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Maltopia Double Scotch Ale - Hermitage Brewing

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Maltopia Double Scotch AleMaltopia Double Scotch Ale

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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 16.28%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hermitage Brewing visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Zorro on 11-25-2010)
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Photo of xhuskr
1.45/5  rDev -57.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I had high hopes for this Scotch Ale. I did have it direct from the bottle (a nono) so take it for what it's worth.
Smell-no smokey/peaty aroma I was looking for. Bland
Taste-never got the scotch ale flavor not the alcohol...as it got warmer it developed a 'pickly' flavor. Spilled some and didn't care. 3 of us sharing the bottle and nobody wanted to finish it.
Mouthfeel-as above worsened over time.

Overall...took it back to the store and got store credit.

Perhaps it was past it's prime, stored wrong before purchase?? I don't know, and hate to give bad reports, but if I had to take it back, I felt it my beer need to let others know.

xhuskr, May 23, 2011
Photo of leprakhan
2/5  rDev -41.9%

leprakhan, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of ely2000k
2.63/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Thin head, pours a nut brown, dark amber color. Could see a lot of carbonation in the glass. Not great to look at.

S- Very boozy smelling... almost smells like whiskey. Booze smell seems to overpower the faint hint of malt. Really it just smells like some weaker whiskey.

T- All I can say is... raisin taste. Which I like. Oddly you can't taste the presence of alcohol that much, despite the 9%. Tastes better then it looks or smells, but still on the more average side. Only thing that distinguishes it is the raisin taste, which probably makes me rank it higher taste wise.

M- Slightly overcarbonated for my taste, it has some bite to it, that is nice at times, but also feels a bit overdone. The alcohol is present but kind of disguised. I would not describe this has smooth, for the reason that it has a metallic bite that keeps coming back every few sips.

O- The best part of this is the taste, which is okay, but everything else is lackluster. The smell was a bit turn off to me. I think if this beer tried to even out the taste a little bit more, and tone down the smell of drinking a shot of whiskey, I would enjoy it more.

ely2000k, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of largadeer
2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

largadeer, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of kguard
2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

kguard, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of Mosul
2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

Mosul, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of philerman
2.83/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a first-time using Great Divide Brewery chalice. Pours a medium to dark caramel brown with little discernible head. Sweet malty smell with some alcohol notes. Doesn't hit very strong in taste at first with carbonation being on the low end. Mouthfeel is initially watered-down syrupy in texture but leaves a slightly medicinal aftertaste. Picked up for only $3.39 for a bomber at the Scottsdale BevMo so price-dependent, the scores would obviously be higher.

philerman, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of DaveHS
2.95/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours clear ruby/burgundy with a 1/2 inch of fluffy sickly yellow head. Leaves a web of soapy lace down the glass.

S-Cinnamon, hand soap, chocolate malt.

T/M-Calling this a Double Scotch Ale is a big misnomer. It's an average scotch ale,marred with a sharp metallic flavor on the backpalate. Like the other Tied House/Hermitage stuff I've tasted, this one isn't terribly cohesive. Flavors are alternately sharp and soft, harsh and mellow.

O-One of the better beers I've had from Hermitage, but that's not saying much.

DaveHS, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of codynevels
3/5  rDev -12.8%

codynevels, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of beerpadawan
3/5  rDev -12.8%

beerpadawan, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of tbeq00
3/5  rDev -12.8%

tbeq00, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of djeucalyptus
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 22 into a standard tulip. Pours a glistening ruby tinged amber. almost cranberry. The head, about a finger thick, is the color of cola, and leaves behind a solid collar of froth that drops little bits of lacing.

aroma is certainly malt-forward. toasty, bready and earthy. red cherries, a bit of maple sweetness. A touch of peat and maybe smoke? Not outstanding, but not off-putting.

Taste is all malt. earthy, nutty. bready. walnut bitterness. Hints of phenols... maybe a hint metallic. A bit musty... I'm not sure what's going on, but something seems a bit funky. maybe it's just me. But this one, while definitely malt forward, isn't quite hitting the right notes.

mouthfeel is great for the style. full, bright, ample carbonation. doesn't feel anywhere near 9%... not slick or syrupy. Digging the mouthfeel... maybe it's salvation?

All in all, I really want to like this one. but the funky off flavors just kind of make it a bit lackluster. A bit of tweaking and it could be great. One of the more drinkable 9% brews out there... but not one I'd want again.

djeucalyptus, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of Eric908
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Eric908, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of dalahodson
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

dalahodson, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of zeff80
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

zeff80, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of Benvarine
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Benvarine, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of jplopez21
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

jplopez21, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of 1Nrwyscotch
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

1Nrwyscotch, May 02, 2014
Photo of srandycarter
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ok, here is the thing about this one. The malt is big enough, the smell is pretty good, but the peat thing - I am just not into it. I know that CAN be a component in a Scotch Ale and that is just the way it is. I would grade this even lower due to my own taste, but I am trying to be as unbiased as possible. Thin and sour at the end. Won't be trying again. Won't even finish this one.

srandycarter, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of DovaliHops
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is an amber/ruby, clear, and small off-white head. Scent is lots of malts, a bit of booze, green apples, and raisins. Taste is kinda an off-putting sour (not the good sour you get from lambics and wild ales), then is saved by some better flavors. I get maple syrup and candied raisins or dates. It finishes with some awesome malt flavors. Alcohol is well hidden. Mouthfeel is nice and silky. Not overly carbonated and not too syrupy.

DovaliHops, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of HalfFull
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a wine glass from a 22 oz. bomber. The Maltopia pours a ruby brown with a thin ring of foam. Cap is short lived.

Nose is endearing of brown sugar and some alcohol.

Flavor is sweet and of black cherry.

A Scotch Ale that drinks more like an Oktoberfest with a bit of smoke. Not bad..Yet...

HalfFull, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of cdwil
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

cdwil, Nov 08, 2014
Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Texasfan549, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of greymalkin
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

greymalkin, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of Chucker17
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Chucker17, Jun 07, 2014
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Maltopia Double Scotch Ale from Hermitage Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.