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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.59/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
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3.4
kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2008
25 oz bottle, via Naven. Pours a cola brown clear body with a fizzy beige head that vanished completely. Looks more like a Pepsi than a beer actually. The nose is showing a bit of age, but still lots of sweet malt, roast, and some cola notes. The flavor is similar to the nose, a little old tasting, it dulls the sweetness some. Roast, burnt caramel, a little graininess, maybe just a touch of smoke. Mouthfeel is medium bodied but a little thin for such a big beer. Moderate fizzy carbonation. Overall, this was OK, but I couldn’t help but think that in all aspects of this beer that it was on the downhill side of its peak. Had no idea from the taste that this was so high in alcohol, it was pretty deceptively easy drinking.

2.9
kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Name: Caber Tossed
Date: 12/04/2005
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewpub

dark brown with ruby edges, whispy tan head, very faint carmel and toffee aroma, big rich carmel malt flavor, touch of smokey peat in the finish, aroma and flavor grows as it warms, a really nice scotch ale

Aroma: 4/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 2.9/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *4

4.2
jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2007
Bottle. Thanks to hopdog for opening up this 2005 bottle, supposedly this was a bottle left over from GABF 2005. Dark brown body with nice creamy head. Malty aroma - slight cherry/ candy smell. Very smooth malty taste, it seemed to melt in my mouth as I drank it. Slightly dry. Smooth alcohol burn, very subtle. Nice mixture of spices left on the palate.

4.1
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2007
Much thanks to hopdog for opening up this vintage, 2005 750ml that was part of the Brewer’s stash from the 2005 GABF... Appears a hazy mahogany with a small, tan head that slowly fades into a mild cap and foamy collar. Little speckles of lacing are left around the glass. Smell is of dusty caramel, toffee, vanilla, and perhaps some light notes of wood and minerals. Taste is of the mentioned aromas, along with a very addictive flavor that’s packed with brown sugar, raisins, vanilla cream, rum cake, and mild smoke. Mouthfeel is fizzy, sugary, medium bodied, and finishing superbly. Well done!

3.9
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - APR 18, 2007
Thanks to hopdog. Pours a hazy brown/orange/amber with an averaged sized off white head that left some lacing. Aromas of caramel, toffee, earthy, various fruits, dark fruits and molasses/nuts. Tastes of sweet toasted malts, some fruit, caramel, brown sugar and nuts. Lots of carbonation.

4.2
hopdog (12584) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2007
750ml bottle acquired in trade (I was told it was a part part of the Brewers bottles from the ’05 GABF). Poured a medium and cloudy/murky brownish-orange color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, toffee, earthy, fruity, light peat and a little smokey. Tastes of toffee, sugary sweet, toasted malts, fruity, and smoke. Lively body. This was by far, one of the best Scotch Ales I’ve had in a while. Well done!

3.8
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - NOV 24, 2006
Bottle courtesy of Naven from the breweries GABF 2005 stash. Tastes like an Abbey Dubbel, possibly an oaked-aged one. So I was suprised to find out the was a Scottish ale. Too little malt, too light of a mouth-feel, and too dry of a finish for a true Scottish ale, but a good beer nonetheless. Thanks Dave.

3.7
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - MAR 21, 2006
Tap @ Vista, Dec 05. Clear dark brown. Caramel malty aroma with molasses. Sweet malty flavors, sweet fruit, and a touch of cola, and a bit of peat at the end. Filling and warming, a bit bready, an full bodied.

3.7
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - DEC 20, 2005
Tap @ Oggi’s Vista: Clear dark amber. Light sweet malt aroma. Sugar and toffee, and grapes. Flavor was very sweet. Toasted, thick caramel, light smoke. Full bodied and very warming.

2.7
Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 10, 2005
Mahogany pour, mostly lasting off-white head. Rich and chewy toasted malts are sweet and fruity (grapes, berries, caramel apple). Bitter on the palate, drying out immensely in fraction of seconds. Medium-full bodied, fair carbonation. Ridiculously hoppy imo which is too bad, because it has the great maltiness to make a fine malty barleywine or scotch ale, but this citric acidity is really too much.


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