Twenty Eleven Scotch Ale - Mudshark Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 4 | Reviews: 2 | Display Reviews Only:
3.09/5 rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
Sampled January 2012
Sampled on tap at 1702, Tucson; January 2012
Arrives from the tap with a fat-one-finger thick, deep amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a brilliant, perfect amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, red-amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells sweetish with a caramel and malt character up front, but this is quickly followed by a berry like fruitiness that lightly accents things. There also seems to be a touch of herbal hop character here in the nose but only just a touch
Quite sweet tasting, which is definitely expected, but there is also an ample fruity quality to this beer. The fruit flavors are quite noticeable, quite distinct and a bit unexpected; flavors of cherries, fake berry flavor and perhaps even a hint of cough syrup are noticeable (though this last stays away from the medicinal side of things). The beer finishes with a lightly biting, carbonic character, perhaps a touch of hop bitterness (though only just) and a slightly phenolic, sort of higher alcohol like note. As the beer warms up it gets a touch more medicinal and with more noticeable alcohol; it isn’t really hot though, just sort of sharp. The sweetness really accentuates the fruitiness, most of this is from the caramel and malt character, which is only lightly noticeable compared to the fruitiness. This has a nice, medium and viscous body to it though; it is rich without really being heavy.
This isn’t quite as clean as one might expect from a strictly stylistic standpoint; the ample fruitiness and touches of esters in the finish certainly adds to the “complexity”, but I am missing the rich, dense, chewy, malt character that I would expect in a beer labeled as a Scotch Ale. In the end this is a bit weird from what I was expecting, it is not a bad beer, just seems to miss the mark, in my mind, for what a scotch ale should be; but this is really my own stylistic hangup as this could almost pass for a rich, Belgian’ish type beer.
Serving type: on-tap
08-22-2013 03:21:53 | More by Gueuzedude
3.63/5 rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
The star of the Mudshark lineup in my opinion, at least as of this year's trip.
Pours a bright copper with a nice white head. Gold highlights and hints of red.
Nice looking. Nose is assertive whiskey tones all around - sweet roasted grain and a full on bourbon character.
Mouthfeel is medium but rich and inviting with nice balance.
Flavors are whiskey/scotch with nice coffee and carmel tones.
Finish follows flavor profile in that it finishes with a whiskey sweet and coffee bitter character.
Nice effort; my favorite, to date, from this brewery..
Serving type: on-tap
03-01-2011 07:53:20 | More by GRG1313
Twenty Eleven Scotch Ale from Mudshark Brewing Co.
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