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Burning Skye Scottish Style Ale - Empyrean Brewing Company

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Burning Skye Scottish Style AleBurning Skye Scottish Style Ale

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BA SCORE
80
good

153 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 153
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 13.18%
Wants: 5
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Nebraska, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: PhantomVodoo on 08-11-2002

Brewed in the tradition of Scotland's malty-sweet beers. Sweet and smooth with a wee hint of smoked character. Brewed with American, English & German grown barley and American hops.

13 IBU
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Ratings: 153 | Reviews: 76
Photo of Brutaltruth
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. A gift of brew from the vice president of the industrial side of my job--THANKS Randy!

Ale pours a hazy luminous orange with a moderate white head of dissipating foam that settles to a thin layer and ring with moderate lacing. Nose of smoked malts, strong sweet caramel, and light grains with a hint of sweet stone fruit. Flavors follow with lightly smoked malts to the front and sides, light grain bill to the rear, and a lightly sweet peach bread like characteristic that I kept finding in the nose. Smooth coating mouth feel finishes ever slightly dry, while the nice carbonation makes for a lively, fresh, quaffable mouth feel. Very solid and a treat for a simple Ohioan such as myself.

Photo of HopRoddy
4.35/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Local beer for me. Only beer Empyrean makes I'm find if and they hit it out if the park.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #71 (December 2012):

Although it’s a bit too sweet and could use more malt backbone, what we have here is an average Scottish Ale. There’s not enough examples of the style in the US, so fans of the style should give it a try, as should those who enjoy beers brewed with smoked malts.

STYLE: Scottish Ale
ABV: 5.3%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

LOOK: Hazy, dirty blonde with a thin creamy lace

SMELL: Cereal grains, tea, mild smoke

TASTE: Light-bodied, smooth, crackery, nutty malts, golden syrup, tea leaves, golden fruits, gum, faint watery smokiness, bone dry finish, lingering smoke

Photo of corywalston
3.67/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A. Slightly aggressive poor 1 inch of white head. . Head dissipated to a thin rim around the glass with islands of bubbles. Color is a cloudy golden tan.
S. Scottish ale campfire, and citrus fruit.
T. Butterscotch, smoked wood, sweet.
M. Crisp and refreshing.
O. Suggest for people who like New Castel Brown Ale. A bit of a heavy buzz for 5.3% ABV. Not a bad beer but not amazing either.

Photo of TheCondor
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%

I love a good scotch style ale. I love scotch. I love beer. So what could possibly go wrong with scotch and beer put together? Well, lots of things. But we'll get to that later. For now, we are reveiewing Burning Skye. Side poured with standard vigor from the bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

Appearance - Pours a nice copper/burnt orange color with a decent one finger head that dissipates within 1/4 of the beer and leaves pretty good lacing. Nothing too spectacular with the presentation, but not bad.

Smell - Bready, malty sweetness, with a bit of caramel in there. Not what I expected, I like my scotch's to be a little boozier in the nose (and the ABV, for that matter), but it could be good. Just don't detect much whisky, burnt notes, or anything of that nature.

Taste - There is a tiny bit of smokiness on the palate, which can bebarely detected over the matly, bready sweetness. Still, nothing as strong as I have come to expect my scotch styles to be. Relatively bland in nature. Just isn't much going on.

Mouthfeel - Thin, watery, finishes ok. Very mediocre

Overall - Alright at best. I would never buy it again, nor would i recommend it to anyone. While it wasn't so bad as to lead me to drain pour it, nothing impressed me about it. Dirty Bastard is one of my favorites of this style, and this falls way short of that. If you're going to buy this kind of beer, just get Dirty Bastard or even Loch Down.

Photo of beergoot
3.31/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Cloudy burnt orange body with a foamy, white head (3.25). Caramel and toasted grain aroma (3.5). Mildly sweet, very faint roasted grain flavor; a bit of orange and caramel; low-key hop bitterness (3.25). Medium body yet feels somewhat weak and watery (3.25).

Not bad but far from being a beer I'd run back to. Weak and underwhelming all around.There's a mild charred grain and brown sugar depth to things but it's pretty wimpy overall.

Photo of whynot44
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear light copper color with a small off-white head that turns to just a skin quickly but hangs around and leaves some decent lacing.

The Aroma is caramel malt with a hint of warm bread.

The taste is also light caramel malt with hints of peat smoke and a bit of fruitiness - apple, I think.

Light-medium bodied, smooth and easily drinkable.

Altogether a bit light on the "Scottish" style but a nice enjoyable brew on it's own merits.

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sampled back on 11/3/13. Chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a brandy snifter.

Pours a nice copper in color with a small off-white head. Lots of lacing was seen with each sip. Perfect carbonation. The aroma is of roasted malts with some caramel sweetness. Very pleasant. The taste was even better than the aroma actually with a touch of smoke. Very easy to drink and no harsh bitter aftertaste.

Photo of guityler83
4.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy (lots of sediment) with a old copper penny color (or a burning sky). Very small bright white head with spotty lacing,

S: Toffee and caramel sweetness. subtle spicyness hiding underneath the malt aromas.

T: Smokey and peaty (like a nice scotch). toast and bread crust. Caramel sweetness with a clean finish

M: low carbination, moderate mouthfeel.

O: This was a solid Scotish Ale. More peaty/smokey then most I've had but I enjoyed it. I don't know if the sediment in my bottle was normal (which i don't mind) or not but it seamed exesive.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

someone explain to me how this is a scottish ale? unless its a dumbed down sort of version for the masses, because theres nothing authentically scottish about this. the pour is mostly clear golden, maybe a tad darker, like so many of their beers. a good inch of head on top. the nose is sweeter, but the malt profile is indeed lighter than i am used to in the style not much hops to speak of, but an earthen character that makes me ready for a big gulp. refreshing, too light for the style again, but crisp in the finish for the sweetness. nothing too interesting here, but a sessionable english pale ale style with a medium to light body and enough bubbles to wash away some of the spicy food they serve at lazlos there. overall im not too impressed with this, but theres nothing wrong with it either. kind of par for the course, maybe a little better for nebraska.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.92/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.

The beer is a sort of muted copper color, looks watery in a way. A creamy, fluffy head recedes to swirls of bubbles while light lacing sticks to the glass.

The aroma is a very solid body of sweetness, some caramel, bready notes.

The taste profile follows the aroma, very sweet and very drinkable. The beer starts with a sweet stroke of warm caramel, then transitions to a tangy, dry English tea body. A slight toffee, tangy finish.

The mouthfeel is dry and somewhat light bodied.

Overall, I do enjoy this beer, but it's almost too damn drinkable. It's got some good notes in the taste profile, and with the low ABV it makes it a good session beer.

Photo of udubdawg
2.9/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours a coppery gold color, quite light for any scottish style. very nice clarity, topped with a moderate light tan head that quickly fades to an uneven cap before sticking around.

aroma is light on caramel, with a sort of toasty malt like victory or something similar. some biscuity character, low leafy hop seems mildly out of place but isn't obtrusive. slight minerally character, sort of a faint green apple fruitiness that could be a bit of acetaldehyde. alcohol comes out as it warms.

light on caramel in the mouth again, toasty, nutty, and some sweetness. bitterness is quite light though the light roasty character increases apparent bitterness a bit. More apple fruitiness and some smoke character comes out in flavor especially as it warms. Bit of alcohol is OK, well integrated.

medium light mouthfeel, moderate carbonation is fine, fairly crisp, no astringency. easy drinker.

on its own merits this is a better than decent beer, though other than the smoke character in the flavor (which isn't exactly per style either) there is nothing that really screams scottish. Just a bit of a chocolate character and it'd be closer to Northern English Brown, another highly drinkable style. again, fairly tasty beer, flaws are easily ignored and it drinks easy. I'd have it again...just not when looking for anything authentically scottish.

Photo of mothman
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a beige head. Decent lace. Color is a hazed burnt gold.

Aroma: Smokey malts, caramel, and a light chocolate malt. All malts here.

Taste: Lots of malts. Smoke and peat. Caramel sweetness. This pretty much sums it up.

Mouthfeel: Smokey, yet clean. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with a little touch of smoke.

Overall, a very straight-forward beer. Not to much going on here. Very average.

Photo of TippySelenoid
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

It's a light brown, clear, with a cream colored that lasts most of the glass.

It's got a bready aroma. Hint of bittering hops.

Not too sweet. There is a nice roasted flavor to the malts. Very biscuity.

It's medium bodied with a creamy carbonation.

This beer's good. It's easy to drink and flavorful.

Photo of icecube
4.37/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- medium head, with a nice amber color.

Smell- Burnt malts and nice grain smell. Some fresh crisp barley with a little smoke.

Taste- The malt is there with a subtle smoke finish.

Mouth- Bordering on light to medium bodied with medium carbontion.

Overall- This is what a Scottish style should be light bodied with a little smoke finish. This style can be confused with a Scotch ale that has an much more body and smoke flavor. Burning Skye is an excellent example of what I enjoyed in the Scottish pubs. Very sessionable and flavorful. This will be a regular in my beer fridge.

Photo of phenomenologian
4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Upon opening no smoke comes out. It pours with a 1/2 finger head that does not retain and laces a bit. The color of the body is of a darker orangish brown. It has nice translucent look to it. It appears to not be carbonated much and I cannot see much bubbles rise to the top.

The smell is not much after poured in the glass. It seems to not have too much of a smell. It does have some malty smell to it. And then I smell it from the bottle with the beer still left in it. Here I smell more: hops, alcohol, and malt. It has nice smell to it from the bottle. I poured it correctly but from the glass it has little aroma.

It tastes of malt and hops. There is something else here that gives a sweetness to it that is pleasing to the nose and tongue as you enjoy this. The taste to this is more than hops and malt. Whatever this sweet alcohol-deliciousness is it is great.

It is not very carbonated but not uncarbonated to the extent that its flat. It appears to have no carbonation, but it does have some that you can feel. It is just the right amount.

Overall, it has a few certain things to it I cannot put my finger on. It is an enjoyable brew. If you can find it or live in Nebraska, try it.

Photo of ZAP
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First whiff and not much for smoked malts...not expected much but I am surpised...really a full flavored beer for a scottish style ale (this is not a wee heavy)...there is mild light smokiness on the taste along with some sweet caramel biscuit like maltiness...hop impression is not impressionable :) which is fine for this style..

Good solid scottish style ale....don't expect a wee heavy...a lot of people get confused on this....this actually has more of a malt impression than a lot of scottish style ales I've had but is much short of a wee heavy.

Would I buy a sixer of this? Sure

Photo of xuptygm
3.41/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap before a husker game at Lazlo's (the Empyrean affiliated brew pub).

A dark yet clear amber color. More carbonation than I would have liked. The beer came with absolutely no head. I don't know if the bartender messed up or if this is how the beer is supposed to be poured. Appearance wise this is not what I was expecting. Smells of sweet roasted malt and caramel. Tastes pretty much exactly like it smells--- sweet roasted malt and caramel. Dry finish. Overall I thought this beer was a poor representation of the style, but was still a decent brew.

Photo of Herky21
4.01/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark golden brown ale. Not much of a head, but it does stick to the sides. Burnt caramel-like hue.

Smell: Smell is mostly of malt, hard to detect any hops or really any other scent. Really not an aromatic beer.

Taste: It has a great malt taste. Almost a dark and roasted sort of flavor. It's simple, but strong. The alcohol lingers after the malt, sits on your tongue with sharp and refreshing bite.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is nice. Feels a bit lighter than it looks, but still delivers.

Overall: Great beer. Hits good notes of caramel and finishes with that roasted, full bodied taste. Almost seems as if it was conditioned in a smoked wood barrel.

Comments: Good beer. Really refreshing, with a great copper color.

Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
3.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. I have already reviewed this on on-tap.

A: Cloudy, orange-brown. Little head. Some lace.

S: Chocolatey caramel tones over malt.

T: A sneaky smokiness hides amongst big malt and a decent hop bitter. A little non descript in flavor but good. A bright finish is good.

M: Average.

D: I've had a number of these now and it is pretty decent.

Photo of FosterJM
2.98/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

375th review on BA
bottle to pint
12 oz

Tavern on the Square, Lincoln, NE

App- Very light brown with a little bit of spotted pockets of amber. Had a thin one finger head that dissapated quickly. A very thin whisp of cling.

Smell- Burnt malts and a bit of a grainy grinded smell. A little fresh crisp barley.

Taste- The malt is there but there is something else that I am just not feeling. It was thin and a bit like a watered down diet coke.

Mouth- Bordering on light bodied but still a touch medium with a paired medium carbontion.

Drink- I was already six deep at this point and I wanted to try something different and this didnt help. I was not a fan and if I go back to NE probably wont have this one again.

Photo of mdwalsh
4.15/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy orange amber with a white head that is initially almost three fingers, but settle's quickly. There's pretty nice active carbonation. Nothing wrong here, could be a little clearer.

S: Malty, a little cloying with some herbalness going on. It's not bready at all, there's not toast, which is exactly what I want. Maybe a little more herbal/licorice would be appreciated.

T: Mostly smooth, lighter maltiness with some bready, heathery character as well, perhaps a little fruit. Overall very nice, but could be a little more complex.

M: Pretty darn good, but could be a little less bitey.

D: Very drinkable Scottish for a less cold and blustery day. A summer scottish?

Photo of zeff80
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden color with bronze highlights and a one-finger, khaki colored head. There was minimal lacing.

S - It smelled malty and grassy. Not much else.

T - It had a biscuity malt taste with some grassy and earthy hops.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A light to medium bodied ale.

D - This is an okay ale but it falls short of looking like a Scottish ale and doesn't deliver as much flavor as I expect in a Scottish ale.

Photo of Mora2000
3.21/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to a77cj7 for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours a dark golden color with a white head. Not quite what I expected from a Scottish Ale.

The aroma is toffee and grain, but it is very faint. There is hardly any aroma at all when the beer is cold. As it warms, a little bit more aroma comes through but still not enough to really get a read on what the beer smells like.

The flavor is more prominent than the aroma but it is still not an in-your-face experience. I get some toffee and bready malts, as well as some grassy hop notes. I don't get any of the peat or smoke notes that are common in some Scottish and Scotch ales.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of MorningBeer
2.97/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been interested in scotch and scottish ales lately. Saw this one was new at the local store. Picked up a bottle and poured into a pint glass. Hard pour produced a two finger head...off white/creamy in color. Head turned to ring and light film after a few minutes.

Interesting appearance. Looks like a cloud that coherently hangs together...like there's one substance swirling around in another. Deep golden brown in the center but light golden around the edges.

Smells citrusy. Grapefruit. A bit odd for the style. A little bready.

Taste is similar. Fruity. A little butterscotch in the background, initially, but as I drink it down, not much aside from citrus.

A smooth beer. A nice fresh carbonation, but the flavor just hampers the nice mouthfeel. Although it's quite drinkable, the fruitiness makes it not all that desirable to drink.

Not much alcohol, yet leaves you feeling warm...which contrasts with the fresh, crisp taste.

Perhaps this beer would be more appealing if it were a different style.

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Burning Skye Scottish Style Ale from Empyrean Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.