Winter Scotch Ale - St. George Brewing Company, The

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Winter Scotch AleWinter Scotch Ale

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Reviews: 23
Hads: 50
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 8.29%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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St. George Brewing Company, The visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: DaveBlack on 11-02-2010

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Reviews by Jesstyr:
Photo of Jesstyr
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber brown, some orange. Head is off-white, and pretty thin, less than a finger, and disappears quite quickly. Nose is pretty disappointing, a slight hint of caramel, but basically just smells like your standard beer.

Taste focuses on maltyness, with a significant amount of molasses. Not the strongest scotch ale I've had, but its pretty well balanced altogether. Medium-light body, with a tinge of carbonation, just a bit light for the style. Overall a good drink, not the best, but alright. (501 characters)

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Photo of pwoods
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Kels for sharing.

12oz brown bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a bronzish brown with good clarity. Moderate head with little retention and lacing.

S: Mild maltiness with some biscuit and cereal. Mayr some rye? No hops.

T/M: Still, maybe rye? More of the mild maltiness. Medium body with maybe just a touch under average carbonation.

D: Drinks easy enough but not very interesting. (400 characters)

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a pretty, cloudy, golden amber/copper color with an eighth of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Malty up front, imparting notes of biscuits, followed by some black pepper, caramel, clover and some subtle hops.

Taste: Very nice. Malty up front, imparting notes of biscuits or English muffins, followed by some nuttiness, brown-sugar like sweetness, finished with some nicely balanced hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with some decent carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 6.0%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a good American version of a Scotch ale. Good malty backbone balanced well with some sweetness and hops. Nice and worth a try. (843 characters)

Photo of MarvinTheMarzen
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of avisong
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of ebby82
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a sixer of this from the brewery. It's a winter seasonal, and the carton says it's a 85 schilling ale, although I'm not quite sure what that means.

Appearance- Pours a copper color into a pint glass with a very limited head.

Aroma- Very sweet, caramel, and malty.

Taste- sweet, with a light caramel flavor. Just a little bitterness to indicate hops. really tasty.

Mouthfeel- medium bodied, a bit syrupy, but not in a bad way.

Drinkability- Excellent. I could drink this whole six pack, and at a reasonable ABV, it wouldn't hurt me.

Another excellent beer from St. George. They have yet to disappoint me. (622 characters)

Photo of czernobog
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of biteme398
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a fair dark, almost amber color. Head is decent, some lacing is present down the line. Smell is relatively light, mostly of malt. Taste is also malt-heavy, but some hops add balance. Mouthfeel is smooth. Overall a good beer. It is neither too strong nor too thin-bodied and there is certainly a niche for it at times. (333 characters)

Photo of wollefdoogylloj
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HattedClassic
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of mntlover
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a lighter brown color, clear some orange tints. Head is small khaki in color falls fast not much lace.

Aroma is malty sweet rich caramel notes some light plums with some light earthy notes.

Taste is like nose sweet caramel malts with loads of earthy notes peat mixed with plums . Some herbal hop notes in finish along with hints of pear?

Mouthfeel is light medium with lightly peppy carbonation, probably where this one falls little short seems a little light for a Wee Heavy.

Drinkability however is pretty good an enjoyable enough brew. (548 characters)

Photo of bubseymour
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A good friend texted me about a store selling 6 packs for $3.99 knowing I am typically a fan of Scotch ales. For that price I had to give it a try. Good looking good beer with an excellent smell. Tasty, typically a fan of wee heavy's and this one is a decent light version. The beer gets some good bonus points overall for value. Good beer that I enjoyed and wish I had him pick up a case rather than a 6 for that price. (420 characters)

Photo of atone315
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.06/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at The Brickskeller on December 9, 2010. Called this an 85 Shilling beer.

Pours a medium brown color with a thin cream-colored head with a slight cap on top. The nose brings forward quite a bit of peated malt. Other than some light roast and brown malt behind it, the peat is all I really get and it completely subsumes the rest of the beer. Strange, considering the brewer said it was only 1% of the grain bill

The flavor is likewise incredibly peat-forward with a bit of light smoke. Some roasted character in the background, though this is faint. The body is medium and finishes with a slight astringency, though nothing too harsh. All in all, not one of the better things I've had from St. George. (710 characters)

Photo of cyclonece09
3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a orange yellow, very cloudy, with a fluffy white head. Smells of sweet grain, nothing really stands out. Tastes of grain with a tad of aging like from a barrel. Beer carbonated well light body goes down nice. Overall a slightly above average beer. (301 characters)

Photo of PhageLab
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a standard pint glass.

A - Crystal clear brownish red coloration. Small bit of froth, mild retention and lace.

S - Sweet on the nose, most likely the caramel malts. Slightly grassy.

T - Nicely balanced malt sweetness with a good grassy hop backing. I was expecting something heavier than this, like Skullsplitter, but was pleasantly surprised.

M - Light bodied, good carbonation, clean finish.

D - Delicious. Paired quite well with BBQ. I'd definitely give this one a reco. (488 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, crystal clear, caramel coloring with a steady flow of carbonation throughout the body and a foamy, low profile, off-white head. Aromas of sweet caramel, floral highlights, roasted and earthy notes, and candi sugar. Flavors are heavily roasted, with a caramel and toffee blend, subtle sugary sweetness, floral highlights, some vanilla crème, and a slightly bitter woody accent. The body is light and smooth, with a sugary sweet, caramel rich aftertaste. The finish is light, smooth, and slightly effervesced. Very sweet and tasty, and very drinkable. (613 characters)

Photo of Hanzo
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Boone757
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of littlelorib
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Zraly
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours chestnut brown with an off-white head. Smells of malt syrup with a hint of smoke. Minimal lacing.

Very tasty. Sweet malts enhanced by peat and smoke notes. Smooth, with a mere whisper of hop bitterness in the finish. Caramel and butterscotch notes play supporting roles, as well as an estery fruit note. Mild carbonation but it isn't too thick on the palate. Very faint alcohol and good drinkability -- I can easily put away more than one of these.

On sale at Farm Fresh for $8.47 a six pack. Not a bad deal, and a great way to support our local brewer.

Would go great with salmon (smoked or non). I can imagine BBQ pork working as well. A fine choice for a cool evening. An ale that seems like it could be good for your soul. (737 characters)

Photo of circus_cat
2.75/5  rDev -24%

Photo of ncaudle
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Hex92
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have never been with any of the beers from st george. Its a shame since they are a local brewery. Would really like to have this be better.

Probably the palest scratch ale I have ever seen. I don't think it tastes or looks like a Scotch ale. Definitely not very sweet, the mouth feel isn't at all sticky like decent scotch ales.
I gave this beer a 3 across the board. Average in Every way. I won't be picking this upon again. (428 characters)

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Winter Scotch Ale from St. George Brewing Company, The
82 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.