Alba Scots Pine Ale - Williams Brothers Brewing Company
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4.28/5 rDev +13.2%
Appearance - clear amber pour, a thin sticky head with some wavy lace action around the glass.
Aroma - this comes out of the bottle smelling like a scotch ale or wee heavy, that lightly smoky peaty smell, a sweetness in there too.
Taste - like a weak scotch ale, but the lighter flavor profile allows for a cool smoky peat flavor to come through. Hints of spruce on the aftertaste, not all the time but every now and then. Grain sweetness, peat, and spruce, nicely blended. A touch of alcohol on the finish.
Mouthfeel - average crispness, weighty body, very smooth.
Overall - very nice mix of flavors. Easy to drink, a great fall session beer for the pit fire.
09-12-2013 03:46:38 | More by brewdlyhooked13
3.04/5 rDev -19.6%
11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a clear copper color. With less than a finger's worth of white-colored head and poor retention, it doesn't create much of an aesthetic impression.
S: There's a lot of caramel in the aroma, and beneath all that caramel/toffee sweetness are some spruce notes. Let it warm up and it will develop a bit of a dark fruit smell. Nothing too exemplary, but not bad by any stretch.
T: At first, a wave of piny flavor (not hop-derived) engulfs the palate, before allowing the sweet maltiness to take over. General dark fruitiness finishes it off. Apart from the spruce, it's pretty uninteresting.
M: There's a certain finishing dryness that helps neutralize the sweet flavors some and create good drinkability in spite of its relative heft. Carbonation is very low, though, which makes it a little syrupy at times.
O: Eh...boring. To be fair, this isn't a very fresh bottle, but I can't see this one being fantastic fresh. Worth trying a single for the novelty.
09-06-2013 22:18:57 | More by ThisWangsChung
Alba Scots Pine Ale from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 615 ratings.