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RATINGS: 66   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
A traditional scottish ale. Beer #1 of 4 in a special release series celebrating Geary’s 20th anniversary.

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HeadyBottomer (6) - - SEP 2, 2015 does not count
6-pack poured into a 2-liter Moxie bottle and snuck into the Portland-Deering Thanksgiving football game in a backpack, then poured into 16 oz solo cups in the bleachers. Extremely foamy pour into the Moxie bottle. Less foam when pouring from the Moxie bottle into the solo cups, but still way more than you would want and each time the cup ended up being like 2/3 head. Toffee, vanilla, caramel, and booze aroma. Smokey creamy taste with a bit of a bite at the finish cause we mixed in some Beam on top of the foam. Not the best taste, but gets you messed up quick, and by like your 3rd one you don’t really care about the taste anyway. Deering sucks!

ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2014
12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Jebus knows how old this bottle is.

A: Pours a very dark red color. The head is a bubbly, creamy two finger mocha shade. I like its soft texture, it’s good retention, and its spotty lacing.

S: Wha, sour cherries? Could be infected, but it still works with the mild caramel sweetness and *very* subtle chocolate. Maybe just a touch of oxidation, as well. I’m not sure this was the intended result, but the fact that it still smells really good still gives me hope. Hey, I’m a sucker for sour ales.

T: Damn, there isn’t much tartness here. Rather, it functions much like you’d expect a decent wee heavy to: it’s smoky, chocolaty, and caramel-y; yet, there’s just the subtlest hint of tart cherries that makes it weirdly excellent. On the other hand, there are also hints of oxidation and metal on the back end which detract. I have no idea if this would have been great fresh-- well look at that, it’s a twist-off cap.

M: This is incredibly soft, yet with a pleasantly clean and dry finish. Low carbonation suits the feel and the flavors quite well.

O: This...has aged well. YMMV, because it does taste like it’s going through an infection. And it’s pretty oxidized. Drink ’em now or end up with a cardboard-laden mess. Regardless, this one was quite enjoyable, warts and all.

Imaena (2359) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - DEC 29, 2012
Bottle and Draft. Got this when it came out and was disappointed. Too thick and cloying even for a style know for these traits. Not Geary’s best effort. Stick to the HSA.

drseusszb200 (687) - Florida, USA - MAY 9, 2012
poured maroonish with not much of a head, but good lacing. smelled sweet toffee caramel and malts. tasted about the same pretty good

beerfest5 (1207) - Cloneen, IRELAND - MAR 4, 2012
Bottle from JJ. Poured a translucent black into a tulip glass. Aroma is of dark fruit and brown sugar, Some butter notes, and a little vanilla, taste is the same with a little abv burn at the end, finish is buttery goodness.

Niko100 (2998) - Chicago, New York, USA - FEB 11, 2012
Dark brown/black color; Medium creamy body; Aroma of sweet malt, caramel/toffee, dark fruit, & chocolate; Flavor of slight roasted sweet malt, caramel, dark fruit, syrup, and spice; Nicely balanced; Overall, not that complex - but decent.

MaBeer1972 (2185) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 11, 2011
Jet black. Light smoky-sweet aroma. Flavor is of deep roasty malts. Well balanced. Not overly sweet. A bit of an alcohol burn on the backside. Warming. Lingering roasty finish.

fata2683 (2202) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 21, 2011
bottle thanks to Danny, pours light brown with a thin tan head. Aroma is caramel malt and peppery hops. Flavor is big red soda, lots of peppery hops and toffee. Not that bad.

Cavie (4837) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAY 14, 2011
Bottle courtesy of Daniel Rowland. Look him up on google. Pours a dark ruddy brownish red color with a tannish style head. Aroma is....ok so here’s the deal. I was drinking this at frattos and then some folks drove into the park after hours to have sex. Me and pikapp327 dumped ours in the park and ran. I’ll just assume this was awful.

Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAY 13, 2011
Bottle from Cavie. Brownish pour with a tan head. Aroma is vanilla and light grain. Taste is burned, ash, chocolate, caramel, and an awkward finish.

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