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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 2.88/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.83/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
A rare STRONG SCOTCH ALE. Dark red, unfiltered, slightly sweet and with a hint of peat smoke. Served in a brandy snifter. Unique and satisfying. 20 degrees Plato

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
AirForceHops (6947) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 9, 2015
Draft at the source, 1/09/2014. Light amber color with lasting head retention. Aroma is a botanical garden, abundance of flowers nothing but a tom of flowers. Flavor is like drinking old ladys perfume with a very subdued hint of peat.only got the peat in the last half oz. Heather flower... A lot of heather flower. Not my thing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcwattsrugger (12347) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2008
on tap-pours a light tan head that bubbles and copper color. Aroma is sweet medium malt, yeast. Taste is sweet medium malt-bubblegum, yeast, peat. OK/mild carbonation.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Rastacouere (6176) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 17, 2008
Hazy copper, gentle off-white ring. Feeling spicy for a scotch ale. Smells of leatherette more or less, though also of apricot. So its a fruity ale, but in a very candied way. And its alcohol vapors are vulgar. Vicks vaporub + mint/cinnamon notes. What did that ever have to do with beer? Flower finish. Very warming and candied. Very thin, yet slightly sticky palate. A mess.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 25, 2007
In short: A lazy melted hard-candy trying to pass as a scotch ale
How: Tap at brewpub
The look: Cloudy dark copper body with a little beige ring of foam
In long: Malt profile/sweetness is very much hard-candies, crisp and a little sugary. Not the rich creamy caramel of the good scotch ales. alcohol is way too present with nowhere to hide in that weak crispy malt. Some berries here and there. Got some distant mint and cinnamon flavour too although that may be a residual flavour from the spicy beer I had just before. As a scotch ale that Flower of Edinburgh is about as credible and honest as the flowers I buy when I feel guilty about something.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
MartinT (9729) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 19, 2007
My Bottom Line:
Heaps of alcohol drive through the wayward smokiness of this confusing strong Scotch Ale. Distinctly lacking in caramelization, its body was sadly anemic and its malty profundity was nearly absent.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circumspects the orangey red.
-A nutmeg-like, perfumy spiciness is found in the nose; with the drying smoke, this is definitely not your typical Scotch Ale nose.
-Some caramel sweetness accompanies the pointy earthy smoke in the finish.
-Effervescence is soothing.

On tap at the brewpub.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 20, 2006
Pours brownish red with a thin white head. Served in a snifter at the brewpub. Smells strongly of peat moss at the forefront before giving way to a nice malt base. Tastes very smokey with some caramel and fruity notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 14, 2005
On draught at brewery with Clarkvv 8/11/2005: Mostly clear copper body with a small white head that quickly dies. The aroma is quite unique as far as scotch ales go. Its simply packed with smoke, and it has the peaty/earthy/sulfur qualities that youd find in Islay whiskey. The nose also has a definite bacon and meat aroma as well. The taste is meaty smoke, spicy earth, sweet caramel, sweet grains, and some phenols. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, gets a bit syrupy and sweet over time. I like the excess smoke here, but it needs more body and base grains to back it up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClarkVV (6400) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 19, 2005
16oz draught at the brewery with Bucknaked on 8/11/2005. Amber-copper colored beer with a rapidly fleeting head. Nothing left behind, not even bits of bubbles. Fairly clear, no haziness in this sample. Smoke pours forth from the nose, bacon and pork rinds. Band-aid phenols abound. Smells like smoked band-aids. Tastes like band-aids too, mixed in with some pork bbq. Sweet, caramelly with a very low carbonation. Light acid and some dried black cherries. Thick and syrupy with some notes of plastic and medicine (band-aids more or less) smokiness. Really not that bad, just need to work on bringing forth some other flavors than just pure smoke and caramel. Pretty difficult to finish this much, starts to get cloying on the end, rather candyish. Could use more carbonation to make it more drinkable. I think the Scotch ale designation is a good one. Medium-full body, but somewhat watery. Slick, heavy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DYCSoccer17 (3683) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 15, 2005
3 Oz sample. Very smoked aroma with a ton of smoked bacon. This is definitely more reminiscent of a Rauchbier. Transparent copper color with small white head. Again, closer to a Rauch than a Scotch in color. Lots of smoke up front. Smoked bacon notes. Finishes slightly sweet and caramelly. This is not a Scotch Ale at all. It is a light Rauchbier, one that is not too shabby.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
boto (2178) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - JUL 21, 2003
Draught: The beer is served in a small brandy snifter. It is served pretty much ice cold, which doesn't do it justice. I allowed it to warm up, which definitely brought out the flavors and aroma. The beer is a copper color, and is a bit hazy. No much carbonation or head. There is a distinct peat aroma. The taste is very malty, with a lingering sourness at the end. There was a definite taste here, but I couldn't quite pick out what it was. Still, a fairly good beer.

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