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Noble Scot - Portland Brewing Company

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82
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32 Ratings
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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.96%
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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Photo of dan38
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of msubulldog25
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Birdlegs
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of N3rdM3t4l
3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Photo of ricke49
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of Reidrover
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of Docer
3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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Noble Scot from Portland Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.