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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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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

03-08-2014 20:42:45 | More by nmann08
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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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mdfb79

New York

3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 03/24/12 notes. Have passed on 6ers of this so glad to get to try it. Had on tap at RFD, served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark reddish amber color with one inch of off white head and low to moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of dark fruits, bready malts, grains, biscuit malts, light butter. Not a ton going on but some sweet fruits. Not bad at all, but pretty average.

t - Tastes of sweet dark fruits, fruity malts, bready malts, caramel malts, biscuit malts, grains, toffee. Much better then the nose, more caramel and sweet fruits.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink but a bit undercarbonated.

o - Overall a decent beer from Port City. Not my favorite of their seasonals, as I found the nose a bit bland, but the taste made up for it. Nice fruity taste, probably wouldn't pick up a 6er of this one but worth checking out once or twice. I'd rank this slightly below Tidings in terms of liking their seasonal beers, with their Oktoberfest being the best by far.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2012 17:56:22 | More by mdfb79
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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.

Brewer says this is made with five malts and Fuggles hops, and rates the IBUs at 24. On tap at the brewery on the outskirts of Alexandria.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Maryland

3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 23:26:44 | More by smakawhat
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billab914

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

05-10-2013 20:37:24 | More by billab914
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 3/20/12
*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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 23:26:03 | More by Rhettroactive
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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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atrocity

Virginia

3/5  rDev -15.7%

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

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

04-09-2013 13:36:44 | More by KevinGordon
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Hanzo

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

06-01-2012 01:46:33 | More by Hanzo
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Chaney

District of Columbia

3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a FFF shaped glass.

A: Poured a clear, reddish-caramel color, with a whopping 2 finger + head that stayed frothy throughout the session.

S: This was very bready and almost resembled an Octoberfest. Some nuttiness and fresh grains also poked through with the grains winning out by a nose (pun intended).

T: Like I mention on the nose, the taste was very much a grain-fest, with the malt playing second fiddle. Personally though, I prefer that. Along with a mild sweetbready quality, this also packed quite a wallop in terms of bitterness on the finish.

M: This was substantially carbonated and none of the sweetness lingered, but I can't say the same about the bitterness. The lacing was quite substantial.

O: While I probably won't be running down the road to Alexandria to get any growler fills of this stuff, I could easily pop a couple of these. This was a Scottish Ale to my liking.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 23:06:34 | More by Chaney
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bigred89

Maryland

3/5  rDev -15.7%

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

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

04-27-2013 19:36:00 | More by IrishColonial
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KevMo84

California

3/5  rDev -15.7%

06-07-2014 08:18:30 | More by KevMo84
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2dogbrew

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

03-17-2012 02:39:31 | More by 2dogbrew
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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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uturn

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -15.7%

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

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip.

A: dark mahogany. frothy head has pink tints to it. retention is good. pretty clear.

S: a little smoky wisps. crystalized sugars. brown and in the raw.

T: tons of caramel sweet flavors start things off. similar to the nose there are little wisps of smoke on the palate. they actually linger a little into the finish.

M: moderate amount of fizz on a lightish/medium body.

D: a well-made scottish ale from port city. the minor smokey notes add an appreciated layer of complexity. certainly worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 21:28:14 | More by Jimmys
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siege06nd

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From bottle to Great Lakes British pint glass...

A: The first thing I notice on this is the color. What a wonderful, vibrant ruby tone this one has. Mostly clear with just a touch of haze. Half finger of off-white head that dwindles to a quarter finger. Lacing is thick and gobby. Looks really good.

S: I'm detecting baked bread and caramel, with subtle floral and fruity hints. Nice.

T: Baked biscuit, charred grains, hints of caramel and fruit. Not very complex, but when the flavors are on point (as they are here), that's not a problem.

M: A touch thin. Medium bodied, but fairly agressive carbonation covers up a lot of the flavors. Finish leaves something to be desired.

O: A decent Scottish Ale here. Very light-drinking for the style, but the malt profile could use a little bit more depth and complexity. Definitely one to try, but not one I would want to have multiples of in a sitting. This would be a great six-pack to bring along to a party where you are looking to introduce folks to craft beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 21:53:27 | More by siege06nd
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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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DOCRW

Washington

4/5  rDev +12.4%

04-25-2014 23:06:26 | More by DOCRW
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Tartan Ale from Port City Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.