Cauld Reekie - Stewart Brewing Ltd
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Ratings: 2 | Reviews: 2
3.35/5 rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Traded from Craig - thanks.
Bottle says it's a full bodied contemporary stout from "Scottish Dark Ale Malts." My bottle is the 2011 batch, drunk in late 2012.
Pours dark brown, nearly black, with very little head. Strong smell of carmel/vanilla malt, maybe a hint of dried fruit.
On first sip, the dried fruit comes forward. It's brighter than you'd guess from the look and smell. Light/medium body -- so a little watery for a stout. Hops are more noticeable to me than they were to the previous reviewer, but this is mostly a malty stout. Strongly grainy.
Would buy again (if we could) - a refreshing, drinkable malty beer.
Serving type: bottle
10-28-2012 21:42:37 | More by mmapes
3.63/5 rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
500ml bottle, cheers to the good folks at Noseworthy Imports, and Sherbrooke Liquor store for the sample. 'Cauld Reekie' is apparently a play on 'Auld Reekie' a popular term for the city of Edinburgh, i.e., 'Cold Stinker', vs. "Old Stinker". Nice.
This beer pours an opaque black, with cola edges when exposed to backlighting, and two fingers of frothy, foamy beige head, which settles somewhat in a hurry, leaving a low broken berm of lace around the glass in the process.
It smells of lightly roasted caramel malt, rich bittersweet chocolate, a bit of boozy vanilla, some tart black fruit, and leafy, earthy hops. The taste is dark, vaguely sour caramel malt, some backed-off baker's chocolate, woody vanilla, very faint coffee grounds, a bit of dry anise, and pretty tame leafy hops for an offering with a purported 65 IBUs.
The bubbles are very, very subtle, and almost an afterthought, the body medium-light for the style, and conversely, appropriately, dead smooth. It finishes off-dry, the malt still large and in charge, aided and abetted by the fruit and licorice notes, and not so much by the lame hop addenda.
Since there's no Scottish Stout category here, English it is (ducks reflexively), despite the proclaimed Scottish malts, Scottish water, and um, Scottish passion. All that aside, this could be a slightly uneven chocolate bomb of a stout, from almost anywhere - I'm not getting any specifically Scottish malty tones, though the lack of expected hop character flips that argument on its head. Huh. Let's just call it a British stout, and drink it, enjoying the slanted cocoa, vanilla, and licorice tendencies.
Serving type: bottle
06-26-2012 02:05:53 | More by biboergosum
Cauld Reekie from Stewart Brewing Ltd
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