Maxwell's Scottish Ale - Rivertowne Pourhouse

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Maxwell's Scottish AleMaxwell's Scottish Ale

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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.32%
Wants: 5
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rivertowne Pourhouse visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: WoodBrew on 08-02-2012

The Maxwell's have made the art of brewing a family tradition for centuries. This Scot comes alive, as five different varieties of malt create a deep, surprisingly smooth finish. Intrigued? Go ahead and lift its kilt!
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Ratings: 54 | Reviews: 15
Reviews by Bone53:
Photo of Bone53
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This was given to me from the can so I can't describe the appearance, however the aromas and flavors were typical of a scottish ale. Sweet malts, toffee, nuts. Its a little lighter than say Dirty Bastard or Old Chub, but the flavors come together nicely and id consider this a good, sessionable/drinkable scottish ale. Better than the Babbling Blonde I had previously.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Brenden
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer comes out a thin-at-the-edges cola-colored brown, looking even more like cola with the bubbling and the activity on the pour. It settles nicely, though. While the tan head isn't large, it's thick and extremely sticky, leaving chunky pocking from the very top of the glass immediately and in good portion the rest of the way down.
It get what I want from a Scottish ale: malt-forward with just enough leaf to balance, it's earthy and sweet with toffee and molasses and a light metallic overtone that holds it together.
It's on the light side of medium-bodied, pretty smooth and crisp most of the way, easing out of it a little later in the sip.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Rivertowne Maxwell's Scottish Ale
12 oz. can, no apparent freshness dating
$1.83 @ Weis Market, Conshohocken, PA

What makes a Scottish ale a Scottish ale, and not something else? The malt, the caramelish and somewhat toasty malt; and whether acquired through caramelization in the kettle or modern malts, this one's got it in spades.

It's dark mahogany body is capped by a creamy yellowed khaki head that holds well and leaves some very nice Belgian lace behind.

The aroma is, you guessed it, malty with toasty caramel and toffee, as well as a bit of roastiness and a very subtle fruitiness that's reminiscent of apple.

The flavor follows the aroma, delivering lots of caramel and toffee: there's golden caramel, buttery caramel, medium "amber" caramel, and even a bit of dark, almost-burnt-sugar-like caramel which is probably coming from a combination with the roasted barley that gives it just a bit of roastiness, and an almost molasses-like edge. That's not to say that it's overtly malty, because it's not. This is a Scottish ale, not a Scotch ale. The bitterness is restrained because Scottish brewers didn't have the same access to hops as their southern English neighbors, and thus the malt dominated and they grew to love it. Some hops do make their way through, however, delivering some underlying leafy and tea-like tones.

In the mouth it's medium bodied with a dextrinous edge, and creamy smooth with a fine-bubbled, seemingly natural carbonation.

An impressive, really nicely done and remarkably drinkable Scottish ale that satisfies from first to last. Absolutely worth trying.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Maxwell's Scottish Ale is a great lighter style Scotch ale. Gives those who are afraid of the dark and good intro to malty awesomeness. This beer poured a dark amber without much head or lace. The smell and taste was bolster by a malt with slight roast goddness. The body was light and had smooth carboantion. Overall its a decent lighter dark beer,,,,call it mild dark>

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A very solid Scottish style ale from Rivertowne. Pours a deep ruby amber, decent foam which dies down with light soapy clinging lacing. Aromas of deep roasted sweet malts, butterscotch, and peat. Flavor is solid with great mouthfeel, moderately high carbonation, silky smooth peat malts, brown sugar, caramel, and cola flavors with a barely detectable hops presence. First beer I have had from this brewer, and definitely will the others that I can get my hands on. Good starter beer for the beer novice.


Photo of DrDemento456
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a can of this mixed and matched at the House of 1,00 beers.
A - Very weird I got little carbonation what I had fizzed to a mild lace ring. Color is a deep chocolate brown.
S - Smells good smoke, peat, chocolate, and sugary brown malts.
T - Very smooth and complex enough to be session able. Peat is minimal thankfully with mild ashy smoke, chocolate malts, and brown malts with a sugary edge,
M - Smooth, easy going and sessionable, with decent flavors. Like most of Rivertowne offerings.

Overall I really like and had it before but this is the first time it's not very carbonated. Flavors are not off and drinks great so it didn't influence much. Great brew from a local craft brewery.

Photo of MMCG
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent Scottish ale. Very sweet and smooth.

Photo of wac9
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

what a wonderful beer if so hard to find a good scottish ale their to heavy or too much alc this one taste great looks great this one has moree then a hint of choclate sosit back and enjoy a great tasting beer that you will be telling other in the morning enjoy

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rivertowne : Maxwell's Scottish Ale

LOOK: Pours a deep copper with amber hues. Head is short lived and recedes to a ring around the glass. The can is adorned by a decorative label of a fish wearing a kilt to a backdrop of the city of Pittsburgh.

SMELL: Smokey roasted malt, caramels and toffee. Just a touch of molasses rounds out the snout.

TASTE: Rich malty flavor of caramel, toffee and toast. Bitterness is tame with a lemon tea like flavor. A hint of peat smoked malts comes through late. Rivertowne played it safe with this one, and it paid off. This replaces just about anything when it comes to tasty medium range offerings now available in cans, score! Camping beer.

FEEL: Surprisingly light for a Scotch ale, the body falls somewhere between light and medium. May be considered too thin by a scotch ale die-hard, but the lightness makes this a beer easy to imbibe.

OVERALL: I drank a six pack of this like nobody's business. Lighter bodied for a scotch ale, but with good malt flavor. To revert to the traditional, antique "schilling" scale, consider this a 60- schilling, which would indicate a Scottish ale of lighter body and strength.

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a sam adams specialty glass, color is transparent dark amber, to brown; head presents nicely, dense, dissipates to a ring with spotty remnants on the glass.

Smell is malty, bready, light toffee and chocolate, touch of fruitiness, pretty solid.

Taste is pretty spot on for a scottish, good malt presence, sweet, light caramel, toffee and chocolate flavors, touch of raisans; bitterness is noted, but not strong, indistinguishable hops.

Mouthfeel is a touch off, a little too carbonated for a scottish i would think, but the lingering malt flavors are pleasant.

Overall, a very solid, very drinkable lighter scottish style ale.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought Maxwell's scottish ale was pretty good and worthy of another.
It smelled good with sweet candied malts toffee and some anise dark fruits too. Smelled borderline like a dubbel.
Equally tasty but a little on the flat side. Malty sweetness with a good bit of toffee and dark fruits. Perhaps a tad too sweet, for me anyway.

Photo of austina3214
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving type: Can

Apperence: Dark amber. Whatever head it had dissolved immediately. Very small amount of lacing--if any.

Smell: Smokey w/ plenty of malty notes. Bread and caramel are what I notice the most. Also, a considerable amount of banana.

Taste: Sweet. Very sweet. As with the smell I get heavy malty taste. Caramel/bread/biscuit. Low level ABV so very low alcohol taste. Tasting the banana as well.

Mouthfeel: Light body with some carbonation. Very smooth and drinkable.

Overall: I thought this was a solid beer. Price is good and the beer is tasty. I think most anyone would could like this. Especially non-beer lovers. At 5.1% ABV I would say pretty sessionable. I would have no problem drinking this again.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from can into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep brown-mahogany color with a small bubbly head of a tan colored head. The head fades very fast leaving almost no lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is strongest of a caramel smell along with some aromas of brown bread, chocolate, and brown sugar. Along with these aromas are some lighter raisin smells as well as a bit of an aroma of toffee and some light hoppy smells of an earth and herbal nature.

Taste – The taste begins of a sweeter brown bread, a lighter chocolate taste, and some caramel flavor. The caramel transitions more toward a toffee and molasses flavor as the taste advances. Some darker fruity flavors come to the tongue later on in the taste with cherry and raisin being the most prevalent of the fruit. While the fruity flavors come, the caramel and toffee flavors seem to dwindle more and more, with the overall sweetness of the brew remaining relatively constant, if not growing slightly less toward the end of the taste. With a bit of a herbal and earthy flavor coming to the tongue at the very end of the taste, one is left with a rather malty and moderately sweet flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – For a brew of only 5.1 % abv, this is one thick and chewy brew with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. Both are very nice for the style and flavors and make for a thick and chewy feel that is well beyond the expected.

Overall – The mouthfeel of this brew in conjunction with its moderately sweet, but rather malty flavor really make this brew a nice drinker. A very interesting scotch ale that tastes much bigger then it should (at least in terms of its abv.). A rather nice brew overall.

Photo of thecheapies
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can't decipher the canning code. The can label notes this beer is 'Malty Sweet'. I'm sure.

Pours dark red with a helping of brown. Nice clarity, all things considered. The head sits proudly at well over a finger's height. Looks foamy, but not that coarse. Sits well, beige in color.

Roasty-toasty malt notes of toffee, cardboard, hard-tack candy, weird cherry, artificial red apple, caramel, and sweet meats. A bit bready with a lot of crust. A decent nose. Perfumey, for a Scottish Ale.

Drinks with notes of dry red apple, light roast, cardboard, dark fruits, and savory meatiness. Well-attenuated. Almost watery. A bit disappointing. Has a malty whip all the way through. Not much in the line of hopping.

Drinks a little too easy. Sacrifices flavor. Easy in the mouth, body-wise. Carries a medium weight. Carbonation wants to develop, but only manages the pace of the middle. Severely average. Not complaining about drinkability, though.

Not savory enough, due to the slight watery taste. Had a lot going for it, at first. Then, it died off into 'mellow land'. Take it or leave it. Either way.

Photo of wvsabbath
3.24/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Serving Type - Can

Appearance - Dark ruby tan/red tint, 1/2 inch creamy head, lots of lacing.

Smell - Faint roasty malts, some molasses, a little touch of caramel and hops. Not very aromic.

Taste - First sip is really roasty malts, some grapefruit hops, and some molasses. Tastes a lot like a English nut brown ale. There is a mild scotch note mixed in also. Pretty one dimensional with malts and sugars with some scotch.

Mouthfeel - Basically tongue gets malts, palate gets some hops and sugars. The finish is light and sweet. Aftertaste is malty, sugary and sweet.

Overall - Pretty simple, basic and easy drinking. About the mildest, lightest scotch ales out there. Nothing special, would be a nice starter beer for scotch ales.

Maxwell's Scottish Ale from Rivertowne Pourhouse
85 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.