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Winter Scotch Ale - St. George Brewing Company, The

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Winter Scotch AleWinter Scotch Ale

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BA SCORE
81
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46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 13.84%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
St. George Brewing Company, The visit their website
Virginia, United States

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

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DaveBlack on 11-02-2010)
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2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of JandJMD
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of Mhil
2.8/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Aroma - Sweet malt aroma with a slight vegital hint at the end. No hop aroma of note.

Appearance - Very clear, solid head with a tan lace that tried to cling to the glass.

Flavor - Slight bitterness but muted to balance more to the malt side. Moderate toasty malt flavor with a very slight caramel note. Some toffee or buttery notes.

Mouthfeel - Slippery mouthfeel, possibly from Diacetyl. I initially thought the buttery flavor was from kettle aramelization, but it might actually be Diacetly.

Overall - This isn't a Wee heavy and it isn't a Scotch session beer. Over all it was rather boring with a possibly flawed fermentation. Average beer. Too bad there are not many examples of the lower gravity Scotch Ales to compare to.

Photo of avisong
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of Hex92
3/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

Photo of AndrewMichael
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of axman
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of Viciousknishs
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- pours a ruby reddish color with half a finger of off white head. Ok head retention.

S- aromas of dry caramel chew with a hint of smokiness.

T-Bready malt flavor with a hint caramel chew. Slight smoky in the middle. Finishes with a toasty nutty malt flavor and a heavy handed asprin character.

MF- slick oily mouthfeel with a light medium body and average carbonation.

D- drinkability is decent.

Overall a very light boring example of a scotch ale.

Photo of tryhansen
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.05/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Photo of drabmuh
3.08/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer is dirty brown and hazy with a thin off white head, little lacing low carbonation.

Beer smells like peat.

Beer is thin on the palate and dry on the finish, between the start and the finish? peat...peated malt...fun....actually the peated character is really hard to overlook and notice anything else...eh...

Photo of pwoods
3.15/5  rDev -11%
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.

Photo of MarvinTheMarzen
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of Rmbr2
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of themantis13
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of TonyTalon
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of cyclonece09
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of czernobog
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of bubseymour
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Jesstyr
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of atrocity
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of mntlover
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of tchenery
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice color, but it looks a little thin. There was a tiny bone white head, but it's gone by the time I looked up the beer and began typing.

Smells malty and sweet. I'm really not picking up much though.

This beer definitely shines on the taste. There's an upfront maltiness that transcends into a slight dark fruit/raisin flavor that then comes back to slightly chocolate but straight dark malts. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is excellent, maybe a little weak, but it's deceiving with it's 6%.

Totally drinkable. This might be my new "go to" Winter beer. It's 6% but might be considered sessionable.

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Winter Scotch Ale from St. George Brewing Company, The
81 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.