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RATINGS: 175   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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Brewed in the classic Scotch Ale style dating back to the 1700’s, with a deep reddish brown color. Full of body, sweetness and flavor. Higher in alcohol content but possessing a smooth and lightly hopped finish. Best served at 45 degrees F in a room temperature pint glass. For the ’Big Beer’ drinkers among us.

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2.3
drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2007
12oz bottle. pours ruby with off white head. nose is sweet maple syrup and cotton candy. flavor is awfully sweet tobacco with rotted dark fruits. watery, cloyingly sweet. gross.

3.7
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - AUG 3, 2007
12oz Bottle $7.99 6-Pack Steve’s Liquor Madison Warped Speed pours a glowing garnet into my snifter.An aggressive pour yields a half finger light frothy tan head that immediately recedes to a ring around the glass and nothing more. Cherry highlights shine through the botto of the glass when held to the light. The lack of head is a disappointment. Aroma is excellent. After working my way through the 6-pack I’ve realized you need to let this beer sit out of the fridg before drinking. The aromas and flavors really open up as it warms. Roasted malts begin the expierence along with a few drops of cream. Mild nuttines and peat in the middle flowing through to the finish. There’s even some toffee present. Excellent smelling beer. Flavor is pretty much in cahoots with the aroma. Roasted malts again but they fall to the back rather quickly. Peat smoke is more present in the flavor than the aroma and lasts mid palate to finish. Roasted grains make their triumphant appearance again toward the finish along with a nice accompanying nuttiness. Good flavor. Mouthfeel, for a beer with these kind of robust flavors, is on the thin side. Carbonation is minimal, which I believe is right but the body is just too thin. If the body was dialed in this would be a great brew. Good drinkability and I think the thin body actually helps with that. The problem is I’d rather have perfect mouthfeel if the drinkability took a hit. Good beer from Lake Louie. Every one I’ve had from them so far has been solid. Could use a little tweaking, if only to make a good beer great, but definately an enjoyable brew. 7/21/07

3
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 8, 2007
dark amber pour with small head..aroma of alcohol, pine, grass, and light malt...dont see much in this beer to call it a scotch ale..it almost tastes light a very light IPA with heavy earth-like qualitites..i suppose there is a touch of dark fruit in there somewhere..finishes with some alcohol as well

3.4
Silphium (3199) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - MAY 23, 2007
Deep clear garnet red body, thin off-white head. Aroma of thick toasts, chocolate, and roasted malt. Bready, toasty body, with light chocolate and roasted malt. Fairly simple but well-made. No diacetyl as noted in several recent ratings.

3.2
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 2, 2007
Bottle thanks to Brigadier sampled on 2/13/07: Pours a transparent dark copper mahogany with a spotty-lacing off-white head. Aroma of sweet caramel and butterscotch with some toasted malty notes. Body starts with a sweet caramel maltiness with a lot of slick diacetyl butterscotch flavor toward a thin finish.

3.4
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 30, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2007 12 oz bottle. Poured a clear brown color with red highlights. Head disappeared pretty quickly and was light tan. Pleasant aroma of vanilla, caramel, and light cereal grain. Flavor is similar. Lots of vanilla and caramel. Delicately sweet on the tongue. No peated malt as far as I could tell. Not bad.

3.6
Skyview (5927) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAR 26, 2007
Straight from a 12-oz bottle. Pours a burnt copper and a small head that disappears fast if poured cold. Room temperature keeps the head around longer. Nose is clean and very little malt. Light roast malt flavor with a dry finish. I would definately serve this with a baked potato w/chives, bacon and sour cream.

2.8
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 15, 2007
Poured a clear golden brown color with a thin beige head. The aroma had a HUGE amount of diacetyl. Also notes of dough and something I couldn’t put my finger on. It reminded me of snack chips like Dorritos. The flavor was on the bland side. Light malt notes to start. The finish was actually larger than the start. Malty and bitter. Dry with a dull carbonation.

3.2
Brigadier (3665) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2006
12 oz bottle

I found this to be a drinkable beer, though a little disappointing. Perhaps my expectations were simply too high but it was lacking something to put it in the ’beyond average’ category. I could see buying some to ease friends into the world of craft beer but I think there are better alternatives out there for daily drinking.

Aroma / Appearance - A deep brown, almost black, body stands out against the off-white head. There was not much of it - just enough to create a filmy layer over the top. I think there was some carbonation though it was hard to tell with the darkness. Peat, cherry wood and raspberry iced tea stand out against a slightly smoky backbone. I was a little underwhelmed by the lack of complexity in the aroma.

Flavor / Palate - An oaky cherry taste washes across the tongue first. Next comes the taste of unsweetened iced tea (sun tea, not Lipton). A smoky aftertaste brings along with it a trace amount of bitterness. Overall I found the body to be a little on the thin side. It was still easy to drink. All in all I would rate this as a fun beer to try but not one to go out of your way to track down.

4
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2006
Light brown/dark amber body with a small off-white head. The aroma is golden raisins, caramel, brown sugar and floral hops. The flavor is caramel, floral, raisins and fairly dry. Medium/light body with soft carbonation and a dry, slightly bitter finish. Terrific stuff.


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