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Barley's Mac Lenny's Scottish Ale - Barley's Brewing Company

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Barley's Mac Lenny's Scottish Ale
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28 Ratings
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Ratings: 28
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Barley's Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Wildman on 07-27-2002)
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Reviews by Grundle20:
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Grundle20

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
The beer is a solid copper color and crystal clear. There's a good tan head to the beer that demonstrates some great staying power. No lacing to note.

Smell:
A little weak but there are some minor touches of toffee malts and roasted malts but you really have to bury your nose in the glass to get them.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
The beer drinks smooth but crisp with a medium malt body to it. There's a strong presence of toffee malts which lend a mild sweetness to the beer and there's also a tiny little boot of bitterness at the end of the drink. About mid drink there's some fruit hints, possibly strawberry, but they're quick to fade. The finish is a little roasty with a semi sweet aftertaste.

Drinkability:
A reasonable compromise between malt character and ease of drinking make this a highly drinkable beer to me. I would have cared for a little more in the scent but overall a pleasant drinking experience.

Bottom Line:
Another great beer from Barley's, my only gripe is that I wish they made more of an effort to distinguish their Glenlenny from their MacLenny because I had to shuffle my reviews because or this. Get on this beer if you're in the Columbus area.

Serving type: growler

07-11-2007 00:25:51 | More by Grundle20
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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mikeg67

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3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery. Pours amber with a short lived white head. Aroma is of green apple, and caramel malt. Body is medium and smooth. Earthy hops, caramel malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth. The finish is long and semidry. Tasty, easy drinking brew.

Serving type: on-tap

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Ohio

4/5  rDev +6.4%

08-03-2012 13:17:36 | More by wmickdds32
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Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

02-02-2012 22:03:30 | More by jharkins07
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Ohio

4/5  rDev +6.4%

12-15-2011 20:31:42 | More by brycevolk
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Ohio

4/5  rDev +6.4%

11-15-2011 20:01:45 | More by tat2dhllblly
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Ohio

4/5  rDev +6.4%

11-14-2011 07:35:23 | More by Geno78
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misfit1034

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this in a pint glass on cask at the bar. Was a very hazy copper-orange with a slight head that hung around briefly. No evident lacing in the glass. Smell was very nice for a Scottish Ale and had a very nice cask conditioned note to it. A very good Scottish with a wonderful earthy and woody taste with a smooth finish. I would drink this readilly if they bottled it and should have picked up a growler of it rather than the Frambwa but wanted to bring home something my wife would drink too...

Serving type: cask

03-15-2011 17:30:52 | More by misfit1034
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nrbw23

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear amber color with a nice white head. Head leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Floral, perfume and herbal. Pretty weak too.

T- Taste is floral, buttery, butterscotch, and bready. On the lighter side.

M- Medium in body and lighter side of medium in carbonation.

D- Pretty easy to drink. Just not my favorite.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2010 21:02:34 | More by nrbw23
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

2.73/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- From a growler into a Unibroue tulip. The beer is a super clear, light copper color. The dense head is stark white and has strong stay and thick sheets of lacing all the way down. There is lots of little bubbles rushing up to help sustain the foam.

S- VERY grainy. Corn flakes and Wheaties. The nose is pretty weak so its hard to pick out much else.

T- Very sweet. Lots more loads of grains. Sunflower seeds, oats, corn meal and an odd sweetness thats like iced tea or Sweet-n-low.

M- Slightly thin with faint carbonation. Its half way between slick and dry.

Serving type: growler

05-29-2010 05:44:39 | More by MbpBugeye
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stewart124

Ohio

3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Deep copper color with no head after a vigorous pour.

The smell is somewhat medicinal but floral and malty.

The taste and mouthfell is smooth, sweet and pleasant. Very fragrant and a easy drinking scottish ale. Light and fruity esters are obvious.

If I could point out a couple things It would be that this scottish could use a little maltier mouthfeel and body. I'd like to see a toastier/more bready character.

This is still a nice drinkable scottish ale but just not enough body and character.

Serving type: growler

01-26-2010 02:22:28 | More by stewart124
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adamette

Ohio

2.9/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap last night at the Brewery, poured into a clean, clear pint glass.

A Kind of basic copper like translucent body under a minimal head that quickly turned into a circle surrounding the top of the beer.

S Kind of basic Scottish Ale smell of Barely, medium malt and minimal hops.

T Also sort of basic taste with the Barley and other grains predominating followed by a distant malt and hops. I can recall thinking how "safe" this beer tastes even though it remains a solid offering.

M Just fine, about medium moutfheel.

D Only o.k. I finished my pint but I do not think that I would order a second.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2009 03:39:08 | More by adamette
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of a few SCottish style taps on/ Tongue numbing effect. Medium mouthfeel, you taste carmel. A bit of darkness colouring what would be yellow, lace. Cascade and Mount Hood hops used, sparingly. The mysterious citrus orange peel flavour we noticed in Barley's instead of hops was here as well.

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2008 23:59:22 | More by Sammy
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Zorro

California

3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From my notes of my trip May 16, 2008.

Served cask drawn and at cellar temperature.

Hazy red colored beer with a long lasting tall head.

Smell is English style hops and Scottish malts. Malty and smoky with a strong herbal hop aroma, more flowers than medicine or bitter. Kent Goldings is the hop; I have about a pound of the stuff at home.

Taste is malt and smoke as expected. A little bit fruity and mildly bitter, the hops are mostly in the nose of this beer not the taste. Mostly a wood finish here.

All right mouthfeel.

OK drinkability but after a glass of this I really want a stronger hopped beer.

Serving type: cask

06-18-2008 03:58:42 | More by Zorro
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served as a medium copper colored beer with moderate off-white head. Good retention with modest lacing.

Smell shows distinct notes of roasted malt, toffee, and caramel.

Taste also has some nice smokey, raosted malt flavors. A bit of dryness at the end compliments the malt well.

Leaves a good strong deel malt flavor in the mouth.

A nice beer. Good to drink alone, Did not go very well with my meal.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2008 23:03:41 | More by tgbljb
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bigone4

Rhode Island

4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured an orange amber hue with a clean fluffy white head. The head dissipates rather quickly leaving a slight lacing behind in the pint glass. Smells of roasted malt mixed with a subtle hop citrus tone. Slight caramel sweetness mixed in as well. Roasted malt tones highlight the back bone of this beer. The taste is smooth and quite malty with a decent hop finish. No overpowering alcohol found in this one. It is a well balanced offering with strong roasted malt flavor as it warms. This is a very drinkable brew with great mouth feel and a full body. I will certainly seek this brew out again the next time I am in Columbus. Reminds me of Ten Penny from Old Burnside Brewing Co. in Hartford.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2007 14:06:40 | More by bigone4
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Osiris9588

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale copper color. The white head is minimal and dissipates quickly, but the growler had been already opened.

The smell consists of malt, caramel, barley, and grain. The taste is malty, but not as toasty or as heavy as many in the style, with a hint of oaty-ness. There is also caramel/butterscotch characteristics, a flash of berry, some nutty, whisky overtones, some subtle hops, and slight alcohol.

The mouth is medium-bodied and very well-rounded. I could drink a whole growler in a sitting. Not the most traditional scotch ale, but a damn fine interpretation of the style.

Serving type: growler

10-19-2006 20:16:27 | More by Osiris9588
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ndekke39

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a growler's worth of this ale from Barley's Brewpub No. 1. Pours an enticingly clear, copper color. Decent white head on it. A few fingers of lacing. Aromas of medium toasted malt. Some earthy tones, too. Hints of a sweet floral/fruity fragrance: like a very soft, dry white wine. Nice, rich flavor of the malt on the center of the tongue; it blooms there and lingers. Traces of hops in the aftertaste. I'm really loving the flavor here - a warm, welcoming tone overall. Mouthfeel is just a touch watery, but otherwise the beer is clean and smooth. The complexion seems a little better when the beer is colder. As it warms, it loses some depth of flavors. Still, it's wonderful for the summer months. Overall, a very drinkable beer. Fine example of a Scottish Ale. I love this style, and Barley's contribution here makes me love it all the more.

Serving type: growler

08-15-2006 01:13:15 | More by ndekke39
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Again, another must guzzle from Barley's. A better-than-golden but less-than-copper color with low carbonation, and a dainty head. Aromas are sweetly malty, but not overly toasty or toffee-like. Hop aromas are higher than I expected, but still liked it. Tastes sweet and spicy, perhapse too spicy, for a Scottish, but still nice. It had a thinner sweetness, not the round, full sweetness expected from a Scotch. Nevertheless, a nice session beer with a touch of heat and alcohol sweetness. Creamy to the palate with a thinly sweet finish.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2005 19:51:37 | More by BEERchitect
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Ahhdball

Ohio

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep sherry color with no crown but a small hint of lace around the top. Heavy sweetness with a slight aroma of hops and even smaller aroma of alcohol. Malt sugar taste presents at first. A slight hop presence follows through but is killed by alcohol. Thick and chewy mouthfeel with an appetite supression heavyness.
This is a staple of mine at #1 and has always been a favorite in the colder months.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2005 08:43:05 | More by Ahhdball
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