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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.61/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   IBU: 10   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
This malty beast of a beer clocks in at 8.5% ABV with a very humble 10 IBUs. Huge caramel, walnut, fruity malt, and boozy flavors create a complex tasting experience you may not expect from a beer with such little hop presence.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
omhper (24485) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 20, 2006
Draught at the Brouwers 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (23944) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2010
10th October 2008. GABF. Clear brown beer. Crisp palate. Sweet malt - in fact remarkably sweet malt. Crisp dry finish with a sweet malt aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (16630) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 5, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2007 The first time I had this was at Brouwers 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 isnt much else here but the beautiful purity of these sugars reminds me of El Dorado 15y.o. rum from Guyana.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (9296) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 21, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2015 Wow this is an amazing beer. Had a tulip of this at Walking Man and it just improved so well with a little warmth. Started out as a resiny, oversweet Old Ale or English Strong Ale, a style I dont really enjoy, but it develops into a complex mixture of plums, chocolates, smoke, rich alcohol malt sweets, barley wine like at times but then resembling a belgian, imperial stout and of course a scotch ale. The alcohol is very apparent, but doesnt dominate this one at all. A gem in the PNW.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2006
Draught @ Brouwers 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 isnt 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...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere (6176) - 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 doesnt 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 7, 2009
Tap @ Belmont Station... Poured deep ruby/brown with an off-white head. Buttery and toffee-malt aroma. High carbonation with candy-like flavors of butterscotch and toffee while the malted grains stopped the bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BillKismet (3975) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2016
Mahogany-scotch colored with a minimal head. Rich caramelized malt and aged cherry nose, with lovely flares of wood, and perhaps, peat. Wonderful malted grain layers. Rich caramelized, sweet grainywort flavors infused with aged wood, and some cherry notes, with perhaps a touch of other stone fruits and dark muscovado sugar. Thoroughly delicious and perilously drinkable for the high ABV%. Im enjoying every sip from this growler.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 2, 2006
GABF 2006. The beer pours to a hazy brassy body with a white head. The aroma is peaty, sweet, smoky. The flavor is sweet with honey, smoky. Sweet smoked palate.

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