candied malt, caramel, papaya and dark fruit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2008
draft at the Philly location on 1/19/08. pours a deep red with a bit of head. nice malty presence with a bit of an alcohol warmth... overall very nice body over the palate and smooth finish. some caramel as well... would order again for sure.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
Braudog (6379) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - NOV 12, 2007
Draft pint at the Philadelphia brewpub. Red-tinged brown with a fizzle of head retention. Very sugary aroma. Likewise, rich roasty sugars come out in the drink. Almost too sweet. (#3184, 11/8/2007)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
keepersj12 (3063) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 10, 2007
Very good attempt at a largely forgotten style. Nicely sweet and malty. Not a lot of hops. Well hidden alcohol content.

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