Serve in Thistle


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RATINGS: 95   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
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• 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.
23 IBUs

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jgb9348 (5062) - 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).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (4784) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 12, 2008
Pours a deep, clear orange and ruby tinged brown into a thistle. Off-white micro head recedes to skim surface leaving sheet lacing. Smoky orange aromas. Sweet smoked nuts with a creamy, short marshmallow and vanilla alcohol finish. I actually like this one, but it became a little cloying as it warmed which brings it down a notch or two. Also glad to see it is classified here as an English strong as it is certainly not a scotch ale as the label implies.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
markwise (4664) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 20, 2010
Thanks to jayli for sending this one along. Pours clear orange-gold with an off-white head. Nose is malt, cherry, slight hops, and Christmas air. Flavor is same, though a bit watered down. So-so overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 16, 2004
Caramel, yeast and plenty of fruit in an aroma that is nice and spicy. Syrup, fruity, hoppy - almost barleywine-like. Burnished copper coloured with tan head that recedes to ring. Flavour unfortunately does not live up to the aroma - strong, bitter orange, light roastiness but somehow flat. There’s no peaks or valleys. Mouthfeel is still and plain. Probably best enjoyed fresh. One year old bottle enjoyed with MartinT and Rastacouere.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - FEB 25, 2004
12 oz bottle. Medium-to-dark coppery complexion, smallish lasting French vanilla head. Simple but eloquent, powerful caramel nose; stunning malted-milk texture that sets off the simple, earthy sweet flavors and the dollop of finishing hops that keep the soft beer from becoming too mushy. Plummy, with hints of vanilla and cinnamon, but subtly done. So drinkable, so delcious, oh how I wish I'd bought more than one. Totally saves my opinion of this brewery; spectacular.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
ClarkVV (4160) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mansquito (4057) - Nueva York, New York, USA - DEC 22, 2008
A pleasant little beer that pours a nice brownish and red color with a nice tan head. Malty aroma that you know is gonna bring on the sweet taste. Taste is overall rather sweet. Medium bodied methinks. Caramel is there too I say.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
zach8270 (3831) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAR 10, 2007
(bottle - 12 oz) Clear reddish color with a thin tan head. Aroma is very light with some smoked malts, peat, some grains, and the lightest hint of caramel. Flavor is light as well with some burnt almond, malts, light caramel, and alcohol. Almost no hops. Decent, but just is holding back on its flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - FEB 20, 2008
Draft at Hop Devil. Amber/brown with a sturdy head. Aroma is a ton of chocolate and cherry. The flavor is more cherry with a stinging hoppiness. Theres a very dry quality to it. Not too bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2008
On tap @ Coles . Aroma of caramel, malt toffee and pit-fruit, ruby, wearing a small toffee head, some fine lace. Taste has a smoky malt, spices, red plum, apples, and humbugs. Medium to full bodied, nicely spiced, tongue tingling, warming, slightly sweet. Quite nice for the winter months. Thanks for Your help rudolph!

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