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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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132 Ratings
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Ratings: 132
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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Photo of BretSikkink
3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lightish side of a brown color, decent head with not much retention. Some lacing.

Heavy on the malt aromas, some sweet caramel, but the smell is a little underwhelming.

The bedrock here is caramel malt, although there is a little buttery diacetyl that leaves some toffee character in there as well. Smoky aftertaste after a smooth finish, shy of creamy but still medium body.

Overall a very clean drink. Wouldn't hurt for some more complexity, but what can you do without using hops...

BretSikkink, Apr 28, 2007
Photo of BadRockBeer
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type Sampled: 12 fl. oz. stubby brown twist top bottle. No real bottle features except the neat artistic label.

Appearance: Brilliant amber in color, crystal clear. Very small ½ finger head. Zero retention but still a little lingering lace.

Smell: Malty, sweet smell of caramel.

Taste: This beer is pretty complex. Strong malty back bone. I taste caramel and toffee notes. I also sense a ting of smokiness. I also taste a hint of diacetyl.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body. Moderate carbonation, very small smoothing bubbles.

Drinkability: Good. This is a great example of a 90 schilling ale. Very clean and complex.

BadRockBeer, Apr 12, 2007
Photo of neonbrown82
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

neonbrown82, Apr 08, 2007
Photo of Vancer
2.9/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

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.

Vancer, Mar 14, 2007
Photo of BeerRun13
3.05/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

BeerRun13, Jan 31, 2007
Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at 50 degrees. Picked up in a trade from swid..thanks!!

A - Copper hue with a dark golden tint...small white head that left sticky lacing on the glass.

S - Smokey toffee makes up the majority of the aroma with a little hint of earthy tone.

T - Burnt malt with a little citrus hint to it. A little on the bland side as the flavors don't really last too long.

M - A little on the light side with a fair amount of carbonation.

D - More or less nondescript...not a bad representation for the style, but not a top pick either.

JohnnyM2002, Dec 19, 2006
Photo of Adamthome1
3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orangish copper smokey look from a 12 oz bottle, has a half finger head that quickly dissapears and a thin ring of lace is formed. Citrus flavors dominate the taste, especially after warming. Aftertaste is dominated by mild alcohol, citrus, and a little hop and and malt. Feels heavy on the palate and goes down relative easily.

Pretty good beer for the style, just not my favorite, I wouldn't recommend consuming more than one of these at a single sitting.

Adamthome1, Nov 02, 2006
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

blackie, Oct 26, 2006
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.

IntriqKen, Sep 25, 2006
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
Photo of BigRedN
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From scribble notes.

Appearance: Poured for me into a pint glass. The beer is poured with a thin 1/4 inch head and is clear, orangy. What head there is fades to a cloud with some lace.

Smell: Some sweet caramelly malt. Touch smokey when it warms. Any aromas commonly associated with hops are not present.

Taste: This has got a little sweetness to it. The beer is also a touch citrusy. As the scent indicated, there is little in the way of hops here.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light in body with just enough carbonation. Not fizzy, not watery, crisp.

Drinkability: Good easy drinker. Not sure how representative of the style this one is though. Pairs well with certain foods as suggested foods in the menu.

BigRedN, Jul 28, 2006
Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

MaltyGoodness, Jul 08, 2006
Photo of jdhilt
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Buzzard Billy's Lincoln, Ne. Pours a one finger white head that fades quickly no lace. Clear amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Sweet smokey nose. Starts sweet, clean finish, malt comes through late, hops in background. $3.75 for a 16oz glass.

jdhilt, Jun 29, 2006
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!

russpowell, May 22, 2006
Photo of aforbes10
2.38/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

(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).

aforbes10, Jan 12, 2006
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 Fugazme
2.73/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Fugazme, Oct 04, 2005
Photo of Oxymoron
2.83/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Oxymoron, Sep 22, 2005
Photo of BeerBob
2.63/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

BeerBob, Sep 01, 2005
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.

CRJMellor, May 12, 2005
Photo of swid
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
Photo of Bdc
3.23/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled from bottle, traded with bditty187 from NE. Pours a clear copper with a collared white head and minimal lacing. Aroma is very subtle with just a hint of crystal malt and a floral/candy sweetness. Flavor is semi-sweet, smokey with a small floral, pine and spice hop flavor addition. Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated. An interesting interpretation of the style.

Bdc, Dec 21, 2004
Photo of SheepNutz
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a slightly hazy deep apricot color with two fingers of head that die off quickly. There is no lacing on the glass. The smell is sweet and malty. Some orange and white grape aromas. A little bit of a yeasty character as well. The taste is also sweet and fruity. Pear and grape flavors and a little bit of caramel sweetness. Certainly doesn't taste like a Scottish Ale. The mouthfeel is just a little watered down. The drinkability is good though. A good beer, but definately not a Scottish Ale.

SheepNutz, Sep 04, 2004
Photo of UnionMade
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
Photo of Bierman9
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Burning Skye possesses a medium golden color, clear throughout, with a creamy white head which recedes rapidly, leaving a fine, thin layer, but no lacing. Nose was a bit bready and slightly toasty on the malt side, with vague whisky-ish notes as well. Body was a nudge less than medium, and though fairly smooth, it had a little bit of a rough edge on the tongue. Taste has bready malt here, too, with a touch of sweetness. Has a mild, floral hoppiness, though well understated, with a finish on the dry side. Decent bier, though no one thing really comes to the fore and stands out. Thnx to bditty187! Prosit!!

overall: 3.5
appearance: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5

707

Bierman9, Apr 29, 2004
Burning Skye Scottish Style Ale from Empyrean Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.