Blackberry Scottish-Style - O'Fallon Brewery
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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
3/5 rDev -6.5%
Bottle from Party Source. This beer pours a mostly clear ruby/brown color with a medium thin off-white head that has decent retention. Stringy lacing on the glass. Aroma similar to the packets of mixed berry jelly you find at finer restaurants. Touches of earthy malt in the nose as well. Medium-bodied with tart blueberry and peat flavors, along with some grainy malt. The finish is fruity and soft, with a mildly bitter aftertaste that lingers awhile. Overall this beer did not really do much for me.
12-30-2008 14:56:53 | More by Dogbrick
3.08/5 rDev -4%
Appears a dark crimson toned amber with a frothy, beige head that slowly fades into a mild cap of suds. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, toffee, berries, citrus, and mild grass.
Taste is toffee mixed with berries, along with a mild hop punch of cut grass and citrus notes coming through.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sweet, lacking balalnce, with a spritzy finish.
11-24-2008 19:26:19 | More by weeare138
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
3.68/5 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
3.28/5 rDev +2.2%
This beer pours a clear ruby color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is of blackberry and caramel. The taste is a lot more malty than the aroma. The blackberry is almost none existent. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is a decent beer. It would be more interesting if there were more going on in the aroma.
08-01-2008 23:37:15 | More by KarlHungus
3/5 rDev -6.5%
part 2 of a 4 beer mix pack from Ofallon.
A- pours a reddish copper with a tan head on top that is pretty nice. and had decent retention and light wet lacing, but fell from there without much sticky lacing.
S- not the greatest smelling, notes of blackberry, but it may just be the way the malt and the fruit come together but it comes across almost as being astringent.
T- so first off i would say the first is a little wierd, and not that good, but the middle and end is much better and pretty tasty.
There is a mix of the traditional strong malts and flavors from a scotch ale, including teh spices, and the fruit is subtle as well. I think the smell also throws it off a little bit. after that the spices of the scotch ale simmer down, and the sweetness and more complex maltiness comes in, which actually works quite well. the overall taste is tempered by the poor smell. the finish leaves a slightly sweet fruit and malty mix on the tongue which is quite pleasent. the lingering flavors also ask for me to drink it again, however the beginning of any such endevor suffers again and the cycle continues
M- full body, medium carbonation, crisp with a lingering flow on the tongue
D- that smell and beginning of the taste hurt it, but the finish helps it overall alot.
07-13-2008 20:53:29 | More by Atron67
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
3.53/5 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
3.2/5 rDev -0.3%
A - Pours medium brown in color with hints of red. Head was averge, showing poor retention. Lacing was average.
S - A solid malt aroma rises from the beer first. It is comprised of caramel and bread. There is a berry smell but it doesn't play a major role. Alcohol is present throughout but is mild and takes a back seat to other aromas.
T - Malt flavors come through first - caramel and nuts. Tastes like some yeast in there as well. The berry flavor is not strong but evident pretty quick. Grainy flavors round things out. Pretty good balance of flavors but a little bland overall.
M - Light bodied with average carbonation.
D - Drinkability is average. It goes down easy. The balance of flavors is good. There is just not enough flavor there to make it the beer I was expecting. I will not be having another one of these anytime soon.
04-03-2008 03:11:26 | More by csmiley
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
3.1/5 rDev -3.4%
Pours an amber color with ruby hues. Has one finger of light tan head sitting on top with no lacing and poor retention.
Aroma is notably fruity. Strong sweet berry and caramel.
Taste is interesting. Big fruitiness, blackberry very apparent. Strong maltiness displays caramel and toffee notes. Seems kind of choclatey too.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation. Drinkability is good.
02-28-2008 05:21:17 | More by Goliath
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
2.88/5 rDev -10.3%
12oz brown bottle with no freshness dating. Served in a Samuel Adams specialty pint glass.
Pours a dark caramel/deep copper with a rocky off-white head and lively carbonation. Head settles in time leaving a creamy looking crown. This is an attractive brew, with a rich color and golden highlights. Head left little to no lace. The smell is a mixture of sweet, cookie-like malts, and blackberries, along with other dark fruits (black grapes and blueberries). The hops are spruce-like and hidden in the background. Flavor is reminiscent of a sweet red wine at times. There are slightly roasted malts and a canned blackberry taste that finishes kind of sour. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a somewhat dry texture and some fizzy carbonation.
I love blackberries, so when I saw this, I knew that I had to give it a try. It started off so promising with an attractive appearance and a nice intriguing smell. That's where it started going down hill for me. To me the flavors seemed somehow at odds with each other, and the mouthfeel is similar to a flavored soda. I am glad that I gave it a try, but probably wouldn't want another.
12-24-2007 21:48:44 | More by littleshamrocks
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
3.5/5 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
3.88/5 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
2.8/5 rDev -12.8%
Purchased May 2007 at Lukas Liquors in Ellisville, MO - part of an O'Fallon mixed 8-pack.
Pours a hazy but translucent orangish brown. Very, very fizzy - almost like a 7Up. Aroma is led with fruit, but not overpowering - although the bitterness is MIA. Taste is integrated, but I can't say it's wonderful - mostly sweet berry juice, some dryness on the finish. Certainly no conflicting hop taste anywhere, but the malt is thin, the texture watery.
Nothing Scottish about this - no earth, no peat, not a hint of smoke. But not entirely a misfire - would be a nice summer drink, taken very cold. Sort of a berry tea.
I want to love O'Fallon Brewery, but I don't think they've quite hit their stride.
05-29-2007 05:07:16 | More by Talisker
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
3.38/5 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
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
2.7/5 rDev -15.9%
A nice reddish copper color with a quick disappearing tan head.
The aroma is mild blackberry with some hints of malt.
The taste is similar with a bit of blackberry up front, slightly sweet but not offensively, slightly tannic, hints of malt, caramel and nuts, some mild herbal hops at the finish.
Light bodied, a bit thin and watery. Altogether, more like blackberry tea than beer. Best when ice cold.
03-13-2007 02:36:46 | More by whynot44
2.13/5 rDev -33.6%
Clear brown beer. Minuscule off-white head that withers to a couple floating mats fed by light bubbling. Smells a little malty and peaty, with an unpleasant aspirin odor riding along.
Tastes like raspberry-tinged mineral water. There's some toasty malt in there, but it's mostly mineral water. Thin mouthfeel with very sparky carbonation.
No, thank you. A weird idea that didn't taste much like beer.
03-11-2007 23:17:32 | More by maundythirsty
2.98/5 rDev -7.2%
This beer pours an amber red color with a very thin head.
Smell is sweet with a slight hint of fruitiness.
Tastes is just ok with not a whole lot of anything going on. There really isn't very much going on as far as the blackberry is concerned.
Mouthfeel is light, without much body at all.
Overall this beer is average at best. I don't think I would recommend it. There are far better fruit beers out there.
01-14-2007 00:09:14 | More by treedoctor5002
Blackberry Scottish-Style from O'Fallon Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.