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RATINGS: 262   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   EST. CALORIES: 248   ABV: 8.27%
This hearty red-brown ale has a slight smokey aroma of sweet caramel and lightly toasted malt. The flavor is malty, yet very smooth, with a delicate hop finish and a creamy head. Recommended Serving Temperature: 50°F

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ttoadee (1551) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 25, 2014
Light brown pour, off white head. Nose is smoked malt. Sweet. Middle is smoked meat and caramel malt. Finish is warming alcohol and smoky hop spice.

jrob21 (3772) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 10, 2014
Single from total wine. Smoke and peat and unfortunately I can’t get much past that. This one is not for me but I’m sure the smoke guys will get all over it.

bigben873 (258) - Virginia, USA - JUN 22, 2014
The beer that taught me the difference between a Scottish ale and a scotch ale. Dark amber full bodied beer. I am rating it a 5 simply to try to counter the ridiculously low rating that it has on this website

UncleKorm (1335) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 26, 2014
Bottle poured a cloudy amber hue w/a small fully diminishing head. Big sweet peaty aromas. Initial flavor is moderate sweet w/ a light bitter finish. Tastes are peat, malts, sugar, and smoke. Full bodied, soft carbonation and a light boozy finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - JAN 19, 2014
Bottle. Lactic prune, earthy malt and alcohol aroma. Brown with a small tan head. Smoky caramel malt and prune flavor. Alcohol well hidden. Body on the light side of medium, soft carbonation.

dfinney23 (3395) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2013
Pours dark amber with a thin head. Caramel, roasted malt and a light smokiness. A tad too sweet for my taste but still mighty fine.

SSSteve (4006) - - AUG 3, 2013
bottle. clear deep amber with a lots a lively bubbles and a medium, creamy, stable, beige head. earthy, peaty, smokey, caramel aroma. flavor is strongly smoked and earthy with a balancing caramel sweetness. long smokey finish. could almost fit in the smoked beer catagory. not really supposed to be smokey for style, but this beer is really tasty. i am continually impressed with sprechers offering.

kaser (6366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2013
This is very scotchy. Almost too much. Kind of sweet. Carmel and malty. Not a fan. Had this on draft at the sprecher brewpub in lake Geneva, IL.

beerbaaron (1998) - Arizona, USA - AUG 1, 2013
Medium frothy tan head. Clear brown amber. Aroma is malty sweet, very peaty, smokey. Medium body. Soft. Lots of peat/smoke, some malty burnt caramel sweetness. Some alcohol. Dryish finish. Pretty decent.

ChainGangGuy (4919) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUN 30, 2013
12 ounce bottle - $2.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a darkish amber-brown body with good clarity capped by a smallish, near white head.

Smell: Vibrant caramelized sugars, toast, roast and given a good dosing of fruity esters. All the while, there’s pervasive, peat-driven smokiness.

Taste: Toasted, lightly roasted malts hit with a little sweet caramel. Poignant peat character throughout that, when it combines with the upfront sweetness, tastes like a sweet barbecue sauce. Sorta. Fruity esters of golden raisin and cherry. A little herbal hop character, a little bitterness, but it’s not enough to keep it from finishing with a sweet, smoky peat flavor. Quite the malt-forward brew, here.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Very, very slight stickiness to the mouthfeel.

Overall: Sweet and smoky!

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