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Hooligan - Catawba Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 4
Hads: 19
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: n/a
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Catawba Brewing Co. visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerDocT on 05-09-2014

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Reviews: 4 | Hads: 19
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3.93/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For a long time, Catawba Valley Brewery only had three beers available, so I was surprised to see this beer on the shelves on a recent trip up to Asheville.

Appearance 3.75: Pours out a beautiful, dark brown with a 1/4" creamy tan head. Good lacing.

Smell 3.75: Good bouquet. Lots of maltiness, along with a deep caramel. Also, you can detect a grassy hop and a slight biscuit scent.

Taste 4.0: Front is slightly sweet and this blends into the Middle, where a delicious, deep, caramel/slightly smoked grain flavor comes rolling out a sweeps over the palate. This is very tasty without being overly sweet. Finish is all about "sweeping up" from the middle: residual malt, caramel and slight British hop grassiness. The Finish is also long, slightly smoky and somewhat dry. Aftertaste is short, dry and pleasing.

Mouthfeel 4.0: Silky smooth and a perfect complement to the style.

Overall 4.0: Outstanding Scotch "Wee Heavy." Big without being obnoxious and there is no hint of the 8% ABV. Excellent balance of flavors at every level. This is actually light enough in the mouth to be a sessioner, just make plans beforehand to call in sick to work the next day. Definitely worth a purchase if you are lucky enough to find it on the shelf at your local beer store. Recommended. (1,279 characters)

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Photo of oberon
3.75/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich mahogany with a thinner beige head atop.Brown sugar,caramel,and dark fruit in the nose,a hint of roasted nut is detected as well.a little flat in the feel,comes off a little slick.Dark fruit and caramel flavors with a touch of drying earth in the finish.Not bad but it lacks a little complexity and even more so,some body. (335 characters)

Photo of Mantooth
3.96/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.5/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.5/5  rDev n/a

Photo of mlockman
3.64/5  rDev n/a
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Absolutely no head, even on a hard pour, despite some abnormally large CO2 bubbles, which dissipate then leave the brew with little carbonation. Definitely a sweeter brew, but not cloyingly so. (193 characters)

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4.25/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.5/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DuaneL
4.25/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ashville brewery; an excellent scotch ale, but at 8%, too strong to drink with reckless abandon. (96 characters)

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3.75/5  rDev n/a

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3.56/5  rDev n/a
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of italianstallion
3.77/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev n/a

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4/5  rDev n/a

Photo of Dave1999
3.63/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a solid black with no head at all.

Smells of sweet malts, a little smoke.

The taste is sweet malts, cherry, plums.

The mouthfeel is a little on the thin side with some alcohol in the finish. I don't normally mind a bit of alcohol flavor but this doesn't work here.

A reasonable attempt at the style but there's a few breweries in asheville making a better scotch ale. (378 characters)

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4.25/5  rDev n/a

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4.25/5  rDev n/a

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3.5/5  rDev n/a

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4.25/5  rDev n/a

Hooligan from Catawba Brewing Co.
- out of 100 based on 4 ratings.