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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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137 Ratings
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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 13.47%
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 AgingWarrior
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

AgingWarrior, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of CamuMahubah
3.7/5  rDev +6%
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 Mine are out of date as they say drink by 10/12/07 or something like that.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!

CamuMahubah, Dec 22, 2007
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
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
Photo of Wasatch
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Wasatch, Jul 29, 2007
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.

sulldaddy, May 07, 2007
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
Burning Skye Scottish Style Ale from Empyrean Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.