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RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
Peat smoke and rich English malts highlight our full bodied rendition of a Scotch ale. Created in the mind of our wacky brewer, and delivered to you in freestyle fashion.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
notalush (5856) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 29, 2010
A fairly light and unremarkable scotch ale - nose of peat, burnt popcorn, light acidity that smells like the onset of an infection - a lot of dry, earthy peat up front, followed by moderate, clean sweetness - some infected character/acidity on the tail end - tastes like it might have promise sans this infection.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAY 21, 2010
12oz bottle, courtesy of MrPickles. Thanks, Andy! Pours a dark, cola-brown color, generally clear; thin, fine-bubbled, light-tan head with decent lacing. The aroma on this is pretty off-putting: while there’s a pleasant peatiness and caramel and darker chocolate, there’s also a medium-level note of diacetyl and a mild lactic tartness; no me gusta; dissipates to a degree with agitation and time, but not very engaging at all. Medium body; medium-high levels of carbonation; lightly creamy and non-astringent; no obvious alcohol; while the diacetyl is much less apparent here, there’s still a sharpness in the overall flavor, with loads of peatiness that seems terribly overdone; I adore Islay single malts, but there’s so much of a peatiness present here that it becomes ashy, tiring and very difficult to drink; the mouthfeel itself is fine, but the roasted malt character and chocolate-y / caramel core just get left behind in this peat bomb. Nothing delicate or subtle about this beer, and I’m hoping I just got a bad bottle. Even without the diacetyl in the nose, though, there’s just far too much peat here; like a failed homebrewing experiment. Just not enjoyable. Medium finish of roasted malts, milk chocolate; dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scubatrip (610) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - MAY 12, 2010
From the bottle, pours black with a thick foamy off white head. Aroma is creamy, not unlike a Guinness. Taste is not, however. Thick and creamy, very smooth, there’s really not a lot of flavor, some chocolate. Clean, good session beer here. I’d order this again, but not much on a hot day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheGuy (653) - Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2010
pours brown and clear with above average size creamy tan head that last thourgh out aromas are a bit lite on the peat with caramel maltsand a slight aroma of chcolate taste is lightly toasted peats ,caramel malts and choclate a very nice malty ale

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gws57 (1276) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2010
Found this one bottled at the microbrewery in Plover, Wisconsin. Opaque, dark brown pour with very little head. Very nice smoky, malty nose. Flavor is peaty, soy sauce and and a touch of barbecue sauce sweetness, but not overpoweringly like many scotch ales. Finish is strong. Not bad!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 20, 2010

Name: Black Scotch
Date: February 06, 2010
Mode: Bottle
Source: Trade
Appearance: muddy brown, fine beige head, bits of lace
Aroma: sweet dark caramel aroma, smokey earthy peat
Flavor: rich caramel flavor, touch of chocolate, nice smokey peat, light earthy bitterness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 2.9/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ** /4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madvike (3237) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 11, 2010
Bottle - Pours deep brown with a foamy tan head. Smells of smoke, meat, charcoal, and deep, rich malt. Not quite like a campfire, but more subtle and earthy. There’s something missing, but I do like that the smoke isn’t overpowering. The taste has an underlying milkiness blanketed by some peaty smoke and roasty burnt notes. Not too much carbonation, but it’s smooth and warming in the belly. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 10, 2010
Dark brown pour, opaque, scanty tan head, some lace. Mild caramel malt aroma with grassy overtone. Initial sip is heavenly, nice harmony of sweet malts and wet grass, sequeing into a deep, lingering smokiness on the finish. But the glass is difficult to finish, as with each successive sip, the smoke takes over the beer a bit more until it is overpowering. Medium bodied, but borders on cloying by the bottom of the glass. Smoke fans would enjoy it more than I did.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrPickles (438) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 31, 2010
12oz bottle. Pours deep brown with red hue, small head that dissipates pretty quick, but still leaves a ring on the glass. Aroma hits me with a fair amount of smoke, which worries me a bit. There is also some caramel, a touch of toffee, and a earthy hop. Taste has more of the malts and caramels that I would expect from a scotch. The smoke comes through in the body and the finish, but in a good way. Very smooth, good brew!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 30, 2010
12oz bottle from a buddy of mine from work via Wisconsin. Light brown with red hue, little head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is slightly burnt toffee, a little peatish/smoke aroma, caramel with a slight American hop aroma too. Slightly smoky and caramel on the palate, again with a very slight American hop flavor of fruit and citrus. Some nice raisin/fruit cake flavor too. Medium to full bodied, well balanced. Good beer!

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