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Burning Skye Scottish Style Ale - Empyrean Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
good

147 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 147
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 13.47%
Wants: 5
Gots: 18 | 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:
Beer added by: PhantomVodoo on 08-11-2002

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
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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of MinorThreat
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz bottle purchased while at a wedding in "The Good Life", Lincoln Nebraska.

A-Very light color compared to even the lightest Scottish 30 schilling beers. Amber with good clarity, nice white head that settles down to a skim and decent lacing.

S-Slight cereal grain notes and an ever so subtle smoke hint. Some caramel and yeasty bread are in there too.

T-Light, refreshing, soft notes of caramel, cereal grains, smoke (a tiny bit) and some fruity esters. None of the flavors are too powerful but they are well integrated.

M-Good amount of gas to keep it light while having a high enough terminal gravity to have a slight viscosity compared which is surprising based upon the overall lightness of this beer.

D-Very high, this is the quintessential session beer. Great flavors in light amounts. I miss Empyrean Ales, they do a fine job.

Photo of katan
3.41/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a light brown color, with just a few golden highlights. Off white head formation, about 2mm in size. Seems to be a bit hazy.

S - Light amount of peat malts, some off sweetness. Otherwise, a very muted beer.

T - Starts off with a lightly astringent, husky, grainy note. Mid-stream gets a bit of the smoked peat malts, but little hopping. Slightly malt forward. Finishes clean.

M - Moderate to light beer body. Carbonation is also very restrained. Finishes clean on the tongue. No sting to the tongue.

D - Very easy drinking, especially for a scottish ale. ABV is low, very sessionable. Not filling.

Photo of Misfit138
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into pint glass

A- Nice hazy cooper color with a generous head

S- Smell mostly caramel malt followed by some sweet citrus.

T- Very mild smoke taste that leads to a smooth caramel malt flavor with a tinge of bitterness.

M- Fairly light bodied with mild carbonation

D- While not the most interesting of beers, I don't have any problems with it at all. Its pretty easy drinking and certainly would go well with a pulled pork sandwich.

Photo of tedpeer
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce poured into a pint glass.

A - copious white head that settled to an 1/8th inch layer. Light amber/orange/gold color. A little lace.

S - Lightly smoke, malty and sweet.

T - Yeasty, caramel, malty with a bitter finish.

M - medium to light body. Mild carbonation.

D - Yeah, it also is on the thin end of the style.

Photo of dbossman
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
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 emsroth
4.35/5  rDev +24.6%
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 TheEclecticGent
2.8/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Zadok
3.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a copper color with a slight amber hue. Had a small head that dissipated quickly.

Smells of a hoppy malty mix. Slight sweet smell.

Interesting flavor, initial impressions were of a lifesaver or starburst..strange. Has a slight malt flavor. Overall very sweet.

Smooth mouthfeel with light carbonation. Overall pretty light bodied.

An interesting beer, sweet and light makes for easy consumption but will also give you cavities. Overall a little to tangy but kind of tasty at the same time.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Decent brew that captures some of the intended Scotch Ale peat, campfire character, and with crisp, well-attenuated malts. Enough hops to balance, but not enough to compete with the sweetness or the prominant smoky character. Lightly phenolic (plastic and smoke) with a big bruised apple flavor and quite yeasty. Finishes mostly crisp, with a linger of the apple, fruity flavors. Good beer, but the apple is a bit distrating, and a better malty body would have drastically improved the beer.

Photo of AgingWarrior
3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this brew on New Years Eve after a couple of domestic brews and I drank it straight from the bottle. The first whiff of this brew was nice, a semi sweet fragrance. This brew has a great mouth feel and a nice finish. This is my first experience with a Scottish ale, but I like it enough to sample some more.

Photo of CamuMahubah
3.67/5  rDev +5.2%
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 ViveLaChouffe
4.07/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

Photo of Wasatch
3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to jhammerly for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear dark golden amber color, nice carbonation, tiny fizzy off-white head, some sticky lacingin around the edges. The nose is malty, slightly piney, and lots of caramel. The taste is bitter, malty, piney, and lots of caramel. The finish is dry. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice tasty brew.

Photo of sulldaddy
2.73/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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...

Photo of BadRockBeer
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of neonbrown82
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of Vancer
2.88/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

Photo of BeerRun13
3.06/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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.

Photo of Adamthome1
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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

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 bort11
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Burning Skye Scottish Style Ale from Empyrean Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.