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Single Malt Scotch Ale | Square One Brewery & Distillery

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Square One Brewery & Distillery
Missouri, United States | website

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.75%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our single malt Scotch Ale is truly a big beer! We use one variety of malt. It has a rich caramel and toffee fullness, balanced by a mild hop bitterness.

Added by Goliath on 06-25-2009

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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 28
Photo of JLaw55
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty nice Scotch Ale. Malty, toasty, notes of caramel, a hint of smoke, a hint of alcohol burn, and just a little hop bitterness on the end to round it out.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: Yes

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thin head with nice lacing on a beautifully clear copper body. Aroma of burnt caramel, nuts, fall holiday spices and lots of malt. Flavors of barley, a little peaty, toffee, caramel Malts and mild earthy hops. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Not too bad. Some of these tend to be boozy. Not as malty as others I have had in the genre. Very drinkable and not too sweet.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

great scotch ale here from a really cool place. pours clear copper color with a 2 inch cream colored head with nice retention. smells sweet, peaty but not too smokey, and strong. flavor is akin to scotch, some woody and vanilla notes. its a touch too sweet for my palate, like dark brown sugar. would be hard to drink a lot of these. its earthy and rich though, and i like the flaovr a lot. feel is good, medium body and decent carbonation. the sugary texture hurts it a little bit, but not too much. overall a brilliant glass of beer, one of my favorite in st. louis so far. really tasty any time of day kind of beer.

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Photo of paxchristi
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was number three in a lineup of four different beers from Square One. This was probably my least favorite, though I recognize that number three is a bad position to be in during a tasting lineup. However, it was still good nevertheless. It is also my first time with this style so keep that in mind as well. But its a good effort indeed!

Appearance: Dark copper color with khaki colored head. It left lacing down the glass, but it was pretty weak. It receded immediately as I received my lineup and it was the only one with no head left. It seemed to have the least carbonation of the lot and that with a Maple Stout that was its followup.

Smell: Sweet but not overly sweet. It definitely smells like it would be best served with dessert, but it had "roasty" caramel and/or toffee smells to it from the malts which means it might do well with snackier foods.

Taste: Caramel, toffee, almost nutty but with a clear roast to it. The flavors blended well but it was in a "mother's milk" kind of way. It's creamy, as the malt gave it this character. Though for an ale that is said to be strong, it was on the weaker end. Perhaps a bit woody? IBU 27, but it has a hoppy finish. This brewery seems to thrive on the nuttier, bready flavors with hoppy undertones. I was fearful that the alcohol content would take over, but it didn't.

Mouth: Heavy. The sweetness adds a heavyness to it; though not overbearing (which is something they avoided thankfully). Full body.

Overall: Probably not a brew for your entree. It would go well with roasted peanuts and your traditional bar snacks. Its Scotch for Christ's sake. Its a bar beer. The drinkability is pretty high for a beer that is definitely sweet. I will try this one again when I go back to try and give it a better try. But, its peaked my interest, so it has the "I shall return" factor going for it. It is slightly above average across the board which makes it worthy. I will try again to decide whether or not I will actually seek it out.

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Photo of Jayli
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had at Square One on 5/27
Served in a pint glass

A: This beer pours a deep copper color with a 1/2 inch of khaki colored head. Head recedes immediately and leaves little to no lacing to speak of.

S: Nose is sweet - caramel and toffee.

T: Taste is very sweet at the forefront with the caramel and toffee. Middle is filled with grain, and biscuit. Finish has earthy hop notes to it.

M: Medium body, low carbonation, somewhat flat but silky bodied.

O: Goes down easily, somewhat tasty, not too filling, mild kick, ok representation of style. Usually the mouthfeel doesn't sway me one way or the other, but this beer was a bit too flat for me.

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Photo of abrand
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

5 ounce pour from the sampler poured into a sample glass at the brewpub.

The Scothy pours a mahogany amber color with a very small creamy white head and not much retention. Smells of malts and some hops. Quaff is dominated with mats and grains. Some hints of caramel and toffee. Pretty good tasting scotch. Mouthfeel is fairly thin but enjoyable. The drinkability is pretty high in my opinion. Not sure what the ABV is but not overpowering in any way and I feel a good example of the style.

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Photo of Vancer
3.14/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This single malt scotch ale, different from the "regular" version, comes out in the standard shaker pint as a clear mahogany brown brew with no head at all - disappointing start.

Just some raspy wood in the aroma, and the quaff matches with a unsatisfactory flavor. It has too much burnt peat moss to make this a regular drinker for me. No malty sweetness at all, just the cutting jag of too much hops in the finish. Not one of the better brews at Sq.1

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Photo of Tone
4.29/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, dark amber color. 1/6 inch head of an off-white color. Poor retention and poor lacing. Smells of sweet malt, roasted malt, smoke, and slight alcohol. Fits the style of a Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy. Mouth feel is very smooth and slightly crisp with a low carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt up front, alcohol next, sweet malt, and slight bitterness in the finish. Overall, a very smooth, good bodied, and well blended beer - I recommend this brew.

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Photo of Goliath
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber/ruby color and was presented to me with no head.

The aroma is sweet but not very distinct or interesting.

The taste is fine. Some raw grain, hay, oats, and wheat is what I get. It's like drinking livestock feed. I mean that in a good way, because I enjoyed the beer even though I don't think it's 100% on point.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Drinkability is moderate. The flavor profile was pleasing enough and the alcohol was well incorporated. I would've liked to see more aroma, a bit more in the taste, and a fuller mouthfeel though.

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Single Malt Scotch Ale from Square One Brewery & Distillery
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