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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KyotoLefty (9040) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blipp (7904) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 24, 2008
Bottle. Pours red amber with an off white head. Sweet malty aroma with some berry like fruit. The flavor is similar to the aroma, a bit boring, but inoffensive. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (7086) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JAN 29, 2009
Bottle 355ml
Appearance: clear. Dark amber going into light brown. Mid slightly tanned head. 3+
Nose: sweet amber malt nose, slight touch of caramel 6+
Flavor/Palate :Full bodied. Rich yet fluffy lightness on palate. Soft maltiness with not to sweet caramel sides. Slight sweeter bark woody hints. Quiet drinkable . Sticky finish with slight warmth followed. Decent winter sample.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 20, 2007
On tap @ Coles Buffalo NY. Reddish brown pour. Some caramel, smoke, alcohol. Medium body. Decent but Ive had better winter warmers

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 30, 2006
Bottle (12oz). Deep clear brick red, small frothy off-white head. Rich nutty, chocolate-toffee malt aroma, some floral hops, mahogany shavings and mild spices. Very nice lightly chocolate sweet malt taste, with some woody lightly herbal hops adding a much-needed bitter edge to the full-on sweet malt finish - very much like a nice scotch ale - the alcohol is decidedly not aggressive, but my ears started warming after the second sip. Decent body, light nutshell bitterness/astringency, moderately alcoholic body, soft, medium-length finish - very nice winter beer, I may buy more next time I’m in Buffalo.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 8, 2006
Pours copper with a thin but stubborn white head. Smells of caramel, yogurt, nutmeg, some other undistiguishable winter spices, ,ellow hops. Taste is nutty with some pine notes and a weird maple sugar aftertaste. Tastes like one of those toss in everything but the kitchen sink beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 15, 2004
Nice bottle-conditioned appearance with a big depot at the bottom of an orange-amber hue mounted by a light off-white head. Piercing fruit salad aroma. Totally unexpected vinous grapes and fresh orangesand mango soaked in berry juice. Add a mild alcohol kick to it and you get the picture. As rich a fruity profile as almost any other beer. Sadly, once again, the taste didn’t live up to the anticipations created by the nose. It feels a bit stale, less fruity than the aroma, not so intense with flavors that don’t interact and is ultimately cloying. Thin-medium body seems a bit tired despite a soft carbonation. At one year old, this feels a lot older.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
notalush (5707) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2009
Thanks to JoeMcPhee for sharing - slightly hazy amber beer - smells semi-tart, with undercurrents of wintery spices and cherries - the taste is much the same - a little tart up front, followed by a moderately sticky caramel sweetness - a little bit of gingerbread flavor - finishes a little grainy on the tail end - decent, but I question the style designation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
ClarkVV (5571) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 14, 2005
2004 bottle. Rosy peach-orange body. HEAVILY filtered, small light beige head with an aroma of caramelized brown sugar, some very light fruity yeast notes and some dry nutty nuances. Flavor does not work. Wow, this is way too sweet. Scotch ale or no scotch ale, this stuff is sugary, boring, very uncomplex and even artificial tasting. Tastes like it was made out of an extract homebrew kit, watery, syrupy flavors, seemingly very few different malts used (at least I can’t taste much variation). I took one or two sips and poured the rest out.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jgb9348 (5558) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 17, 2009
Deep copper coloured body with a thin off-white head. Aroma of malt, figs, pit fruit and caramel. Medium-bodied; Spicey nuttiness up front with malt and caramel once again most noticeable. Aftertaste shows a bit of difference - some nuts and raisins stand out most. Overall, a decent holiday beer to try...pick it up if you can find it! I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Oliver’s Beverage in Albany, New York on 23 November 2006 (Thanksgiving).

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