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Copper John Scotch Ale - Madison River Brewing Company

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Copper John Scotch AleCopper John Scotch Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

52 Ratings
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.58%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Madison River Brewing Company visit their website
Montana, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This is a Scottish ale like no other. The brewers use the finest smoked malt for flavor complexity and then combine it with roasted barley, and caramel malts for a rich distinctive and smoky flavor. These ingredients give it a deep, dark color with a smooth, rich finish that is surprisingly drinkable.

19 IBU

(Beer added by: Todd on 03-01-2005)
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ShwarzAl3r

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +30.5%

01-16-2012 07:23:19 | More by ShwarzAl3r
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MTfish

Montana

5/5  rDev +30.5%

10-16-2013 18:58:16 | More by MTfish
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Cujo65

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +24%

11-07-2013 18:46:44 | More by Cujo65
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Oelschlager

North Dakota

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

07-22-2013 03:53:37 | More by Oelschlager
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cmstump


4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

06-25-2012 03:42:24 | More by cmstump
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GeoTravel


4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

02-28-2012 23:28:11 | More by GeoTravel
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somuchbeersolittletime

California

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

01-04-2013 05:37:06 | More by somuchbeersolittletime
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LeeryLeprechaun

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours a red brown with a somewhat watery consistency. A little off white head soon falls back into the glass.

The beer smells or peat and smoke with a hint of chocolate and molasses.

The tastes sweet and warm with a hint of bitter burnt and smoke.

The mouthfeel is somewhat watery.

Overall I am very impressed by this beer. It tastes and smells delicious and really is a good example of a scotish ale. The only place that this beer is lacking is in the mouthfeel.It would be nice if it were a little more chewy like scotish ale should be.

I would have this beer again and recommend it to a friend.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 00:15:40 | More by LeeryLeprechaun
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elkinbrown

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +11%

05-20-2014 06:22:53 | More by elkinbrown
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sam3392

Wyoming

4.25/5  rDev +11%

06-20-2014 08:05:32 | More by sam3392
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beercatbrew

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +11%

08-29-2013 22:05:24 | More by beercatbrew
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Brandt

Montana

4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer pours a nice clean caramel brown color with a small amount of white head

the smell here is all of malts and give hints of caramel, as well as some more toasty german tasting malts. well balanced between toasty and sweet.

the flavors in this beer are of toasted malts and a touch of a nearly smoke like character as well as some caramely sweetness that follows a minimal bitterness down the hatch

this one finishes great, a realy drinkable beer that leaves a nice bit of sweetness on the tongue and leaves you wanting another sip.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2009 16:13:53 | More by Brandt
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DAllspaw

Indiana

4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from bottle while in MT on vacation. This review is a week old so details limited.

A very solid Scotch ale in every respect, good caramel taste with a hint of coffee. Not quite on par with Robert the Bruce or Founders Dirty Bastard but is definitely worth buying if in Montana.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 21:36:11 | More by DAllspaw
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blackie

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

the name might be misleading - seems to fall more within the scottish ale style

a: deep amber in color, light layer of carbonation

s: husky toffee grain, peaty but with no smoke, dark bread crust, nutty, well rounded all around but the malt stands out, balanced with a mild hop side, earthy

m: carbonation on the light side, medium body

t: a mostly malty flavor, but not thick or heavy, toasty grains with some sweet toffee sugars, a touch peaty and nutty, dark breads, little hop flavor and a mild-moderate bitterness

d: sessionable...a simple, well crafted scottish - not bad for a shot-in-the-dark purchase

picked up a 6 on special at the Albertson's Liquor Store in Jackson, WY

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 03:17:45 | More by blackie
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MTScotchAleLover

Montana

4/5  rDev +4.4%

03-16-2014 00:11:32 | More by MTScotchAleLover
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FreshmanPour77

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +4.4%

11-23-2011 18:20:54 | More by FreshmanPour77
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Eric908

South Dakota

4/5  rDev +4.4%

07-31-2013 19:29:26 | More by Eric908
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Tor501s


4/5  rDev +4.4%

01-24-2013 00:16:12 | More by Tor501s
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ToddKehoe


4/5  rDev +4.4%

04-15-2014 21:28:04 | More by ToddKehoe
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Sound_Explorer

Washington

4/5  rDev +4.4%

07-03-2014 04:52:14 | More by Sound_Explorer
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Ragnarok88

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +4.4%

07-16-2013 03:10:07 | More by Ragnarok88
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bagpiper2005

Idaho

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour: Dark reddish-brown in color. One finger of off-white head that dissipated quickly an left no lacing on the glass.

Smell: Caramel and brown sugar dominate the aroma. Light hint of smoke as well.

Taste: This one is on the sweeter end of the spectrum of Scotch Ales. Flavor primarily consists of caramel, toffee, an a bit of burnt sugar. Touch of peaty smoke at the end. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin for the style. Average amount of carbonation. Smooth.

Drinkability/Overall: A simple Scotch Ale that's not just overbearing. Great session beer.

Final Notes: A good, inexpensive Scotch Ale. Not super impressive but a good beer nonetheless. Deliciously sweet and slightly smoky, I can see plopping some vanilla ice cream on top of it and making a float with it. Also a good introduction to the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 22:42:25 | More by bagpiper2005
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, from a grocery in Helena a few months ago.

This beer pours a clear, dark red brick hue, with a single skinny finger of fizzy pale beige head, which disappears in an instant, leaving but a low ring of remnant 'lace' around the glass. It smells of caramel, toffee, singed brown sugar, and leafy, earthy hops. The taste is sweet caramelized malt, a bit of peat - more bog than smoke - and lightly bittering earthy hops. The carbonation is on the low side, the body a solid medium weight, and quite smooth. It finishes still pretty sweet, bread-like, but with a balancing effort put forth by the understated hops.

A decent enough scotch ale, the expected (and unspecified) upped ABV is nowhere to be found - I guess I'd have to have a few more of these to really find out...

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 22:23:02 | More by biboergosum
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beartooth91

Montana

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scotch ales are my favorite beer style. And this one is the only Scotch ale you can find in Billings, Montana.
It has the characteristic malty taste typical of the style with just a small amount of sweetness. Its noticeably smoother and more rounded then a typical Scotch Ale. And pretty well balanced.
While its a knotch below Skull Splitter (my favorite), Traquair House, or McEwan's; this is a pretty good Scotch Ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2009 20:00:34 | More by beartooth91
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leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a hazelnut brown with a finger width of creamy off white head.

Smell- Caramalts, plum/cherry, woodsy aromas.

Taste- The caramalts come in intially then plum/cherry come right after. There is a slight woodsy characteristic.
Finishes dry and sweet.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. There is a nice smoothness to the body.

Overall- A solid Scotch Ale that is pretty drinkable. Not as smoky as I would have thought (based on the description) but still a solid offering. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 04:00:34 | More by leaddog
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Copper John Scotch Ale from Madison River Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.