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RATINGS: 374   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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sfontain (851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2013
22 oz bottle, Andersons, $7.99 I think. Apparently unfiltered, this beer pours a murky dark copper with a creamy off-white head that dissipates into a thin, sparse covering and a thin ring; no lacing. Aroma is rich, sweet, caramel, toast, hint of red berries. Flavor is almost cloyingly sweet; toffee, oak (!), orange peel, maybe vanilla. Body is full and oily, slick, light but lively carbonation. Probably a little too sweet but otherwise really nice. The barrel-aged version of this beer is in my fridge for tomorrow, and I expect it to be interesting given that this non-BA version already tastes oaked.

teddybeer (4253) - Madrid, SPAIN - DEC 17, 2017
Brown color, light beige head with medium retention, Aroma has notes of toasted notes, molasses, dry fruits and alcoholic presence. Flavro is slightly sweet, toasty, caramelish. Final is warm, slightly dense, alcoholic is noticeable as well, toasty.

josanguapo (2037) - SPAIN - NOV 25, 2017
From Zombier. In Teku glass. Playing Custome Quest 2. Pleasant notes and, even not being the barrel aged version, I also seem to find some woody notes.However, its too much alcoholic for its abv

GarrettB (1690) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 30, 2017
December 27th, 2014 - Breaking out Hoppin’ Frog was an acknowledgment that this is a much deserved break from my PhD program. Expensive and decadent, this is a treat for a special occasion, and coming out of Christmas and headed to the New Year, I must have been celebrating the meridian between two holidays. Red and hazy, the pour looks thick, though not as diesel fuel like as the same brewery’s Imperial Stouts and similarly dark beers. After a tilt and a roil I go in for the smell, which is quite strong, pushing forward with an inescapable force of caramel and a touch pine. I also get a little cough medicine, but not enough to be alarming or discomforting. The flavor is more unconventional than the nose, and not at all what I was expecting. More tangy than sweet, it’s very different from most scotch ales, exhibiting all the same caramel and general oozing booziness but far less sweet about it. The palate is also lighter and tangier, more like a light citrus fruit, such as a tangerine, mixed with a raw, juicy orange slice. The alcohol *is* present but is rather modest.

mice (1097) - FINLAND - JUN 29, 2017
0,65l bottle from Beergium. Dark copper clear beer with medium natural white head. Aroma has lots of sweet malts and caramel, some berries and hints of alcohol. Taste has sweet malts, caramel, berries. Long ending is sweet and alcoholic. Medium+ body, sweet and maybe a bit too alcoholic, but still tasty beer.

Mister_Li (1631) - GERMANY - APR 12, 2017
Leicht trübes, rötliches Bernstein mit durchschnittlicher Schaumkrone. Malzig, süßlich, Karamell, nussig, leicht fruchtig, etwas Rumtopf, sehr süffig.

Korcz (3388) - Warsaw, POLAND - FEB 5, 2017
Backlog, ocena przepisana z untappd, w ramach uzupełniania profilu na ratebeer.

Thechasm442 (1006) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 7, 2017
Bomber. Murky toffee with an average khaki head that leaves little lacing. Aroma is caramel, toffee, smoky malts, and a bit of whisky. Taste is full of caramel and toffee sweetness with malts, citrus, bread, and a sweet finish. Average thickness and sweet.

muzzlehatch (4975) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2016
22 ounce bottle from Sonoma Cellars in Delavan, WI, served at cellar temp in a Maudite glass. Smallish off-white head recedes quickly to a thin ring topping a vaguely hazy copper-bronze body...sweet vanilla-caramel aroma, little in the way of smokiness or peat (this is the second SA in a row I’ve had with this aromatic profile - both have been nice for nosing, but give me some reminder of Ardbeg!); hints of pie spices (cinnamon, clove) become evident with warmth...slightly less sweet to the tongue than might have been expected, but still more than a little sugary at first, becoming just a touch drier and bitter/burnt towards the finish...somewhat more alcoholic than it might be - I’d guess this was closer to 10% - and the body is a little vapid, though acceptable; carbonation is just slightly on the high side. Overall a perfectly reasonable and decent-drinking Scotch but nothing special really.

Bawelt (874) - Lyon, FRANCE - NOV 8, 2016
Le bouquet est juste superbe : un vrai dessert de pommes confites, de vanille, de cannelle. Magnifique. Bouche plus simple : attaque caramel et support pomme. Petites notes épicées. Finale un rien amère et loin d’être sirupeuse par rapport au nez. Très buvable mais un rien décevante par rapport au bouquet extraordinaire.

androman (2936) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - NOV 4, 2016
1pt 6fl oz shared bottle at home from FirmaBier. Nose is dried fruits, dark berries, caramel, plum, light bourbon. Body is dark reddish deep brown. Aroma is dark berries, raisin, caramel, biscuits, milk chocolate, herbs, wet old wood. Medium sweet, light bitter, light fruity sour. Finish is medium lasting roasty fruity medium bittersweet. Full body, oily sticky texture, average carbonation. Easy dessertish beer, strong flavor, bit out of balance but very tasty, great one.

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