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RATINGS: 728   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
davidflores99 (225) - Signal HIll, California, USA - APR 25, 2005
Poured brown w/ little head, sweet aroma, caramel malts. Flavor was a little sweet, pretty strong and flat, but not too bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
SDalkoholic (2375) - Linda Vista, California, USA - APR 15, 2005
Smell is malt and has a apple juice or apple cider with alcohol aroma. Barely any head created and what does start quickly breaks up leaving behind a amber red beer naked of head. Body is flat and has not enough carbonation. Taste is as if Im drinking medicine. Caramel malt, syrup, and dab of spice are the only flavors i care to pick out because i was not enjoying it. This was a big disappointment.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (11820) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 9, 2005
Thanks Don for bringing back from SD. Like a liquor. Sweet from the carmel and malt. Scotch up front and then carbonation kicks in with hoppy aftertaste that tingles the tongue. Bit of lace. WIne-like.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2005
Pours a brown with little head. Sweet malt aroma. Its flavor is sweet and smooth with a Scotch Ales "tootsie roll" flavor that I associate with the style. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 16, 2005
Big malty and deicious. Good malt complexity. Some mild peated smikiness perfect balance with the roasted mocha and nuts body. Dates and prunes with some raisin. Excellent mouthfeel and conditioning. Very good balanced finish. Remember you have to judge a beer by style not your opinion.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 5, 2005
Pours amber/brown with thin quickly dissipating head. Aroma i very sweet, mostly of carmel malt. Flavor is even sweeter, a bit too much in my opinion. Quite rich- Thick, syrupy, I even taste a bit of chocolate. Alcohol comes in a bit. Gets old fast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hotstuff (5077) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 14, 2005
Small ivory head that was mostly lasting, good lacing, fine-large sized bubbles, no visible carbonation, hazy, and a deep copper hue. Aroma was malty, caramel and light alcohol notes. Sweet, malty, caramel, smooth flavor. Mouthfeel was smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 2, 2005
Pours a amber hue witha small, slight off-white head. Aromas of smoked malts and a little nutty. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with very low carbonation. Flavors of smokiness, a light oakiness and a little bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Odeed (1803) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 22, 2004
so lets lift the kilt shall we?!i didnt have a thistle so i dropped this into a duvel trappist glass,lets see how this goes. this kilt lifter gave off an aroma of butterscotch,hints of grapefruit,a snifter of malts,and a bit of cherri wine.did i mention i didnt get a lick of head from this?anyway,i was very happy with the overall aroma and flavor.first off,i must say that the body was a bit watery.(athough in this situation,id say its a good thing.)this helps tone down the alcohol,and bring fourth the flavors of rich malts,lollipops,brown sugar,and.....wheres the hops?i think a bit of hops to add a bit of body would have made this an unforgettable beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2008 Amber with piles of tan head and some chunks floating about in the mix, buoyed around by linear streams of carbonation. Aroma is walnuts and dates--hell, weve got a regular bowl of granola here. Slightly sticky maple notes. Slight butyric acid as you move into sipping it; sweet straw flavors with some grape juice. Sour, lemony smokiness finishes out with a cloying, quickly-fizziling thinnish finish. Some of the parts (the unique smokiness) could be good in other beers, but it just doesnt fit together here.

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