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

157 Ratings
THE BROS
77
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Ratings: 157
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 13.47%
Wants: 5
Gots: 20 | 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: 157 | Reviews: 78
Reviews by BeerRun13:
Photo of BeerRun13
3.06/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very clear golden colocr. A super thick, just off white head sits on top with tiny bubbles feeding it from below. Almost champagne like bubbles. Highly carbonated, as a gentle pour produced a mostly head filled glass. Once it settled though, it looked pretty cool.
Kind of a fruity aroma. A slight touch of caramel that does get better as it warms. Almost caramel apple like on the first wiff.
Definately fruity. Somewhat apple like. I wonder if something's gone wrong with this one. A little bitterness, and again a little warming helps this beer out.
Light to medium bodied. Highly carbonated. Seems a little light.
I have to think this one's past it's prime, or at least on the verge. I just don't think this style is supposed to be this fruity. I'd love another opportunity to try this one, but in the mean time I've got to give it average marks.
If there were a 6th cattegory for Sound, this one would get a 5 for the Snap-Crackle-Pop.

More User Reviews:
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 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 pat61
4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: copper tinted amber with a 2” clingy white foam cap
S: Spicy, malty aromas.
T: Has the definitive Scotch ale flavor of malt, spice, grain, a whisper of anise to cardamom, a rich malt finish with some hints of caramel in the malt. Hops are very mild.
F: Medium body, fine soft carbonation, below average carbonation.
O: An easy to drink, well constructed Scottish ale.

Photo of CamuMahubah
3.67/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ah the Skye is burning me lads! I've had this beer a few times and I always have felt I got me shillings worth. Pours a light amber into the mug. Maybe a caramel color is a better way of saying it. Mine are out of date as they say drink by 10/12/07 or something like that. Maybe that's why the head is a bit weaker than I remember. Tis a good beer to be sure. I like the malty profile with the sweet butterscotch finish. I remember reading somewhere that this beer goes good with barbecue chicken, Jolly Ho! I believe whoever said that was on to something. One must sip this beer to enjoy it. I plan on getting some of these for next Summer when I fire up the grill and smoke some leg-quarters. Will make a good fire putter-outter as well as thirst quencher, mind ye, I don't be using just any beer for pouring over my BBQ!

Photo of IntriqKen
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light creamy amber color that is very cloudy in the glass. Half finger head that melts very slowly to sticky head covering white foam.
Aromas of belgium yeasts, sweet toasted amber malt.
Flavors are sweet toasted amber malt, distinctive scotish yeast strains, and light hops on the tale end.
Enjoyable, clean and refreshing.

Photo of emsroth
4.35/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz with freshness date

App: Beautiful, unfiltered amber ale. Quickly dissipating head

Smell: Roasty malt. Lots of caramel. Hints of dry, floral UK hops.

Taste: Greeted by a strong smoky, roasted malt. Followed by a wonderfully balanced hop bitterness. Ends with more smoke, leaving a nice aftertaste.

Medium, malty body with a crisp carbonation. Nice low ABV (4.3% despite what it's currently labeled as).

My first foray into scotch beers and I loved it.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A rough pour brings up a good sized head of frothy off-white foam. It drops shortly to a half inch or so, but holds well from that point on and leaves some minor lace. The amber body is just slightly hazy, and fine bubbles can be seen slowly rising towards the surface. A touch of smoke and a gently toasty malt are present in the nose. The smokiness is far from overwhelming, and accentuates the malt nicely. The body is medium, and the soft carbonation gently caresses the tongue - it's smooth and lightly creamy across the palate. A softly sweet and mildly biscuity/toasty malt carries through the majority of the flavor, only truly revealing it's subtly smoky side in the finish. Well balanced. Well brewed. Satisfying and very drinkable!

Photo of dbossman
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear amber hue with a 1/2 finger head that dissipates quickly to a razor thin film of a head; lighter than expected for the style; lacing is quite good

S: Sweet caramel malts up front; something earthy and grainy as well; a slight sour funkiness that comes from the earthiness pervades rather unpleasantly

T: A balanced beer of roasted grainy malts and slightly sweet caramel; a bit watery but with a good finish

F: Even mouth coat but rather thin

D: A pretty tasty offering from Empyrean; this easy going session beer is pretty good in any season; there is, however, something slightly off puting about the sweetness over time

Photo of russpowell
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours bronze & effervescent with a 1" white head. Good head retention & lacing

Smell: Slight smokiness, honey notes, & caramel

Taste: Caramel, slight oakyness, with slight cinamon (?) & orange? notes. Finishes with a slight alcohol burn, dry & kind of fruitty& slightly over sweet IMO

MF: Pretty well balanced, good carbonation & a nice slick heft that expect with this style

Drinks pretty good& I enjoyed it. But the sweetness prevents this from being a session ale. I reccommend it just the same. A pleasant suprise!

Photo of bditty187
3.57/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear coppery-bronze hue, slight tawny influences too, it is a pleasant color but I can’t help but think it is going to be thin tasting. This is not a good first impression. A very hard pour is required to produce a head of a finger in height; it faded quickly to a very sparse soapy collar. Subsequent lacing was absent. This is my number one grievance with Empyrean, the head retention of all of their core beers are lousy! The nose is unique with a mix of chocolate malt, honey-like sweetness, and a trace of faint hops spice. The potency is very limited; it seems more inadequate on this sample that I am reviewing than others I’ve had over the years. I’ll still review it, as I smell it. The palate reminds of an Oktoberfest-style lager with smoked peat/barley and chocolate malts added, the hoppiness is a little strong for a Scottish Ale, which this beer is trying to be. On the other hand the maltiness is a touch thin. But with both of those negatives stated I find Burning Skye to be a tasty beverage, it works well with BBQ. It is on the simple side but I find it tasty. Medium in body, the carbonation is low and typical for the brewery. It is also plenty drinkable. It is a solid offering from Empyrean and a beer worth trying if you are visiting the Cornhusker state.

Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Minimal off-white head sits atop a clear, orange hued golden beer.
Aroma of toasty malt and fruity, floral hops.

Taste shows a toasty, biscuity, toffee malt backbone. Malt backbone seems a bit lacking in size and depth for the style. Solid hop balance is somewhat fruity. Crisp and clean. Finishes well.

Mouthfeel is just a bit thin for the style.
Very drinkable: tastey and easy-going.

Overall, a solid beer, but it's not what I expect from a Scottish style ale. Big thanks to bditty187 for the bottle!

Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.92/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dark amber color, some light carbonation, little head. Some roasted malts and a tender smokey aroma. Crisp, bready, roasted malts noted up front. A nice mix of chocolate malts and slightly smokey, well balanced, medium bodied. Slightly creamy and at the same time crisp and satisfying, simple, yet tasty, highly drinkable.
Props to my friend bditty187 for this one.

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 CRJMellor
3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hyper-clear copper and gold hue. Color seems way too light for a Scottish Ale. Small thin dull whie head forms and immediately evaporates.
Aroma has notes of honey sweetness, some caramel and just a faint hint of smoky tones.
Flavor is a light molasses or brown sugar hit with soem residual light hop cone bittering. Scottish Ale this isn't.
Mouthfeel is fairly thin, not unpleasant just does not have underlying characteristics of the style. Good easily be mistaken for a marzen or even a light brown ale.
Drinkability is slightly above average, its a decent beer taste wise. Very one-dimensional and simple but works for a drink. Can't say I'd wholeheartedly recommend but pleasant enough.
Special to Brent (Bditty) for sending in the package of NE beers.

Photo of SF_Posse
2.24/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Malty scottish ale. Smell has almost a skunky vibe to it. Not my favorite in this style.

Photo of u2carew
2.71/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz stubby. Brought back from Nebraska by a buddy on vacation.
A) Pours with a finger thick head then settles quickly to lacing at the edge of the glass. Transparent body. Minimal upward carbonation. Copper in color.
S) Citrus notes - orange. Mellow caramel tones.
T) The caramel sweetness is light and mixed with some nutty flavors. The hops in the finish but very mild, hardly noticeable. The aftertaste has some lemon like characteristics - sour and dry.
M) Fizzy and creamy. Light to medium body, not what I was expecting for a Scottish ale.
D) Not a great beer. I wouldn't have another one.

Photo of blackie
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: A thin white head is produced by the pour, and soon recedes to just a thin ring. The beer is the color of new copper.

smell: Buttery biscuits and a touch of toffee. Some light fruits and a light, herbal hop aroma. A touch of smoke.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is a high medium with a lighter body. Seems a little thin.

taste: Buttery, biscuity, moderately sweet caramel malt flavor. Light, nondescript hop flavor and bitterness. Nothing off, but no complexity.

drinkability: Pretty easily drinkable, but not much for the style. At first I had this rated pretty low, but apparently it is some sort of sub-style of the scottish ale category of which I was previously unaware, so I went up accordingly.

received in a trade with jhammerly

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 Misfit138
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into pint glass

A- Nice hazy cooper color with a generous head

S- Smell mostly caramel malt followed by some sweet citrus.

T- Very mild smoke taste that leads to a smooth caramel malt flavor with a tinge of bitterness.

M- Fairly light bodied with mild carbonation

D- While not the most interesting of beers, I don't have any problems with it at all. Its pretty easy drinking and certainly would go well with a pulled pork sandwich.

Photo of MinorThreat
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz bottle purchased while at a wedding in "The Good Life", Lincoln Nebraska.

A-Very light color compared to even the lightest Scottish 30 schilling beers. Amber with good clarity, nice white head that settles down to a skim and decent lacing.

S-Slight cereal grain notes and an ever so subtle smoke hint. Some caramel and yeasty bread are in there too.

T-Light, refreshing, soft notes of caramel, cereal grains, smoke (a tiny bit) and some fruity esters. None of the flavors are too powerful but they are well integrated.

M-Good amount of gas to keep it light while having a high enough terminal gravity to have a slight viscosity compared which is surprising based upon the overall lightness of this beer.

D-Very high, this is the quintessential session beer. Great flavors in light amounts. I miss Empyrean Ales, they do a fine job.

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 TheEclecticGent
2.8/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had this beer on tap at Lazlo's in Lincoln, NE. The color of this beer was lighter than expected. Most Scottish Ales I have had were darker and had a rich earthy nose. The color and nose of this beer is much lighter. It is a light orange-gold in color with a very light malt nose. The flavor is very light as well. I do pick up malt and a very slight smoky / peaty flavor but very little overall. The Mouthfeel is very light with moderate carbonation. While it's one of the best I tried from the Empyrean Brewing Company, it still comes off as watery and too light in body.

Photo of neonbrown82
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is an odd beer. It reminds me a lot of a Girl Scout shortbread cookie. Not quite sure how I like that leavened cookie taste in my beer. I expected it to be a lot more aggressive, but it is actually quite light.

The beer pours to a golden amber color with a feint brown hue. Decent clarity and carbonation. The head is thin, but it retains to a centimeter film, leaving a washy lacing on its way down.

The smell is where the shortbread girl scout cookie comparison starts. Smells like shortbread with peanut butter and caramel. Presumably this comes from the wee bit of smoked barley.

The taste stays quite faithful to the nose. Dry up front, followed by sweet a bready malt flavor with hints of burnt toffee, butterscotch, peanut butter, and caramel in the finish. Very subtle roast. Mild coconut and cream flavors as well. Spicy finish of nutmeg and ginger.

The body is fairly full from all of the caramel malts. Carbonation seems a little much for the style, but it still feels fairly creamy even despite the prickly burning sensation on the palate. A decent all-around beer. Definitely one of the more unique examples I've had, though that isn't necessarily a good thing (nor is it really a bad thing... it just is what it is). I would definitely consider drinking it alongside a glass of scotch whisky, which means I might pick up a bottle or 6 in the future.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle thnaks to jhammerly

Pours a clear, light orange-amber with a small white head that disappears. No lacing to speak of.

Aroma is sweet and malty with some honey and a slight spicy cinnamon smell. A subtle smokiness is also present.

Taste is sweet and malty upfront followed by a mild honey taste and also a spicy cinnamon flavor.

Thin body, low carbonation.

Drinkable and interesting, although definitely not much of a Scottish Ale.

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Burning Skye Scottish Style Ale from Empyrean Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.