Wooden Nickel Scottish Peated Lager - Backpocket Brewing

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Wooden Nickel Scottish Peated LagerWooden Nickel Scottish Peated Lager

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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.06%
Wants: 2
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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Iowa, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mdwalsh on 12-20-2010

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.
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Photo of alphagnome
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of pat61
4.21/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap. Has a smoky, peaty nose bordering on dirty wool socks. It pours brilliant copper amber with a thin film of a head. Presents a very clean and smooth palate with a little smoke, dark kettle sugars and lightly toasted malts. The palate is close to an American interpretation of a Scottish ale while it has the clean and smooth character of a lager. Medium body and carbonation.

Photo of Jeffreysan
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a very pretty, cloudy, deep, dark mahogany color with a quarter of a finger of white head that dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Interesting aromas. Strong notes of toasted malt and peat and caramel. Very nice.

Taste: Wow! Delicious! Strong notes of toasted malt, imparting flavors of cereal or whole grain crackers, followed by some caramel and brown sugar-like sweetness, finished with some strong notes of peaty smokiness. Excellent!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and pretty smooth and creamy as there’s hardly no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 5.7%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: Wow! What an incredibly unique and delicious beer! I love the beautiful balanced flavors of sweet, toasted malt and peat. This is a Scotch-lover’s Scotch Ale!! Between this and the Slingshot, I’m impressed with this brewery! Thanks to my brother for bringing them back with him from Iowa after visiting his in-laws!

Photo of bashiba
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a nice caramel brown and clear, with a very thin light head. Seems to be a trend with Old Man River, all their beers are very lightly carbonated, not sure if this is by design or not.

The smell had a light peaty smoke aroma mixing in with some sweet caramel malts.

The flavor was good but on the mild side, hints of sweet caramel and brown sugar along with a light bit of smoke and a touch of earthy hops in the finish.

The moutfeel was on the thin side with low carbonation.

The flavors are all there I just usually like a bit more boldness in this style.

Photo of smakawhat
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of mdwalsh
4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of the breweries rebranding to Back Pocket Brewing.

A: Light brown/amber, with a razor thin off white head. No haze, but no active carbonation either. 4.0

S: Smoke/peat and a little hops from on heavy here. Very unique, but not too strong or complex. 3.5

T: Very nice. Great balance between the peat and the hops and way more complex than the aroma. Great bite on a malty back bone. It just is a really interesting blend of flavors. 4.5

M: Great. Crisp and well carbonated, but with enough body for me be happy. 4.5

D: Simply great. 4.5

Photo of SullivanPelagius
2.52/5  rDev -32.4%
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.

Photo of knepper
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I didn't have high expectations but this is a good one. Described as a Scottish Peated Lager on the bottle and it is just that - a spectacular version of a slightly smokey Scottish ale only lagered. With the fruitiness of the ale yeast gone, the malts really shine. I may have found my new go-to fall/winter beer. Great stuff.

Photo of CrackedHarlot
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Got this tasty brew after dinner. Had a nice copper, brown color and slightly ivory head when poured into a glass from a bottle. Not a strong aroma from the bottle, but picked up the malts. I enjoyed the bock style that tasted like it got mixed with a rauchbier. Smokey flavor and aftertaste, but not overpowering. Overall, I'm glad I spotted a poster the wall for this brewery, good local brew.

Photo of Norvelljeff
4.49/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very easy to drink, brown color.

Photo of UrbanCaveman
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a shaker pint at approximately 40 degrees F.

A: During the pour, the beer looks like weak tea, with watery spots that appear almost clear. Minimal head forms atop it in the glass, where it resembles a stronger tea with a slight reddish tinge. What head does form dies to a ring swiftly, and leaves little to no tracing behind.

S: A base of warm, toasty bread meets the inside of an old wooden barrel that was used to carry a tree bark mulch, with a tinge of autumn-dried leaves skittering along the surface.

T: Right up front, an earthy bitterness strikes, sharp-edged and lined with smoke and damp wood. It quickly fades into a sweet, toasty caramel malt, before the finish recedes as something not unlike a lightly smoked toffee.

M: Light with mildly sharp carbonation, this beer is eminently drinkable.

O: This is one of the more unique lagers I've tried, and rest assured, it is in fact a bock lager and not at all a Scottish ale. The smoke and malt play off one another quite well. I repeat this beer any time I happen to be near Iowa City (Go Hawkeyes).

Photo of darthvohn
3.43/5  rDev -8%
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.

Wooden Nickel Scottish Peated Lager from Backpocket Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.