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Tale Of The Shony - Church Street Brewing Company

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Reviews: 8
Hads: 45
Avg: 3.46
pDev: 13.87%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Church Street Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 03-14-2013

Our traditional 80 Shilling Scottish-style ale. Chocolate and roasted barley malts contribute to this dark-colored brew, rounded out by notes of sweet caramel and mellow roast. Robust, yet drinkable, this beer can be enjoyed in the cold months of winter or the dog days of summer.

32 IBU
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Reviews: 8 | Hads: 45
Photo of emerge077
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Draft sample at Blackfinn in Mount Prospect.

Reddish tone with bright clarity, ample offwhite foam on the surface, depositing some spotty lacing around the edges. Good retention, the foam doesn't break until after the first few sips.

Toasted specialty grains, dry huskiness.

Similar flavors of toasty grains, husks and all, dry hop bitterness in the finish. Dry with no sweetness, body is light with ample carbonation. Seems a bit light for a Scotch Ale, but it's pretty drinkable nonetheless. Glad to finally try a beer from this new brewery.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a tumbler.

Dunno why, but there seems to be a bunch of Scottish ales showing up these days... Anyway, this stuff pours a lightly-murky sienna topped by a finger of glowing off-white foam. The nose comprises earthy greens, green tea, and toffee. The taste brings in more of the same, with the tea a bit more subservient to the greens than before, creating a nice, heather-like character reminiscent of a cup of Earl Grey on the moors. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a nice Scottish ale, one that balances the earth and malts pretty well, creating a generally enjoyable drinking experience.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.47/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Church Street Scottish Ale is decent...but not spectacular. The beer poured a hazy brownish amber with very thin head that is not lacing. The scent had a nice maple flare and typical scottish push. The taste is a decent balanced beer with sweet malt base. The mouthfeel is no quite medium..but not light either. There is a smooth carbonation present. Overall the beer is a nice session beer.

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Photo of Tone
3.91/5  rDev +13%

Pours a clear, dark brown color. 3/2 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, syrup, hint of hop, slight alcohol, and a hint of toffee. Fits the style of a Scottish Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with a high carbonation level. Tastes of strong sweet malt, slight syrup, hint of roasted malt, alcohol, hint of hop, and a hint of toffee. Overall, good appearance, body, and blend, but more carbonated than I would have liked.

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Photo of barnzy78
2.6/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle, no freshness date
L - ruddy brown color with a tall greyish-tan head that holds good retention
S - weaker aroma, earthy with some caramel malt and bread
T - caramel, burnt caramel as well, spice, earth, tea, bread, yeast, faint chocolate, faint smoke, a bit medicinal especially on the finish
M - overly carbonated, medium body but very full feeling with all that carbonation, finishes dry
O - another disappointment from Church Street here. Seems to be a bit infected, flavors are muddled and just not that desirable. It's not terrible, but it's definitely not something I want to spend my money on.

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Photo of matjack85
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at the Pik - n - Go liquor store in Bloomingdale, IL. $6.99 for a six pack of 12oz brown bottles. This is a new local brewery that opened in 2012, so I'm looking foreword to trying my first beer from them. No freshness date.

The beer poured an iced tea color with a reddish tint to it - sort of like a raspberry iced tea. It only made a ½-finger of off-white head that lasted about a minute, and lacing was minimal.

It had a pleasant smell to it of roasted malts, chocolate, and sugar.

Roasted malt flavor with a touch of sweet caramel and chocolate. Tea-like hops provide a mild bitterness and good balance.

Medium body with moderate carbonation.

A very well made and tasty Scottish ale. This is my first taste of anything from this local brewery. Hope their other offerings are as good as this one.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Another new local brew to me from Church Street Brewing Co., acquired as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a muddy murky caramel body with hardly any conjuration of head. Manages to spring up about a half finger of khaki head when given a nice swirl. Hardly any lacing. Looks alright for what it is.

S - The aroma is pretty light, but contains notes of nuts, brown bread, toasted malt, maple syrup, indistinct fruits, and some mustiness. Perhaps some minor alcohol notes detectable.

T - Taste follows the nose - nutty & malty, with some cola notes and mild alcohol astringency. Some fruity yeast esters noticeable in the mix there also. Some dried dark fruit presence.

M - The feel is on the thin & watery side of things, especially for the style, but it is easy-drinking nonetheless. A dry papery sort of finish, with some dried fruitiness / cherry sort of aftertaste lingering on the palate.

Overall, I'd say it's a slightly below average representation of the style, and not one I would be interested in trying again. A bit too thin, and it could probably use some more malt body.

Church Street Brewing Tale Of The Shony Scottish Ale -----3/5.

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Photo of nwestby
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Overall a solid Scottish Ale. Pours a deep copper, with just a tinge of light breaking through at the corners of the glass. Head in my pour was thin. I had to let it splash hard in the glass to get a .25 inch of head the quickly dissipated. Smell is full of pleasant malty, nutty aroma. Taste is malt dominated and has touch of caramel sweetness. Mouthfeel is perfect for the style in my opinion. Overall a average to above average Scottish.

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Tale Of The Shony from Church Street Brewing Company
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