Fiddlin' Willie Scottish Ale - People's Brewing Company
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Ratings: 2 | Reviews: 2
4.2/5 rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
The website says this's a wee heavy, but the size and taste point more towards a Scottish and the words "wee" and "heavy" appear nowhere in the brewery nor on their facebook page.
The beer itself is a little dark for the style, nicely opaque kind of a deep prune color.
Smells smooth, for the style and really for anything else, even as far as chocolate sauces go this would be considered an easy ride. There are *some* elemental gasses that are slightly smoother than this beer, but plenty that aren't. And, yes, I know that smoothness usually isn't something relayed through scent, but, damn, that's a smooth aroma. That's what the old cigarette ads talk about.
Tastes like roasted malt, only lightly bitter, with overriding nodes of chocolate and imitation vanilla up front, moving into a malt blend that's a little tiny bit more bitter, less chocolately, and ending on sourdry American hops.
Not what you usually get from a Scottish. Not as buttery nor as alcoholic, nor even really bocky or zippy. It was a like a really smooth, sweet stout, only without any nodes of coffee or lactic acid. Very nice.
Serving type: growler
07-01-2010 05:50:59 | More by mynie
2.7/5 rDev -21.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
More of a porter that missed it mark, fiddlin' willie needs some more lessons before hitting the stage. It's neither wee nor heavy.
The head is creamy and lingers, again making it more porter-like than a scottish, and doesn't have the mouthfeel that I expect for a wee. Roasted chestnuts in the nose, with some roast coffee and cocoa in the background. The mouthfeel may be the strong point of this beer: meaty and chewy (which does not make up for its shortcomings).
The flavor is a bit too subtle and veers towards the dark roasted malt of the porter rather than the heavily malted medium-roasted malts that I associate with Scottish wee heavies. (Trying to get three beers from two malts?)
Serving type: on-tap
07-29-2010 23:42:22 | More by salvo
Fiddlin' Willie Scottish Ale from People's Brewing Company
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