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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.61/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   IBU: 10   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
This malty beast of a beer clocks in at 8.2% ABV with a very humble 10 IBUs. This GABF gold medal winner is back! Big malt body with rich caramel, walnut, and roasty flavors.

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MIBRomeo (2579) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 2, 2006
cloudy off brown color whispy off white head. Lightly smoky aroma burnt malt and clean grains. Full lightly creamy palate. Flavor is sweet grains hints of honey a touch of smoke and some roasty carmel notes. Pretty darn good.

OldMrCrow (2446) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 26, 2006
On tap at Brouwers in Seattle.

For me, this was the disappointment of the night (especially after trying the impressive Walking Man IPA last week). The beer pours a deep brown with a modest head and offers a nice warm fruited malt on the nose. But the flavor disappoints: heavy on the alcohol and band-aid, slightly sweet, cloying and oily on the palate. I’m glad I only ordered a half-pint, and even that I didn’t finish (though I would have in a lesser beer bar).

Oakes (19434) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 5, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2007 The first time I had this was at Brouwer’s and I hated it. So a complete re-rate was conducted at the brewpub in Stevenson. Bright tawny amber. Rich muscovado malt aroma with light wood, earth. Very chewy and dense body. Rounded character with a complexity of dark sugars - cane, dates, muscovado. There isn’t much else here but the beautiful purity of these sugars reminds me of El Dorado 15y.o. rum from Guyana.

harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2006
Pours a deep orange color with a small off white head. Both the aroma and the flavor are quite sweet, somewhat vinous and pungent, and just a hint of smoky speatiness. Very tasty and easy to drink.

omhper (25963) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 20, 2006
Draught at the Brouwer’s Cafe, Seattle. Clear nut brown. Viola aroma. Sweetish with near full body and a strange, pungent root beer flavour. Solid body, low bitterness. Quite interesting, but more odd.

5000 (6900) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2006
Draught @ Brouwer’s Cafe: Amber hued orange, lighter than others, fairly strong carbonation, moderate off-white head, foamy, fairly nice lacing.   Sweet malt, peaty, slight biscuit, smells like a Scotch Ale alright.   Sweet, smooth, viscous and biscuity on the tongue.   Yeah, this one isn’t as smokey as others, or perhaps as peaty, but its solid and very palatable.   Superb mouthfeel, moderate to full body.   Sweet malt finish, very slight peak of dark pitted fruit to accompany the peat aspect.   I could drink this over and over...

tiggmtl (4543) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 10, 2005
Bubblegum and fruity esters are prominent in the malt forward aroma with plenty of carmelization. Clear burnished copper coloured body is topped by a low but long lasting, fine bubbled, off white head. Bubblegum, caramel and maple tones all blend in the sweet flavour with a light finishing bitterness that takes the edge off. Plenty of fruitiness especially in the aftertaste along with subtle but important notes of roast or smoke. Medium light body with lively carbonation that engages the tongue. Sampled at GABF 2005.

Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 10, 2005
Fat off-white head dominates the hazy orange-copper shade. Malt complexity in its grand glory reaches the nostrils through a symphony of caramel, nuancing its song with paragraphs of cerealic, biscuity and chocolate notes. Well toned rhythmic herbal hops blend into the vast fig and prune fruitiness to create a vanilla-sweet and efficient refrain. And the chief, that shapes itself into a medium to full body, naturally creamy and gracious doesn’t have much to do but peak its smoke instrument here and there to capture the unison. A fabulous scotch ale that ends with a mouthful of goodness.

willblake (2664) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - OCT 8, 2005
10.01.05 GABF Thick looking brown pour with lasting tan head. Lots of earthy autumn notes in aroma like a walk in a wet november wood. Boozy and rummy, lots of earth, peat, detritus. Long finish. Woody and dry. Retronasal kick of apple schnaaps. Great beer.

DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2005
GABF ’05. Hazy brown body, tan head. Peat, brown sugar, caramel aroma. Big peat, smoke, and thick brown caramelized sugar in the flavor along with appley hop bitterness. Rich mouthfeel. Very good!

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