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RATINGS: 59   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
1FastSTi (3358) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 16, 2006
The beer pours to a very dark chestnut colored body with a lasting white head. The aroma is a sweet powdered sugar and strawberry leaf hops with a light smoked malt. The flavor is peaty, strawberry hops, sweet milk chocolate, walnuts. Creamy, velvety, nicely textured.

tia (2228) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - OCT 25, 2016
Tap at Riverhouse. I’m not usually that into Scotch Ales but this one wasn’t that bad. Smelled and tasted like dry dark bread.

muzzlehatch (4977) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 4, 2016
12 ounce bottle from Badger Spirits in Beloit, WI, served at cellar temp or so from a Unibroue glass. Translucent bronze with a long-lasting off-white creamy head, leaving a touch of lace...caramel malts, red wine, and a touch of thyme in the fairly forward aroma...body is faintly sour, vinous, with those caramel malt characteristics coming in fairly late in the game, after we’re already in trouble with a bit too much tartness and red wine notes...full bodied enough I guess, low to moderate carbonation, but this is closer to a Belgian Dubbel (and not a great one) than a Scotch Ale to my palate, and there’s a bit of vegetal character that shows up and doesn’t go away. Ultimately very problematic; I’ve had some better bottles before in my non-rating days, but they weren’t *THAT* great; unless I get a chance to have this on tap I’m afraid I’m done with this beer, and I’m increasingly wary of this brewery.

edgallow (4743) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 15, 2016
12 oz bottle pours brown with a white head. Aroma of malts, nutty and floral, Taste is nutty goodness.

arnold931 (1261) - Iowa, USA - MAY 31, 2016
Bottle. Pours mostly clear amber with nice white head. Typical scotch ale. Caramel and nutty. Pretty good.

ryecatcher (1476) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2016
Bottle. Medium amber brownish pour with tan head, decent retention and lace. Nose is pretty much malt, some nutty and caramel notes, but not much more than basically malt. Mouth is malt forward and pretty much malt throughout, with an annoying umamate clingy bitterness to lend more lackluster boxes for me to tick. I love me some wee heavy... but this one is shit (or, as my Scots forbearers would say, it’s fookin shite).

GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - OCT 31, 2014
12oz bottle - I don’t recall how I got this, but it was probably someone from Wisconsin. Caramel malts and dark fruits dominate the aroma. Seems to be lacking any peaty notes in the aroma, but shows up in the flavor. Raisin-y, dried cherries, with medium sweetness and a molasses-like bitterness. Carbonation seems a bit on the lower side. Nice beer.

worldfusionrad (28) - - OCT 18, 2013
I rate beers I think significantly better than average, simple as that. I am not into showing off through word games. :)

pablo951 (696) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2013
Had it on tap at Ale Asylum in Madison Wi. Poured a clear a,ber hue with a light head. Slight hop aroma, very tasty scotch ale.

ChiGuy68 (634) - Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2013 Tasted on tap at Ale Asylum. Amber to light brown color. Heavy malt aroma and taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Braudog (6972) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JUL 6, 2013
Draft at the brewpub. Dark, muddy brown. Delivers a rich malt character in an unassuming manner. Nothing quite stands out, other than very decisive richness and body. Otherwise it hides its 7.2 very well, a great malt bomb. (#5114, 7/2/2013)

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