RATINGS: 724   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Robust and strapping, our Scotch Ale takes BIG Beers to a whole new level. Rich malt balances perfectly with delicate hops to provide a concentrated and intense flavor; an ideal companion for hearty foods, or as a meal unto itself. Allow this ale to warm slightly in your glass to enhance its truly bold character. Sharing is encouraged, as this is one beer that lives up to its name! Hey! No peeking! Slaint!

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
OldGrowth (3363) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - APR 5, 2006
Bottle, from Julios. Ok nose. Malty. Peaty, Kalamta olive, black tea, latex paint, maybe a little cherry. Clean brownish orange color, small head that faded quickly, no lacing. Malty aroma, like aroma. Medium body, lite creamy oily mouthfeel, nutty sweet finish. Huh, dont know about this one. I didnt like its mix of aromas and flavors. Oh well.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 13, 2006
Big hiss as the cap comes off, pouring a translucent cherry-brass color with an audibly fizzing and booming foamy tan head. Liquefied brown sugar, golden raisins, soggy Honey Bunches of Oats, cinnamon apple sauce, whicker baskets and beachwood smattered with honey do little to excite the mouths chance at deciphering this aromatic train wreck. Brown sugar sweetness comes in first for flavor, recessing with caramel dipped apples that are stamped with cheap chopped peanuts. Surprisingly, the flavor overcomes a few aromatic obstacles. Maple syrup pancakes borderline a confounded McGriddles approach. Along with the most dormant hint of peat, a curt hop bite and dactylic alcohol hang around post sip each time, eventually becoming quite cumbersome and the unavoidable downfall. Creamy, fizzy, percussive sweetness across the palate, with a maple syrup delima, and overcarbonated from the get-go. Maple nut fudge and caramel drizzles comprise the finish. "Scotch" ale is a stretch. "Big Brown" might be more in line with what weve got here.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ghstride83 (4) - Hemet, California, USA - MAR 5, 2006 does not count
Great aroma and taste. Quite a malty flavor in it. Not much to say other than drink it on an empty stomach.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - FEB 3, 2006
Bottled. pours a reddish mahogany color with an ivory head. Malty aroma with some dark fruit notes. Raisins, citrus, malt and honey flavors blended into the roasted caramel that dominates. Sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hayduke (5062) - Eureka, California, USA - JAN 2, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2006 22 oz bottle. and on draft in a local restaurant. In spite of the admonition to let this warm up I poured it chilled. Dark copper colored with big tan head. Carmel nose with nice malts. Good taste. Slightly bitter finish. If this is what a Scotch Ale is supposed to taste like then this is a winner. Shucks, who cares about the label. Thisi is good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chilehead (186) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - DEC 18, 2005
Nice full body and creamy brown head. Mouth is rusty with some sour notes, quite malty. Color is hazy brown, nose is complex, tawny, woodsy and interesting. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2005
This offers a healthy hoppy aroma. It is copper colored with a decent head. The taste begins bitter and strong but fades fast producing a mild sweetness in the throat as swallowed.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - OCT 10, 2005
This was a moddy looking beer with no discernible aroma nor was this a tasty brew.All I could get was a mess of stuff that was sta;e and flat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2006 This is an enjoyable drink, but Im not sure why its a Scotch Ale, except for the ever-so-original, cute name. It pours a hazy chestnut body with an initially creamy beige head that soon turns to an off-white film. The aroma is fresh baked bread with caramel. Its a chewingly thick drink, full bodied. The flavor is caramel and toffee and butterscotch with a hint of alcohol lurking in the background. But theres no trace of the peat smoke that one usually associates with the style. Make no mistake, I like it. I merely question the labelling.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 24, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2008 Hazy brown color with a nice loose, creamy head and a nutty/grainy aroma. Lightly roasted, nutty malt flavors come through clearly. Well-balanced alcohol character gives way to a dry, slightly bitter finish.

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