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RATINGS: 419   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Inspired by the traditional Scotch Ales, has a deep, intense flavor from its dark roasted malts. The addition of peat smoked malt adds a unique flavor of the Highlands to this complex brew.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WesKBob (563) - Bethany, Oklahoma, USA - APR 12, 2011
Pours an opaque dark brown. Mild aroma of toffee, carmelized sugar and peat earthiness. Flavor is similar, with more of the peat and some more bitter coffee notes coming out. Very nice.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - APR 11, 2011
12oz bottle. Very dark brown. Aroma of toasted malts. Tastes of chocolate and toasted malts. Rich and malty. Heavy bodied. Strong and alcoholic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexsdad06 (10083) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 10, 2011
12 oz.bottle from Root Cellar. Pours a very deep mahogany brown color with a medium beige head. The aroma has moderate peatiness, decent roast, caramel malts, earthy, with a surprising amount of smokiness. The flavor is more smoke and peat, earthy, moderately sweet caramel malt helps to keep the peat in check. The alcohol notes are scotch like and woody. I actually had high hopes for this; it did not quite live up to expectations. This seems like it is not too far away from being really good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcox90 (2052) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - APR 10, 2011
12 oz bottle from a 4 pack. Pours dark, muddy brown with a thin beige cap. Aroma is heavy with smoke, peat moss and earth. Flavor is still very smoky and earthy, but also very sweet. Almost has a molasses quality to it. Heavy palate with a long bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - APR 8, 2011
Bottle. Stunning appearance. Clear but rick mahogany brown with some hints of red and a tall lacing light tan colored head. This might be the longest lasting head I have ever encountered--I love it. Great malt aroma: nutty, woody, earthy, vanilla yeast, sweet candi sugar almost like belgian candi. The flavor is not as appealing. It has all the same notes, but is just a bit too much. A bit too sweet, and noticeable booze, though not as much as the abv might suggest. I think this would be great at around the 7-8% range. Definitely has a serious scotch quality. Full bodied with minimal carbonation; thick and coating. Overall: the foundation for an amazing beer lies within, but the ultimate product needs some serious tweaking.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - APR 7, 2011
Bottle; poured a dark brown color, not great light, with a smallish khaki head. Aroma of smoky peat, caramel, roasted malt, and earth. Flavor was quite good, with earth, peat, caramel and roasted, smoky malt. A bit of a band aid flavor, but not too much.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DennisG (5) - - APR 7, 2011 does not count
I was not a big fan of this beer, To me it tasted a lot like other Sam Adams beers. It was not bad, it just did not stand out to me that I would seek it out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2011
Bottle. Pours a fairly dark creamy chocolate brown, cant see thru it, sticky sudsy, dark beige head. If it werent for the fact that the aroma was so light and the bit of pool water, it would be an 8, really nice balanced bit of smoke, very lightly peaty that it almost seems like another type of smoked malt, smokey wet woods, creamy rich milk chocolate. Flavor follows exactly but is a bit cleaner, really nice balanced wet wood smoke flavor, just faintly peaty, the chocolate is fantastic, creamy milk chocolate and bacon, lightly fruity esters, I usually dont like smoke in my Scotch Ale but this one is actually very nice, hides the alcohol very well too, loads of dry cola, which is great. Great body, smooth chocolate, not sticky or chewy, medium/full bodied, smooth lightly milked, carbonation is medium but soft, great clean finish with a long fruity smokey aftertaste. At first I was ready to not like this one... but its really opened up. Bit of a bacony, burnt brown sugar and fruity plum aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2011
Pours almost black with some ruby highlights. Some light pillowy head. Nose is smokey, rich caramel and bread like malts, and dark dried fruits and fruity esters. Taste is full on smoke, light roasted notes of chocolate, sweet malts, prunes, molasses. The body is oily and medium to medium heavy fullness. Really a nice brew! Im pleasantly surprised but could be a little heavier bodied.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
48FanInCali (851) - California, USA - APR 3, 2011
I am hopping I received a bad bottle becuase this was absolute crap. Pour was fine and the nose was at least ok with some smokey peet. The taste was almost entirely like Band Aids. Not sure how this happens to a beer but it certainly isnt the first time.

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