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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.33/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
A big strong amber ale with a touch of smoked malt. Full bodied and smooth

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
JBPortland (1529) - Hampton Roads, Virginia, USA - OCT 26, 2014
On draught at the brewery, pours murky brown red, small head. Nose has fairly well integrated smoke notes, some sweet fruit, dried apricot, and light maple spice. However on the palate the smoke is very overly heavy and dominates in an unpleasant way, leading to notes of permanent marker and paint. The finish is sticky campfire, sweet bready maple. Not good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ernesto987 (5831) - Arizona, USA - NOV 26, 2013
On draft at brewery, ah this one was fantastic the smoked malt added a perfect touch that was just another complete level of flavor

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jblauvs (1358) - Chester, Vermont, USA - JAN 12, 2010
Dark Brown pour with amber edges, little to no head. Aroma is very sweet, maple syrup, some booze. Mouthfeel is a bit slippery, syrupy. Flavor is dominated by maple syrup sweetness and a touch of vanilla bean. Full flavored, but lacking the peatiness that I love in this style of ale. Meh, relatively one dimensional but pleasant

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JAN 17, 2009
On tap at the brewpub. Murky brown with no head. I didnt much care for this. Like a Scotch brewed for the masses. Mild caramel and really light peat, a whiff of smoke. Mild and uninteresting. Whatever.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beershine (5224) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - JUN 17, 2008
Draught, sample @ brewpub. Believe this might have been past its prime or just off...Deep dark amber. Aroma of bubblegum borders on putrid. Its all wrong. The pieces are all there: caramel, vanilla bean, and toffee, but they never come together and its thin and unsatisfying. Can sense the potential.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 12, 2008
Pours a brown color with ruby highlights and a ring of white lace. Strong aroma of toffee and earthy malt. Very good flavor of burnt caramel and earthy malt. The body is light and liquorous while the carbonation is moderate. This scotch ale is not very complex but highly enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Seymour, Tennessee, USA - MAY 26, 2008
Draft at the brewpub - Poured a cloudy brown/amber in color with a light tan head that held up for a while. Aroma is strong of caramel and brown sugar with a hint of smokiness. Flavor is quite sweet, but not overpowering. Hint of smoke in the background. Alcohol is well hidden. I really liked this beer...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - MAY 22, 2008
(Draft @ brewpub) More nice liquid malt candy from Portsmouth...Served in a tulip. Dark reddish amber body with less than a finger of biege head (as an aside I think Portsmouth falls prone to serving their beers too cold hence the presentation is not what it could be and also some time needs to elapse before one can smell/taste). Aroma is sweet dark fruity toffee and caramel. Mouthfeel is full, smooth and a little sticky. Not really an exceptional palate but something about it still quite inviting. Light, weepy rings of lacing. Flavor is sweet caramel, toffee and hints of dark fruit. Just as I was about to give up on it as actually being a Scotch ale a subtle peat smokiness emerges as it warms. Nicely warming beer but ABV well-hidden otherwise. This is not quite up to the level of their barleywines, Imp stout or mead but still quite a nice sipper. Kind of subtle. Perhaps not a classic Scotch ale but I enjoyed it as a beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (7411) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 21, 2008
En ft. Verre de 12 oz. dguste la brasserie. Arme: Odeur de caramel trs fruit. Apparence: La couleur est ambre fonce. Prsence dun mince col mousseux et dune fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Got de caramel trs fruit avec une pointe dalcool. Dure moyenne de larrire got. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture lgrement onctueuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Arrire got trs fruit. (Rating #1696)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (9653) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 20, 2008
My Bottom Line:
Caramel almost turns into butterscotch as berries and peat dally within this velvety malt sweetness. Alcohol warmth follows through and delivers a satisfying sipper of Scotch Ale.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam decorates the transparent blood red.
-That butterscotchy nose definitely needs some work. It is on the verge of being offputting and is by far this beers main weakness, imho.
-A leafy hop bitterness is able to cut through most of the end sweetness.
-A little more depth in the caramelization and this would be stunning. Its already quite good as is.

On tap at the brewpub.

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