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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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shrubber85 (11762) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - SEP 13, 2011
Bottle. Prune malt and light alcohol aroma. Cloudy medium orange-brown color with small head. Sweet prune, sour milk, and alcohol flavor. Okay - on the rough side.

BVery (11491) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - SEP 3, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Tap at the Sprecher tour/reserve tasting. Clear amber pour with a fluffy cream head. Light smoke, caramel, peat, and malt nose. Flavor is smoky, malty, earthy, and terrific - much better taste than aroma. Medium palate. Paired with smoked swiss cheese - great synergy here.

hopscotch (11485) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 21, 2007
Bottle... Clear amber ale with ruby highlights and a small, fizzy, beige head. The earthy, vinous aroma offers up buttery diacetyl and caramel along with more subtle notes of smoked malt, lactic acid, brown sugar, cinnamon and sweet, red, dessert wine. Beefy flavor with sweet praline and a helping of tawny port. Carefully hopped to embrace and preserve this malty style’s sweetness while providing just enough bitterness to prevent cloying. Oddly, I’m picking up no chocolate. Medium to full-bodied with a lightly creamy mouthfeel and prickly carbonation. Rich, caramelly finish. Better than expected!

DocLock (11217) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2006
Thanks to Degarth for this one. First of all, this is a very rauchy scotch ale, let’s get that out of the way right off the bat, and I didn’t get any green apples out of this. Pours turbid brown with 1-finger khaki head. Aroma of caramel malt, brown sugar, hops, black pepper. Tastes caramel malty, with some brown sugar, rauchy mid-palate flavors, and finishing vinous fruit, like grapes over a campfire. The palate is complex and dense. This one stays rauchy through the finish, and acquires a pruney element, with more finishing hops. I’d love another one (or 6) of these! Rauchbier fans, let’s line up and get ya some, and get some for your smokin’ sister, too!

jercraigs (11164) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 11, 2009
2009-04-10. Hazy red brown body, fluffy beige head. (3+) Aroma is fairly alcoholic, dry malt and caramel with a good dose of smokey peat. Flavour has a a lot of alcoholic overtones, dry caramel, mild peat is restrained but pervasive. (6+) Smooth average plus palate. Not bad but really not to my tastes, as I would like more sweet malt and a lot less smoke. Bottle shared by GregClow

daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 13, 2009
Brown pour, nice off white head. Peaty and malty aroma jumps out of the glass followed by a bit of fruit and hops. The peat and caramel flavor are really nice with a hint of dried stone fruit and a good little hop bite.

kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 12, 2007
Date: 12/01/2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting

clear dark amber, wispy beige head, sweet dark caramel malt aroma, sweet caramel malt flavor, touch of earthy peat character, lots of earthy bitterness,

Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 10/20
Rating: 2.6/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: *4

sebletitje (10539) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUL 6, 2008
Amber color. Somkey, nose is somewhat yeasty/cheese. Aroma sugary, caramel malt. An interesting scotch ale.

blipp (10094) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUN 23, 2008
Bottle. Pours red/brown with a creamy beige head. Malty aroma, with caramel and a hint of smoke. Smooth, medium body. Flavor is lightly smoked, with herbal hops and caramel. Nice.

mabel (10002) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 10, 2009
[2081-20090410] 1pt bottle. Sweet raisin malt aroma with heavy brandy and sweet currants. Hazy, dark red brown body with a medium-lasting creamy light tan head. Smoky mossy earth flavour has a lots of peat and a long dirt finish. Medium body is alcoholic throughout. Fine, though a little boozy.
(c/o GregClow, w/ him, jerc)

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