Noble Scot - Portland Brewing Company
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Ratings: 29 | Reviews: 9 | Display Reviews Only:
4/5 rDev +12.4%
22 oz bottle from Roth’s Sunnyslope Market in S.Salem. $2.79 Handsome chestnut brown ale with a large rocky eggshell white head. Bonnie indeed. Nice aromas of caramel and nuts wit a slight but pronounced smokey aspect lurking. Falavour is of course malt driven..the toffee,caramel aspects intrerrupted by a very very slight grassy hop..that kinda takes the sweetness down a notch,good, and again a slight ashy smoke in the end..excellent Great palate..smooth with a lingering peaty smoke. Very very nice for the price point the best Macs has done in forever.
08-19-2012 04:03:07 | More by Reidrover
3.86/5 rDev +8.4%
A: Dark brown but clear. Thick tan head with good retention. Many small bubbles; looked a bit like a nitro when it came out. Medium carbonation keeps the foam going a little longer.
S: Heavy on malt up front. Sweet. Toasted walnut and biscuit wheat. Very nutty. Mild spice notes of nutmeg.
T: Sweet grain mostly followed by a mild mellow hop finish. Rich maltiness. Almost smoky with a hint of aged pipe tobacco. Nuttiness shines though like on the nose, but is more robust and roasty tasting instead of a nuance. Mild mild lemon notes round out the flavor.
M: A bit on the heavy side. Finishes slightly dry, but not too bad. A little chewy, so more than one or two would be too much for me.
O: A lot like an amber, but with a brown influence. Doesn't have the over wood flavored issues like many ambers do. Though not my usual style, I like it. I don't see myself drinking it too much though since it seems like it slots between my usual styles.
09-04-2013 01:12:29 | More by constantine_272
3.85/5 rDev +8.1%
Dark brown with a two finger head and good lacing.
Smell is dark malty some smoke.
Taste is dark semi-sweet malts with a good amount of bitter hops for balance.
Mouthfeel is very good with spot on carbonation.
Overall the best beer from Mac-T's in a long time. Get some if you enjoy Porters, or Scottish Ales. Good job Pyramid. You might be making a come back to the craft world!
12-20-2012 06:39:38 | More by Spikester
3.78/5 rDev +6.2%
22oz : tulip
Pours a clear, amber red with a thick, foamy off white head that dissipates to leave an eighth-inch foamy cap with nice lacing.
Lightly smokey, biscuity, toffee/caramel malts, highlighted by faint floral/earthy hops in both the aroma and flavor.
Medium+ body, mild carbonation.
A well done Scottish Ale. Simple, yet enjoyable flavors. I particularly enjoyed the subtle smokey notes.
09-16-2013 07:48:08 | More by vkv822
3.58/5 rDev +0.6%
This is another of those bargain priced surprises from "MacTarnahan's" (Pyramid)...like Summer Grifter (a decent ipa) - they can typically be found at Bi-Mart for $1.99 to $2.60 per 22 oz. - this bottle was on sale at $1.99.
Considering the price, this malty brew surprised me with its depth and complexity - and just plain good Scottish Ale taste. Carmel sweetness with just a hint of hops at the back end. It well met my expectations for the style. The mouthfeel was spot on. The head could have been a bit more robust and lasting.
08-23-2012 00:09:19 | More by ricke49
3.5/5 rDev -1.7%
Pours a nice clean/clear golden brown color, nice carbonation, with a nice little fizzy white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, slight hop note, with lots of caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, nice little touch of hops, and caramel. Medium body. A pretty tasty brew.
10-14-2012 19:47:13 | More by Wasatch
3.13/5 rDev -12.1%
Bomber into chilled pint, served cold.
A: half a finger of white head that fell to a sparse cap and it has a ring that leaves a little lace. Clear copper color.
S: slightly metallic and boozy. Kind of reminds me of canned black olives. A bit of what almost smells like brown malt. No hops at all.
T: big and malty. Very rich beer it finishes sweet with a touch of hops. The body is rich and slightly astringent but not deterring. It tastes good.
M: chewy chewy chewy, very chewy. Feels good though, very smooth.
O: I like it, not a bad beer for a company that lets me down consistantly.
08-23-2012 03:08:42 | More by N3rdM3t4l
3.1/5 rDev -12.9%
- Nice clear dark tea-colored brew. Minimal off-white head which quickly settles to a scattered trace above the brew, and a small ring stuck to the glass. Quite simple really, and nothing spectacular.
- Certainly a good amount of esters in the aroma. Tart esters with a touch of cherry, fig, and sweet tangy malts. A little more fruit-like than I like, but expected from a Scottish style which isn't a Wee Heavy. Not much in the hop department other than maybe an earthy and grassy touch to balance.
- Nice smooth malts, light sweetness, a touch of brown sugar and/or molasses, little bit of a biscuit touch with a light crisp taste of early boil bitter grassy hop. Overall a well balanced and simple dark beer. Hits the style, but not much about it stands out in flavor.
Mouth Feel: (3.0)
- This is where it gets a bit tricky for me. I don't much care for a beer of a different style or origin being brewed with a simple house ale yeast. This just has the feel of a pale ale. It's rather light to medium bodied, bubble like a soda pop pale, but does have a nice hop induced chewiness to it that is favorable. I would prefer a thick head and perhaps some more aroma coming from it.
- Can't say I am too impressed. This beer has "played safe" all over it. I would like more robust flavors and aromas.. perhaps a little smoke and roast. Carbonation should be a little more above the usual house pale ale yeast, and i want some lingering flavors in my mouth. This is just a bit too simple and safe.
08-18-2012 01:24:43 | More by Docer
Noble Scot from Portland Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.