Blackberry Scottish-Style - O'Fallon Brewery
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4.35/5 rDev +35.5%
This came as part of the mixed O'Fallon 8-pack. It's also likely the only Blackberry flavored Scottish Ale I've ever heard of, so it promises to be interesting. Unfiltered, pouring to a deep amber, forming a small off-yellow head with very poor retention and absent lacing, despite a vigorous pour. The aroma is delicious and quite unique...grainy and sweet amber grains, kinda like Fat Tire with that biscuity malt, with an overlying subtle blackberry note. Some herbal (but in a good way) hops round it out. Carbonation is mild to moderate. Mouthfeel is lightly creamy and medium bodied. The taste is also wonderful...there is a very pleasant biscuity malt body, but not what most would consider remotely sweet. The fruit is there, but is very contributory and not overwhelming. It leaves a subtle sweetness hanging on the tongue. Bitterness is mild and a pleasant earthiness balances the fruit. No particular peat or smoke is evident, though there is a mineral finish and a touch of roast barley (I think). Damn easy to slug back a few of these bad boys without having to worry about the alcohol, and it's so easy drinking, I could see my girlfriend sucking them down as well.
While this isn't a Scottish Ale in anyone's right mind, it's still damn delicious. This reminds me of a fruity Robert the Bruce (which is another take on the Scottish ale that is delicious, but not true to style). I could drink many of these and was pleasantly surprised. I would buy it again in a heartbeat.
03-28-2007 23:53:10 | More by Mitchster
4/5 rDev +24.6%
Hazy, coppery-brown in hue with a peachy influence, especially when backlit. The color is mildly entertaining. The head was basically white in color; at its highest point the foam was only a half finger. Head retention was fair; it disappeared quickly to a thin cap and then a soapy collar. Subsequent lacing was very clump, unorganized but not widespread at all. The appearance, on the whole, is unimpressive but not flawed. The nose has great balance between blackberry aromas and standard Scottish qualities like sweet malt, peat, dried caramel candy, hints of well-rounded earthiness and a smattering of spiced wood. The blackberry is louder in the nose then I was expecting, that is not a bad thing and I have no fears that the palate will be too fruity. The overall potency is moderate but the smells are expressed crystal-clear. Inviting very much so! The palate is fairly similar to the nose in the sense the blackberry qualities are loud but not overpowering. This is one of the best fruit beers Ive ever tasted, mainly because the actual beer qualities are done so very well. There is no question this beer is actually a Scottish Ale. The maltiness is heavy on sweetness (even with the fruit it is far from cloying) with peat-like qualities and dried caramel candy. Hints of spiciness with some wood in the mix too. The finish is a beautiful blend of blackberry and Scottish maltiness. The palate is rich enough, deep enough, and flavorful enough to keep me interested. Medium in body, firm but natural carbonation, the mouthfeel is relaxing and very fitting for this beer. Pleasant. It is plenty drinkable, this would be a worthy match for pie or vanilla ice cream but it is definitely good enough to drink alone. It is tasty, easy going and likeable a good combination for any beer. I purchased a six-pack in Parkville, MO. Id buy more if I had the chance. Recommended.
03-29-2005 21:22:20 | More by bditty187
3.88/5 rDev +20.9%
Appearance - medium to dark amber pour. I see lots of bubbles churning around on the pour but the head forms up small, leaves quickly, and doesn't lace at all.
Aroma - a thin blackberry presence with a thin smokiness just behind it. Thanks for not going overboard with that. As it warms, the blackberry comes through much bettter. Very nice.
Taste - the smoked malts are easy to pick up even though they are soft and low-key. The blackberry is there just not as distinct of a flavor. Going conservative on these particular flavoring choices is not necessarily a bad thing. Too much to either side would create an overly sweet beer or a hopelessly unbalanced brew. Everyone gets along here, the only thing I don't taste is much of a hop element. A tasty beer anyway.
Mouthfeel - crisp, carbonated a little above average, slightly thinnish but it works.
Drinkability - not sure when I'd session this, but it's durable. If nothing else, it could be thrown in any night just for a change of pace.
06-20-2007 15:05:18 | More by brewdlyhooked13
3.83/5 rDev +19.3%
Nicely blended beer. Blended a Scottish style with blackberry flavors. Pours a carbonated brown beer with redish colors intermitten. Nice aromas of caramel, malt, toffee, acohol, and dark fruits. Tastes nicely scottish, with the caramels and light chocolates. Figs, dates, and nut flavors accompany malt sweetness. Creamy body holds blackberry-like flavors. They are not overly dominant, but do add complexity and flavor. Lightly hopped for balance. Finishes sweet and mildly drying.
08-07-2005 23:12:01 | More by BEERchitect
3.73/5 rDev +16.2%
You have to give some credit to this brewery for their playful innovations and experimentation with styles, even if they sometimes miss the mark. I wasn't expecting much from this bottle, but it exceeded my expectations even if it missed the style. Appearance: Pours a muddy, orange/brown body with a small beige head that eventually falls into a persistent film and collar. Some patchy lace is left on the glass.
Aroma: Somewhat subdued, with caramel and toffee malt dominating. Blackberry fruitiness is certainly apparent, but not overdone. Some earthiness is noticed, but not quite what I would call peat.
Mouthfeel: Light medium body with high carbonation that takes several minutes to settle down.
Taste: Caramel and toffee malt sweetness mirrors the nose, more apparent as it warms and the carbonation subsides. Minimal hop bitterness, but enough to prevent cloying sweetness from the berry infusion. The blackberry presence is actually quite tame and adds a nice touch to the dominant malty character. Not much here to suggest a Scotch ale or wee heavy, but pretty tasty nonetheless. Malty finish and aftertaste.
Drinkability: Not bad, overall, and much better than their Cherry Chocolate Ale that I didn't really care for. Some smoked character and a more aggressive blackberry component would elevate the scores on this one a few notches. Thanks to kmpitz2 for the opportunity to sample this interesting bottle.
04-19-2005 11:09:36 | More by merlin48
3.68/5 rDev +14.6%
Appearance: Pours a very hazy medium dark amber color (which I'll presume is impacted by the blackberry juice); the head is sturdy and retains well but it leaves only a few dots of lace
Smell: Very unusual, with alternative whiffs of blackberry juice and caramel malt; once I think I've pinned one side down, the other appears
Taste: Opens with a bit of biscuit and caramel with clear hints of blackberry; after the swallow, a powdery chocolate flavors appear to join the other flavors but the effect is not particularly long-lived; slightly phenolic on the finish
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to low carbonation
Drinkability: Oh, but what could have been here with this now retired beer (which, I understand, gets better with a bit of age) - imagine a Wee Heavy with subtle blackberry elements; as it is, the flavor is intriguing but somewhat less than satisfying; perhaps it will re-emerge at a later date in a bolder fashion
Thanks to esjaygee (from the other site), for the opportunity
09-21-2008 17:17:02 | More by brentk56
3.65/5 rDev +13.7%
A - a dark almost rubyish red brown color...hard to pinpoint. spotty lacing.
S - of sweet malty blackberries
T - initial taste is very good, very sweet, earthy, and the berry taste is not overpowering. Not super complex, but decent. Good malt backbone of course. I was expecting a lot more berry flavor, but was pleasantly surprised at its subtleness. In the late aftertaste there's a little funky malt taste.
M - a tad too carbonated, seems to be a common problem with O'Fallon.
D - A fairly tasty brew that I would buy again if I didn't have such a drive to drink different beer all the time. Better than I was expecting.
03-23-2008 21:56:44 | More by brewgetter
3.63/5 rDev +13.1%
A- Poursa a ruby/brown with a nice amount of fine sediment. The head is 2 fingers in head, ultra light tan in color, and has decent retention. Minimal lacing is present.
S- A bit of coriander, black berry, blue berry, and a touch of butterscotch. A balanced fruitiness.
T- Starts with slightly earthy notes with slight blackberry, a touch of drier chocolate, then moves to the slightly dry finish with hints of blue/black berries.
M- lower carbonation. Nice balance overall
D- This is a decent take on the odder scotch ales out there. Traquair Jacobite comes to mind with this one, but it lacked the complexity that one had. I wouldn't buy it again, but it's worth a shot if you can pick up a single.
10-18-2008 03:04:59 | More by Greggy
3.58/5 rDev +11.5%
This beer poured a clear, iced-tea brown color with light brown, pillowy foam that settled slowly, and with good, strong carbonation from the bottom of the glass. The smell was lightly sweet malt with a touch of caramel, plus a light blackberry aroma. The taste was malty with light blackberry fruitiness and mild hop bitterness in the finish. There was a light taste of yeast as well. Oddly, the flavor was less good as the beer warmed in the glass. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with medium body and good carbonation. The flavors lingered mildly in the finish. The was a decent beer, not overpowered by the fruit, and fairly easy-drinking.
08-31-2006 04:39:01 | More by UncleJimbo
3.58/5 rDev +11.5%
I'm very much surprised to see the rating of this beer on this site; I thought it was good, better in fact than the Wheach, which I also liked. I would recommend this beer; it was like a good blackberry iced tea, except replace the tea part with a very mild Scotch Ale. I really liked it.
The beer poured a hazy red with good head formation. Aroma was quite berry-ish, with not a lot of Scotch ale aroma. However, flavor was definitely Scotch ale with some berry aftertaste. The beer flavor is pretty mild for a Scotch ale, but with some good berry aftertaste. Mouthfeel was roasty and dry like a Scotch ale. I found it quite refreshing, and I really liked it; better than the Wheach in fact.
04-29-2007 01:19:25 | More by BeerBelcher
3.53/5 rDev +10%
A-Pours deep amber-brown with nice off-white head. Retention is okay. Very faint lacing, and spotty cap remains.
S-Sweet toasted malt and blackberry. I was expecting the blackberry to be stronger, which made me put off drinking this for so long. I'm pleased to see it's rather subtle and mild.
T-Slightly sweet toasted malt, nuts, blackberries. Taste starts to lose it's harmony before the finish.
M-Carbonation is rather liberal. Overall body is light to medium, seemingly fitting for the style. Nice dryness near the end, but the toasty malt, blackberry, and dryness clash in a way that brings out an overripe, slightly dirty sensation.
D-Quite good up until the last second, and things come back together after the finish. I won't get it again since I was just curious, but it was decent, and better than I expected.
04-05-2008 03:28:46 | More by BoitSansSoif
3.53/5 rDev +10%
Fairly run of the mill, and I'm not really sure what is 'Scottish-Style' about it, maybe because it's malty? Scottish style that does not make, sorry to say. Pours a cloudy chestnut in color with a thin film for a head. Nose is quite nice, subtlely fruity, faintly berry-like. Taste is a bit of a wash, quite fruity, but a bit disjointed, not particularly balanced. It's really just 'okay' really, but somehow the more I drink of it, the more I like it. Honestly there isn't a whole lot to say that is particularly bad about this brew, but the opposite can be said as well.
04-02-2006 03:14:21 | More by Gaisgeil
3.53/5 rDev +10%
12 oz brown longneck with no freshness dating.
Poured in my SA pint glass, the beer is a hazy brown with gold highlights. There is a huge beige head & decent lacing.
The aroma is of smoky malts, some berries and brown sugar.
First taste is berries followed rapidly by the peaty malts. The berries flavor is neither overwhelming or artificial. More berries in the aftertaste and the beer sweetens. I'd like a little more robust scotch ale as the base for this one.
The mouth is solid. Drinkablity is tougher. Would I drink all night, no. Would I drink occasionally, yes. Interesting combo is worth searching out.
04-10-2008 23:56:01 | More by Redrover
3.5/5 rDev +9%
12 ounce bottle. Served in a Dogfish Head snifter, the beer pours dark copper/mahogany color with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both OK. The aroma is blackberries, smoked malt, caramel, and some peat. Taste is the same as the aroma. The name of the beer fits, it does taste and smell like a Scottish Ale with some blackberries. Mouthfeel/body is medium, with average carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's easy enough to drink and goes down easy. Overall I think this is a decent beer, I could drink it now and again. It's not bad and worth a try.
02-24-2008 01:31:33 | More by bluejacket74
3.5/5 rDev +9%
Dark amber/mahogany tone. Slightly hazed. Thin off white head. Lace is sporadic. Nose is dirty, grundgey malts and squashed blackberries. Interesting taste. Kind of an earthy and murky feel to it all. The blackberry flavor is duely noted in the background, complementing the earthy character of this beer. Almost get some porter like charcteristics like chocolate and roasted malts. Subdued traits. Decent enough beer.
06-23-2007 03:33:51 | More by Bighuge
3.5/5 rDev +9%
O'Fallon Blackberry Scottish-Style Ale
12 oz bottle
Medium pour in a goblet
Recent bottling, imbibed 11/06
Poured a clear brown with an average off-white fizzy quickly diminishing head.
Smelt of light smokiness, tea leaves and blackberries.
Taste was upfront light bittersweet raspberry ice tea followed by a slight smoke taste on a short to average length finish. Palate was light bodied, watery, and fizzy.
Overall, the beer tasted like unsweetened raspberry iced tea. I'm not sure if that's a good thing or not, but a cool odd combination.
11-29-2006 23:46:16 | More by xav33
3.48/5 rDev +8.4%
A-Crimson colored....looks good...nice mild tan head on top
S-Smells like some blackberry soft serve ice cream I used to enjoy as a kid up in the Boulder Junction area of Wisconsin...not a fresh blackberry smell but more of an artificial flavor....I still enjoy the aroma though...also some light toasted malts...
T-Blackberry is more subtle than I expected but it still leads the way along with a light toasted maltiness...
M-Thinner than expected...too thin for my tastes for this style....has more of a wheat beer body to it than a scotch ale....really more of a drinker than a sipper.
D-I'm split on this beer....I wanted it to be deeper and more of a sipping style beer....I like the use of blackberry and this drinks easy enough but a bigger, richer beer would be even better,
07-17-2007 04:58:11 | More by ZAP
3.45/5 rDev +7.5%
Appearance: Hazy brown body, maybe a touch of purple in there as well (or maybe it is my imagination). Head fades fast and stands at a thin complete layer over the beer.
Smell: Quite odd, the blackberry is evident some porterish bitter chocolate. Hard to tell where the flavor is going to go from the smell.
Taste: The chocolate is there, also some honey like sweetness. The blackberry provides some undefined fruitiness, not much of the berry flavor left, although blackberries are, to me, a faily inassertive flavor anyways.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, full, low carbonation. Fits the beer.
Drinkability: Not a bad beer to sip on, just doesn't capture my interests that much.
04-21-2006 20:18:42 | More by TastyTaste
3.4/5 rDev +5.9%
12oz single, Woodman's I think
All of these beers seem to suck but they all have wild ideas and funny bottles, so for a 1.39 I try them
appearance: deep clear mahogany-garnet poured into a notre dame pint glass, small beige head that actually has pretty good retention...a little too clear for a scotch, but well tinted
smell: cheap candy fruitness, sweet candy chocolate...not a whole lot more involved than that, light roastiness
taste: more cheap candy (seems to be a trend with o'fallon)...its almost like they brew most of their beers with reject halloween candy...sweet cheap chocolate, blackberry flavouring comes in stronger in the taste, very light roastiness, not very scotch-like...its not bad, its interesting, but its hard to call good
drinkability: pretty good
06-20-2006 01:39:10 | More by dirtylou
3.4/5 rDev +5.9%
Pours out a cloudy amber and sits a hazy caramel brown in the glass with a smallish light tan, off-white head. Fades to a light skim leaving some good lacings on the glass.
Smells rich and fruity, blackberry comes out nicely. Caramel all around in a mild, toasty core. Currant jelly sticks to the back of the throat; mouthwatering is a nice way of putting it.
Tastes lightly sweet up front, malt come out a bit more, offering good caramel flavors, with some toastiness as well. On comes the fake-ish fruit flavorings...calls on blackberry but turns up nil. Some wet-cardboard flaovors permeate.
Crisp in the mouth with vibrant carbonation. About a medium body, not a penny more.
I guess I should learn to not expect much from these so-called "fruit beers," or maybe I'm just spoiled rotten. I really liked the nose on this, but it didn't pay off in flavor, where it counts. Even as a scottish ale, it's fair. Now I've got to get the taste of artificial flavorings out of my mouth...
03-12-2005 04:26:59 | More by Skidz
3.38/5 rDev +5.3%
Poured into a 16oz standard pint glass. Pours a medium dark brown, fairly clear. Minimal head and no lacing.
Smell was kind of odd. I expected a strong fruit smell but that was very muted. Aroma had a hint of smokiness.
Flavor was very good, mild peaty smoke flavor with a strongly subtle blackberry flavor lurking in the background. Quite hard to describe the fruitiness, I could tell there was a sweet blackberry flavor there, but it wasn't overpowering. Nicely balanced with the roasty, peat flavors.
Mouthfeel about what you would expect with a scottish style. Medium to heavy body.
I don't think I could drink more then one or two of these at a sitting, mainly due to the peat flavors. An interesting beer that is worth a try, but I probably wouldn't go to far out of my way for it.
09-27-2006 00:15:29 | More by Generik420
3.38/5 rDev +5.3%
Well, I'm not sure what makes this a Scottish-style beer - it was an okay, but pedestrian, fruit beer. Poured a ruddy caramel - I suppose I expected something purple. Some vague fruit aroma. Malty, a bit on the sweet side. Fruit flavoring is evident, but more of a general berry nature than a specific blackberry flavor. Not a bad fruit beer - reasonably drinkable, but I had hoped the blackberry would be more distinctive.
08-31-2005 13:21:35 | More by Brent
3.38/5 rDev +5.3%
Appearance - The ale was clear and inviting. There was significant carbonation and head. After pouring into my glass I had about 6" of head. The head retained very well and had very nice lacing as it dissipated. The head itself was a white/off-white color and made the beer look great just sitting there. The color of the beer was copper, it appears that blackberry extract was used as none of the color from the berries was imparted on the beer.
Smell - Blackberries, sweet malts, a little smoke. The hops were not very noticeable, but they could have easily been hidden by the blackberry essence.
Taste - Again, blackberries. But they were not very overwhelming. There was the flavor of the hops, very subtle to tie into the fruity flavor already there. It seemed like there were a lot of sugars still present in the beer and this gave obviously a sweeter taste but also balanced out the tartness of the blackberries. Overall a good balance of flavors that resulted in a good beer to sit back and enjoy. Fits the Light Scotch Ale pretty well.
Mouthfeel - This one is hard for me to review as I haven't had a lot of beers to compare against. But the beer was well carbonated, but not overdone. The beer was light and crisp, almost like a summer beer like a kolsch or wheat.
Drinkability - Very easy to drink and enjoy. The overall flavor and body of the beer was great. I would definitely buy this again.
04-19-2007 13:26:56 | More by mizzoueng
3.35/5 rDev +4.4%
12 oz bottle pours a cloudy bright dark amber with a nice foamy lasting off white head that leaves some lacing in my glass. Light aroma of fresh blackberries. Mild fruity blackberry, caramel and chocolate flavors, medium bodied with a tad watery mouthfeel, finishes on the sweet side. Not overdone with fruit, not bad.
08-14-2005 20:10:23 | More by maxpower
3.28/5 rDev +2.2%
Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine April 2007.
An intriguing mix: a Scottish-style Ale meets blackberries. There's a first for everything, we guess.
The fizzy lace lacks any real retention; the active carbonation is the only thing keeping it alive. Hazed, brownish burgundy color is borderline opaque. Toasted biscuit and sweet-tart blackberry aroma. Thick, viscous smoothness shows that the beer has a full body, yet enough crispness makes its way through. Toasted and mild caramel maltiness comes in layers as the blackberry flavor blankets the palate. Clean malt all around with a ghost-like nutty yeast in the middle. Kiss of hop bitterness is not sharp enough to rise above the berry flavor. Finishes slightly sweet, with a grainy and faded berry flavor.
This one is an oddball; nothing's really bad about it, it's just an odd mix of flavors. Regardless, it's worth a try. Thanks to Uncle Jimbo for the sample.
04-07-2010 20:08:07 | More by BeerAdvocate
Blackberry Scottish-Style from O'Fallon Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.