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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.25/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
This is a big beer with a slightly smoky flavor (resulting from the use of peated malt). Target bittering hops are used to balance the residual sugars and Willamette hops are our finishing or aroma hops. This fine winter brew comes in at slightly over 7% alcohol so treat it with respect, and enjoy!

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AirForceHops (7063) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 18, 2012
22 oz. directly from the brew pub. Deep ruby color with no head or lacing. Nose is smoky peat with dark fruit and light chocolate. Lots of smokiness in the flavor with a light smoked meat flavor. Sweet malt comes up toward the finish. The smoke and sweetness complaints each other well. Medium in body. Its ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
malrubius (2836) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - DEC 6, 2014
Bottle from Table and Vine. Dark reddish brown with lasting ring and some lace. Woody boozy roasted caramel aroma. Sweet roasted caramel and ashy wood with some fruit and brown sugar. Roasted nutty woody bitterness with linering ashy smoke. Medium-full body, low carbo. Excellent interpretation of the style. Way underrated. Ill bet there a dozens of cherry-cough-syrup Scotch ales rated higher than this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BroSpud (2156) - , Massachusetts, USA - FEB 10, 2014
22oz bottle. Pours a dark reddish brown with a thick creamy tan head. Fairly average scotch ale. Sweet malty flavors with a hint of smoke. Not bad, not great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
alexsdad06 (10083) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 18, 2013
22 oz. bottle shared by shareanevada (notes from 2010). Pours a clear copper brown color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor had sweet malts, some smoky, mild peat notes, light dark fruits with some earthy bitterness. The flavor was a bit watered down tasting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (5443) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 26, 2013
On tap at the brewery. Pours deep brown with a lacy head. Aroma of roasted, chocolate, and lightly smoked malts plus some floral hops. Flavor the same with a nice amount of malts/hops. Average texture. A pretty good Scotch ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maverick34 (3188) - New York, USA - DEC 26, 2011
Bottled. Poured brown. Smallish head. Smoky peaty aromas. Some malty tastes. It was ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - NOV 6, 2011
On tap at the brewpub. Im not sure how this Scotch Ale accumulated so much bitterness, but I found it off-putting. The smokiness was unnoticeable. Malt structure, otherwise, was quite good, but I couldnt get past a terse, harsh bitterness that was very up front.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ernesto987 (6005) - Arizona, USA - SEP 30, 2011
At table and vine beer tasting, smoky, they used peated malts straight from Scotland and it shows. Awesome character added to a complex intricate scotch ale. The best beer at the beer tasting hands down. Great job!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
dogfish120love (1315) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 30, 2010
The aroma consists of caramel and toffee, with an essence of smokiness. The beer pours a dark brown, but its consistency and lack of lacing leads to a watery appearance. The flavor is dominated by the astringency of ethyl alcohol. A slight smokiness is noticeable, along with notes of roasted malts, but the jejune nature of the ale makes it overall uninteresting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (14292) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 12, 2010
Bottle. Poured a clear dark reddiish brown color with a moderate frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted malt and earthy hop aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted sweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Solid complex drinkable brew.

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