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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80
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144 Ratings
THE BROS
77
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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 13.47%
Wants: 5
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Empyrean Brewing Company visit their website
Nebraska, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: PhantomVodoo on 08-11-2002)
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Reviews by beerbrains:
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4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
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
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
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 Oelschlager
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of CamuMahubah
3.7/5  rDev +6%
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 RDW
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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
4.38/5  rDev +25.5%
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
4/5  rDev +14.6%
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
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
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 jheezee
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of chrishiker1409
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of russpowell
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
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
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
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
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
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 cmoore32
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of danfix99
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of CRJMellor
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
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 thelargeone
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Bluegrass49
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of ineedafirkin
2.5/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of u2carew
2.73/5  rDev -21.8%
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 jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of leppard77
4/5  rDev +14.6%

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Burning Skye Scottish Style Ale from Empyrean Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.