1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Sierra Nevada Scotch Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Sierra Nevada Scotch Ale
No picture uploaded.
Have one? Upload it now.
BA SCORE
87
very good

15 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 15
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 4
pDev: 8.75%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  ABV ?

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-29-2006)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 15 | Reviews: 10 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by BurnsTau:
Photo of BurnsTau
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this at the Blind Tiger in New York.

Light copper with a finger of white head. Smells great, good malty sweetness. Tastes is mostly malty, up front sweetness with a bit of spice, slight alcohol taste. Medium to heavy mouthfeel and great carbonation. It's the first scotch ale I've had so I dont have a lot to compare it to, but it was very enjoyable and I look forward to trying more.

BurnsTau, May 29, 2007
More User Reviews:
Photo of claspada
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Did I mention I love Scotch Ales. Usually I dont love any of Sierras beers, they are usually good, just not my favorites, but I would add this to my regular rotation if readily available.
Great brownish color, bready malts, great solid flavor throughout. Little to no hop character. I was afraid Sierras house yeast wouldnt suffice for a good Scotch ale but I was wrong. Very good, not mind-blowing but very solid, give it a go if you can find it.

claspada, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of Rifugium
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First had: on cask at Blind Tiger, NYC, NY

VERY good. I'd have to check my ratings, but I'd say this is among the best Scotch ales I've had.

Poured into a tulip glass, a deep reddish brown, translucent only when held to the light. The thin, off-white head vanished within seconds. Sweet sugars on the nose, peat, roasty malts, and even a bit of smoke. More of the same in the taste, with smooth caramel, peat, raisins, and a sensation of smoked wood. Very robust and flavorful. Full bodied and slightly syrupy, rich, and very drinkable (but perhaps not for the weak of heart).

Rifugium, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of PhiloPsych
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Pizza Port in Carlsbad. The color was hazy, ruddy brown in the glass. The smell was sweet brown sugar. The taste was also strongly brown sugar with a touch of hops to balance and just a little heat of alcohol; the hops lingered nicely in the finish and aftertaste.

PhiloPsych, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of HighOctane
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at JJ Brewsky's in Camarillo. Poured a nice brown with a slightly malty aroma. Hints of apricot and almond in taste with a toasted malt finish. Struck me as a mellowed version of the Bigfoot I had earlier in the evening. I was told there are only a few kegs of this floating around the country, definitely try it if you can.

HighOctane, Feb 19, 2007
Photo of flexabull
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pleasantly surprised to see this one on tap at one of my favorite local watering holes.

I think the bartender said this is 8.6% ABV for those wondering...

Anyways, pours a dark clear brown color, with a light tan colored head.

Aromas were somewhat mellow, a bit of smoke and oak on the nose.

Flavors were not mellow at all. Soft, full flavored, creamy and warm in the mouth. Excellent mouthfeel. Flavors are of subtle smoke, dark bitter chocolate, some oak, and some stewed dark fruit. Hops make a brief bitter appearance on the finish, but this is mostly about the wonderful malt flavors. Tasty beer.

Drinkability is very good. A bit heavy, and it bogged me down a bit on a warm evening. But this is a very tasty Scotch Ale, and really worth trying.

flexabull, Jun 14, 2007
Photo of MuddyFeet
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a pint glass at Sunset Bar & Grill in Boston.

Poured a clear, dark brown. Slight off-white head that dissolved before my eyes. Nose was pungent peat moss and some bits of pepper and alcohol heat.

Flavor was a more potent version of the nose. The peat moss was very strong and rose to the surface. Spices (particularly pepper) rise to the surface. Very heavy malt base gives it all a sublime sweetness that holds this beer together well. Medium to full mouthfeel with a lingering aftertaste. Great example of the style.

MuddyFeet, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of DmanGTR
3/5  rDev -25%

DmanGTR, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of ZAP
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Zorbaz in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota.

Great, rich malty, peaty example of a wee heavy....what more is there to say??

A-Deep reddish brown color...

S-Rich and sweet...some caramel...good dose of peatiness....

T-Richly flavored...sweet...caramel....also has some peaty notes....

M-full rich...big bodied...feels like a wee heavy

D-This is a true treat...I am amazed to see this on tap in Minnesota...

ZAP, Apr 22, 2007
Photo of ThomasG19
4/5  rDev 0%

ThomasG19, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev 0%

t0rin0, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of mikelward
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

mikelward, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of mmmbeer
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The first beer I enjoyed while in Boston for the Extreme Beer Fest - on-tap in a 5 oz. miniature pokal as part of a four beer sampler at the Sunset Grill & Tap. It arrives a ruddy red/brown with low carbonation and a thin whitish head that leaves little lacing. The aroma is soft, malty and buttery, and it is quite malty on the palate. It tastes of smoked, peaty, and nutty malts with mild fruits and hints of diacetyl. The medium body is soft and smooth, with light to medium carbonation and it leaves a medium finish. Silky with an almost milkshake feel - very nice and incredibly drinkable. Overall a pleasant surprise from SN and a beer that made for an excellent start to my weekend of better beer.

mmmbeer, Feb 14, 2007
Photo of Rsobotka
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Reddish brandy like color...not sure if I should put this in a sniffer

S-smells almost like a brandy as well...sweet with smells of cherry and caramel

T-Srtong taste with a punch...sweet yet full of cherry alcohol

M-heavy and full in your mouth, more for sipping rather than pounding
D-Another good beer from SN...not my favorite but well done, with a great mix of flavors

Rsobotka, Apr 11, 2008
Photo of GrindFatherBob
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

GrindFatherBob, May 20, 2013
Sierra Nevada Scotch Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.