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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nielsedd (79) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 16, 2013
Bottle. Pours a clear, dark, reddish brown with a finger of frothy beige head. Excellent lacing. Aroma of caramel malts and dark fruits. The same in the taste, with a slight alcohol kick. Very good scotch ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HopScripts (28) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 11, 2013
Aroma was somewhat underwhelming, appearance was also lacking. Has a good taste but lacks complexity. The palate was decent, overall I think there are much better options from this Brewery. But this is one of their most widely distributed beers.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tortman18 (174) - Batavia, Illinois, USA - MAY 31, 2013
Pours a very dark brown/mahogany with a thin cap of mocha head and decent lacing. Nose is strong molasses and caramel with malt, dark fruits, mainly plum and cherry. Decent presence of alcohol. Mouth is very bitter and dry with caramel, malt, alcohol. Dark fruits-plum, cherry and raisin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmoreau (3912) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2016 On tap at BonFyre American Grille in Madison, WI., and dispensed to a shaker displaying a clear brown tone, with a modest head of light tan/ cream colored foam that reduced rather quickly to a ring & film, but left some ribbony lacing on the glass. The nose was light grain, toast, and some caramel & light molasses sweetness. Medium bodied with good carbonation, fairly hidden alcohol presence, medium hop bitterness, and some lingering, woody/smoky astringency. A decent, hefty Scottish. Next time on tap at the Harvest Lounge in the Sheraton Madison Hotel. (WI.) A little amber highlighting to the brown hue, better persistence to the off white head, and a touch of roastiness hooked up with the earthy bitterness. Finished with a bit of dryness. +.1

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobertDale (5789) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - FEB 10, 2013
12 ounce bottle. Pours a reddish brown with a small tan head. Aroma of malt, caramel, and fruit. Taste is malt, dark cherries, caramel, and some smoke. Pleasant to drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmcgavin12 (492) - Madison, USA - FEB 2, 2013
A bit weak aroma despite the deep scotch color. Taste is sweet and rich with hints of alcohol and lots of malt. Finishes with a bit of greasy but good finish. Good WI scotch ale

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
doubelknv3 (1086) - Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2012
Biscuit, fruity, and caramel aroma. Brown, off white head, mild lacing. Caramel, mild roast, mild alcohol, and mild hippiness. Sweet with mild bitterness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaltOne (335) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 18, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2012 Poured a nice mahogony red. Thin off white head. Minimal aroma (possibly due to over-chilling,... not my doing.) Taste provides a very nice sequence - toasty at first, then a touch of sweet hits the tongue, wrapped in a subtle hop finish. Very drinkable. ...Rerating 11/27 - Get one thats not over chilled... Nice head dissipating to a thin foam haze on top, lacing on the glass. Aroma - still faint but dark baked banana bread.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2012
Poured into a snifter. 4.0 A: Faintly hazed (I think) deep plum/mahogany color. Two fingers of frothy/creamy beige head. Retention is pretty good and a short ring of lacing is left. 4.5 S: Tons of caramel with a good bit of toffee behind it. Sweet, like it should be. A little bit of toastiness. Raisiny fruitiness with sugary candied cherries. Very nice. 4.0 T: Again lots of caramel, toffee, and sweetness. This isnt cloying in the least though. Its sweet, but well balanced. Raisin, plum, and cherry fruitiness. Only mildly sugary in the taste. Toasty with the slightest touch of smoke. Again, very nice. 4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lightly creamy. Good here, but Id prefer a bit more creaminess. 4.0 D: Supremely drinkable and a damn good scotch ale. I had the bourbon barrel version of this and it sucked, so I guess it was the barreling that was fucked up and not the base beer. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 07-31-2012 22:05:57

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wlajwl (6064) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUL 5, 2012
Aroma is very malty and medium nutty. The flavor is malts, mild sweetness, fruit and a mildly smooth, slightly hoppy finish.

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