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RATINGS: 172   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
Brewed in the classic Scotch Ale style dating back to the 1700s, 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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Silphium (3192) - East Lansing, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skyview (5706) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
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 couldnt 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (3580) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jasonp (1574) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - NOV 12, 2006
Sampled at Dutch 70s "Tasting in the Woods; Part Deux". Dark clear red with an off-white head. Overall a very light aroma of grass and caramel. Flavor has notes of caramel, light noble hops, a hint of chocolate, brown sugar and light smoke. Medium bodied with subtle carbonation. Solid but is seems to be missing something, perhaps a little more malty heft.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 9, 2006
TITW Part Deux - 12oz bottle courtesy of artusory. Thanks, Ryan! Medium brownish-red appearance; off-white head; ok lacing. Floral and citrus hop aroma. Tea-like malt presence, some floral hoppiness, light-to-medium mouthfeel. Medium finish, showing maple syrup; slightly dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10708) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 6, 2006
Bottle... TITW Part Deux... Light brown ale with a small, creamy, khaki head. Good retention. The aroma is sweet and nutty with nice notes of chocolate and vanilla. Just a hint of wood. A little too bitter for a Scottish ale, but still solid and malty-sweet. Medium-bodied and creamy with soft carbonation. Finishes bittersweet with a crisp, hop bite. Thanks go out to artusory for sharing the bottle with us!

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