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RATINGS: 59   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
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This traditional Scotch Ale is full-bodied with an earthy aroma. It has a smooth malt presence, with just the right touch of hops for a balanced, clean finish.

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3.6
wlajwl (6750) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAY 28, 2013
Aroma is dark fruit/almost vinous and a strong hint of sweetness. The flavor is dark fruit/mildly vinous, medium sweetness and tart finish.

5
timrappelton (11) - - APR 30, 2013
Really nice balance between sweetness and mouthfeel. Had a really curvy sort of heavyness, deffinatly present but not truly heavy. Sweetness was kinda the same way deffinatly present but not sugary or overly carmely. Usually not a huge scotch ale fan but like all styles of beer the really good ones make you forget all the ones you didn’t care for.

3.6
akoeninger (749) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 21, 2013
UPDATED: APR 24, 2013 Loads of malty, caramel with a hint of peat aroma. Looks like liquid leather, mahogany. Tastes much like it smells. Malt forward with a hint of earthy roasted malt. Enough carbonation to keep things lively and balanced. A oily, sticky, solid scotch ale.

3.3
starewich (170) - - APR 2, 2013
Decent drink, though a little on the thin side. Flavor is typical of scotch ales but there’s a sourness that becomes overpowering if drunk too fast.

3
brian60625 (746) - Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2013
12 ounce bottle. Low aroma of smoked wood chips and molasses. Appearance is a deep brown-red mahogany, lots of lacing even though there’s practically no foam. Taste is ashy, tobacco smoke (maybe that’s the peat), sweetened barley, bordering watery. At least the abv is low key. Palate feel is pretty light, heavily carbonated, bubbly, watery. Overall, I’ve had better from Ale Asylum.

3.5
portableparty (2347) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 13, 2013
12 oz. bottle from arkurzynski. Pours dark amber brown with a quick tight khaki head that settles to a wispy film and collar. Aroma is sweet burnt caramel roasted malt and faint peat and raisins/dried fruit. Taste has more of the above with dried fruit caramel roasted malt and some herbal characteristics. Palate is medium to full with a slick yet chalky dry finish. Honestly, this is pretty tasty! Thanks Adam!

3.1
MrPickles (438) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 18, 2012
This is one that I just want to love, but it just doesn’t do it for me. Well that makes it sound worse than it is. I just have high expectations for this and it falls a bit short.

3.3
RobertDale (6393) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - OCT 23, 2012
On tap at the brewery. Comes a dark reddish brown with a small tan head. Aroma of malt, fruit, and caramel. Taste is caramel malt, dark fruit, vanilla, and earthy. Smooth with just a touch of alcohol coming through. Very good.

3.7
phaleslu (10104) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2012
Draft pint at the new brewery. Pours a just barely cloudy deep amber with good red and brown highlights and a small beige head. Aroma of burnt toffee, sweet caramel malts, cocoa, and toasted nuts. Flavor of sweet and toasted malts, more of the same toffee/caramel profile, cocoa, a bit of date-like dried fruit, and just a faint hint of earth and peat. Mostly the sweetness leads here, though. Medium-bodied, with modest carbonation and a smooth, sweet, then sticky mouthfeel. Solid Scotch ale.

3.7
ChainGangGuy (4894) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUN 11, 2012
Appearance: Pours out a hazed, amber-brown body with light, light tan-hued head.

Smell: Malty notes of toast, brown sugar, nutty-hinted caramel crust mingled with a scant fruitiness, a vague hoppiness.

Taste: Fairly sweet maltiness with a caramel character, nutty accents and touches of toasted bread. Sliver of apple, a modest helping of ripe plum. Low herbal hops, maybe a touch of spice, with little imparted bitterness. Nutty caramel and some warmth from the alcohol coming across on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: A fairly decent beer. It’s not going to put in any overtime or work on holidays, but it gets the job done.


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