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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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139 Ratings

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Ratings: 139
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 13.47%
Wants: 3
Gots: 15 | 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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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%

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

BeerAdvocate, Oct 31, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

a77cj7, Friday at 06:26 AM
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

holder1422, Oct 12, 2014
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3/5  rDev -14%

lysergicdream, Oct 11, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

jzlyo, Oct 07, 2014
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3.7/5  rDev +6%
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.

corywalston, Oct 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

BeerSnobRobinson, Oct 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

leppard77, Sep 28, 2014
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3/5  rDev -14%

Hellpop65, Sep 15, 2014
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3/5  rDev -14%

Chizzzy, Sep 02, 2014
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3.6/5  rDev +3.2%

thelargeone, Aug 31, 2014
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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.

TheCondor, Aug 24, 2014
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3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

beergoot, Aug 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

chrishiker1409, Aug 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

renae1979, Aug 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

djjumper, Aug 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Bluegrass49, Aug 16, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -28.4%

katterbe, Aug 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

yankees27, Jul 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

cmoore32, Jul 30, 2014
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3.56/5  rDev +2%
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.

whynot44, Jul 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

BearMittens, Jul 25, 2014
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3/5  rDev -14%

wernlialex, Jul 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

jewellrunner, Jul 16, 2014
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5/5  rDev +43.3%

Mutchelknaus, Jun 29, 2014
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Burning Skye Scottish Style Ale from Empyrean Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.