Blackberry Scottish-Style - O'Fallon Brewery
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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
2.78/5 rDev -13.4%
Pours a dark brown color with very little head and doesn't leave any lacing on the glass. The aroma is odd. Slight maltiness, but is dominated by an overly sweet berry character. Hmm. The flavor is not at all what I expected ... and I didn't care much for it. Weak in the body. The flavor has a lot of the sweet berry flavor, but it has a slightly tart character and it masks the true flavors of the beer too much. Not terrible, but I won't have it again.
04-04-2005 17:26:37 | More by clvand0
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
2.7/5 rDev -15.9%
Had to grab this when I saw it last week. Such a strange concept to me. It pours a slightly pinked brown color wtih a finger of head that falls to coat the beer. The nose has sweet berry tones that pretty well dominate much else that is there. The flavor is pretty mellow, starting with the sweetness of the berry and moving to more of a nutty maltyness. I'm not a big fan. The feel is moderate with a moderate carbonation. Overall, I don't think that berries belong in a scottish. I don't think this was a great scottish base beer either. It just seems lacking all around.
03-26-2005 22:52:40 | More by kmpitz2
2.73/5 rDev -15%
Clouded tawny amber with a patchy bone-colored top.
Caramel is foremost with a toasted underbelly, nudged sweeter with a grape cola, and candied black- and blueberries.
Bready initially, all full of wet dough and yeast. Wheat-like in flavor. Caramel comes next, but cloaked with the soggy breadiness of it all. Blackberry hues are modest, but, even so, seem forced and artificial, carrying bubblegum and sugarbomb fruit soda. A stray clove ester wanders through near the close. Hops carry no weight.
Flat texture, over yeasty, novelty homebrew-esque mishmash. Scottish this ain't, if tasted blind I'd peg it as some sort of dark American Wheat.
03-21-2005 03:29:11 | More by cokes
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
Blackberry Scottish-Style from O'Fallon Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.