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Wooden Nickel Scottish Peated Lager - Backpocket Brewing

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Wooden Nickel Scottish Peated LagerWooden Nickel Scottish Peated Lager

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83
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32 Ratings
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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Backpocket Brewing visit their website
Iowa, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
So, a German, a Scott and an Iowan walk into a bar and... an entirely unique beer was born. Traditional German yeast, hops and techniques, paired with the smoky flavor from scottish malts, that somehow evokes a quiet, subtle quality that is uniquely Iowa.

(Beer added by: mdwalsh on 12-20-2010)
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Reviews by afinepilsner:
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afinepilsner

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

01-26-2014 23:12:00 | More by afinepilsner
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SullivanPelagius

Iowa

2.45/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: I drank this beer from the bottle, so didn't rate it.

S: Malt with an earthy background.

T: Burnt popcorn. The base beer is a malty bock that is too sweet for the earthy peat. Seriously, this stuff tasted like I was drinking burnt popcorn.

M: Unoffensive. Expected for it's style, but nothing spectacular.

0: This beer needed less malt or more hop to properly balance the flavors.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2014 01:40:56 | More by SullivanPelagius
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skubas86

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

05-25-2014 22:08:00 | More by skubas86
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Berg77

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

05-02-2014 15:29:05 | More by Berg77
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bismarksays

Iowa

3.25/5  rDev -11%

03-29-2014 21:45:31 | More by bismarksays
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.
5.7% ABV

A - Wooden Nickel appears as if it would usually be a clear beer but sediment hazes the brassy copper colored beer while it's fleeting white head disappears to a ring of tight bubbles.

S - An aroma all it's own, Wooden Nickel has a robust peat nose of earthy smoke, damp bark mulch, and a few grass clippings tossed on top, all with a smooth bready malt base akin to a traditional German bock.

T - Surprisingly unlike the aroma, the flavor of Wooden Nickel strays from the robust peatiness to a more subtle blend of the earthy smoke notes with a fuller malt flavor consisting of sweet bread and light toffee shavings.

M - The body is there for a bock; malty, smooth, medium feel, but it's also very crisp and clean. There's minimal lingering attributes of anything, really, which makes it a great blend of styles!

O - From the first whiff, Wooden Nickel has an aroma unlike any other beer, even smoke, or peated beers. This blend of styles trail blazes a new path of Scottish-style German lager with the classic characteristics of each shining with equal importance. Very unique and very nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 00:02:27 | More by BeerFMAndy
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hopley

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

02-22-2014 03:15:14 | More by hopley
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Dresden-Valentine

Iowa

4/5  rDev +9.6%

02-16-2014 05:00:50 | More by Dresden-Valentine
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wrightst

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

01-31-2014 01:41:14 | More by wrightst
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wshell1

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +9.6%

12-28-2013 02:36:44 | More by wshell1
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darthvohn

Texas

3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Glass Used: Pint (Becker)

Appearance: Mahogany; head was minimal and faded quickly.

Smell: Smoke and oak with the sweet fruitiness of a white wine. I love the aroma of this beer.

Taste: Smoked malts and grain. Not at all harsh, enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Slick, finishing light and crisp.

Overall: An enjoyable Scottish ale. I would grab one or two if I were visiting Iowa.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 04:38:23 | More by darthvohn
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schoon

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

11-13-2013 23:49:52 | More by schoon
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jzlyo

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

11-09-2013 01:47:50 | More by jzlyo
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kazam55

Iowa

4/5  rDev +9.6%

10-19-2013 22:50:04 | More by kazam55
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alphagnome

Iowa

4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Pours a transparent brown color, similar to that of a Coke or Pepsi. Despite my best efforts with a hard pour, I could no wrangle a head out of this one, there is hardly a ring around the glass even. Light penetrates it easy enough and reveals a plenty of sediment in suspension and light carbonation.

Aroma:
The nose is rather light, although it could be due to my poor choice in glassware... What I can get is a bit of a smoked oak character and some nice, caramel malts.

Taste:
Delicious! A slighty bitter cocoa presence is whisked away rather quickly as smoked grains billow in. A subtle amount of hops wash away the smoke character and replace it with a sightly earthy bitterness. Leaves a pleasant, coffee-ish aftertaste.

Mouthfeel:
The mind tricks the mouth here into believing that this will be a heavier beer than it is - It's quite light. Carbonation is good. it's crisp as well and multiple could easily be consumed in one sitting.

Overall:
A well executed scottish lager from a small Iowan brewery. Bravo! While it could use a bit more potency from all the flavors at work here, it's very easy to drink and very easy to enjoy. Worth picking up, I know I will be reaching for this one again soon.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 19:06:54 | More by alphagnome
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.14/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A dirty brown chestnut body, opaque fairly with a muddy somewhat thin consistency to see through a bit, with some red hinting hues along the edges. Head is creamy tan very faint, and has little retention and barley makes two fingers tall off the pour.

Very enjoyable nose. First scent is smoked malts, then a little bit of caramel sticky quality. Blur between rauchbier and Scottish ale senses. The smokey quality doesn't really remind me of peat smoke at all, but it's very well done and enjoyable. It's still delicious.

Palate bring much of the smokey quality to the forefront. Sweet caramel and some hints of nutty quality. Large campfire and sweet bacon umami fat richness on the palate. Light phenols a hint of medicinal and plasticy aftertaste but luckily not very large, further quaffs bring more of the smoke richness and sweetness out. Light feeling palate but the flavors are not watered down, with a hint of moderate playful carbonation.

Overall great take on a smokey beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 23:52:40 | More by smakawhat
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hefferee

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

08-28-2013 15:27:11 | More by hefferee
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

08-24-2013 18:08:36 | More by Cynic-ale
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PatrickKlopfenstein

Iowa

3/5  rDev -17.8%

08-18-2013 02:24:43 | More by PatrickKlopfenstein
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RonKoch

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

08-12-2013 03:50:54 | More by RonKoch
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tom79mp

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

08-10-2013 06:54:49 | More by tom79mp
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Rayek

Colorado

3/5  rDev -17.8%

08-08-2013 01:35:02 | More by Rayek
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dmilewsk

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

07-15-2013 21:12:26 | More by dmilewsk
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fuzzcherry

Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

06-04-2013 06:19:56 | More by fuzzcherry
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Tjvan2

Iowa

3.25/5  rDev -11%

04-13-2013 06:39:01 | More by Tjvan2
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Wooden Nickel Scottish Peated Lager from Backpocket Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.