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Corne De Brume | À l’abri de la Tempête

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À l’abri de la Tempête
Quebec, Canada

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
La Corne de Brume est une Scotch ale à 9,0% d’alcool. D’un brun profond aux reflets de rubis, elle se coiffe d’une mousse aux aspects de moka. C’est en bouche que la Corne de Brume révèle toute sa profondeur. Un mur d’arômes caramélisés se dresse devant nous et nous enveloppe chaudement la langue. Cette danse caramélisée et lascive se lie avec une amertume sourde pour former une valse où se côtoient fruits sauvages et malt capiteux. Quelque temps après, l’amertume relâche son emprise sur nos papilles pour lentement nous ramener à la réalité. Bière à fort potentiel de vieillissement.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Notes from January 16.

A - Pours an amber colour with a small cap of head and very little carbonation. Bright.

S - Dark fruits with some booze and a sort of flemmish sour note making it sweet and sour.

T - Same with an interesting sour character. Dark fruits, a hint of booze and a sour cherry thing going on.

M - Little carbonation, medium body.

D - Tasty but nothing special. A good beer but lacked in secondary categories, weakening the score alot.

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Photo of sitarist
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brow with a red hue. About an inch of off white head falls quickly leaving a dusting and small ring. It leaves minimal spots of lacing.

It is sweet, earthy, with hints of fruit, and spice. I smell brown sugar, caramel, sarsaparilla, raisins, ouzo, and peat. Its aroma is mellow.

I taste burnt caramel, sarsaparilla, peat, over-ripe plums, bitter-sweet coco, and coffee grounds. It has an underlying spiciness...anise?

Medium to full bodied with light carbonation. It is slightly sticky and dry.

Good, but one is enough.

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Photo of Seanstoppable
3.1/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Arrived from a friend during the summer, was just waiting for the colder months before cracking it open. Bottle on date of Feb 1, 2010

Pours a dark copper color with a thin covering of head. Head quickly evaporates. No lacing.

Sweet malty caramel scent is present, though fairly light.

I should have expected a weird taste based on the Corps Mort. However, while the Corp Mort was weird in a good an interesting way, here it is not weird in a bad way, but just weird. Some light caramel, toffee and brown sugar flavoring up front, very subtle drop of alcohol in the middle, along with a bit of spice. However there some mineral quality at the end that leaves a slightly chalky flavor in the mouth, that lingers for a few minutes. End is also very dry, which enhances the end unpleasantness.

The whole chalk like feel puts a damper on the entire experience. Friends of mine mentioned something similar earlier this year at a brewery festival. I guess it just isn't to my taste, which means I will be giving this a wide berth in the future.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottled Feb 2010, I picked this up tonight. At $7, it wasn't cheap, but this brewery brews some incredibly unique beers.

Brilliantly clear ruby red, this beer is capped with a dense, light brown head with good retention and nice lacing. Looks on par for the course, but it smells nothing like a typical wee heavy. Caramel, toffee and brown sugar are present, but there's also a unique herbal character with a blend of spruce, juniper and some spice - cinnamon? mace?. A little smoke and a little cola round out the nose. Unique and wonderful, this is like a hybrid of a wee heavy and a gruit.

The palate replicates the flavors of the nose for the most part, but this is wonderfully structured. Starting with a grainy sweetness, flavors of brown sugar, dark fruit and molasses take over, along with a blend of plum and cola-like sweetness. Balance is provided by the botanicals, with the spruce/juniper character lending a little bite. Hop character is low here. Towards the finish, cocoa appears, drying and mildly dusty almost. The herbal character lingers on the finish, one that's absolutely stunning with the flavors of brown sugar, molasses, smoke and just the right touch of spruce. A whisper of alcohol is present as well. Medium in body with a soft, gentle carbonation, I couldn't ask for more in this department. Combine the finish and the palate, and you have a winner. As an after dinner sipper, this shines, a 11.2oz bottle is barely sufficient.

Nathan, I am in your debt for recommending this beer to me. Thank you, friend!

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Photo of Ralphus
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was given to me by a friend, codfishh. Many thanks! - there is no better gift than beer.

Pours a dark opaque brown with mahogany highlights. The head is light but creamy and leaves some spotted lace down the side of the glass.

Black licorice, raisins and earthy spice can be found in the nose. The taste has all of the above but with very nice caramel and coffee elements blended in. I'd be interested to see what a proper lab would determine the alcohol content to be - my suspicion is that it is not the 9% rated on the label. There is no alcohol taste and even on an empty stomach it didn't hit home that hard.

Mouthfeel is nice.. smooth with a light crispness from the carbonation, and drinkability scores well, as one could easily have another.

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Photo of WorldWideStout
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: All those stouts I drink look the same, and when I finally get an interesting, new appearance, I can't adequately describe it! It pours a reddish-orange, collecting in the glass with some brown added in as well. The body is redder than copper, but not red enough to be the color of a ruby. Absolutely beautiful dark red highlights. Head had a slight orange tinge to it, and settled around two fingers until I took a few sips, after which it dissipated.

S: Initiall smell has dark chocolate and bananas, fairly similar to Divine Reserve #9 actually. Towards the end of the whiff, I get some saltiness and mineral scents.

T: Banana and pumpkin are first, followed by the dark chocolate. Between the middle and the end, the salty, mineral aspect comes into play, but the more I drink the beer, the less I notice it. Finish comes back to the chocolate, which lingers on the palate for a good 20 seconds afterwards.

M: Great. A little carbonation to keep the beer from weighing down too heavily, but not enough to stop you from enjoying all the flavors. A little chalky? near the end, though I think I sometimes erroneously associate a dark chocolate flavor with chalkiness.

D: After my first few sips, I would have said fairly low. As the mineral, salty taste went into the background, however, the drinkability drastically improved. I don't think I could have five or six in a night, but I don't think two or three would be a problem.

As others have said, this was an interesting, unique take on this style. I liked it, but didn't think it was complex enough to warrant the ridiculous price I had to pay for it. It will be interesting to see what some aging does for this beer.

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Photo of mcann2pu
3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle date is Feb. 2010.
Appearance: dar red-ish brow in color with an extremely thin tan head.

Smell: an earthy malt smell with a strong spicy aroma of clove and nutmeg, maybe cinnamon,

Taste: dark strong sweet caramel malt backbone with the spices coming through,

Mouthfeel: medium kind of mouthfeel it wasn't bad, but I would have preferred it to be heavier.

Drinkability: it seems to be a unique perspective on this style of beer, fairly drinkable.

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz acquired in a trade from Pier-Luc I believe, thanks man!

Pours a pretty amber, hints of ruby, a good finger plus of sticky head that slowly dies down, leaves a few small patches of lace on the glass.

Nose is dominated by raisin and toffee, just a hint of earth and spice.

Pretty spicy version of a scotch ale, alongside a nice toffee, caramel, some ripe dark plum sweetness, bread body, hint of cocoa, light earth and peat, not dominant, real subtle. Light hopping, comes out in a nice dry finish. Balanced sweetness and dryness. Like the dry finish though as it warms the sweetness asserts itself more.

Medium body, not overly big. Hides the ABV really well, makes it pretty drinkable for a big scotch ale. Very nice.

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Photo of timtim
4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this is definitely the most interesting scotch ale i've ever had, if not the best. dark, relatively clear mahogany color with an orange-hued tannish head. gorgeous. nose is layers upon layers of soft and subtle scents including strange fruits/dark fruits, wood, peat, a touch of smoke, a hint of hop, seaweed/seashell, earth, leather, mushroom and more on top of caramel. it seems like i can smell the sea and a wooden boat that has been floating on it. almost like being able to smell a ship that's been out to sea for a long time, covered in moss and seaweed and barnacles. the minerality imparted by the native ingredients here is just fantastic. taste is silky with just the right amount of heat and a very good sweetness that rounds things out and stays far from cloying. extremely well-balanced and defined. long finish that hits the palate in all the right places. really an amazing scotch ale that just seems familiar to me. this beer really turns my gears. like most beers i drink from quebec, this one is traditional and avante guarde at the same time. really highly recommended.

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Photo of flipper2gv
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Perfectly translucent brown/red color with a strong creamy tan head with good retention. Has an impressive amount of lacing.

S: Very sweet and fruity. Has a solid malty/bread backbone. Has tons of caramel and toffee. Molasses are strong too. Some licorice. A bit of sweet beets maybe? Also, a lot of dark fruits like raspberries and black cherries. Cinnamon and nutmeg too. Interesting but somewhat weak.

T: Taste is dominated by strong flavors of malts. Lots of beets actually, which is kinda strange. Lots of toasted bread like taste. Caramel and molasses are very present, toffee and licorice being more hidden. The fruits are much more hidden than in the smell, barely present. Still spicy with the cinnamon and nutmeg. Kind of a lot of mineral in this beer. Like the other brews from this place, for from being the prototype of the style, but still very interesting. A bit too much vegetable feel to it nonetheless.

M: Medium body with low carbonation. Wish it could have been a bit heavier.

D: It's balanced, not too much alcohol and quite easy to drink.

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Photo of ReFill31
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought this beer from the recommendation of the guy at the convenience store.

341ml bottle poured into a À l'abri de la tempête glass.

A : Brown color with some red reflections. Good head with some orange color feels to it. Good retention and nice lacing.
S : Caramel smell, some alcohol notes, herbs and we can smell also the oak barrels.
T : Complex taste. Sweet, caramel taste, we can also taste the oak in this. Really good scotch ale.
M : Enjoyable, stays in mouth long enough.
D : Really easy drinking for this type. I put on a less good note because of the price (6,50$ for a small bottle) which is a bit pricey. If you want to buy a 6-pack, it can goes down to almost 30$. Otherwise it is a great beer. Won't buy too often but one in a while could be possible!

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Photo of bobsy
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from freud. Cheers Fred! This one has been lingering just outside the Canadian top 25 for a while.

Pours a dark mahogany with a creamy tan head that slowly dropped to a film, leaving thick streaks of lace. The nose shows some great depth. Molasses dominate, but there's a great sweet and spicy character accompanying it. Some peat, toast and brown sugar, which is to be expected, but then some neat raisin and spicy yeast notes that are usually more at home in a Belgian strong dark. Intriguing.

Neat flavour - obviously malt heavy - but with some unexpected notes that add more depth and interest to it than a regular wee heavy. Treacle, gingerbread, raisins, grape, minerals, brown sugar and a splash of alcohol are expertly blended. Quite bready and sweet, but with just enough bitterness to keep things balanced. Medium body with a smooth carbonation and warming finish suits this beer well.

I'm still not a big fan of this style, but there's no denying that this is a very good example that puts a unique twist on the familiar formula. I probably won't drink it again, but I believe it's a must if scotch ales and wee heavies are your thing.

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled September '09

A- Beautiful cherry wood is noticeable as it comes out of the bottle. I actually said "Ooh" as I poured. Light beige head went quickly. Spotty lacing.

S- Right away I thought Barleywine. Sweet boiled beets. Brown sugar and caramel. Tomato juice. Red licorice and chocolate as it warmed.

T- Much like the smell. Caramel malt. Woody hops. Alcohol all the way through. Good hoppy aftertaste.

M- High carbonation and full mouthfeel.

D- Very good. Every sip is pleasant.

I'm not saying much, because this didn't really move me. I'm certain I can find something similar or better for half the price.

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Photo of kwjd
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish-brown colour. The head very quickly disappears and very little lacing. Smells of spices, I think I'm getting cinnamon and nutmeg. There is some sweetness in the smell too. The taste is very similar to what I would expect in a winter warmer. Caramel flavour with some cinnamon and nutmeg. A small amount of bitterness. Very smooth without too much carbonation.

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Photo of tegelaar
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours a dark reddish brown, looks like molasses with a dark tan head that settles down to a film. Almost no lacing. Smells of slightly burned sugar, smoke and a dash of sea salt. Taste is really smooth and not harsh at all. A wonderful malty blend with ample sweetness. I taste figs and a rich smoky taste. Wonderfully complex. This one is on the heavier side but it works for the style. Drinkability is amazing considering its 9% alcohol. This is the best beer from this brewery by far. Thoroughly enjoyed it!

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Photo of Viggo
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, big thanks to clockwerk for grabbing me one of these.

Pours a clear dark red, a touch of orange in the corners, thick slightly off white head forms, settles down to a thick ring and thin layer, some lace spots stick to the glass.

Smell is neat, very sweet and malty, caramel, brown sugar, lots of dark fruit, a very neat spicy root vegetable sweetness, like fennel or parsnips, some alcohol, almost a cinnamon/nutmeg character, pretty cool.

Taste is interesting, very heavy biscuit/toast character, very fruity, weird iron like character with raisin character that is pretty strange to me, a bit grapey, some alcohol, again a spicy root vegetable like character that I'm not sure of.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, pretty drinkable for the weight if theres a bit of warmth going down. Thanks Jason!

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Photo of grub
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

another that Viggo shared. thanks eric!

12oz bottle. sampled jan 16/2010.

pours crystal clear deep dark red, appearing mostly brown until held to the light, allowing the ruby and garnet hues to emerge. a small layer of fine tan head forms, dropping quickly and leaving spotty lace.

aroma is wacky. spicy root vegetable notes - beets, parsnip, and fennel. maybe some cedar? caramel and toffee. lightly warming alcohol. biscuit and multi-grain bread.

taste is quite similar. toasted multi-grain bread. bit of biscuit. the parsnip/fennel thing is definitely coming through again, less so on the beet side. lightly warming alcohol. some caramel and toffee, though not a ton of sweetness. just under medium bitterness level. touch of dark chocolate.

mouthfeel is good. medium-large body. fine medium carbonation level. touch of astringency.

drinkability is good. nice balance. it's really wacky and unexpected for the style, but interesting.

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Photo of jbonapar
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark red, almost burgundy color with a smooth and thick tawny head.

Taste: Dark fruits mixed with honey and molasses. A slight smokey overtone.

Taste: Starts sweet with strong malty character of dark fruits then quickly a scotchy like smokeyness takes over followed by hop bitterness which melts away into a scotch-like aftertaste. Very fascinating.

An excellent beer, very surprised highly recommended.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to papat444 for this (in person) trade!

341mL brown glass twist-top bottle. Label declares "Bottled Since: Sept 01 09."

Appearance: A fairly clear red-brown with almost no head (tan).

Nose: Lots of nutmeg, caramelized sweet malt and a thin hop back.

Palate: Fairly dry and dusty bitter with spices spices and more spices! Cinnamon, nutmeg, sage, white pepper, etc. Finish is dusty-dry and astringent.

Notes: I'm slightly confused by this brew...it tastes like a winter warmer. I feel like it would be silky smooth after 6 or 8 months. Tasty but not sure I'd seek it out again other than to age it.

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Photo of 01121987
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a belgian beer glass, not great head retention and lacing. beautiful red dark amber color.
Smells spicy and phenolic
smooth with noticeable bitterness and phenols with with restrained belgian-like esters. i wish the bitterness was just a bit lower so that some malt sweetness could shine through. I find it slightly lacking in malt character compared the the last time i had it.
mouthfeel is smooth with a bitter phenolic character at the end. i would like to have see bit more body in this beer, or maybe just a bit less bitterness to let the malt shine.
exceptionally drinkable for a 9% abv beer.
over all well brewed and fermented.
I like this beer better than most specialty beers i have found in qc.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Goldorak for generously offering a bottle of this straight from la belle provence. Comes in a 341 ml brown bottle.

Pours out a deep brown nearly opaque hue, nice translucent mahogany when held to light. A couple of fingers of spongy off-white head.

The aroma is closely akin to a Winter Warmer, toasty, nutty, sweet cinnamon and nutmeg.

Warm spicy flavour, nutmeg and cinnamon, toasted and burnt malt, woody and a bit smokey, finish has an astringent bite to it, woody in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied yet on the fuller end of the spectrum, fairly smooth with light carbonation.

Quite mild all things considered, yet well contained and somewhat refined as well, a very approachable interpretation of the style. Doesn't leave much of an impression on me however as far as wishing to revisit it.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a gorgeous cola looking beer with a reddish tan head. Very lively and inviting. Head retention and lacing are at a bare minimum.

At first blush this almost smells like a pumpkin beer in that it smells spicy. Like nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, whatever else they put in pumpkin pie. This subsides as things go along and towards the end I'm left wondering if I imagined it. Mostly it's very fruity, like fresh peeled red grapes.

The taste is choclatey and grapey at the same time, a very interesting, very winning combination. Very nice indeed. Raisiny and a little roasty. Some caramel. Just a smidgen of grassy hops underneath. Finishes nicely dry with a hint of sherry and alcohol lingering in the aftertaste. Alcohol is warming. It all works very well together in a wonderously complex way. Really just a unique and enjoyable flavor profile going on here.

Mouthfeel is smooth and works well to deliver the flavors of the beer. Really just spot on.

It's delicious and easy drinking for a stronger beer. A nice contemplative fireside beer without being too heavy.

I got this from papat444 through the first (and hopefully not last) Canadian Content BIF. Thanks Patrick! This is some seriously good shit.

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Photo of hopdog
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle acquired in trade with Sammy (thanks!).

Poured a deeper amberish/copper color with a huge sized off white head. Aromas of smoke, earthiness, caramel, and I was getting some spices in there too (cinnamon and maybe some ginger). Tastes of the same spiciness, toasted caremel, some brown sugariness, and earthy. Alcohol content hidden.

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Photo of deereless
4.77/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: A solid three inches of head to one inch of beer from a hard pour, tightly packed light brown foam, color is deep ruby red to rust, nice sticky lacing along the sides of the glass - 4.25, S: Profusely sweet aromas, huge malt presence imparting a toasted caramel, lots of prunes and golden raisins, also some candied pecans, this beer smells like the essence of a world class scotch ale - 4.75, T: The flavor follows the nose, intensely sweet, hints of molasses and pureed raisins, hops are present but almost lost under all the layers of malt, caramelized brown sugar rounds off the palate - 5.00, M: Thick and heavy, the consistency of a warmed syrup - 4.50, D: Scotch ales aren't generally my style, but I can appreciate a good one and this one is exceptional, this beer was born in Oct. 2007 so with almost two year of cellaring it is hard to know how this positively/negatively affected the beer, regardless - this is a big success - 5.00

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Photo of ZorPrime
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted on June 28th, 2009. Revisited in June 2011.

Mine says 9.0% ABV, not 8.0%.

A: Beer pours as dark brown, slightly reddish on the edge. The head is quite good but disappear very fast. Slightly sticky to the glass.
S: Very hard to discern the different things. Average intensity aroma. Mainly fruits, dark fruits. A hint of alcohol? Maybe. Something as caramel malts in there too.
T: No bitterness. The intensity of the taste is strong. A very complex beer for my taste buds. Raisins and dark fruits with a hint of caramel. June 2011: Get some bitterness at the end. Good taste wise, but not great or exceptional. I've had better tasting Scotch Ale.
M: smooth.
D: Well, easy to drink. I wouldn't get 2 per drinking session. However, one goes down quite well.

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