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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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131 Ratings
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Ratings: 131
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 13.75%
Wants: 3
Gots: 14 | 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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5/5  rDev +43.3%

Mutchelknaus, Jun 29, 2014
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.

emsroth, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of icecube
4.38/5  rDev +25.5%
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.

icecube, Jan 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

beerbrains, Jul 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

betterbitter, Jul 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

PDF, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of mdwalsh
4.13/5  rDev +18.3%
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?

mdwalsh, Mar 30, 2011
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.

phenomenologian, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of NClifestyle
4.08/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to jhammerly for this one.
pours up a crisp amber color, lots of bubbles, but not much head. head nearly disappears by mid glass.
smell of malt, a touch of smoke and potting soil, nice.
taste is rich malt with just a hint of smoke in the back of the mouth. scant hops rise up after a few sips, but malt dominates. a great flavor with this one.
enough carbonation to tingle the tongue, but an easy drinking beer. not too slick, about medium. a nice scotch ale from the midwest.

cheers...

NClifestyle, Oct 07, 2005
Photo of Herky21
4.08/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Herky21, Aug 21, 2011
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4.08/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another beer I picked up on my last trip to the midwest.

It pours a crystal clear coppery brown with a thin ivory head. It smells of sweet earthy malt, lightly smoky and lightly sweet.

The taste is no surprise as it mirrors the smell. Earthy and sweetish, hops way in the background here. I like the smoky flavor that they get in this beer, a lot of brewer's downplay that aspect of Scottish ales. (I find later that they do use Rauch malt.)

Body is a touch light but it's plenty drinkable. I've had better but it's still a fine Scottish ale.

ViveLaChouffe, Sep 05, 2007
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4.08/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color a tawny brown, orange around the edge. Head: short, small, white. Aroma: Deep and rich, smoky and peaty, full of earthy notes, some dark fruit, and a touch of caramel sweetness.
Good initial hop feeling, nice buzz on the tongue, softly fades away into a roasty, toasty, even burnt feeling on the palate.
Malt is very big here, too, and contributes significantly, giving off even more caramel character. Body is full, texture is good, and the beer is rewarding and easily and happily drinkable.
All in all, a complex and very tasty Scottish ale from Nebraska. Thanks to bditty for sending it up here!

feloniousmonk, May 01, 2003
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4.06/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

guityler83, Feb 23, 2013
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4.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a beautiful tawny gold color, perfectly clear, with the occassional slowly rising carbonation bubble. A short, antiqued white head forms with a vigorous pour, quickly diminishing into a patched mist surrounded by a healthy collar. Good retention, a swirl of the glass bringing up a filmy coating that keeps for a while, a healthy collar bordering the rim all the way down. Not much in the way of lace, just a couple scattered flecks that die away quickly.
The aroma is very nice, pretty much spot on for an 80 schilling scottish ale. Rather malty, with a sweet biscuity, caramel texture accompanied by just a touch of wood smoked malt, probably a german variety, reminiscent of that smoked cheddar aroma in rauchbier. Vague appley esters fade through the background, with a gentle brush of floral hopping. Very light carob cmes through with some warmth, probably from the chocolate malt.
The flavor starts with a warm, mellowed maltiness, carob-like chocolate malt adding dimension to a sweetish biscuity framework. Plenty of caramel. Gentle pear and floral esters creep through the middle, a touch of smokiness leading the way into the finish. A rather light hop presence in the finish, mostly a soft floral flavor without much in the way of bitterness. Certainly nothing the malt can't handle, the biscuity caramel flavor easily carrying the finish with the hops keeping the sweetness in check. A suggestion of prune in the aftertaste, along with a lingering maltiness, and a touch of chocolate. The aftertaste sticks around for a while, creating a film on the tongue. The estery fruitiness grows with warmth, adding some pear and plum. A lightish body, leaning towards medium, gently pushed across the palate by a soft spoken, small bubbled carbonation. Very drinkable, with a smoothened british style mouthfeel. Session ale to the hilt.
A very credible scottish ale. Maybe a bit light in body for an 80/-, but robust enough in flavor. The gentle addition of smokiness was a nice touch, adding some complexity. Definitely something I could spend a week or two drinking exclusively. One of my favorites from this brewery, so far.
Thanks to Bditty for the bottle!

UnionMade, May 20, 2004
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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!

NeroFiddled, May 28, 2003
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

Michael00, Mar 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

pokesbeerdude, Dec 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

Daverocker1, Feb 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

NoBeerLeftBehind, Jan 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

ssjkyle, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of bort11
3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of Fugazme in a surprise delivery.
Poured into an Imperial pint glass. A bright clear honey-orange color, slightly hazy. Mild white head, about a 1/2 inch thick, receded to a slight filmy lace. Smell is mildly sweet like caramel, a bit of honey/floral notes. Taste is predominantly malt but there is the slightest hint of hops. Honey is present but not overly sweet. A subtle smokiness blended in. Mouthfeel has a nice crisp carbonation, medium bodied. This is very drinkable, could easily be a session beer.

bort11, Aug 02, 2006
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3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the cask version of Burning Skye at a not-quite-monthly Beers Gone Wild dinner on January 6, 2005.

This Burning Skye is a dark gold color and somewhat hazy. There is a 1/4" cream-colored head; no lacing. The smell is hoppier than I've noticed in this beer in the past; the moderate maltiness is evident a bit later.

As for the taste, there is an initial hop bitterness, then a fairly strong smoked malt flavor. The flavor becomes slightly tart after a few seconds. The mouthfeel is very smooth, light, and quite pleasant; the aftertaste is mildly bitter.

All in all, the cask version of Burning Skye Scottish Ale is an improvement over the other versions of the beer, and is definitely something I'd enjoy to have again in the future.

swid, Jan 07, 2005
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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.

GeoffRizzo, Jun 07, 2003
Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

JuicesFlowing, Sep 13, 2012
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3.91/5  rDev +12%
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.

BeerWithMike, Nov 06, 2013
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Burning Skye Scottish Style Ale from Empyrean Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.