1. Extreme Beer Fest tickets go on sale Sat, Sep 27 @ Noon EDT.
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Burning Skye Scottish Style Ale - Empyrean Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Burning Skye Scottish Style AleBurning Skye Scottish Style Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
80
good

131 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 131
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 131 | Reviews: 72 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.

The beer is a sort of muted copper color, looks watery in a way. A creamy, fluffy head recedes to swirls of bubbles while light lacing sticks to the glass.

The aroma is a very solid body of sweetness, some caramel, bready notes.

The taste profile follows the aroma, very sweet and very drinkable. The beer starts with a sweet stroke of warm caramel, then transitions to a tangy, dry English tea body. A slight toffee, tangy finish.

The mouthfeel is dry and somewhat light bodied.

Overall, I do enjoy this beer, but it's almost too damn drinkable. It's got some good notes in the taste profile, and with the low ABV it makes it a good session beer.

JuicesFlowing, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of udubdawg
2.88/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

udubdawg, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of jheezee
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

jheezee, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of beerbrains
4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

beerbrains, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of ssjkyle
4/5  rDev +14.6%

ssjkyle, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of HoistinBrews
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

HoistinBrews, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of mwayne
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

mwayne, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of mothman
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

mothman, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of RDW
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

RDW, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of Cramerican
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Cramerican, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of cbcrunch
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

cbcrunch, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of TippySelenoid
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

It's a light brown, clear, with a cream colored that lasts most of the glass.

It's got a bready aroma. Hint of bittering hops.

Not too sweet. There is a nice roasted flavor to the malts. Very biscuity.

It's medium bodied with a creamy carbonation.

This beer's good. It's easy to drink and flavorful.

TippySelenoid, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of NoBeerLeftBehind
4/5  rDev +14.6%

NoBeerLeftBehind, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of icecube
4.38/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- medium head, with a nice amber color.

Smell- Burnt malts and nice grain smell. Some fresh crisp barley with a little smoke.

Taste- The malt is there with a subtle smoke finish.

Mouth- Bordering on light to medium bodied with medium carbontion.

Overall- This is what a Scottish style should be light bodied with a little smoke finish. This style can be confused with a Scotch ale that has an much more body and smoke flavor. Burning Skye is an excellent example of what I enjoyed in the Scottish pubs. Very sessionable and flavorful. This will be a regular in my beer fridge.

icecube, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of pokesbeerdude
4/5  rDev +14.6%

pokesbeerdude, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of phenomenologian
4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Upon opening no smoke comes out. It pours with a 1/2 finger head that does not retain and laces a bit. The color of the body is of a darker orangish brown. It has nice translucent look to it. It appears to not be carbonated much and I cannot see much bubbles rise to the top.

The smell is not much after poured in the glass. It seems to not have too much of a smell. It does have some malty smell to it. And then I smell it from the bottle with the beer still left in it. Here I smell more: hops, alcohol, and malt. It has nice smell to it from the bottle. I poured it correctly but from the glass it has little aroma.

It tastes of malt and hops. There is something else here that gives a sweetness to it that is pleasing to the nose and tongue as you enjoy this. The taste to this is more than hops and malt. Whatever this sweet alcohol-deliciousness is it is great.

It is not very carbonated but not uncarbonated to the extent that its flat. It appears to have no carbonation, but it does have some that you can feel. It is just the right amount.

Overall, it has a few certain things to it I cannot put my finger on. It is an enjoyable brew. If you can find it or live in Nebraska, try it.

phenomenologian, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of Stouttyme
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Stouttyme, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of BrewHawkeye
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

BrewHawkeye, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of brandoman63
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

brandoman63, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of ineedafirkin
2.5/5  rDev -28.4%

ineedafirkin, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of Agold
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Agold, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of ZAP
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First whiff and not much for smoked malts...not expected much but I am surpised...really a full flavored beer for a scottish style ale (this is not a wee heavy)...there is mild light smokiness on the taste along with some sweet caramel biscuit like maltiness...hop impression is not impressionable :) which is fine for this style..

Good solid scottish style ale....don't expect a wee heavy...a lot of people get confused on this....this actually has more of a malt impression than a lot of scottish style ales I've had but is much short of a wee heavy.

Would I buy a sixer of this? Sure

ZAP, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of xuptygm
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap before a husker game at Lazlo's (the Empyrean affiliated brew pub).

A dark yet clear amber color. More carbonation than I would have liked. The beer came with absolutely no head. I don't know if the bartender messed up or if this is how the beer is supposed to be poured. Appearance wise this is not what I was expecting. Smells of sweet roasted malt and caramel. Tastes pretty much exactly like it smells--- sweet roasted malt and caramel. Dry finish. Overall I thought this beer was a poor representation of the style, but was still a decent brew.

xuptygm, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of Herky21
4.08/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark golden brown ale. Not much of a head, but it does stick to the sides. Burnt caramel-like hue.

Smell: Smell is mostly of malt, hard to detect any hops or really any other scent. Really not an aromatic beer.

Taste: It has a great malt taste. Almost a dark and roasted sort of flavor. It's simple, but strong. The alcohol lingers after the malt, sits on your tongue with sharp and refreshing bite.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is nice. Feels a bit lighter than it looks, but still delivers.

Overall: Great beer. Hits good notes of caramel and finishes with that roasted, full bodied taste. Almost seems as if it was conditioned in a smoked wood barrel.

Comments: Good beer. Really refreshing, with a great copper color.

Herky21, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. I have already reviewed this on on-tap.

A: Cloudy, orange-brown. Little head. Some lace.

S: Chocolatey caramel tones over malt.

T: A sneaky smokiness hides amongst big malt and a decent hop bitter. A little non descript in flavor but good. A bright finish is good.

M: Average.

D: I've had a number of these now and it is pretty decent.

ForWhatAlesYou, Apr 13, 2011
Burning Skye Scottish Style Ale from Empyrean Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.