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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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Ratings: 130
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 udubdawg


2.88/5  rDev -17.5%

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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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

08-27-2012 21:25:38 | More by jheezee
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4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

07-21-2012 16:15:58 | More by beerbrains
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

07-14-2012 04:32:48 | More by ssjkyle
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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

07-09-2012 00:33:36 | More by HoistinBrews
Photo of mwayne

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

06-10-2012 05:06:34 | More by mwayne
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.03/5  rDev -13.2%

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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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

03-04-2012 03:53:05 | More by RDW
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North Dakota

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

02-16-2012 03:06:10 | More by Cramerican
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

01-23-2012 02:50:40 | More by cbcrunch
Photo of TippySelenoid


3.6/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

01-17-2012 00:34:29 | More by TippySelenoid
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

01-04-2012 22:50:18 | More by NoBeerLeftBehind
Photo of icecube


4.38/5  rDev +25.5%

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.

01-02-2012 19:51:43 | More by icecube
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

12-26-2011 15:43:33 | More by pokesbeerdude
Photo of phenomenologian


4.1/5  rDev +17.5%

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.

12-25-2011 23:57:35 | More by phenomenologian
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

12-18-2011 23:57:45 | More by Stouttyme
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

11-30-2011 19:46:51 | More by BrewHawkeye
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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

11-29-2011 03:28:03 | More by brandoman63
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2.5/5  rDev -28.4%

11-23-2011 20:32:46 | More by ineedafirkin
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

11-17-2011 00:11:25 | More by Agold
Photo of ZAP


3.9/5  rDev +11.7%

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

10-01-2011 22:38:03 | More by ZAP
Photo of xuptygm


3.4/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

09-11-2011 04:52:27 | More by xuptygm
Photo of Herky21


4.08/5  rDev +16.9%

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.

08-21-2011 03:12:05 | More by Herky21
Photo of ForWhatAlesYou


3.58/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

04-13-2011 17:35:27 | More by ForWhatAlesYou
Photo of FosterJM


2.98/5  rDev -14.6%

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
Burning Skye Scottish Style Ale from Empyrean Brewing Company
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