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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

139 Ratings
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Ratings: 139
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 7
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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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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tigg924

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +10.7%

Had on tap at the brewery. Served into a pint glass.

Appearance: clear, dark brown in color, 1/4 inch head, moderate carbonation

Smell: toasted malt, peat, and dark chocolate

Taste: toasted malt, caramel, peat, and dark chocolate

Mouthfeel: sweet, medium-heavy body, medium carbonation

Overall: A nice and chocolaty treat. I could have several pints of this. I actually think I like this more than Mama Masala although both are great in their styles.

08-14-2012 14:16:59 | More by tigg924
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Holland

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -9.7%

A: appears a translucent brown with a slight red color. Good head and retention, and looks sticky.

S: coffee, roasted malts, and malt sweetness with a hint of peat.

T: ahh, here is the peat, but barely. It's not dominant, which is nice.

M: medium body, carbonation is medium to light, and it's smooth.

O: nice beer, but expected more bite to it. Not much peat, not much carbonation, and it's more like a brown ale. Didn't have the complexity that I expect.

11-13-2011 22:27:21 | More by Holland
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morimech

Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

07-26-2008 20:51:31 | More by morimech
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argock

Virginia

4.08/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

06-21-2011 14:34:53 | More by argock
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jera1350

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -8.4%

Dark ruby hued brown color with a tan creamy cap of foam that generates some acceptable lacing.

Very malty smelling. Caramel, toffee, lightly roasted malt and caramelized sugar.

Big malt heavy taste with lots of caramel and toffee. Some burnt sugars and a bit of an earthy taste. No presence of peat or smoked malt which I really like in this style. Mainly a sweet and malty taste.

Medium bodied, lightly chewy and very smooth.

Overall, this is a nice beer, but I find it hard to put it in the scotch ale category without any peat presence. It does appeal to a wider audience the way it is and is a tasty brew however.

04-11-2011 16:23:02 | More by jera1350
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

09-07-2013 10:35:31 | More by jbaker67
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.8/5  rDev +22.8%

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...

05-16-2006 03:18:39 | More by grub
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ADR

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

01-29-2004 17:14:48 | More by ADR
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bditty187

Nebraska

4.38/5  rDev +12%

Dark ruby in hue, brown influences as well. On cask there was also a slight haze to the beer, as desired. A foamy light beige head of over a finger in height graced with top of the liquid. The head retention was excellent as a half finger cap lasted the whole consumption. Sadly, there was hardly any subsequent lacing. Still this was a good-looking beer. The nose was not loud but the aromas I could detect were very malty, chocolate hints, some sweetness and some underlying astringency. I like the nose. Inviting. I couldn’t wait to take a drink. Why wait! The palate is great, the malty depth is wonderful, very ample yet subtle, hell, I’ll call it luscious. Deep chocolate flavors, there are some roast too but it is not stout/porter-like, there is slight astringency. The finish is very juicy from the big maltiness. The sweetness is moderate but it adds something pleasant and needed. No sign of the hops, I assume they managed to curb the sweetness but they don’t offer much in the way of flavor. Medium/medium-full in body, creamy mouthfeel, typical qualities of a cask ale. This is very drinkable. Lovely stuff, it was dynamite on cask. I didn’t try it on-tap but I can’t imagine it is better that this. I will cherish the fond memories of this Wee Heavy. I should have quaffed more of this when I was in town!

06-29-2004 18:48:24 | More by bditty187
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

03-01-2004 01:10:39 | More by CRJMellor
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +2.3%

Another good offering from TH. Translucent maroon colored, with a whitish head. Smells malt and roasted, with a little hint of alcohol. A nice thick beer, with a strong flavor. Was pretty close to a stout, only with more of a bite. I definitely will be getting this again.

12-27-2003 07:01:55 | More by TastyTaste
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CoryR

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

07-06-2013 02:56:52 | More by CoryR
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%

On tap at the brewery poured into sampler glass. Pours a clear chestnut brown with white wispy head that leaves almost no lacing. Aroma is surprisingly sweet and vinous. Flavor is intensely rich and vinous, though it’s "rich" without being "thick" or syrupy. In fact it’s a pretty thin palate on this beer. Very modest hop bitterness. Light to medium-bodied mouthfeel. Very nice scotch ale!

02-14-2012 19:46:48 | More by CuriousMonk
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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

01-09-2006 00:38:35 | More by blitheringidiot
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fredmugs

Indiana

4/5  rDev +2.3%

10-28-2013 11:23:01 | More by fredmugs
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Adamostella

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

06-13-2013 21:01:50 | More by Adamostella
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gatornation

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +10.7%

had on tap at MTH... the appearance an almost clear(some haze) amber/copper color with a thin off-white head and minimal lacing the smell was malt and some chocolate some toffee and a peat smell..taste is the same its a malt driven ale that has some toffee and caramel and chocolate a little hop/spice to round this one out this is another well balanced brew from a great brewery again it is perfectly balanced nothing dominates in this wee heavy but it is super tasty.recommended for sure hey every brew at MTH is recommended.. a must stop if you live here or are going to visit minneapolis

07-06-2009 19:32:25 | More by gatornation
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

02-04-2012 01:23:15 | More by MattyG85
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Herky21

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

03-19-2013 19:27:31 | More by Herky21
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richkrull

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +2.3%

11-16-2011 15:50:46 | More by richkrull
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bigbeers84

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +2.3%

07-22-2013 02:07:00 | More by bigbeers84
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hardy008

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +1.8%

Pours a mahogany color with little to no head and very little lace. Has a nice malty aroma and flavor. Smells of toffee and caramel. Likewise for the taste. A nice sweet flavor. The carbonation on this beer was higher than I expected, but did not make the beer less enjoyable. Overall a good Scotch Ale, but I would have liked it better if it were a little stronger and sweeter like SkullSplitter.

09-28-2009 02:09:55 | More by hardy008
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tbeq00

California

5/5  rDev +27.9%

11-28-2011 04:32:41 | More by tbeq00
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bsp77

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

04-21-2009 13:20:32 | More by bsp77
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augustgarage

California

4/5  rDev +2.3%

06-05-2012 17:00:47 | More by augustgarage
Hope & King Scotch Ale from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.