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Scottish Ale - Black Swan Brewpub

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Scottish Ale
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86
very good

10 Ratings
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Ratings: 10
Reviews: 3
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 3.82%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Black Swan Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: JamesS on 01-24-2012)
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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Opaque brown, light tan head, very minimal without lacing. Not a pretty beer, but nothing offensive.

S - Roasted malts come through, burnt sugars.

T - This is the highlight. I like sweet beers, and this is certainly that. In addition, you get a nuttiness along with the sugar and caramel. There is a bit of bitterness in the close, a hint of bittersweet chocolate as well, and these counterpoints are enough to mitigate the potential for cloying malty sweetness. It is a line this beer dances up to but does not cross.

M - Heavy, as you'd expect. The slight bitterness of the close is the only relief, because the carbonation is minimal. It may have been in the initial pour, but even on the night I bought it, there was only a mild exhalation when I opened it up.

O - This is not a balanced beer, but it is one I enjoy. There is a lot of malt, but sometimes I like a heavy sticky mess, and honestly, if you can't get down in the malt with a Wee Heavy, when can you? This is a high impact beer, but it remains quite drinkable because there is a bit of bite in the background. But between drinks, it is the sweet malt that lingers.

Tsar_Riga, Apr 01, 2014
Photo of psmith161
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

psmith161, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of MSandahl23
4/5  rDev +1.8%

MSandahl23, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of BarryMFBurton
4/5  rDev +1.8%

BarryMFBurton, May 11, 2013
Photo of ifixufly
4/5  rDev +1.8%

ifixufly, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of Jamison85
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Jamison85, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of ATXboozer
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

ATXboozer, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of captainbearcat
4/5  rDev +1.8%

captainbearcat, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of robwestcott
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured cold from a 3-week old growler a deep dark brown to a dogfish head signature glass with a wisp of a short lasting head leaving no lace.

aroma of candied almonds and toffee

big and sweet way up front, hard candy, butterscotch, brown sugars, and a bit of nuttiness.

big bodied, low carbonation - though its likely a function of not quite a full fill, leaving a bit too much air space in the neck of the growler.

overall, a good wee heavy and had i opened it sooner, i think it would have been even better.

robwestcott, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of JamesS
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very nice bright copper color with some nice head and nice lacing. Hugely deep scent, extremely malty in the nose, very sweet. Huge sweet taste, as well; hints of caramel and a little bit of hops at the end, but everything was overwhelmed by the maltiness (not even my Scotch ales from Scotland have been so overwhelmingly sweet). It didn't have a bad flavor in it, just could've been toned down some. Wend down alright, if somewhat thick.

JamesS, Jan 24, 2012
Scottish Ale from Black Swan Brewpub
86 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.