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Tartan Ale - Port City Brewing

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63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.04%
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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KevMo84

California

3/5  rDev -15.7%

06-07-2014 08:18:30 | More by KevMo84
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ShepardCommander

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

05-26-2014 16:16:09 | More by ShepardCommander
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thewilliamhart

Virginia

4/5  rDev +12.4%

05-18-2014 00:34:42 | More by thewilliamhart
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uturn

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

05-16-2014 15:40:15 | More by uturn
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +12.4%

05-12-2014 01:14:54 | More by pmarlowe
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2014 04:12:26 | More by ThisWangsChung
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atrocity

Virginia

3/5  rDev -15.7%

04-29-2014 19:36:19 | More by atrocity
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DOCRW

Washington

4/5  rDev +12.4%

04-25-2014 23:06:26 | More by DOCRW
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Boone757

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

04-18-2014 23:39:19 | More by Boone757
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apasternak

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -15.7%

04-16-2014 01:06:38 | More by apasternak
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razorsdescent

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +12.4%

04-13-2014 04:57:22 | More by razorsdescent
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Wattie

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

04-05-2014 21:10:59 | More by Wattie
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DavidHume

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

03-31-2014 04:29:10 | More by DavidHume
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delta490

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 22:10:45 | More by delta490
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Dave_Treat

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

03-15-2014 18:48:00 | More by Dave_Treat
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

03-08-2014 20:42:45 | More by nmann08
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zp6167a

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +12.4%

02-25-2014 21:34:58 | More by zp6167a
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dugly2ugly

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

10-23-2013 00:45:58 | More by dugly2ugly
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dieBlume

Virginia

4/5  rDev +12.4%

09-11-2013 22:58:11 | More by dieBlume
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NickyBox

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +12.4%

07-11-2013 00:41:12 | More by NickyBox
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AWB3

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

07-09-2013 21:56:39 | More by AWB3
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xylomaniac

Virginia

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2013 18:52:21 | More by xylomaniac
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Vermont

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

06-29-2013 20:27:04 | More by cnwillis31
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District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

06-21-2013 05:17:12 | More by Swift989
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

06-20-2013 21:53:25 | More by maketheheartglad
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Tartan Ale from Port City Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.