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RATINGS: 96   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 23   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
• First brewed 1995
• Available November 1st to mid January
A ruby colored classic Scotch Ale made with crystal, Munich, smoked and special malts. No spices needed for this rich flavored brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (40454) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 2, 2011
From tap at Sunset Grill. Pours clear and golden orange with a small, creamy and white head. Aroma is mild fruity and slight malty to caramelish. Roasted malty and slight caramelish flavoured. Light bitter and medium dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (13235) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 30, 2002
Clear deep copper body with creamy beige head. Aroma is malty, moderately sweet and fruity. Taste is malty, caramel, moderately sweet and a bit of berry. Not cloying. As it warms up, good earthy hoppiness enters in the back half of the taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (12883) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 29, 2007
A deep brown ale with a thick off white head. A light chocolate and caramel aroma. In mouth, a musty sweet caramel malt, with notes of bitter chocolate, light spiced notes. Medium bodied. Nice. 1.59$ at CJs Potsdam, 2007.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jcwattsrugger (12190) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 16, 2009
12oz bottle-pours a foamy tan head that reduces to a lasting cover and copper color. Aroma is roasty, medium malt-toffee, home brewish/earthy first smell +, then ?. Taste is slightly sweet roasty/peat medium malt-toffee/cocoa, some herbal/metallic/aspirin hops. Thanks to Joe-jwc215 for picking this out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (11560) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2008
12oz bottle. Poured a deeper orange color with a reddish tint and a larger sized off white head. Aromas of toasted caramel, some cherries and berries, and nuts. Tastes of caramel, chocolate, cherries, and roast.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (11180) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 7, 2007
SIgnificant slow dissipitating head, which distributes alcohol and malt. Cocoa colour, with chocolate malt, some decent tastiness and medium mouthfeel. Appropriate carbonation. Carmel, a tad smokiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (10612) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 19, 2005
Bottle... Clear, deep copper ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. Excellent retention. The malty nose is full of caramel and gingerbread. Malty, rich flavor. Unbalanced. Sweet, but not cloyingly so. Full-bodied and velvety with medium carbonation. Finishes fairly thin and bland. Thanks go out to growler for the bottle!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2006
Lovely hazy ruby color, with aroma and flavors of caramel malt, berries, cabernet, cinnamon, nutmeg, and some hops. Complex flavor profile that gets spicier and creamier as it warms. This one was a great surprise.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (9369) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 20, 2004
(1-year-old bottle) : Fondly nourishing tart apple syrup fondling maple syrup and earthy roastiness...This decadently euphoriant perfume harbors definite barley wine qualities but disappoints once tasted in that it doesn’t render the heavy mellowness and serene dessert tones it had promised...Fruitiness within is tired and complexity almost vanishes...I have to return to this in a fresh format just in case the aroma actually carries through...That would be a stunning beer...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KyotoLefty (9310) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 14, 2009
Bottle. Medium amber-brown with a good, fine head. Amber malt and yeast aroma, slightly earthy, a bit of caramel and raisins. Very well roasted amber malt. A touch sweet, but primarily dry. A touch of chocolate, with grass and earth, dried fruit. Dry, roasted finish with some hops. Very nice and well-balanced. Not really special, though, and not especially winter-ish.

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