Maxwell's Scottish Ale - Rivertowne Pourhouse
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Reviews by Bone53:
3.76/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
03-19-2014 01:40:24 | More by Bone53
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3.98/5 rDev +5.6%
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.
06-15-2014 02:04:43 | More by Brenden
3.55/5 rDev -5.8%
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>
08-02-2012 03:21:43 | More by WoodBrew
3.78/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
06-22-2014 20:45:10 | More by Brutaltruth
3.79/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
08-19-2013 00:40:02 | More by DrDemento456
4.29/5 rDev +13.8%
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
10-14-2013 00:56:44 | More by wac9
3.74/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
05-01-2013 22:07:41 | More by Stinkypuss
3.85/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
06-28-2013 01:39:10 | More by mvanaskie13
3.94/5 rDev +4.5%
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.
03-16-2014 15:28:02 | More by micromaniac129
3.78/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
03-16-2014 01:22:00 | More by austina3214
3.83/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
04-08-2014 01:18:32 | More by Darkmagus82
Maxwell's Scottish Ale from Rivertowne Pourhouse
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