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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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86
very good

67 Ratings
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 03-01-2005

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
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Photo of chugalug06
2.47/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Huge, straw, colored, thin, foamy head. nice clarity on the blood red brew.

Wheaty, bready, caramel, dry scents stand out. Sweetness too.

Bit heavy on the carbonation. Moderate sweetness with missing flavors. Not too much stands out on the tongue other then your basic brew characteristics. Lots of caramel and american yeasty (breay) notes. A bit bland.

Underwhelming and unexciting. Not recommended. Nice for a hot day, but it drinks too much like a BMC..

Photo of alpinebryant
2.93/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark copper with a healthy light tan head. Heavy lacing

Aroma of mostly sweet malt, a tiny hint of scotch yeast

Taste is pretty week overall for a scotch ale. Perhaps I am now thinking that imperial scotch ales are the norm and that is throwing me off, but I just do not think this compares to some of the great scotch ales that I have had.
Taste is mostly consisting of a sweet malt backbone, that finishes cloying, a tiny hint of scotch ale yeast and a bitter bite at the start.

Light mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Overall not bad, just nothing standing out to make it great or better than good.

Photo of Blumstein
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of JoelClark
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of Foyle
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a 1" cream colored head that recedes slowly with moderate lacing. Color is a mostly clear deep red-brown. Moderate carbonation bubbles streaming through the body. Aroma: smokey roasted malts, cocoa, earthy hops
Mouthfeel: light and watery with a somewhat dry finish.
Flavor: dark roasted malt, toasted whole wheat bread crust, cocoa, a bit of earthy hop flavor, and a lingering smokiness in the middle and finish.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.13/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Deep brown colour, reddish highlights, small head of foam, not much lacing.

Big sweet and bready malts in the smell, a hint of fruit.

Bread and sweet malt dominate the taste, some toffee, kind of a citrusy taste when I swish the beer in my mouth. Or maybe it's my imagination.

Good mouthfeel. A hard style for me to give a thumbs up to and this brew keeps it that way. I won't get more.

Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.16/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into Trois Pistoles snifter. No date found on bottle.

Appearance - High-medium dark brown body. One finger offwhite head with decent retention.

Smell - Slightly sweet. Plum. Fades away into

Taste - More mouthfeel than flavor. Getting a little bit of banana and coffee. Alcohol is preetty present. Somewhat watery.

Mouthfeel - Smooth. Creamy. Acidic. slightly astringent finish.

Drinkability - The Bud Light of Scotch Ales, in terms of it not being very challenging. Very entry level.

Photo of nhirsch04
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of Flathead_Monster
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of JamisonS
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of callmescraps
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

In the beer of the month club, the other from this brewery was a dud, hoping for better.

App- Brown with amber highlights. Minimal head. Thin ring. Minimal lacing. Quite clear.

Smell- Sweet, malty, definitely some caramel. Brown sugar. Some toffe as well.

Taste- Sweet, caramel and toffee. The toffee lingers on the sweet, slightly burnt finish. Plum? Perhaps. Malty. A little thin? The taste mellows very quickly, sort of dissipates. A small roastiness or smoke lingers.

Mouthfeel- Decidedly thin.

Overall- A nice, sweet and malty beer. Sort of reminds me of a doublebock, or another smooth malty lager. But I like it overall.

Photo of Hugh37
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ShanePB
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle from a gifted "beer of the month" club, poured into a tulip glass. Only my second Madison River Brewing Company beer.

A: Medium to dark copper body with some reddish hues in the light. Thick, bubbly off-white head with big bubbles sticking around the edges and along the surface. Minor sticky lacing around the glass. Not bad at all.

S: Light smokey notes, cured honey roasted meats, toasted caramel and dark malts. Touches of sweetness and just a hint of bitterness show up towards the end of the nose. It has a very 'meaty' aroma overall.

T: Smoke is up front again with a sweetness to it. Again, it tastes like a honey smoked pork flavor but it works really well. A nice variety of malts are showcased on the back end, sweet and dry in nature. Toasted barley and nuts in the finish.

M: Thin and somewhat watery, unfortunately. Fairly bubbly albeit somewhat creamy.

I like how another reviewer put it; this is a beginner Scotch Ale. There's nothing offensive or aggressive about this beer. It has the smokiness, maltiness and flavors of a basic Scotch Ale without being overdone. A nice introduction to the style.

Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Zanico
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of casapy
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of juneauscott
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of crisis44
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of a77cj7
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of cbcrunch
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – As the name would suggest, the beer pours a deep copper-mahogany color with a billowy one finger head of off white foam. The head fades rather quickly leaving only a trace level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma of the brew is heaviest of a sweet caramel and molasses smells with other aromas of some darker fruits of cherry, plum, and raisin. Other aromas of a toasted bread and a little bit of brown sugar and oak are there as well mixing with a bit of a boozy smell to produce a rather nice warming aroma overall.

Taste – The taste starts with a toasted malt flavor along with some big flavors of brown sugar, and caramel as well as some darker fruit flavors of fig and plum. As the taste advances, more fruit flavors come at the expense of the sugary flavors, with cherry joining the fig and plum. A little bit of an oaky and woody flavor comes to the tongue more toward the end, and with the other flavors and a hint of boozy scotch alcohol joining the tongue, one is left with a somewhat drier then would have been expected, but still more sweet and malty scotch flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in its thickness and chewiness with a carbonation level that is on the average to slightly higher side. A slightly thicker body and lower carbonation would have likely been a bit better overall for the brew, accentuating better the malt and scotch flavors of the brew slightly better.

Overall – A fairly decent scotch ale overall, but nothing too extra ordinary. A nice one to try and a rather decent winter style sipper.

Photo of lunchbox1004
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pub glass. The beer was dark amber/brown in color with light beige/cream. after pouring head was about 1/2 inch which settled to about 1/8 inch after a while. also nice lacing around the glass. The smell was sweet and malty with tiny hints of the hops, which were slightly planty in aroma. the Mouthfeel was pleasant, the carbonation dancing on the tip of the tongue while it was creamy towards the back, which as aided by the head. The creaminess also carried over in the taste which was a sweetly roasted caramel flavor, balanced by the green bite of the hops.

Being a fan of darker beers, I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. This ale has great versatility in coupling with meals. I found it to be heavy enough for a hearty steak dinner, but also light enough for a sandwich lunch. If I had any real criticism for this beer, it be to slightly increase the amount of hops used as it was a bit sweet. Other than that, it was excellent. If you haven't had it, I strongly recommend it.

Photo of flagmantho
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich, dark red-brown hue with a haze-free body and a light effervescence. Head is half a finger of creamy tan foam. Attractive, and quite appropriate for the style.

Smell: very rich caramel aroma with lots of sweetness and maltiness. There's more biscuity character than I care for, but it's largely quite good.

Taste: biscuity and bready right off the top, with a fair dose of caramel character as well. Bitterness is light with little to no hop flavor. Well-crafted and stylistically within bounds, but perhaps not my favorite.

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a good level of carbonation. There's a velvety soft creaminess here which I love.

Overall: this beer is stylistically very good and definitely worth a try for enthusiasts. On the scale of wee heavy flavors, though, it edges more toward biscuity, which is not my personal favorite.

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Copper John Scotch Ale from Madison River Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.