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RATINGS: 108   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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pushkinwow (2851) - Ottawa, CANADA - JUN 1, 2011
12oz bottle - bonus from Kyle in a trade. Fair reddish brown, creamy light tan head. Booze (scotch), mild peat, some fruit notes and a bit of mustiness. Nice carbonation, slightly dry mouthfeel with a medium to light body, a balanced/restrained sweetness just below the surface but something slightly off in the finish (almost a bit of a sour) that throws the palate off and takes away from what would otherwise be a decent beer.

DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2011
Poured into a snifter. 3.0 A: Opaque deep amber brown color. I could only muster about a 1/4 inch of beige head, which quickly fell. 2.0 S: This smells pretty damn weird. Unfortunately, disgusting vegetal aromas hit first and they hit hard. After that there’s some peat and caramel. The cooked vegetable component is so strong that it blocks out most of the other aromas. 1.5 T: Taste is off as well. Tart smokiness, caramel, sherry, veggies, and brown sugar. 3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Not bad here. 1.5 D: I’m pretty sure I got a bad bottle. If I didn’t, then I don’t understand the other reviews. This tastes like a noob’s homebrew. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 05-31-2011 01:38:19

pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2011
Lake Louie reserve scotch ale 2009. 12oz bottle shared by Andrew... Pours a toffee caramel brown, dull, and no head... Aroma of must, a hint of sour, and a cedar wood type of feel... Sweet and sour sauce that doesn’t go down that well. 5/2/4/2/8

chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
12oz bottle poured into my Darkness glass...Pours a deep and shiny mahogany, very nice. The head is light tan, only lasts for about a minute and leaves a very thin film behind. Light lacing. Actually pretty carbonated, just give it a swirl and watch it go...The aroma starts off with scotch mostly, a little rye, and peat creep in, semi malty. Ok, nothing special yet...Not a fan of the taste at all. Cheap scotch, burns, a little smoke on the finish. Mostly skunk and grain alcohol...The feel is really light, borderline water. Not a huge scotch fan to begin with, but these does nothing to help change my mind, nor is it a good representation of the stye. Pass for me.

cfrancis (3512) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 15, 2011
Thanks to Santa for this. Pours a dirty brown with a thinning white head. Little lacing. Aroma is boozy, dates and caramel. Taste is a blast of alcohol with some dates and caramel along with lots of malt. Sickly sweet and astringent in the aftertaste. I could do without this.

emacgee (4698) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 2, 2011
Pours a clean copper brown with one finger of light tan head. Nose is bad, real bad. Probably infected, wangy fruit and burnt sugar. Vinous. Flavor is awful, tart and awful. Fail.

MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 3, 2010
[Bottle] courtesy of Madvike. Thanks Matt! Pours a clear deep caramel brown with smallish tan head. Aroma is full of caramel, a touch of butterscotch, some light smokiness, and a touch of earthiness. The flavor is sweet, caramelly, moderate mouthfeel, just a hair too much carbonation, but otherwise a pretty nice beer. Pretty smooth with a sweet finish.

Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - OCT 3, 2010
12oz bottle. Pours a cloudy amber-brown colored body with a thin, creamy, tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves a moderate lacing. Aroma is some caramel, peat, earth, floral hops, and a hint of roast. Flavor is similar. Lots of caramels, peat, earth, florals, a light roast, some citrus, and a few berries. Finishes dry with a light bitterness from the peaty earth and a pleasant malt sweetness. Medium length aftertaste following a medium-full body and moderate, creamy carbonation. Overall, a solid scotch ale. Nice rounded flavor and easy drinking.

kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 1, 2010
12oz bottle, courtesy of MrPickles. Thanks, Andy! Pours a deep, reddish-mahogany color; thin, fine-bubbled light-tan head with light retention and lacing. Solid aroma: no overt alcohol showing, some candied red fruits and caramel notes; minimally hopped, but with a well-tempered maltiness that doesn’t seem imbalanced; neither simple nor particularly deep, a nicely rendered fruitiness and smooth malt presence in the nose; basically good, with increasing amounts of ethanol poking through as this warms up. Medium body; medium carbonation (maybe even a bit lighter than that); modest amounts of alcohol, and generally smooth; this really doesn’t feel like a particularly hefty beer, and I’d be very surprised if the alcohol was actually 9%; maybe 7.5%+; there’s a prominent note from the vinous ethanol that’s modestly warming, with a restrained malty core of (again) candied red fruits - cherries, plums - and light caramel notes; not particularly complex or nuanced, but that restrained sweetness is well-handled; there’s some slight staleness in the core malt character, as well as a light toastiness; overall, a solid, very modestly complex beer at (maybe) 9%, which would really just be over the top on the alcohol for how much flavor is actually in this beer. Medium finish of lightly stale malts, mild toastiness, and a lingering hint of caramel and darker malts.

MrPickles (438) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 27, 2010
How is this not ratted higher? Hands down the best scotch ale out there. Looks good tastes even better. Must get more before it is gone!

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