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Skilak Scottish - Kenai River Brewing Co.

Skilak ScottishSkilak Scottish

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81
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18 Ratings
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Ratings: 18
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 27.14%


Brewed by:
Kenai River Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Pours with a light beige head on a dark amber beer. Aroma is of smooth malt along with a smoky background leading to a mouthful of deep, roasted malt flavor. Ends long and smooth with a sweet malt aftertaste.

(Beer added by: mcallister on 02-28-2007)
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Into a pint glass (also had in a mug no significant changes):

A: dark brown almost black body with a one and half finger head that dies within a minute, lacing is spotty yet slides into the body

S: peat, caramel, tobacco all combined in a roasty smooth way

T: smooth sweet maltiness through the caramel, tobacco and peat begin to take a secondary sort of flavoring, peat aftertaste, somewhat dry finish

M: medium, but not sessionable, carbonation seems to be good for the style and for me

O: good for a Scottish ale but for me, uh... just ok, nothing special, there's other Scottish ales I think I would have over this

Serving type: can

07-29-2013 04:13:04 | More by BeerKangaroo
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z987k

Alaska

1.43/5  rDev -59.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured out of a can into a pint glass.
Appearance is very cloudy, dark brown, off white head.

Smell of of heavy peat, very atypical of scotch beers, correct for scotch whisky, but this is beer. Some caramels.

Taste is very off. Heavy Band-aid phenolics, really yeasty and peaty.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied with the correct carbonation for the style.

Overall the heavy peat is off for the style and the band-aid phenolic is very overpowering anything else that might be here. Not what I expect from a commercial brewery. Couldn't get past the first glass.

Serving type: can

05-14-2013 05:29:04 | More by z987k
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netbuoy

Alaska

1.93/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

While I appreciate a weighty Scotch Ale (I am a fan of Great Divide's Claymore) this ale is seriously peaty and leaves a bitter licorice mouth only devoted stout drinkers relish. I couldn't taste much beyond that.... Low carbonation and little head bring little to the nose but the smoke.... My wife says it is growing on her and continues to enjoy consuming the six we purchased so there may be an audience for this beer yet. Yes, I still mourn the loss of Prinz Breu and want to support all Alaska local breweries, but not through the purchase of this over priced (close enough to $11) six pack.

Serving type: can

07-31-2011 06:35:06 | More by netbuoy
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A big shout out to woodychandler for yet another canned beer.
Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is sweet, malty. Taste has plenty of malts, some sweetness, a bit of smoke. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a fine quality beer.

Serving type: can

06-04-2011 15:16:02 | More by tone77
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Man, "Lately it occurs to me: What a long, strange trip it's been," and while the Grateful Dead took it from Robert Johnson, I CAN personally attribute it to indiapaleale, who apart from BigBry and tone77, has managed to further the madness more than anyone else. # 500. Well, that may seem like just a number, but when I embarked on The CANQuest (TM), I naively saw it as a lark with limited CANsequences. Little did I realize that I had stupidly positioned myself on the tip of the sword, but neither did I realized how many others were already there! 500 CANned beers later and I could not have done it without indiapaleale ... My debt CANnot be repaid, brother. You are unquestionably the King of CANs, while I am merely the Joker in the deck. Mine is your foil, but long may you reign!

From the CAN: "Our dark amber beer pours with a light beige head. An aroma of smooth malt is matched by a mouthful of deep, roasted malt flavor with a hint of a smoky background. It ends long and smooth with a sweet malt finish."

My utmost thanks to indiapaleale for his provision of CAN # 500 on The CANQuest!

The Crack & Glug came off without any notable difficulty and I had a finger of "beige head" with moderate retention. Color was a deep brown with ruby highlights. Nose was sugary/malty sweet with smoky notes of maple syrup. Mouthfeel was very full with notes of maple syrup, wood smoke and pine hops on the tongue. Finish was smoky as all get-out and I began to think of the animals who would run at such a scent, deterring them from the precious malt. Smoke, in beer, is a good thing and in CANs, is even better! Take this out camping and see if you are bothered by vermin. This is for Beer Pests only!

# 500 has been hereby broached!

Serving type: can

05-22-2011 16:36:06 | More by woodychandler
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indiapaleale

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - dark, dark amber almost brown in appearance. This is a serious looking beer once its out of the can. Head is about a half inch of off-white foam. You can see some tiny little bubble flying upwards but that is about all you can see in the dark abyss that is this brew.

Aroma - fresh sweet malt, caramel, Tootsie Rolls, coffee grounds and some subtle hints of smoke.

Taste - smooth from the get go, this practically flies down my throat. It's got some nice tangy sweetness and lots of malt flavor with pretty much the perfect kiss of smokiness. Personally I love a Scottish Ale that has some smoke to it, it just seems to go very well with the profile of this style of beer. Some sweetness sticks on your tongue after each sip and the finish is crisp with some of that smoke staying with you.

Overall - Very drinkable, not too sweet, balanced and delicious. I can't say enough about the smokiness that this beer presents. It's not a lot but it provides so much to this particular beer. Love it.

Would I buy more of it? - absolutely. However, this would require a trip to Alaska. One day I'll make it up there and visit Doug in Soldotna and drink this on tap somewhere. One day.

Serving type: can

04-30-2011 01:32:11 | More by indiapaleale
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ccrida

Oregon

1.8/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

On draught at Humpy's, served in a Nonic, Skilak Scottish is mahogany with a small off-white head that leaves scattered lace.

Smell is major band-aides. There's a little sweet malt, and a hint of smoke.

Taste is off, this is seriously flawed. Big band-aide, very doughy too. Peaty smoke provides a phenolic bite. I had to send it back after a few oz.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied, slick.

Drinkability was bad, sent back.

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2010 21:28:52 | More by ccrida
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AKBelgianBeast

Alaska

3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at chair 5

Pours a deep purpley red with good off white head. Peaty smell with some slight smoke. Taste follows. Good malty flavor right off the bat, but not as much body as I would like to see in this one. This is defenitely of the sessionable variety as far as scottish ales go. Nice subtle smokiness and some decent hop bitterness I wasn't expecting. Mouthfeel is on the thin side, but it works well with the rest of the brews characteristics. Drinkability is very high, perfectly sessionable. Overall a very good scottish ale for those looking to drink more than a few. Would like to see it a little bit thicker, but it fits right in how it is. A good brew, one I will revisit at the bar again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2008 04:49:25 | More by AKBelgianBeast
Skilak Scottish from Kenai River Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.