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Maltopia Double Scotch Ale - Hermitage Brewing

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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 16.14%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | 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 kguard
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

kguard, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of russpowell
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
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

russpowell, May 29, 2013
Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

leprechaunandfatman, May 12, 2013
Photo of Megahertz
3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a Hoffman House chalice.

A - Deep red to brown, hazy, with a good off-white head that falls into a thin crown. Carbonation appears mild.

S - Toffee, plum, caramel. Slight alcohol.

T - No joke about this being a malt bomb. Massive bread and toffee with strong plumb, cherry in the background. Boozy.

M - Heavy body with mild carbonation.

O - A malt bomb promised, a malt bomb delivered. No sour, vinegar or barnyard notes as earlier reviewed - suggests potential QC issues on early batches.

Megahertz, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of beerpadawan
3/5  rDev -13.5%

beerpadawan, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of philerman
2.83/5  rDev -18.4%
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 RuckusDu
4.18/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured about a one finger head of beige like off-white color. Body has a slight haze but is a deep amber that has only a slight redishness to it.

S - Yes, malts. Some sugar and caramel. Really reminds me of a good coffecake baking. Reminds me of home.

T - A sourness that I was not expecting. It is good. Taste like raspberry and cherries. Don't know where this came from. If it is on purpose, this is a very good beer, but it could also be some infection. I really don't know how to rate it. There are also some good malt flavors.

M - Medium body and solid carbonation make this above average.

O - I will have to check other reviews to see if they are picking up this sourness like I did. Can't complain about the beer but the complete opposite of what I was expecting so I don't know what is going one.

RuckusDu, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of tbeq00
3/5  rDev -13.5%

tbeq00, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of MadeInOregon
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Oh boy, the Maltopia. The last offering from Hermitage that I had, Wheatopia, was quite simply the worst beer I’ve ever tasted. So, this could be disastrous and I am prepared for the worst. Hoping for the best (i.e. enjoying it and not pouring it out), but preparing for the worst. This one says it’s a “Wee Heavy 2”. I really like a good wee heavy but, well, this is Hermitage so we’ll see how it goes…

THE APPEARANCE when poured into a wide-mouth stemless wineglass was surprisingly nice. The color is a dark maroon with a bit of a cola-brown tint to it. It looks a little lighter in color than what I’m used to seeing in a Scotch ale, but it is certainly appropriate. There is a nice amount of malty, near-white foam that quickly rises about half an inch but then disappointingly recedes about as quickly. The requisite sudsy, malty lacing is also there but it is a little on the thin side. This beer looks more oily than malty. No sediment whatsoever left in the bottle or at the bottom of the glass. Overall, a nice looking beer.

THE SMELL is also well within the bounds of what a wee heavy should smell like, in my opinion. Dominant aroma is sweetness, but not cloying. You have cherry, vanilla, bourbon, banana, and a faint vinegary alcohol smell all present. So far everything seems to be in order. The smell, as it turns out, is the most bold and well-balanced aspect of this beer.

THE TASTE of the Maltopia is slightly smoky yet astringent, with strong sour and sweet fruit flavors reminiscent of a Flemish red ale. There is a slight vinegar quality which I don’t find pleasant and even a very faint amount of that same aged-cheese flavor that ruined the Wheatopia. This is very fruity for a wee heavy and while I enjoy that, I’m not sure how well it fits in the style. The sweet cherry element is very intense as is a tartness that is similar to green apple. I would expect a bit more hoppiness and caramel for this style (there is only a little), but instead what Hermitage has made falls somewhere between a Flemish red and a barleywine. There is a fair amount of candy syrupyness to this as well. Aftertaste is cherry cola (secret ingredient?) with the tiniest bit of dryness and hops.

THE FEEL is odd, but not bad. It’s too highly carbonated for a “big” beer and this cuts down on the drinkability. The body is also strangely thin for a beer that is supposedly created with double the amount of malt; it actually feels quite filtered. The alcohol content is listed as 9% but you’d never know; despite carbonation it’s very smooth. It would be easy to drink way too much of this way too quickly. (I suppose that’s a compliment)

CONCLUSION: 100X better than Wheatopia, but still left me wanting more. This beer just seems to lacking something. There is much to it that is very good, but it is not a full or well-rounded beer. It’s as if there is a nakedness to it, if that makes sense. Regardless, it’s a nice, easy drinking beer and is good for a cold, winter night. Perhaps Hermitage should scrap their other brews and just focus on perfecting this one. (Start by not filtering it so much!)

MadeInOregon, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of leprakhan
2/5  rDev -42.4%

leprakhan, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of codynevels
3/5  rDev -13.5%

codynevels, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of projhex
4/5  rDev +15.3%

projhex, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of ely2000k
2.63/5  rDev -24.2%
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 DaveHS
2.95/5  rDev -15%
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 xhuskr
1.45/5  rDev -58.2%
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 Offa
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Offa, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of srandycarter
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

srandycarter, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of impending
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

impending, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of DovaliHops
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
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 KingPuuChuu
3.98/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: A nice red-brown, slight tan head that goes away. No lacing really.

S: Sweet. Almost a grape-like character to it, really smells like a belgium brew, which is super surprising.

T: This is great, really great. A super sweet raisin flavor, with a smokiness in the back end.

M: Solid. The carbonation is perfect. It's not too thick feeling either. I feel I could easily drink a few bombers of this, no problem. A slight, very slight alcohol burn on the end goes away with subsequent sips.

D: Once again, solid. I could drink a bunch of these. Highly recommend.

KingPuuChuu, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of dwilson01
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a bomber into my arrogant bastard pint glass. The body is a deep caramel red color topped by a thin tan mocha colored head which dissipates quickly.

It's tough to discern much from the smell, I smell an almost white wine grape thing goin on with a caramel malt background.

The flavor is all there, it reminds me greatly of a belgian abbey ale without the excess carbonation which they contain. A slight raisin flavor comes through along with sweeter brown sugar and cinnamon in the background. The hopping is mellow and refreshing, no aroma hops for sure and a good balance of bittering and flavor.

The mouthfeel is solid, not too creamy and thick and not too overcarbonated and light/airy, I like the overall impartation it gives. The alcohol leaves a slightly hot feeling in the end but it's nothing to speak of especially for a 9% brew.

The drinkability is good, the not to thick/not too thin mouthfeel leaves me always wanting more because it doesn't fill you up yet leaves your palate refreshed enough for seconds.

dwilson01, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of djeucalyptus
3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
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 HalfFull
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
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 Zorro
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Zorro, Nov 25, 2010
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Maltopia Double Scotch Ale from Hermitage Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.