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Hope & King Scotch Ale - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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88
very good

142 Ratings
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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 7
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our interpretation of the classic ale that originated in Glasgow, Scotland. A full-body ale, rich in malt complexity. Brewed with both English and American barley and many, many specialty malts allowing hints of roasted chocolate, caramel and raisins with very little hop presence.

(Beer added by: Jason on 01-28-2003)
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Photo of spointon
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this one at Town Hall on 5/11/2009 (all part of a great beer trip with BA roadhouse).

A= This ale poured a clear cola-amber-brown color with a 1/2" cream colored head. The head maintained quite a long time and left some wispy lace down my glass.

S= This is where this beer started to shine for me. The aroma was very rich and malty and earthy all in one. Scotland in liquid form.

T= Excellent malt complexity through and through, with caramel, toffee, treacle, earth, peat, and Scottish yeast all making an appearance. Beautiful.

MF= Full medium body with a creamy, slightly oily feel and a soft carbonation.

D= Wow I loved this ale a lot. It was sessionable, sweet, and complex all in one. I could drink this every day for a month and not get tired of it!

spointon, May 14, 2009
Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Cask pour into Pint Glass.

Appearance: Dark reddish-brown, dark ruby when held up to light. Thin head.

Smell: Smoky, caramel malts, light hops.

Taste: Malty, sweet, but not quite as sweet as expected. Smoke and biscuit flavors. I never know what to expect from Scotch Ales, as some seem to actually be Export Scottish Ales (80), while others are very sweet and are definitely Wee Heavys. This tastes in between; maybe this is what would be deemed a 90 shilling.

Feel: Low carbonation, relatively dry despite semi-sweet taste.

Drinkability: Easy to drink. Overall nice flavor, so could definitely have another.

bsp77, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of lhaqq
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Served with a thin tan head and a dark copper body.
S: Strong smell of sweet malts and caramel. Some toffee mixed with chocolate also strong.
T: Big sweet malty flavor. Finishes with toffee: predominantly sweet but with a hint of the toffee bitterness.
M: Not too light or too heavy but leaning on the thick side for the style, which was enjoyable.
D: Always get this beer when I go to Town Hall. Definitely a great session beer. Probably my second favorite of the style, after Old Chubb.

lhaqq, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a somewhat cloudy, burgundy hue with a small, thin, off-white head. It left some thin trails of lace.

S - It smelled very grassy, mossy and earthy. It had a malty nose, too.

T - It tasted very sweet and malty. A nice subtle earthy quality and some spiciness.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good scotch ale. I was expecting more sharp "scotch ale" flavors but it still tasted quite good and was pretty easy-drinking.

zeff80, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very drinkable scotch, chocolate and caramel, atad on sweet side. Medium yellow with a minimum head and white lace so surprises in taste.Above average mouthfeel, satisfying. Above average for style. I was noticing the alcohol a bit, as if it was 8-9%.

Sammy, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of morimech
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cask serving provides a nice cascading head that unfortunately is short lived and leaves little lacing.

Smells of caramel malt with a bit of smokey peat.

The flavor is mostly of smokey caramel malt. A hint of alcohol is detected.

The texture is not as chewy as I would hope in a casked beer. Just feels unimpressive with a very low carbonation.

Has a good flavor but I was expecting more. Rather moderate ABV levels for a Wee Heavy.

morimech, Jul 26, 2008
Photo of KeefD
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was my first ever "cask" beer, and I had it today Town Hall Brewery in Minneapolis. Awesome cascading effect that settled into a nice thick head which left generous lacing. Smell was sweet and malty. Taste of sweet malts, burnt caramel, and brown sugar. very sweet with little hop bitterness in the background. Body was very thick and creamy. I don't know if this standard to cask brews, but I was missing the carbonation which would have sent this one into another level. An overall good brew however, and I enjoyed it immensely.

KeefD, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of tempest
3.2/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a nice beer, but I wasn't impressed with my pint. The cask character of oxygenation was too strong and there wasn't enough beer. There was a very smooth and fairly sweet caramel malt flavor and aroma, but that was about it. The beer was pretty drinkable and easy to put down, but the flavor complexity is lacking. I don't know, I've liked this better on CO2 tap before, maybe the cask is just old. I'll be sure to try it again and re-review.

tempest, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of supercolter
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I truely enjoyed this brew.
This is the first of this style that I have rated so I don't know that it follows the elements, but I will assume so.
Appearance- above average, but nothing to brag about, dark purpleish brown small head,
Taste and smell are similar with a lot of malt, a hint of scotch and some smokiness.
Mouthfeel is decent, and drinkability is good as well.

supercolter, Jul 09, 2007
Photo of barefootbrewer
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – This was a clear beer that was brownish/copper in color.

S – The aroma was caramel and malt with a slight hint of smoke.

T – Malty and somewhat smoky.

M – Full and somewhat creamy.

D – This is a nice beer that goes down smooth and easy. Wish I had time to enjoy another!

barefootbrewer, Jun 18, 2007
Photo of
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Town Hall

Crystal clear, mahogany/copper color. Small, light tan head. No lacing, minimal legs.

Very mild aroma. Malty & sweet - caramel. Some earthiness and maybe peat.

Taste is smoky. More bitter than aroma would suggest. Grassy & herbal. Sweet is like tea with sugar. Touch of fruits.

Medium in body. Low carbonation. Not too dry.

Very nice, and seems quite true to style.

, May 29, 2007
Photo of aaronh
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep walnut colored body topped by an ecru head. Aroma was decently malty, just a touch of earthiness. Flavor was a solid amount of sweet malt supported by earthy hops. Maybe Fuggle - not sure. The hops balanced out the sweetness very well. Mouthfeel was solid- not overly thick. Drinkability was also pretty good. Another nice offering that offsets the traditional American styles.

aaronh, Apr 03, 2007
Photo of dogger6253
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out brown with hints of red. Little head and virtually no lacing.

The smell is pleasant, but not very impressive. The present aromas are sweet, brown sugar/molasses/caramel. I don't know how else to put it, but the scents seemed airy.

The taste makes up for the lack of smells however, not exactly what I'd expect from the scent. This beer gets most of its sweetness from malt, I didn't taste any sugar. I noticed no hops, but a very slight hint of alcohol toward the finish.

This is a smooth beer, very smooth, not in anyway difficult to sip or swallow. Delicious!

dogger6253, Mar 21, 2007
Photo of objectivemonkey
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown with good head to start and no lacing. Aroma is sweet and malty, a bit faint but pleasant. Taste is delicious, a bit smoky and woody, a surprise, but a good malty beverage, a faint hop presence in the background, earthy, grainy a little, generally pretty smooth and slight carbonation. This beer is yummy. I convinced everyone else to drink it too:)

objectivemonkey, Jan 17, 2007
Photo of KarlHungus
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a murky brown color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes into decent lacing. The aroma is of toffee, caramel, and dark chocolate. The taste is of burnt malt, burnt dark chocolate, with caramel coming into play in the aftertaste. It is nice to see a Wee Heavy that is more than just caramel, and butter. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation, but it could be a little smoother. Overall, this is a nice brew. I've had it at the pub before, and will certainly have it again when the mood is right.

KarlHungus, Dec 12, 2006
Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed on December 2, 2005. On tap at the brewpub. Deep ruddy brown clean pour, with a thin off-white head. Sweet plum and candy cane aroma. Wow. Rich, smoky, deep oaky flavor, with a quaint grain and earthiness. Deep, coarse malt and a brown sugar and cake frosting flavor. Finish is a bit sugary, but also dry. No alcohol noted.

CharlesDarwin, Nov 30, 2006
Photo of mwagner1018
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A very good American micro-brew take on the scotch ale. Reminded me of the tradition of the scotch ale with a smooth, yet smokey, charred caramel flavoring. Great taste with a bit of low deep bitterness and roasted malty undertones. The light charring of the dark malts carried very well to my sense of smell. This beer had a good mild feel in the mouth, although I would have liked to see a bit more of a heavy/strong feeling to it.

Overall a very good option for a cold November evening.

mwagner1018, Nov 25, 2006
Photo of ccs
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a good example of a scotch ale. Very smooth, not overly hoppy, beautiful amber color, thin head, and very drinkable. I liked it quite a bit. It looked and tasted just like I would expect of a scotch ale. It had a great mouthfeel, and wonderful aroma. I would definitely get a pint of this if I stopped in at Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery. It meets the description of a scotch ale perfectly.

ccs, Jul 07, 2006
Photo of beckje01
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pint at the bar right infront of the hand pull.

A- a dark color very still as expected from a cask beer with a half inch of head.

S- rich malty aromas

T- mild yet complex malt at times water taste comes through a bit but has a slight hop end to it

M- smooth with very little carbination

D- Easy to drink a really just a good beer, I would love to have a few and a big dinner.

beckje01, Jun 30, 2006
Photo of dfried
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer looks really good, deep brown and porter-ish in the center with deep maroon around the edges, think caramel colored head that didn't leave any lacing (I think due to the plastic 'outdoor' pint glass though). The smell is almost of liquor, like wine or whiskey barrell aged beers (but ofcourse it's not), plus a well toasted malt presence. The taste is not sugary, but a malty-sweetness, coffee, red, and caramel malts, with no indication of hops until the finish. The mouthfeel is about average for a good strong, deep beer, not too coarse, but not too smooth. This is such a drinkable beer its dangerous. The last note I put down about it was 'quite drinkable but drinker beware.' Its a strong beer that is easy to lose track of how many you have had. But its good, when not enjoying a seasonal at T-Hall, I either get this or Masala Mama IPA.

dfried, Jun 06, 2006
Photo of grub
4.8/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

deep red, almost brown colour, with a very thin tan head.

aroma is caramel and malt, with no noticeable hop presence (as expected), and just a hint of smokeyness.

taste is excellent. malty, slightly roasty, with just a hint of smoke. i also catch just a slight dried fruit taste, like raisins. a bit of alcohol in the finish. as it warms i notice some bittersweet chocolate that was hidden when served. great balance between the malt and alcohol.

the mouthfeel is great. low carbonation feels just right for the style.

the drinkability is great too. not heavy or hoppy. i think i'd be in trouble if i had a keg of this on hand...

grub, May 16, 2006
Photo of BrewMaster
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown with a red hue. A creamy tan head rests on top. The head is so creamy it nearly forms a skin on top. Very nice lacing anda lively head revived with some swirling.

Smell: Sweet maltiness with dates, raisins, brown sugar, and grape molasses. Rich with dry fruit scents and crisp sugars.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Sweet and malty to open with lots of dry fruit flavors to match the nose. Raisins and molasses build a full body with great sweetness. The beer also has great toasted malt flavors that blend well with the sweetness. Some floral hop flavors round out the ending flavors.

Drinkability: This is a very well done Scotch ale. I like the toastiness balancing with the thick, dry fruit flavors.

BrewMaster, Jan 28, 2006
Photo of CultureJamMN
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There is a lot going on here... almost too much for a neophyte like me to keep track of.

The color is dark but not quite black. I'm reluctant to call it purple... but almost. The head was thin, but retained beautifully, lacing was stringy, but consistant.

The smells here are malty but with a very real suggestion of bittersweet chocolate.

Initial taste of malt, but not overstated, hops seem hidden, and come on late, but not too strong. Very pleasant from sip to swallow.

Right in the middle in terms of mouthfeel, feels "just right".

All told, another excellent TH selection. Would make for an excellent March or April beer.

CultureJamMN, Jan 25, 2006
Photo of edbeered
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a beautiful dark burgandy with a small whitish head and nice lacing on the glass. What smell there is features malt. Taste is subtle and sweetly malty with hints of cherry and plum. This is a nicely balanced beer and goes down smoothly. Very impressive.

edbeered, Jan 22, 2006
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

GABF blue ribbon winner.

Dark shadowy mahogany clear topped with a settled khaki wafer thin head cap. (possibly high ABV equates the thin head)

Toostie Roll and smoked peat moss Scottish scents.

First swigs: Rude bold unbridled tootsie-roll and cocoa. Toasted malt & syrupy. Smokey peat with a hint of cherry. Lingering candi sugar toffee and even a yogurt like finish.

Last swigs: Makes me wonder if the house yeast here is a Scottish Ale yeast? Cocoa and peat.

blitheringidiot, Jan 09, 2006
Hope & King Scotch Ale from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.