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Tartan Ale - Port City Brewing

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64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.76%
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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Photo of clayrock81
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a reddish brown body with an aroma that was rather low-key and somewhat disappointing with minimal sweet and bread malts and hardly any dark fruits at all. Beer is smooth and easy to drink, light bodied for style, like the hop crispness on backend and this beer isn't bad but it isn't great, either. Has a little bit of sweet malt and dark fruit taste but for most part they are subdued flavors that don't really grab my attention.

clayrock81, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of KevMo84
3/5  rDev -15.7%

KevMo84, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of ShepardCommander
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

ShepardCommander, May 26, 2014
Photo of thewilliamhart
4/5  rDev +12.4%

thewilliamhart, May 18, 2014
Photo of uturn
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

uturn, May 16, 2014
Photo of pmarlowe
4/5  rDev +12.4%

pmarlowe, May 12, 2014
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a murky dark chestnut color with some ugly sediment. The head is a finger high, with a shade somewhere between off-white and mocha (so sue me, I'm indecisive...) I like how soft and creamy the head's texture is, and the retention - while not fantastic - is acceptable enough. Some lacing is left behind.

S: My first thought whiffing this beer is "gingerbread". Aside from ginger, I'm also getting heavy caramel, brown sugar, molasses, cinnamon, and perhaps even some chocolate. My only objection is that the nose doesn't have much in the way of bitter hints. Still, I like the well-defined aroma of this brew.

T: It actually follows the nose fairly well. While the primary flavor is caramel (expected), I enjoy the gingery hints I'm getting. It finishes with some brown sugar, molasses, and chocolate. There are also wisps of leafy, tobacco-like bitterness at times. Seems a bit simple and unexciting, but there is some enjoyment to be found.

M: Despite the moderate level of sweetness, it's fairly well attenuated. Ergo, it's not cloying. It still has a full body and a lush (not dry) finish - which means it obviously isn't the most crushable beer. Yeastiness (in spite of the huge amount of dregs poured into the glass) is actually well restrained. Also restrained is the carbonation.

O: Port City's beers (barring their damn good porter) always seem to be somewhat forgettable - there's nothing wrong with any of them, they're just usually devoid of excitement. This is much of the same. It's a decent brew, but a bit dull. I wouldn't seek it out, personally.

ThisWangsChung, May 11, 2014
Photo of atrocity
3/5  rDev -15.7%

atrocity, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of DOCRW
4/5  rDev +12.4%

DOCRW, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Boone757, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of apasternak
3/5  rDev -15.7%

apasternak, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of razorsdescent
4/5  rDev +12.4%

razorsdescent, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of Wattie
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Wattie, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of DavidHume
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

DavidHume, Mar 31, 2014
Photo of delta490
3.84/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a cloudy deep brown with reddish tint. There's about a finger of creamy light tan head that doesn't last too long, but does linger on and leaves a wee bit of lacing. The aroma is pretty mild, with just some slight malt hints but nothing definitive. The flavor makes up for it, though. There's a robust roasted malt flavor with some nice dark caramel and little earthy hops on the finish. It's got a nice full fulling on the palate and a little bit of carbonation. Overall, a good to very good Scottish ale.

delta490, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of Dave_Treat
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Dave_Treat, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

nmann08, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of zp6167a
4/5  rDev +12.4%

zp6167a, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of dugly2ugly
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

dugly2ugly, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of dieBlume
4/5  rDev +12.4%

dieBlume, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of NickyBox
4/5  rDev +12.4%

NickyBox, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of AWB3
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

AWB3, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of xylomaniac
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really like this ale. Full malty flavor with so many breweries throwing in hops its nice to have a great tasting beer which quenches the thirst with some great beer flavor. Though the hops are ever so alightly sensed on the nose you don't really catch them on the tongue. This would pare well with a good burger.

xylomaniac, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of cnwillis31
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

cnwillis31, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of Swift989
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Swift989, Jun 21, 2013
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Tartan Ale from Port City Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.