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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 2.87/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.85/5   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
This year’s winter warmer is a hearty scotch ale. Deep mahogany, malty, and a little peaty smoke thrown in too. Medium carameled body, with very little hop presence, and a warming alcohol finish, it’s big but very enjoyable.

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dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2008
dark brown coloor, brown frothy head. i didn’t cath the aroma, but maybe that was because of the guy smoking a cigar at the bar. flvor was smoky, but i kept getting a touch of coffee on the tongue. finished heavy with a creamy sweetness. a touch too sweet for me.

drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2007
on tap at FoBAB V: pours reddish brown, nose of bourbon. flavor sweet gross smoked meats. i’m not into this at all.

Arnie (274) - Chicagoland, IL, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2007
Undrinkable. Damn, I need at least 75 characters. Okay: Sampler flight at Flossmoor Station. No nose. Dark, nealy opaque brown. Tasted latex-y/vinlyl-y (as gws said, like band-aids). Based ratings below, I’m guessing we hit a bad batch or unclean tap.

gws57 (1276) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2006
Had this on draught at the brewpub in Flossmoor, Illinois. This had to have been among the five worst beers I’ve ever had. It had to have been a bad batch, or unclean lines or something. Clear, dark brown pour with very little nose of rye bread. Tastes of vinyl rubber, alcoholic, like the way Band-Aids smell. This was awful and utterly undrinkable.

SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 16, 2006
#955, From the growler, had at the December 06 Chicago Gathering at ElGaucho’s Place.Amber dark and clar, thin tan head. Nose is malty and sweet. Nose has lots of malts the taste is justa bout the same with more cream and smoke. Good.

GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 15, 2006
Draught at the brew pub. Clear orange-brown with reddish highlights. Head was thin and tan. No lace was left on the glass at the end. Not much nose other than a hint of cinnamon doughnut. Smoked malt and peat were the most obvious flavors with a hint of alcohol. The phenols were more than slight in this one and detrracted in my opinion. It was a bit fizzy for my liking as well.

DrnkMcDermott (3130) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2006
Big Glass Day! Deep, ruby/black color. This just plain looks great. Smells of deep whiskey malts. Thin clingy head. Alcohol right up front, but it’s warming, not hot. Taste is roasty without astringency. A slight phenolic bit is the only distraction. Traces of peat and even some oak from somewhere.

frankenkitty (2012) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2006
There’s a beautiful ruby glow to this beer’s mahogany base under a skinny, cream-colored skin. A base of fruity malts is sewn together with peaty smoke and alcohol. Thin and potent while the flavor finds the same fruity smokiness found in the aroma. In this regard, I found this Scotch Ale to mimmick Scotch Whiskey. While it didn’t exactly blow my skirt up, we brought a growler home nonetheless.

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RAYBOY01 (2010) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2006
Matt and Andrew have done it again! What a nice surprise...Scotch ales are so very tasty, yet so few brewers attempt this esoteric style. This one pours like liquid mahogany syrup...swirl it in the glass and check out it’s lingering legs. The aroma is decadently sweet...roasted caramel malt, brown sugar and peat smoke. I was pretty satisfied just breathing the fumes. But of course, I had to drink it eventually. It has a strong initial roasted malty sweetness...caramel/toffee/brown sugar. Some scotch notes are obvious as it warms, but never overwhelming or dominating in any way. The peat smoke shows up mainly in the lingering syrupy finish along with a hint of the substantial ABV. This brew is almost dessert in and of itself.

Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2006
Enjoyed at the latest Mug Club new beer release - Not enough Scotch ales around, and Matt & Andrew stepped up to fill the gap with this hardy brew. It pours a deep mahogany body with a tall fizzy tan head. The aroma is rich with malt, lightly roasted, with a touch of an earthy woodiness to it. It’s just a tad thin, but if you like malt, this is a good one to roll around the mouth and chew on before swallowing. The roasty, toasty flavors cover up the sturdy ABV nicely with the peat and beechwood smoke emerging late in the taste and lightly coating the mouth in the finish. This is an ale than even a confirmed hop-head like me can get into. Nicely done.

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