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Red Legs Scotch Ale - Blended Version (2011) - COAST Brewing Company

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Red Legs Scotch Ale - Blended Version (2011)
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88
very good

11 Ratings
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Ratings: 11
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
COAST Brewing Company visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

Blended Version 2011: 60% fresh, 40% 2 year old JD barrel aged.

(Beer added by: mikesgroove on 04-22-2011)
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Reviews by jpro:
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jpro

South Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +6%

Picked up a growler from the brewery last weekend...

A: Poured into a shaped pint glass - nice, deep red with a hint of copper; 1.5 finger head is light beige and creamy; a steady stream of bubbles provides some impressive retention; a couple of lace spots, but not much.

S: Sweet, sweet, rich, caramel malt; some earthy maltiness, and light woody tannins, too; a hint vinous as it warms.

T: Mmmmm... wow, this is good stuff; richly malty but the dryness of the barrel aged 40% cuts the sweetness nicely; virtually no hop bitterness (are there any hops in this brew?); maybe a touch of vanilla in the oh-so-light barrel/oak flavor.

M: Near full bodied and creamy; carbonation is still a little high, but in the moderate range; a nice, rich mouthfeel; palate is left well-sweetened but just a touch dry, too. Nice.

O: A very interesting, delicious Scotch Ale; the 60/40 blending (fresh:2-year barrel aged) is a nice touch; really cuts the sweetness and increases the drinkability (plus, doesn't end up tasting just like a bourbon barrel). Really good stuff... hoping they still have some left next weekend!

05-08-2011 22:59:31 | More by jpro
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whitekiboko

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.6%

12-27-2011 00:39:22 | More by whitekiboko
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%

Shared this one with a massive number of people during the BASC release. Served from growler into a Duck-Rabbit snifter. Poured light brown with a minimal off-white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, wood, and subtle smoke. The flavor was of sweee malt, caramel, wood, slight smoke, and slight sweet alcohol on the followthrough. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was quite a good brew. I had this one on tap awhile back as well... The growler while good, wasn't quite as good as on tap when I sampled it last. However, it was still quite good and seemed to be a nice hit with all who I shared it with. I even had a few of them seek me out in line for a second pour off it as they enjoyed it that much. Glad I got the share this with others who would have not been able to try this otherwise.

07-18-2011 18:43:38 | More by thagr81us
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jsanford

Georgia

4.58/5  rDev +10.4%

Growler filled at CBX, thanks as always, guys! Poured into a COAST Pint Glass.

A - Pours a hazy mahogany with a off-white, 1-inch head that settles to a very thin ring and slight haze. Leaves just the slightest sheet of lacing when swirled.
S - Definitely displays the "regular" Red Legs aromas of toffee, caramel, chocolate, and smoke, but with an added bonus of some nice Jack Daniels character - oak, charcoal, and vanilla. Smells really nice, wonderfully balanced.
T - Man, that's good. Getting a whole bunch more chocolate then I did in the regular version, along with the expected toffee and caramel. The hop presence is pretty muted, but the Bourbon presence? Out of this world. Lots of oak, ash, and vanilla, so smooth and drinkable.
M - Incredibly creamy, with a nice, full mouth-feel and medium-low carbonation.
O - Wow, I knew it'd be good, but I had no idea just how good. Easily the best Scotch Ale I've ever had, Barrel-aged or otherwise, thanks for letting this one out David and Jamie!

05-01-2011 23:03:48 | More by jsanford
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%

Deep, dark hazelnut brown in color with a huge tan head of at least three inches covering up the top of it. Very big look to it overall with great retention and tons of side glass lacing going up and down the glass. Rich aroma of caramel, hints of nuts and brown sugar and a very nice herbal or woodsy like quality to it. Smooth, sublime carbonation here. Really full bodied for the style led to a wonderful coating like quality across the tongue. As I reach in for a taste I get all kinds of flavor here. Earthy grains, hints of bready malts, a nice touch of rich caramel and almost a tobacco like flavor. Very interesting. Mellow ABV with a slight warming, but nothing distracting at all

10-20-2011 01:39:44 | More by mikesgroove
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aasher

Indiana

3.48/5  rDev -16.1%

This was courtesy of thagr81us (thanks Calton) and shared with Lunch at DLD. It poured medium bodied and mahogany in color with red highlights and a light beige head. The aromas consisted of sweet caramel malts, caramel, brown sugar, and slight wood. It was ok but I thought that the nose was kind of muted. The flavors were of brown sugar, molasses, oak, sweet malts, and light smoke. Nothing really took charge and demanded your attention. It drank a little light in body and was lightly undercarbonated but it was fine. Overall it was an interesting try and I'm glad I was able to share this with about five other BAs early at DLD. Thanks again Calton!

05-02-2011 13:50:04 | More by aasher
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Thanks to Lunch for sharing some of this at DLD; also, thanks to aasher for apparently sharing with Paul first. Served in a snifter.

Pours a moderate brown color with a thin off-white head. No real lacing or legs. Thin collar. The nose brings some light bourbon and sweet malt. Touch of brown sugar, light oak, and just a bit of vanilla. The flavor has a light sweetness to go with the bourbon. Mild caramel malt with some darker sugars. Mouthfeel is too thin, though the flavor was pretty nice. The lack of body really detracted from the overall experience. A pretty decent brew, but not up to COAST standards.

05-10-2011 15:39:29 | More by Thorpe429
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mikeincharleston

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

03-31-2013 21:55:25 | More by mikeincharleston
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Jefe73

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%

Received a growler from thagr81us who picked it up for me at the GBX Rare Beer Tuesday! Poured into a New Belgium globe glass.

A - Pours a hazy brown, almost amber with a finger width off white head that dissipated slowly. Light lacing was present until the bottom of the glass.

S - Initial aromas were of bourbon and sweet malt. I also picked up notes of brown sugar, caramel and some oaken woodiness.

T - My first taste was of very rich malt flavors, toffee, molasses, light smoke and sweet liquor. I couldn't detect any hop bitterness at all. There might be a little butterscotch in this one as well.

M - This one was creamy and full-bodied with mild to medium carbonation. Left me with a very sweet palate.

O - Really glad I had the opportunity to try this one. I'm a big fan of Scotch Ales and this one didn't disappoint. Would definitely seek this one out the next time it's available. Highly drinkable.

Thanks again, Calton!

05-18-2011 16:08:56 | More by Jefe73
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

3.43/5  rDev -17.3%

32 ounce growler courtesy of a good guy. Thank you for the opportunity Jason!

Pours a medium amber with nice retention and some swaths of lace across the glass.

Smells of vanilla, caramel, and brown sugar. What I found most perplexing about this beer is that the base seems to be all over the nose (what I would perceive as the Scotch Ale) with very little barrel influence. The taste, for me, was the complete opposite.

Taste is all barrel. Wood and smoke dance a mighty dance atop the quite faint vanilla and brown sugar. Bourbon heat on the back from the Jack Daniels barrel reminds again of the barrel influence.

Mouthfeel is simply too light. There's very little body here and that's a shame as it really hurts the overall feel.

Overall this beer just doesn't receive the barrel well. Maybe the base is too light to begin with? Maybe the barrel simply overwhelmed an already solid beer? I cannot say as I've never had the pleasure of drinking Red Legs. Regardless, the blending doesn't work well enough to carry this into a great beer. I do, as always, appreciate the generosity of a good trader and want to thank Jason again.

06-04-2011 17:23:46 | More by BarrytheBear
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GrindFatherBob

New York

5/5  rDev +20.5%

12-22-2011 04:50:05 | More by GrindFatherBob
Red Legs Scotch Ale - Blended Version (2011) from COAST Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.