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RATINGS: 487   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   IBU: 27   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Unlike the lighter "Scottish" ales, this is an authentic heavy Scotch ale. It is lightly hopped with a strong malt character, and a hint of peaty smokiness. Warm fermentation produces fruity esters and balances the sweet malt character.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
chickenflea (351) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2010
22 ounce bottle - $3.99 at Total Wine & More in Orlando. Appearance: Pours out an cloudy brown body with a finger plus change worth of off-white suds. Head dissipates rapidly with little evidence that it was ever there. Aroma: Modest nose smelling of pale and basic bready malts. Minor notes of caramel and light brown sugar. Slight hint of cherry. To my nose, any hint of peat is imaginary. Taste: Initial impression of toasted malts with caramel and brown sugar. It lacks depth, however. Peat is more evident in the taste than in the nose. Soft ripe fruitiness exposing a small hint of cherry. Simple, subdued hop character with a minute spiciness and bitterness. Final hints of peat and spice on the drying finish. Palate: Medium-bodied. Medium-low carbonation. Overall: Lacks richness and depth. Its drinkable. But is that what we really want from this style...something that goes down easy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Headbanger (3986) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2017
Draft 8/28/16 (Pike Brewery-SEA)-Pours a colish brown with a small head. Aroma of malt, caramel, and slight smoke. Taste of the same. This medium bodied brew is not bad but I was expecting more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Heidbummer (518) - SCOTLAND - FEB 22, 2017
Taster at brewpub. Pours deep gold. Smoke dominates the aroma. Thickish mouthfeel, soft, almost honeyed. The smoke again dominates, to the detriment of what could have been an otherwise very good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
donandres (515) - Bayombong, PHILIPPINES - JAN 3, 2017
Pint Glass during happy hour at the Issian Stonegrill at Wallingford, Seattle on Monday after New Year amber hazy big off white foam that disappear slowly not a lot of aroma very good bitterness long follow through, bitter aftertaste very good beer, can be repeat, but not something to look forward to drank: January 2, 2017 5:03 PM

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
StevieT (1937) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 24, 2016
On tap at Pike Brewing. The scotch flavour is dialed back and much more to my liking than most others.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hershiser2 (2800) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 23, 2016
Bomber from total wine. Cola colter with a soft beige head. Aroma of vegetation, a little funk. Taste is caramel, light smoke, dark tangy fruit, rubber, earth. Very interesting. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JorgeLee (2017) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 28, 2016
Bottle, courtesy of Arun. Reddish brown colour. American view of what a beer from Scotland looks like but none the worse for that. Not overly smoky thank god, sweetish malty ale with a correct if mild bitterness keeping it drinkable. Nice enough.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bulldogops (2490) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 20, 2016
Rating #1908 - 2015.09.24 #CraftTakesSeattle Beer 7 - Flight at taproom Light brown amber pour with a bubbly tan foam with little retention. Aroma is roasted malts, toffee, vanilla, oak, honey, mild peat smoke. Taste is quite sweet at first, prolonged oaky vanilla, light tobacco, toffee sweetness and the presence of oak in the body. I enjoyed this beer more as it started to warm. Very nice medium-full body, mild alcohol note on the palate which is typical for the style, and lots of rich sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thorongil2 (2835) - , Ontario, CANADA - AUG 13, 2016
(tap) clear bright amber colour with a small white head, creamy palate, aroma of honey, balanced flavour with a long light bitter sweet finish

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
BCMike22 (92) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 11, 2016
Tons of malt which one would expect. Not as much peat or smokiness as others have stated which is a positive for me. Very clean and crisp mouthfeel which is rare for a Scotch Ale. Dont love the category but tried it as the brewery is right down the street, and glad I did. Arguably best Scotch Ale Ive had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aquilo (641) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 10, 2016
Clear dark amber color with a tan head. Wonderfully complex aroma with cinnamon clove, cardamom, and a touch of orange zest. Flavor is mild, with some residual sweetness. Very good indeed, yes, quite.

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