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RATINGS: 1   MEAN: 4.1/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.94/5   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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A refined version of our Kilted Monk, this Strong Scotch Ale is deep reddish-brown in color with a malty sweet caramel nose. There are hints of smoke, almond, and vanilla beneath the caramel flavor, and the silky mouthfeel gives finesse to this boldly delicious ale.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bubbleflubber (2209) - Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA - JUL 23, 2012
On tap at Thirsty Monk South in Asheville, this pours a deep mahogany into the glass, with a light eggshell wispy cap that reduces to a thin ring that leaves sparse lacing. The nose is of dark ripened fruits and caramel. Flavors are very complex, with vanilla, caramel, light toffee, fruity esters, a hint of the superbly-hidden alcohol, roasts and assorted nuts. The finish is a touch of citric cherries. A bold full body accompanies a smooth palate, providing a wonderful quaff that is just lively enough to be active against such substantive complexities. A truly great brew from one of my favorite local brewers.


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