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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 3.58/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A traditional scotch ale, caramel and malt sweetness dominates the palate. A full bodied ale that’s higher in alcohol content than most, making it a great after dinner sipper, but definitely not for the mild at heart.

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3.7
boto (2261) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - FEB 18, 2017
22oz. bottle: This one pours a very dark ruby tinged brown. There was a thin tan head on it that doesn’t linger long. It has a good nose, although a touch lighter than expected. Malts and some smokey peat notes. The taste is good. Smokey peat, caramel malts, some sweetness. I’d grab another bottle the next time I’m in NH.

3.5
blutt59 (6573) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 29, 2016
Canned thanks to johnnnnie in trade, reddish brown with short foam , sweet malty fruit nose and flavor, nice body and finish

3.2
dfinney23 (3394) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 22, 2016
Scotch ales are sweet but wow this is sweet. Glad it was just a sample as even a half pint would have been too much.

3.7
tekstr1der (495) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 25, 2016
One of my favorite styles, but interpretations seem to vary wildly. This pours a really nice dark garnet color, but unfortunately develops no head. Looks syrupy coming out of the bottle (this does not scare me). I dumped aggressively into a tulip and only had a few seconds of tan foam. Oh well, the color is great. Aroma is rather subdued, with rich, smoky malt forward, and some booze alongside. Flavor is better, but very unbalanced. I enjoy malty goodness balanced by hops, and hoppy goodness balanced by malt. However, somehow this brew is too sweet, yet at the same time has too much hops - almost as much hops as some American strong ales or barleywines. That’s not conducive to the style. Cloying mouthfeel, which would be okay if not for the hop loadout. Anyhow, finishes cleaner than expected, and while it seems impossible that I’d be able to finish this bomber tonight due to lack of drinkability, this stuff sure feels like it’ll get you drunk.

4
jimhilt (2615) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 3, 2016
Pours a two finger khaki head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Black color, no highlights. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Light malt nose and flavor is light sweet caramel. The 10.0% ABV is hidden, light bitter aftertaste. $7.49 for a 22oz bottle from Hannaford Supermarket Concord, NH.

4.1
tfontana (1043) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 4, 2015
Keg pour at Powder Keg Beer & Chili Festival. Aroma is strong, dominant caramel with some fruit and cereal malt. Appearance is dark brown (like root beer) with mild sparkle. Taste is quite sweet, but not overly so. Palate is medium bodied, average carbonation, has liquor in the finish. Overall, this is exactly as advertised with caramel and malt sweetness dominating. Definitely more of a dessert beer or specialty beer.

3.3
thornecb (5994) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 6, 2015
Pours dark mahogany into a tulip. Sickly head recedes to hug rim. Sweet caramel and dark pit fruit aromas. Medium bodied with sweet roasted nuts and hot caramel front to back. Mild bitter and sour earthy finish.

3.9
malrubius (2960) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - DEC 3, 2014
Bottle from Un Dun. Dark garnet reddish brown with lasting ring head and lace. Woody earthy herbal boozy aroma. Sweet mildly toasted caramel ripe cherries and nuts with herbal boozy long finish. Full body. Soft mouthfeel. Very good. I was in a hurry. Gotta let it warm up a bit.

4
puboflyons (3463) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 28, 2014
From the 650 ml bottle. Milly’s/Stark Brewing has recently started bottling some of its regular brews like this one. The pour is dark reddish-brown with a short lasting tan head. Aroma of sweet vibrant malt and molasses. Medium body. The taste is a powerful barley malt flavor with a lasting bitter bite.

3.5
Travlr (25542) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 19, 2013
Draft at the source. Clear amber brown color, medium white head. Aroma of boozy molasses. Taste is sweet shoo fly pie.


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