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Tartan Ale - Port City Brewing

Not Rated.
Tartan AleTartan Ale

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23 Reviews
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Reviews: 23
Hads: 83
Avg: 3.68
pDev: 13.59%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | 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:
Beer added by: Chaney on 03-13-2012

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Reviews: 23 | Hads: 83
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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, cloudy, golden/amber color with three full fingers of off-white foam that slooooooooowly dissolved into a half of a finger of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Malty and bready up front, with some notes of black pepper, clover and brown sugar.

Taste: Big malt bomb! Tons of malt and freshly baked bread, like pretzels or rye bread, up front, flowed by strong notes of black pepper and clover. There’s some subtle hops at the finish, but overall, there is a hell of a lot of malt! Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very smooth. Hardly any carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 5.5%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: Damn good beer! Tons of malt which I’m a big fan of. Malt fans will love this beer!! I’d certainly get it again!!

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3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

5/24...pours a brownish copper with white foam. Light earthy peaty nose with malty tones. Caramel and earthy mild hop taste. Smooth mouthfeel. Tasty. Does the Scottish style well without overwhelming.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Overall though highly drinkable and worth trying. Certainly can enjoy it.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy amber orange in color. It poured with a short white head that quickly died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of sweet malts are present in the nose along with some hints of toasted malts and toffee.
T: As in the smell, the taste is rather malty and has bits of sweetness accompanying the flavors of burnt caramel, smoke, toasted malts, and toffee.
M: It feels medium-bodied, a bit smooth, and slightly watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Despite all of the malty flavors, this beer isn't overly heavy on the palate, which makes this not that difficult to drink.

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3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a coppery orange with moderate haze, a 2 1/2 finger off white head, and minimal bubbles.

Smell of caramelly malt with a bit of floral/herbal hops.

Sweet caramel again predominates with a bit of light bitter hops.

Tingly crisp with a medium full body and moderate syrupy retention.

A decent, simple brew. Not a lot going on, but rather easy to drink. Not really sessionable though, in my opinion. The body slows me down a bit.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a solo cup.

A: Clear medium-amber with an inch of white head that recedes pretty quickly. Not much retention or lacing.

S: Caramel & a bit of a fruitiness. Multigrain bread. Maybe honey.

T: More of that multigrain bread, some raisin & kind of a honeysuckle thing. Hop-bittering is mild but present.

M: Light & high-carb for the style. Unique.

O: Kind of a cool scotch ale, not as assertive or filling as it's kin. I'm sure I could put a few of these back no problem.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 3/20/12
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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
83 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.