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RATINGS: 372   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   IBU: 23   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
Rich malty flavors of caramelized and toasted grains dominate this robust Scotch ale. A hint of rye adds a crisp, scotch-like, old-world beer character, reminiscent of a simpler life from centuries ago. It’s a wee-bit heavy.

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Alengrin (5438) - BELGIUM - OCT 2, 2015
Bottle from Delirium Hoppy Loft. Loose, irregular, pale greyish white head stabilizing on the edges, colour is a warm orangey ’rust-brown’ with lively sparkling, hazy, with small flakes of protein everywhere. Weird aroma of ketjap, fresh ginger, strong and even somewhat ’ironish’ rosehip tea, caramel, overripe grapefruit, whisky, milk chocolate, more subtle hints of balsamic vinegar, peanuts, salted tomato, old-fashioned brown cough syrup with a lot of sugar, sourish-spicy wet rye bread, parquet varnish- or even nail polish-like phenols, marmelade, strawberry, cloves. Sweet onset, restrained fruitiness of strawberry, orange and overripe pear with candi sugar, surrounded by a persisting but subtle sourish edge, medium carbo, drying a bit on the tongue but becoming a lot softer and even almost flat in the end, supple but rather thin mouthfeel (probably already thinned by age), very caramelly and a bit nutty with a toasted edge in the end, as expected from a wee heavy. Finishes malty, sweet and still candyish, cloying a little bit, with herbal, tea- and leaf-like hops residing in the background but providing basic structure, as well as quite a big dosis of retronasal phenols (and lightly spicy, rosehip like aromas) and warming, even very slightly burning alcohol. This was probably a good beer when young, but surely this bottle hasn’t been kept in the best of circumstances and is too old now to properly present itself. I expected a lot more from this, seen my previous positive experiences with this brewery, in particular the barrel aged version of the very same beer. Bit of a downer, actually, but I have no other choice at the moment than to rate it the way I receive it, which is too old, too thin as a result (especially for this particular style) and too phenolic.

chrisbruce (18) - SCOTLAND - AUG 25, 2015
A really beautiful close to red color in my cup. Caramel, cereal, innapreciate nearly 30 IBUS, fuuuuull body with soft carbonation and a long finish.

zoucrew102 (1913) - - AUG 19, 2015
Bomber. Rich caramel malt aroma with toasted grains and a bit of smoke. Pours caramel colored with a thin tan head with poor retention and good lacing. Starts with rich caramel sweetness with some toasted malt. Finishes smooth with the caramel sweetness as well as some toffee with a bit of smoke. Nice scotch ale.

bubblehouse (1541) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 18, 2015
Pours a really dark red with a big scotchy nose. Really smooth and super easy to drink.

Abijen (2571) - ’s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - AUG 6, 2015
Caramel bruinig bier met een goede getinte schuim kraag. Ruikt zoet, caramel, rogge. Smaakt caramel, koffie bitter, zuurtje.

Bosbouw (2932) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - JUL 24, 2015
Mooie caramelkkeur met een kleine kraag. Ruikt zoetig, honing, caramel. Smaakt zoetig, honing, mout.

rouhlas (3628) - GREECE - JUN 23, 2015
From old notes. From tap at Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2012.Hazy amber reddish color with off white head. Malty caramel aroma, light fruity. Sweet and light bitter taste. Medium oily body with soft carbonation

nilsas (4194) - Bryne, NORWAY - JUN 20, 2015

Lukt: Karamell og en anelse smør.
Utseende: Kobber gyllen farge.
Skum/kullsyre: Dekkende skum, heng langs kant.
Smak: Frukter og karamell.
Hvor: [email protected] Kvadrat, [email protected] tasting hos Bryne.
Medium: [email protected], [email protected],2%, [email protected]

Huhzubendah (3709) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 12, 2015
Served alongside the barrel-aged version. Copper / ruby body with a thin to head. Aromas of light spice, malt, a touch of cinnamon. Slightly sweet, fruity, malty, bready. Solid.

esp0r (2922) - NORWAY - JUN 2, 2015
Bottle from VP CC Vest enjoyed at home
Deep red, creamy beige head. Smell of caramel, dark fruits, hints of butterscotch, quite alot of malt aromas. Medium to heavy sweet, a touch of smoke, caramel, toffee, nice malt base, quite good and better than the aroma. Moderate bitter finish

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