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RATINGS: 95   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 23   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
• First brewed 1995
• Available November 1st to mid January
A ruby colored classic Scotch Ale made with crystal, Munich, smoked and special malts. No spices needed for this rich flavored brew.

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zach8270 (4021) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAR 10, 2007
(bottle - 12 oz) Clear reddish color with a thin tan head. Aroma is very light with some smoked malts, peat, some grains, and the lightest hint of caramel. Flavor is light as well with some burnt almond, malts, light caramel, and alcohol. Almost no hops. Decent, but just is holding back on its flavor.

3.5
doublebock (558) - California, USA - MAR 4, 2007
Rather flat, chocolate scent, amber color

tast: notes of almond finished by orange peel, missing a significant hops component

2.8
Brewbie (497) - New York, USA - MAR 4, 2007
Bottle. Hard pour, small head which quickly receeded. Nice amber color. Bit of sweetness in the taste. Little bitterness in the finish. Not a bad beer, just doesn’t stand out for me.

3.2
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - FEB 9, 2007

3.5
jimhilt (2629) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 8, 2007
Pours a two finger cream head that fades to a thin layer leaving some lace. Clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Malty nose. Didn’t realize this was a Scottish Ale more like a brown. Mellow sweetness, some spiciness. Very drinkable. $1.42 for a 12oz bottle from Valley Liquors Methuen, MA. Best by Mar 2007.

3.4
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 27, 2007
Bottle. Copper with a cream colored head. Malty dark bread and caramel aromas. Toasty malt flavor, with some berry notes and spices. Medium/full bodied, lively mouthfeel and restrained sweetness. Not too complex or busy and overall pretty good.

3.4
beastiefan2k (4115) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - DEC 31, 2006
12 oz bottle. Pours with a small head. Aroma is mainly made up of beavy british biscuit with a slight background of spices (cinamon and nutmeg). Taste has some malt sweetess with slight spices, very low hopped, low bitterness. Average mouthfeel and a sold medium body. A very nice beer from these brewers.

4.1
DocLock (11102) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2006
Lovely hazy ruby color, with aroma and flavors of caramel malt, berries, cabernet, cinnamon, nutmeg, and some hops. Complex flavor profile that gets spicier and creamier as it warms. This one was a great surprise.

3.9
Sregnar35 (1033) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - DEC 2, 2006
On tap at Mahars. Poured a nice reddish brown with a deep thick ring with nice lacing. Aroma was not very strong, but was pleasant and sweet. Flavor and feel very nice, sweet and a bit tangy, nice and creamy.

3.7
HogTownHarry (7071) - Toronto (Harbourfront), CANADA - NOV 30, 2006
Bottle (12oz). Deep clear brick red, small frothy off-white head. Rich nutty, chocolate-toffee malt aroma, some floral hops, mahogany shavings and mild spices. Very nice lightly chocolate sweet malt taste, with some woody lightly herbal hops adding a much-needed bitter edge to the full-on sweet malt finish - very much like a nice scotch ale - the alcohol is decidedly not aggressive, but my ears started warming after the second sip. Decent body, light nutshell bitterness/astringency, moderately alcoholic body, soft, medium-length finish - very nice winter beer, I may buy more next time I’m in Buffalo.


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