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RATINGS: 172   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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3.6
drpimento (3726) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 8, 2013
It’s gotta be me, as I just don’t get a lot of flavor out of this. Poured perhaps a bit cold with a modest light tan head that soon settled and some lace. Color is a clear mahogany with some bubble trails. Aroma is very malty, toffee, caramel, hint of smoke, grain. Flavor’s kind of bland; not as pronounced as nose, some tang up front, only a suggestion of scotch ale. Body/carbonation are excellent. Finish is like flavor, a slightly nuttiness lingers and that’s it. Meh.

3.3
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - NOV 24, 2013
12oz. bottle. Aroma of darkly toasted, sweet malts, some faint dried fruit and toffee with hints of earthiness and black bread. Dark, clear red-brown in color with a lasting, creamy, off-white head. Flavor profile is malty, gently toasty and lightly bitter with suggestions of raisin, nut and earth, some lingering tangy fruitiness and suggestions of alcohol late. Smooth, lightly prickly and effervescent on the palate with a medium body. Really very drinkable.

3.3
BVery (11209) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - SEP 29, 2013
Bottle. Deep cola pour, fairly opaque. Really nice aroma of dark fruit, nut, and caramel sweetness. Nice blend of differen flavor elements. Well done.

3.9
DeliveryDriver (170) - Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2013
Pours a deep ruby with a half finger of tan head that sticks. Aromas are overwhelmingly of dark fruits, mainly grapes and cherries, along with some caramel in the background. Taste is this same maltiness all the way down. Rich and creamy mouthfeel, drinks bigger than 7.2%. This is one of the best Scottish Ales I’ve ever had.

3.8
beerbill (3619) - Laurel, New York, USA - JUL 30, 2013
12 oz. bottle I picked up in Wisconsin on my recent road trip to Yellowstone. Pours a lightly hazed deep amber with a moderate tan head that lasted through the first quarter of the glass and left a partial layer of foam with each sip. Pleasant aroma of malt and a bit of brown sugar. The flavor has ample malt with some brown sugar sweetness. Just a bit of toast in the flavor. Mild bitterness at the finish. Solid.

3.7
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.

3.3
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.

3.8
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.

3.6
tmoreau (4591) - 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

3.3
RobertDale (6755) - 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.


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