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Hope & King Scotch Ale - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Hope & King Scotch Ale
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88
very good

140 Ratings
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Ratings: 140
Reviews: 72
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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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

psychotia, Feb 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

ahbithwabm, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of WoodBrew
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Hope & King Scothch ale was very good. One guest had at least six pints of this stuff. The appearance was a darker rich amber with thick white head that laced nicely. The smell was sweet with hints of earth and peat. The taste was exceptionally good for a scotch ale....the abv was not over-powering which really helped to bring out the sweet malt and earthy tones. Definite session beer for cooler nights....no shortage of this in Minnesota!!! Definitely worth a try.

WoodBrew, Sep 21, 2011
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 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 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 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 Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Town Hall in August 2009.

Pours a dark brown with some crimson hues and a light tan head. The smell involves plenty of caramel malt with hints of toffee and maybe a bit of chocolate. The taste is somewhat sweet and bready with a good dose of caramel. A little bit of alcohol going on. The mouthfeel is rather robust without being too heavy, making this a fairly easy to drink scotch ale, one that my wife could not get enough of.

Thorpe429, Oct 01, 2009
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4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown to violet in color, with a firm, creamy, lacey head. Aroma is fresh and fragrant with hints of cocoa, oats, lavender, and honey. Soft palate, great texture, generous and lingering finish. Hop presence is minimal, initially, hidden behind a buttress of malt, exuding a pleasant sweetness. Medium body. In the middle, some hops start to show and do a delicate dance upon the tastebuds, that carries through the finish. This fine Scotch ale is 3-tiered, I find: malt, hops, happiness.

feloniousmonk, Jan 28, 2003
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4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, cherry-red brown hues to this Scotch Ale, with thin--but sticky--glaze covering up the glass. Nose was light breezymalts that grew in potency--to allay my disappointment I think. Taste was quite good--and far better then the other two wee heavy's I've reviewed (but still not the best that I've had..). Tastes are juicy in the mouth, and I thought of cherry cider. Lots of dry notes of nutty almond and cashew butter, cereals and toffee. But by the end of the day, I realized what this beer really tasted like: a butterfinger bar. Taste is dry, but flavourful (for the Brits). A clean finish, with not too much of an aftertaste. Most of the taste is enjoyed in the mouth. Medium creamy carbonation.

Bit low on the alcohol methinks for a wee heavy, but what the hell.
Not to be missed!

Had on-tap in Minneapolis, late August, 04

donnebaby, Oct 28, 2004
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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 badbeer
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer had a nice mahogany color, and the lacing lasted throughout. The taste was of sweet maltiness, no hops were present. This was a very smooth beer and found myself wanting more. This could definately be a session beer, I could drink this all night.

badbeer, Dec 14, 2005
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4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep ruby red with a decent light tan head formed and leaves billows of lace on the glass.
Aroma of sweet malt, caramel, coffee and some minor earthy hop notes.
Flavors is sweet butterscotch upfront followed by a bitter coffee and hop note. Interesting turn on the style, somewhat of a porter profile.
Mouthfeel is smooth and easy.
Drinkability is very high, great twist on Scotch Ale style.

CRJMellor, Mar 01, 2004
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4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color is a clear dark brown, some amber highlights with a small lacy head that looked a bit like whipped cream, just a bit thinner. Smell is a soft but very pleasing and inviting sweetish malt with a bit of slightly sugary bread-like oat and grain notes. Taste is nice, its clean and smooth with mostly faint malt at start and middle but fades nicely into a very tangy hop that reminded me of rubarb in the finish. The feel is full/medium bodied but is mostly held in the middle and end when the nice tart/tangy hop and sweet malt makes its sneaky presence. This is highly drinkable and I can only imagine what it must be like from the cask? Yikes and yum.

tavernjef, Apr 05, 2003
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4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from fresh growler purchased on site at the brewery into a clear glass mug. Consume by 6/27/11 on cap.

A: Soothing dark brown with magenta/ruby highlights. Ample 1/2-1 finger off-white head with a few spots of lace.

S: Malty dark fruit aromas of raising and prune with some grape and cherry notes.

T: Malt is king with Hope & King with some breadiness coupled with dark fruit flavors. Hops are minimal and slightly herbal.

M: Low carbonation and medium-to-full-bodied for an extremely silky smooth feel.

O: Solid and extraordinarily drinkable for a dark malty beer with a lot of residual fermentables. This is comfort beer.

argock, Jun 21, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub, I've seen this for years but haven't tried it...

Heavy semi-opaque umber color, nice rising head with some glistening speckles. Laces in long strands. Aroma is full but not strident, subdued malt with some spicy fig elements that might betray background hops. Verges on full-bodied with lots of cakey, yeasty, starchy qualities and malts that range into maple sugar. While hops aren't assertive, the beer composes to a paprika-like dryness near the finish, while keeping the good mouthfeel -- a little different for a Scotch Ale. Nice beer, lots of thinks to keep track of.

ADR, Jan 29, 2004
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4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

64 oz. growler into glass pint.
40°F

$9.50 / ea.

A: Hazy brown body topped with a tight tan one finger head that quickly dissipates leaving only slight lacing and a thin creamy cover.

S: Nut aroma dominates with hints of coffee, smoke, and booze. Slightly sweet, with only the faintest hop character.

T: Slightly sweet up front, with roasted nuts, coffee, and caramel throughout. Low hop bitterness, and very little aftertaste. Nice.

M: Light body with medium to high carbonation. Smooth throughout with a crisp finish. Very easy on the tongue.

D: Great session choice. Interesting flavor that doesn't overpower the senses, and approachable by a wide audience. The mouth is light and crisp, and the aroma pleasing. A growler for the evening? No sweat.

O: This is probably the second best beer I've had from Town Hall. Makes for a nice Saturday night.

dpnelson1978, Oct 03, 2010
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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
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4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Town Hall.

Pours a light amber color with ruby highlights when held into the light. The head is tan and creamy.

The smell is very light, and not much is detectable. Malty, slightly roasted and toffee.

Toffe and malt dominate the taste. For being a lighter tasting beer, this is pretty damn good. Sweeter than other scotch ales I've had, but thats fine it works in this brew.

Medium body with a light carbonation. Very high drinkability. Almost too easy to drink. This is some good stuff, and possibly a gateway beer for non-craft beer drinkers.

Another solid offering from Town Hall. I can see why this is a popular beer and one of the beers they always have on tap. I will definitely have this again, but with so many choices, maybe not with great consistency.

Mistofminn, Sep 17, 2009
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4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I sampled this one many times on visits to Town Hall, but I am finally getting around to reviewing it thanks to my cuz stubob who picked up a growler for us to sample.

It pours to a ruby-brown color with a thick tan head. The aroma is a bit smoky, and malty, with a bit of roastiness. The flavor is smoky, malty and toasty. It has a pleasant hop bitterness throughout. It is a smooth, medium-full bodied brew. Another tasty brew from Town Hall.

Sampled 10/18/03

BeerBuilder, Nov 25, 2003
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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
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4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark clear brown with amber edges and dissipating head and nice lacing. Smell at first is of delicate grassy field, light toffee a caramel malt. Taste immediately sweet, then fruity esters, and then a dry malt and familiar scotch ale something, the mouthfeel is really full, creamy and gentle carbonation. It ends with a little butterscotch then a bitterness that appears out of no where but calms down to a satisfying and complex linger.

jbaker67, Sep 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

DaftPatrick, Jun 25, 2014
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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
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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub. Poured into a standard shaker pint glass.

Appearance: A dark brownish ruby red with a moderate amount of bubbles. Decent two fingers of off white head with good retention and lots of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A sweet and very bready aroma of malts. Lots of caramel and toffee. Big presence of dark raisins. Also some peat and hints of nuts and chocolate. Hops are very faint. Big on bready malts and fairly sweet.

Taste: A big mix of sweet and bready malts. A good taste of caramel, toffee, and raisins with a hint of prune. Hints of peat, chocolate, and nuts also linger. Light taste of earthy hops towards the finish. On the sweeter side but not overdone. Tastes good.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Light but somewhat chewy and very smooth.

Overall: A solid Scotch ale that makes a good option when seeking something lighter. Very nice use of malts.

MattyG85, Feb 04, 2012
Hope & King Scotch Ale from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.