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RATINGS: 96   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24   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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
zach8270 (3904) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MarkBarnes (394) - Waterville, New York, USA - NOV 10, 2007
Nov. 10, 2007; 12 oz. bottle. Dark-brown appearance; aroma & flavor of roasty, burnt caramel, spice & alcohol. Interesting recipe, but this a winter warmer I’m having a bit of difficulty warming up to.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blipp (7182) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - DEC 2, 2009
Appearance: Pours a clear amber brown with a pin stripe of white at the top. Aroma: Faint sweet malts. Taste: Some dry and caramel like European malts, some slightly burnt toast, modest bitter hopping. Finishes with a little bit of a twang. Mouthfeel: Full bodied and highly carbonated. Overall: This is a sturdy ale. I haven’t had any other Wachusett beers, so I don’t know where this ranks in their lineup. The beer is good, and a tad warming.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerfest5 (1206) - Cloneen, IRELAND - DEC 14, 2009
caramel colored with a quickly fading white head, smells of sweet malts, some small yeast notes. tastes of the same, sweet malty flavor, they might have wanted to make this a scotch ale, but i think they came away with more of a brown/amber ale. maybe they should have used those spices!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JAN 8, 2011
Draft. Orangey amber with a medium off white head. Aroma and flavor: lots of caramel, some raisins and cherry, spicy hops. Good English ale, but not particularly wintry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Scrapersnbeer (1531) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 3, 2012
A smooth malty nose with a hint of smoke. Medium amber color - when one pictures strong English beer this isn’t it. Could be a bitter or even a pale. Tastes, however, are the roasted malt and bitter bankground that define the style. Not enough sweetness to be Scotch ale; English classification is correct. An easy enough drinking beer with a medium body. Just out of the session range.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bulk_Carrier (2875) - Final Resting Place, Vermont, USA - JAN 25, 2013
It pours a light amber in color and has some visible carbonation seen rising in my nonic. A nice fluffy one inch white foamy head appears and lasts for about a minute before slowly dieing. The smell has some light aromas of caramel with some light spice as well. The taste is slightly sweet ranging closer to some light bitterness from the Christmas spices. The palate is medium centering on a moderate amount of carbonation on the tongue. This is fairly drinkable. It leaves a bland aftertaste. Overall, I’m not really impressed with this one, but for the style, I’d say just average.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tfontana (211) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 17, 2015
Bottle in pint glass from The Drinkery, Londonderry, NH. Aroma is bready, caramel, roasted cereal malt with a bit of fruit, yeasty dough and barnyard. Appearance is cloudy (lots of sediment floaters) brownish red with minimal beige head that dissipates fairly quickly and trace lacing. Taste is light-to-medium sweet up front and in the middle with some dry sour at the finish. Palate is light-to-medium bodied with average texture and lively carbonation. Overall, pleasant and highly drinkable but isn’t noteworthy in any way.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 21, 2007
Robe rouge très claire surmontée d’une mousse beige épaisse en dentelle. Arômes âcres. Saveurs âcres de mangue.

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