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Noble Scot - Portland Brewing Company

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31 Ratings
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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.03%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Portland Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
A Scottish ale with notes of toast and caramel, Noble Scot is full-bodied and sweet with a subtle smokiness.

25 IBU

Malts: Pale, Smoked Malt, Carapils, Roast Barley, Melanoidin
Hops: Northern Brewer, East Kent Goldings, Willamette

(Beer added by: Docer on 08-18-2012)
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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

NOLTERN, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of snaotheus
2.86/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle (twist off) poured into a pint glass. 208 A2 0852 appears to be the date code, printed on the bottom of the bottle.

Pours lightish, brown-ruby, middling head for a Scotch Ale. Not hazy. Lots of slow, active carbonation. Smell is sweet, woody, kind of like maple syrup with a little extra smokiness. Maybe a little cherry aroma.

Flavor is boring. Sweet, with little character or dimension. None of the smokiness or woodiness seems to come through, just slightly bready, sweet, slightly yeasty.

Mouthfeel is OK, moderately thick. Overall, not exciting at all.

snaotheus, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of BrewtalHonesty
3/5  rDev -15%

BrewtalHonesty, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of bluckbeyes
3/5  rDev -15%

bluckbeyes, May 10, 2013
Photo of Kopfschuss
3/5  rDev -15%

Kopfschuss, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of akttr
3/5  rDev -15%

akttr, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of Docer
3.1/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: (3.0)

- 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.

Smell: (3.5)

- 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.

Taste: (3.0)

- 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.

Overall: (3.0)

- 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.

Docer, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of N3rdM3t4l
3.13/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

N3rdM3t4l, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of ale_man
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

ale_man, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of DerwinWentworth
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

DerwinWentworth, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of Fatehunter
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%

Pours a half finger of head on a hazy dark straw colored body.
The aroma mostly caramel with a little smoke and lemon in the background.
The taste has lots of caramel, toasted malt and some smoke. Nice profile.
The texture is slightly sticky with moderate carbonation.
I like it.

Fatehunter, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of HoppySeb
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

HoppySeb, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of Birdlegs
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Birdlegs, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of dan38
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

dan38, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of Vancoubeer
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Vancoubeer, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Wasatch, Oct 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Rudes, Sep 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

msubulldog25, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of shelby415
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

shelby415, Oct 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

GraduatedCashew, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of ricke49
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

ricke49, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of WhatAlesMe
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

WhatAlesMe, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of Mfrace73
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Mfrace73, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of vkv822
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

vkv822, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of Spikester
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

Spikester, Dec 20, 2012
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Noble Scot from Portland Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.