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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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125 Ratings
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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 13.71%
Wants: 3
Gots: 13 | 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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Miami66

Nebraska

2/5  rDev -42.9%

08-03-2013 16:39:12 | More by Miami66
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maximum12

Minnesota

2.05/5  rDev -41.4%

Anybody else have cool, well-meaning friends who bring back beer for you from their trips to add to an already overflowing cellar? It's good to have friends! Thanks for this one, non-BA people who'll never read this.

The pour is a dead ringer for warm oak trim. Smell is mellow to the point of non-existence. I'm imagining sweet malts, & nearly had beer up my nose trying to inhale something, anything.

Burning Skye is weak tea. The first thing that comes to mind is "watery", like a beer bag that's been steeped like tea in a cup. Grainy to the point of a hefe. There are slivers of other tastes floating around in this concoction: caramel, apple bubblegum, sickly sweet malt.

At first I thought this was just OK, but as the beer warms, there's more & more strange - and not good strange - flavors coming off of it. Doesn't rise to mediocre, & am not planning on polishing off all 12 ounces. Disappointing.

11-13-2010 01:15:51 | More by maximum12
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aforbes10

Iowa

2.38/5  rDev -32%

(from notes)

Had this on tap at Lazlo's. Looked about right for a scottish ale, honey brown and clear, but i can't speak to the head because it may have been sitting a minute or two before it got to our table. Not much odor because they served it really freakin cold. Taste was much weaker than i expected. some malt flavor but i wanted more. Went down smoothly enough but i don't really want another.

Several of Empyrean's beers seemed like watered down versions of the beer types they were supposed to represent, including this one, their oatmeal stout and their honey gold. I thought this was strange. Maybe in Nebraska they play it safe with their brewing (although Thunderhead in Kearney gets everything right so that theory doesn't hold water).

01-12-2006 17:07:30 | More by aforbes10
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ineedafirkin

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

11-23-2011 20:32:46 | More by ineedafirkin
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katterbe


2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

08-09-2014 04:24:28 | More by katterbe
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ballz50401

Iowa

2.58/5  rDev -26.3%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle (enjoy by 7/10) into a Sam Adams perfect pint. Pours a cloudy yellow/orange with a lot of carbonation, way out of style. A light scent of malts in the nose but not much there, after letting it warm a bit I can sense a little smokiness in the backround. Taste is pretty bland, not much malt presence for the style, some toast/bisciut, almost has a slight sourness to it. Mouthfeel is thin and the carbonation level leaves the mouth dry. Not a very good example of a Scottish style ale.

07-17-2010 05:07:38 | More by ballz50401
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BeerBob

Nebraska

2.63/5  rDev -24.9%

Burning Skye “Scottish Style” Scottish Style Ale from Empyrean Brewing Co. pours a bright crystal clear amber from a 12 oz dark brown glass bottle with a twistoff cap. Head went to less than one finger before going flat out gone... POOF! no foam or for that matter any trace of foam at all.

Nose is a citrus sour with a malt sweetness. Palate is a light grapefruit zest with a backing of barely malt sugars and a finish of carbonation bight.

Nothing is saying, take me home and I will be your significant other. A not unpleasant brew this Burning Skye “Scottish Style” Scottish Style Ale from Empyrean Brewing Co. but it’s not blowing up my skirt either because in my humble opinion... this is no Scottish Style Ale.

09-01-2005 00:48:03 | More by BeerBob
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Jayli

Massachusetts

2.7/5  rDev -22.9%

Acquired this from a77cj7 via Under 100 Fishing for Minnows BIF so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!

A: This beer pours a nice, hazy, amber color with a one finger of off white head. Head recedes relatively quickly. Nice sweeps of lacing is left on the glass.

S: Nose is pretty muted - mostly caramel malts with hints of hay.

T: Taste is pretty one dimensional. Caramel malts dominate the taste though it is a muted caramel malt flavoring. A bit of breadiness comes through and then toffee and butterscotch flavoring finish this out.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, crisp but thin.

D: Goes down easily, not filling, ok representation of style, body is a bit thin. Flavoring is quite muted - drinkable but not one that I would reach for again.

09-30-2010 23:56:00 | More by Jayli
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u2carew

Massachusetts

2.73/5  rDev -22%

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.

06-25-2010 01:31:24 | More by u2carew
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

2.73/5  rDev -22%

I am sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a pint glass. The beer pours much lighter color than expected with a clear golden orange color and a creamy off-white head of .5 cm foaming up and fading slowly. Eventually becomes a thin surface layer..
Aroma is a grainy and malty with some caramel and just a hint of herbal hops.
First sip reveals a lite to average body with mild yet tingly carbonation. The texture is a little watery, which is a downer.
Flavor is decent with some caramel and toffee and just a bit of grain again. Some general sugary sweetness too. No hops or alcohol anywhere on the flavor. The beer drinks very easy but isnt the most enjoyable flavor. Decent but certainly not great.

05-07-2007 02:57:44 | More by sulldaddy
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Fugazme

Nebraska

2.73/5  rDev -22%

Pours a pale copper color with a small head. Sticks pretty well to the glass, but the appearance is still weak. Not impressed.

Smell is all grain. Not what I was expecting. Nothing great here.

Taste is a bit better. Some nice malty notes. No hops. It is ok. I was hoping for something stronger with more of an alcohol bent to it.

I remember having this beer a few years ago. I haven't bought it since and might not again. Doesn't measure up to Empyrean's brown or porter.

10-04-2005 07:35:24 | More by Fugazme
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TheEclecticGent

Georgia

2.83/5  rDev -19.1%

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.

07-06-2009 17:54:35 | More by TheEclecticGent
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Oxymoron

Colorado

2.83/5  rDev -19.1%

Picked up a sixer in Omaha. The color is an orange amber hue. Much lighter then a typical Scottish style ale. The beer is clear as well with next to no head and lacing. Also noting there are color variations around the edges, which seems a little watered down. The smell is way sweet uncharacteristic in a Scottish style as well. A good malt tone which is what you want and is a strong scent which not all are.

The taste is mostly malt but sweet. Like syrup or a molasses. At the end there is a citrus hop flavor that is light and blends with the malt. But really, it seems too much hops. The body is light and it has a slightly watery characteristic to it.

09-22-2005 01:08:27 | More by Oxymoron
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udubdawg

Kansas

2.88/5  rDev -17.7%

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.

09-12-2012 00:37:27 | More by udubdawg
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Vancer

Illinois

2.9/5  rDev -17.1%

This Burning Skye was more of a twig fire. Wimpyest Scotch ale I’ve ever had. Even the pour was a sissy amber color with a bit of brown around the edges.

No aroma to speak of, if I inhaled hard enough, I could pull in some malt notes. Taste was more of a hoppy PA than Scottish ale – but it did have some subtle notes of malt and caramel to at least make it average. Watery and thin, I wouldn’t spend any hard-earned cash buying a sixer.

03-14-2007 18:55:02 | More by Vancer
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FosterJM

California

2.98/5  rDev -14.9%

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.

04-09-2011 17:21:40 | More by FosterJM
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danfix99

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -14.3%

08-06-2013 20:03:57 | More by danfix99
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YalovaIA

Iowa

3/5  rDev -14.3%

10-03-2012 02:13:19 | More by YalovaIA
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beerdhabelly

Nebraska

3/5  rDev -14.3%

10-26-2012 03:56:40 | More by beerdhabelly
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wernlialex

Kansas

3/5  rDev -14.3%

07-24-2014 02:39:28 | More by wernlialex
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MorningBeer

Iowa

3/5  rDev -14.3%

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.

12-10-2010 19:28:14 | More by MorningBeer
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brandon911

Texas

3/5  rDev -14.3%

11-30-2013 03:20:00 | More by brandon911
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Chucker17

South Dakota

3/5  rDev -14.3%

04-13-2014 15:15:16 | More by Chucker17
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.03/5  rDev -13.4%

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.

03-15-2012 21:49:58 | More by mothman
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.03/5  rDev -13.4%

Radiant pumpkin orange with banana colored edges and a thick slice of putty colored foam up top. The head has a decent look, lasts for a spell, and does an okay job with respect to lace deposition.

There isn't much going on in the nose. Maybe hints of toasted malt with a light earthiness, but that's about it. Also, there's no 'wee hint' of the smoked malt that the brewery says is present. Looks like there's some work to be done on the palate.

Burning Skye is an okay little Scottish ale that tries so hard not to offend that it forgets to impress. Like the color and the aroma, the flavor is on the light side. I wasn't expecting a wee heavy, but I was expecting more than this.

Specifics include lightly toasted bread, a faint nuttiness, a faint earthiness, a faint fruity sourness, and a (very) faint smokiness. Sorry, but this offering screams 'average' at the top of its American-brewed Scottish ale lungs. Warming helps a little, just not enough.

The mouthfeel is a little lacking at 5.3%. What body is present on contact dissipates quickly. The bubbles are slightly too sharp-edged and don't inject any creaminess whatsoever.

Even though the ABVs on most their lineup are low enough to have been legal in Iowa prior to the recent change in the alcohol laws, Empyrean beer only started appearing on local stores in the past several months. After trying Third Stone Brown and now Burning Skye Scottish Ale... we weren't missing much.

05-30-2010 12:00:32 | More by BuckeyeNation
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Burning Skye Scottish Style Ale from Empyrean Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.