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RATINGS: 453   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This is an ale made in the tradition of the great strong ales of Scotland. Amber colored, malty sweet with underlying note of smokiness.

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3.2
BOLTZ7555 (3027) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 20, 2008
Good solid brew that you’d be silly not to sample if in the Phoenix area. This isn’t incredible, remarkable, or earth-shattering but no beer brewed here is, unfortunately. Nice copper pour, like the state of AZ...with sweet malt aroma and medium palate. Definitely a session ale for the style.

3.1
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - FEB 11, 2008
Amber pour with light carbonation. Nice sweet peat aroma with metallic notes and a bit of hard candy. The flavor in this one was somewhat disappointing as it seems to be somewhat oxidized. Definite cardboard. However, shining through that problem are some nice flavors such as peat, caramel, butter and a touch of bourbon. Medium wet body. Perhaps a fresher sample would show this brew off a little better.

2.7
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 18, 2008
Bottle. Not a huge scottish ale fan, but this works in a pinch. Deep amber color with a light malt aroma, a bit thin on the mouth feel. Nice lacing on the glass. An OK local brew.

3.1
a10555 (125) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 1, 2008
I kind of miss this beer from when I lived in Mesa. Was usually on sale, and was a fine brew for session drinking. Nothing to hoppy or too malty, just a nice beer for drinking. Although nothing about it lifted my kilt.

3.2
Oristo (67) - Orinda, California, USA - DEC 29, 2007
Road my rental bike over to Four Peaks Brewery in Tempe for a burger and a beer. They were featured in a tourist magazine for both. Worth it. I don’t know how true to type this was but it was crystal clear amber with a nice white head. Not too strong on the nose or palate with a good flavor.

3.3
UCLABruin (34) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 21, 2007
Pours orange-peach with a thickcream head. Aroma is roast malt and slightly smoky. Flavor is a little light, especially for what I expected from a scottish ale called "kiltlifter". Mildly malty and smoky with a light hoppiness.

3.1
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 15, 2007
Orange amber color. Smell of hops, malt, burnt caramel, honey and nuts. Taste of malt, caramel, roasted nuts, toffee and bread. Very watery.

3.4
Skyview (6042) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - DEC 10, 2007
Served from 12-oz bottle at Morton’s Steakhouse in Scottsdale, AZ. Pours a clear coppery amber brew with a thick lumpy off-white head that has some excellent lacing and retention. Aroma of toasted caramel malt, some apple skin, and a touch of smoked peat. Taste is medium bodied, lightly carbonated with flavors of some grainy caramel malt, a touch of apple and some honey. Finish is slightly metallic with the slightly high alcohol but has a sweet caramel aftertaste that linger around after the finish.

2.9
performula (148) - Heart of the Rockies, Colorado, USA - DEC 9, 2007
Received this off Bockyhorsey. Deep amber color with a small fizzy head. Malty with a sweet taste. The smoke flavor is detectable, but barely. Slight bitterness. Enjoyable.

3.3
kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2007
Growler, via BA NitroGen. Pours a rusty brown body, clear, with a fizzy one finger off-white head that faded to a thin film. Some spotty lacing. Nose is slightly sweet with lots of crystal and toasted malt, slightly grainy cereal notes, minimal hops, and a touch of honey. Flavor is grainy and slightly sweet with a smack of honey on the finish. Pretty simple and straightforward. Some crystal malt iced tea notes throughout. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with some risidual sugar stickiness. Moderate soft fizzy carbonation. Overall, this was drinkable, but it really lacked depth.


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