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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.55/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 12   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
A tawny brown ale with a rich caramelized malt flavor and very mild hop presence. The sweetness of this beer is balanced with the warmth of the higher alcohol level.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
novels (424) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2012
A nice scotch ale from the Great Lakes crew. Carmel colored pour, malty and flavorful balanced out with a little bitterness from the hop. A great level of gravity, adds a bit of bitter warmth to the tongue and nose. A nice brew, definitely worth seeking.

AdamChandler (5150) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 29, 2014
Dark reddish brown. No head. The nose is almost nonexistent. Maybe some burnt brown sugar. Taste is a butterscotch and strawberry candy with melted creamsicle and more burnt malts. Sugary sweet finish.

AirForceHops (7702) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 26, 2014
Draft at GLB. In hand as I type this. Hazy amber color without head. Aroma is nice, toasted bread, caramlised malt, dried leaves. Flavor is right in line, medium body with a huge caramel, burnt sugar and light alcoholic finish. Nice easy sipper.

JaBier (8178) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - OCT 13, 2013
Glass at GLBC on 10/11/13. Clear reddish copper in color with a thick tan head. Aroma of malt, toast, caramel and slight peatiness. Sweet caramel flavor with a nice bready quality and light peat before a sweet toffee finish.

MrHangover (4693) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - OCT 11, 2013
Sample @ GABF 13. Pours a cloudy brownish beer with a thin off white head on top. Aroma is caramel, bbq, bacon and red apples. Flavour is rather sweet and malty, caramel is present. Some fruity yeasty esters in the back of the palate. Medium thick mouthfeel.

alexsdad06 (10672) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JUL 15, 2013
Draft at Dutch’s February ’13. Pours a hazy dark golden brown color with a small off white head. The aroma is malty in a light caramel, lightly toasted sort of way. It’s actually pretty weak. The flavor is much of the same; nothing bad, just not much going on. Bland, lightly toasted, caramel with a splash of fruit. I definitely expect more from this brewery.

Tmoney99 (14866) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 4, 2013
Tap. Poured dark hazy brown color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with fair lacing. Moderate to heavy earthy and toasted malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium toasted complex sweet flavor with a medium toasted sweet finish of moderate duration. Good complex brew.

Chudwick (3332) - Taylor Mill, Kentucky, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Draft - pours hazy caramel with offwhite head. Nose is caramel and a little peat. Lighter than I would expect for the style considering the high ABV. Dry. Mostly sweet. I will need to rerate this when there isn’t a truffle smell around. Light smokiness. Expectations were not met.

DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2013
On tap. Hazy red / brown color, sort of a brick color. Thin off-white head, leaves little loose lace. Bigger body. Soft, kind of smooth carbonation of moderate strength. Caramel malts, hint of chocolate, some light earthy / fruity hop. Light spice. Mostly a caramel-forward flavor. Light bitter taste, more sweet. Alcohol not really noticeable. Solid scotch style ale. Nice to enjoy with a meatball sandwich.

ddemmingjr (800) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - APR 16, 2012
On tap at the brewery: pours hazy, copper amber, small dense white head. Earth, caramel malts, esters, coffee on the nose. Brown sugar, earth, caramel malts flavors with a bit of peppery alcohol heat on the finish. Medium bodied and sessionable considering the ABV. Solid Scotch Ale by our old standby.

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