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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.35/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Very malty

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JAN 27, 2008
On tap @ Maduro, Bells GTMW pre-party 8/10/07. Hazy orange with a ring of off-white head. Aroma of chocolate malts, very mild peat, and some toast. Flavor had some strange tang with some toast, chocolate malts, and alcohol. Moderate fizzy carbonation with a light to medium body. I am told that this was infected--though I don’t remember who said it--glancing at the reviews it was probably Blake or Jason.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - DEC 26, 2007
Bells Scotch Ale Draft at Maduro’s during GTMW weekend Reddish color. Malty aroma. Taste is raspberry? & smoke? Tart and malt but I would like more maltiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2007
On tap at Maduro prior to the 2007 GTMW: Pours a murky dark mahogany with a nice wispy-lacing dark tan head. Aroma of sweet caramel malt with a hint of light fruits and tartness along with mild peat. Body is full of sweet caramel and tartness that seems out of place for the style. Has a touch of earthy smoky peat toward a slightly more bitter and sweet finish. A decent Scotch ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 26, 2007
tap at eccentric.....appearance: amber brown, clear with a small off-white head....aroma: caramel and toffee, very malt-forward.....taste: more of that caramel malt, sugar with a peppery bitter ite in the end. clearly dominated by the malt.....i found this pretty average.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2007
Tap @ GTMW. Hazed and lovely amber brown in color with a fuzzy tan head. Scotch, toffee bars and chocolate powder aromatically meld with almond joy cookie bars and subtle caramelized splendor unto the nose. Flavor comes out with a tongue smacking of talc, pursued by butterscotch chips and a Nestle cookie base on which to plant it. Smooth and balanced with supple carbonation. Scotchy characteristics are in harmony and abundance. Cookie bars, butterscotch chips and toffee traits parry well. Sweet bakers unleavened brown bread gets woven around English toffee and buttermilk butterscotch crèmes. Finish fulfills with sweetened maple walnut bread, caramel ribbons and melted toffee.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tjthresh (1871) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - AUG 13, 2007
On tap at Maduro for the GTMW pre party
Looked pretty good. Lighter brown, and served with no head. The nose was buscity with a touch of hops, but then it began to go bad. There was this sour twang that just wasn’t going to fly. Along with some carmel and cooked sugar notes, this twang was very distracting. Medium body. Bummer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 13, 2007
On tap at Maduro – GTMW pre-party. Poured a deep, murky baby poo brown with a well-retained creamy beige head.. looked OK. The aroma had some lightly-smoked peat accenting toasty caramel sugars.. but there were definite, and rather strong vinegar and dark fruity sour notes that rose and took over as this warmed up.. what happened here?!? The flavor was only slightly better.. still much more sour than it should have been.. caramel, toffee, and toasted nutty base with sour darker fruits and vinegar smacking every facet of the palate.. lightly-smoked nutty and caramel finish was OK, but still had remnants of the sourness. Medium-bodied with a creamy middle on the palate.. odd and unenjoyable sourness throughout. I was looking forward to this…

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 12, 2007
Tap at Maduro pre-GTMW party. The beer was definitely not very good. The beer pours to a hazy medium brown body with a huge creamy tan head that lasts and lasts. The aroma is grain and solvent/vinegar. Icky. The flavor is toasted grain, caramel, medium yeastiness, and vinegar. Likely that it was infected, but who knows... this was a Bell’s sponsored event? The palate had a moderate sweetness and definite tartness. The finish was short, thankfully, with a medium light body and a lively metallic and astringency.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3196) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - DEC 12, 2006
On tap at the Eccentric Cafe. Hazy orange-brown body, thin buff head. Cerealy, toasty aroma, light at the frigid temperature this was served at (speaking of which, it would be great to get properly-chilled draft beers at a brewpub from time to time...but I digress). Very strong toasty, leathery body with hints of Cheerios and sweet chewy malt. The heavy malts are paired with earthy, spicy hops. The finish reminded me of burning fall leaves, appropriate for a Scotch Ale. Similar to their other malt-heavy beers, solid, but still in the good zone of ordinary.

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