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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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80
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55 Ratings
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 16.57%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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California, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Zorro on 11-25-2010

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.76/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a snifter at Beer Market - Vernon Hills.

Finishing the visit the BMVH off with my first taste of a relatively new brewery to this distribution area. It pours a clear sunrise bronze-copper topped by a finger of glowing off-white foam. The nose comprises maple syrup, lightly-toasted biscuit, sweet flowers, and buttery toffee. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some candied orange peel and a drier sense to the syrup and biscuit. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying-ish finish. Overall, a nice little Scotch ale, something that makes me curious about the rest of this brewery's offerings...

Photo of russpowell
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown/tea colored with 2+ fingers of quickly dropping tan head, very noisy! Decent head retention & lacing

S: Plums, bready notes & toffee, where's the peatyness?

T: Caramel; some tobacco, toffee, peatyness & dryness up front. Big-time malty sweetness as this warms, dry & warming, peat/woodyness as well. Finishes dry, warming, somewhat figgy, a bit of peatyness with much toffee sweetness, but in balance. Almost pulled a 4.0

MF: Fairly chewy, slight over-carbonation, warming with a bit of smooth out on the carbonation as it warms

I like/love this style & in my neck of the woods, there aren't enough on offer. This fills a void & will buys this again if I see 4-6 packs of this ( this was part of a mix sixer, for a change a pleasant suprise! ). Not one to stay on, but a nice night cap brew to be sure. Only tried 2 from these guys, so far both are winners

Photo of Zorro
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear reddish brown colored beer with a very slight tan colored head.

Smells of malt, smoke and grain. There is some caramel and green apple in the scent. Faint scent of grape and raisin, smells something like Raisin Bran.

Starts out sweet with a strong smoke flavor. Fair amount of raisin flavor. Smoke stays with all the other flavors and doesn't go away. Pretty malty with lots of smoke.

Mouthfeel is good.

Not a bad Wee Heavy at all. If this beer had a bad point it is it isn't thick enough.

Photo of dmorgan310
3.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Tone
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy, brown color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, slight dry hop, hint of pale malt, hint of alcohol, and a hint of oatmeal. Fits the style of a Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, hint of alcohol, slight dry hop, hint of oatmeal, and slight hop. Overall, good appearance, aroma, feel, and body.

Photo of cdwil
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of srandycarter
3.43/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of krome
4/5  rDev +14.3%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of Offa
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep red, medium tan head soon thins to foamy ring.

Aroma is darkly toasted, slightly caramelized, winey barley and winey whole wheat bread, a bit meaty, with dusty pine bark. It’ not great, but pretty good and full-bodied.

Taste is sweet dark toast and raisins, slightly winey with a hint of corn in the finish. It’s light in body and alcohol is evident but not overly boozy or rough. It’s a bit simple and one-dimensional.

Photo of HalfFull
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
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...

Photo of Chucker17
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of jplopez21
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of tbeq00
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of codynevels
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of DovaliHops
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of Eric908
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of impending
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz into a tulip. Pours a wonderful clear deep garnet, little head even with an encouraging pour, little lacing.

Aroma is full of . . . . malts, plus some peat moss for good measure, quite nice. Dirt without funk.

Taste is rich with the charred malts, a pleasant minor smokiness shapes the flavor. Low in sweetness, nearly zero bitter. Alcohol is no where to be found. The aftertaste is long lived and evolves significantly. Medium bodied mouthfeel. Warms well.

This would improve greatly for me if the sweetness was upped a notch.
cheers
jd

Photo of EagleTalon
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours to a nice thick beige head that falls to a thin ring of foam and no lacing (too much alcohol and not enough hops?). Color is a textbook caramelized amber-brown. Hazy. Aroma is vanilla, molasses, caramel, Southern Comfort, triple-sec, fruity ale esters and some "spice". Flavor is very much malty and alcoholic, a true sipping beer if there ever was one. It drinks like a brandy or liqueur. It is malty sweet and pleasantly boozy--the alcohol is in your face, but tastes clean and refined and not "hot". It has no detectable hop character so the balance comes in the form of a nondescript tannic acid bite. Mouthfeel is full and slick with notable alcohol perception. Overall, I like this, but as for malty beers, this goes way beyond what I am looking for in an everyday quaff. The flavors are loud and bold and it has such a long finish that it ruins your palate for anything else for a while. End of flight or session only. A dessert beer. Extreme malt can be as distracting as extreme hops.

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Maltopia Double Scotch Ale from Hermitage Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.