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Tartan Ale - Port City Brewing

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Tartan AleTartan Ale

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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Port City Brewing visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Chaney on 03-13-2012)
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Reviews by TechTriumph:
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3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes on 04/17/12:
Bottle code: 0412 A1 0238; Poured in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A - One inch off-white bubbly head with so-so retention; Dark oak brown color with a semi-hazy appearance; Minimal spots of lacing here and there

S - Notes of raspberry-like fruits, butterscotch, sugary malts, maple syrup, and subtle amounts of cherry, wood-like character, and alcohol

T - Raspberry-like fruits come through, just like the aroma, with herbal, sugary malt, rich thick caramel, and lots of sweet bready flavors; Detect a light smoky quality as well

M - A few notches below moderate carbonation; Medium bodied; Leaves a lingering sugary, syrupy sweet film on the tongue

O - This beer is a pretty solid seasonal offering from Port City. The flavor was pretty enjoyable, containing a good level of sweetness that didn't reach the point of being cloying. While this probably isn't a must-have for me, I do appreciate trying new Virginia seasonal brews, especially in a style that's less prevalent like this offering.

TechTriumph, Jun 24, 2012
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Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Off caramel/white head is produced with lots of snappy sounding foamy and bubbles. Fairly good three finger size there but settles rather quickly. Body color has lots of cola sized sticking bubbles to the glass and a dark red amber body.

Nose seems rather interesting. Kind of a woody malt, faint sweet backbone, a little bit of toast quality also.

A real good juicy mouthfeel on this and dense malt, but strangely flavor wise it doesn't seem to come forward. Nice rolling malts, a sense of sweet sticky breadiness, still can't get over the density on this low abv.

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*From notes

A: Rich copper tone. A generous pour yields a 1.75 finger off-white head decent lacing.

S: Old world is a good way to put it. It really does smell like an old school European malt-first ale. Is that something really all that desirable, though? Meh - but for what it is, it ain't bad. Lots of earth floor, and you can literally feel the malts scratching your nostrils.

T: Rustic. Buttery bread and medium toasted grains make for a very malt forward profile. Inoffensive, and even better the longer it sits.

M: Not half bad, yet it goes without saying that Port City isn't rewriting the mouthfeel book with this one.

O: A pretty decent little ale. Port City is really coming around with their seasonal line up. An above average session beer for the malt men (and ladies) out there. It'd be a treat to share this with friends on a lazy Spring afternoon.

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Tartan Ale from Port City Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.