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Tartan Ale - Port City Brewing

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Tartan AleTartan Ale

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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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Virginia

2.25/5  rDev -36.8%

05-22-2013 20:50:04 | More by Novabrewer
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Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

05-15-2013 19:31:11 | More by mcaulifww
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3/5  rDev -15.7%

04-14-2012 00:04:14 | More by GiannaG
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District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -15.7%

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

3/5  rDev -15.7%

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

3/5  rDev -15.7%

04-21-2012 23:41:28 | More by bigred89
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navin

Virginia

3/5  rDev -15.7%

06-05-2013 19:32:41 | More by navin
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Virginia

3/5  rDev -15.7%

04-29-2014 19:36:19 | More by atrocity
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District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -15.7%

05-12-2013 00:18:26 | More by Sludgeman
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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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Fusion7777

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

06-05-2013 23:11:02 | More by Fusion7777
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Texas

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

04-27-2013 19:36:00 | More by IrishColonial
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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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Lee_Hancock

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

06-09-2013 21:54:02 | More by Lee_Hancock
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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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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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mactrail

Washington

3.44/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Handsome coppery color in the tall nonic, with a very nice head. Warm, malty brew, though no trace of smoke. Plenty of roasted malt flavors, with a very light body. Quite quaffable but not particularly interesting. Very slight bitterish tang. The hops have that fruity taste.

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Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2013 05:17:38 | More by mactrail
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In an effort to drink all the beers from a few local breweries, I ordered this on draft tonight. Served in a snifter.

Beer is ruby and clear with a nice white head of small bubbles, some lacing, nice retention, low carbonation.

Aroma is a little weak, a little sweet, mild caramel notes.

Beer is medium in body and sweet, subtle flavors and that is to say, not many flavors at all. Not a great beer but it was drinkable, I won't have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2012 04:00:09 | More by drabmuh
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District of Columbia

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Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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Virginia

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Virginia

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Tartan Ale from Port City Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.