1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Squatch Ale - Chaos Mountain Brewing

Not Rated.
Squatch Ale
No picture uploaded.
Have one? Upload it now.

16 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 16
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Chaos Mountain Brewing visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: slusk on 05-18-2014)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 16 | Reviews: 4 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by slusk:
Photo of slusk
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours a bright, clear copper with an off white head. Good retention and fair amount of lacing.

S:Bright and malty with a spicy, woody note coming through. It's hard to pinpoint this aroma, but its warm and almost citrus like, and leans a bit towards a wheat aroma... although it's anything but a wheat beer. The caramel sweetness comes through well with a pleasant spicy hop background.

T: Taste is pretty much spot on with the aroma. It leans to the malty side with a nice caramel sweetness but has a well balanced hop bitterness supported by a spicy, woodsy hop aroma. It finishes semi-dry with a pleasant, mild pine note. The ABV is well hidden in a superbly balanced flavor profile.

M: light to medium light body. Not overly carbonated.

O: This beer is exceptional in my opinion. There's a flavor balance going on here that is unique. The spicy flavor is familiar but hard to put a label on. The alcohol is hidden well amidst a multi-level flavor profile. This beer is somewhat reminiscent of an ESB with a bit more hop bitterness, but the brewer crafted this beer to be balanced and complex. Well done.

slusk, May 18, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of MrMegaton
4/5  rDev +8.7%

MrMegaton, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of VeganUndead
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

VeganUndead, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of jeffdillon
4.36/5  rDev +18.5%

jeffdillon, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of robebo44
4/5  rDev +8.7%

robebo44, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of Cyrion
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled one month ago and poured into a nonic pint.

Appearance: Dark amber, almost cola-colored, with a 2 inch off-white head that fades reluctantly, leaving disorganized lacing. Slightly opaque.

Smell: Glazed doughnuts. I swear I smell doughnuts. Also traces of toffee or caramel.

Taste: An initial sweetness that follows the nose and provides the main character for the beer. A bitterness makes itself known that reminds me of tea leaves, similar to an ESB's bitterness. The alcohol flavor is hidden, although at over 7% ABV, you might feel its effect.

Mouthfeel: A tannic drying that reminds me of red wine, especially near the end. Gives a textural balance to the smooth sweetness of the malt. An attractive trait.

Overall: I agree with the previous posts- Squatch is quite representative of the style and I'd rather have my money going to a small brewer as long as the quality is competitive with a larger brewer. At a time when many Scotch ales are thinly-veiled alcohol bombs, this is a balanced and worthy addition to my refrigerator. Highly enjoyable.

Cyrion, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of JasonTaverner
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

JasonTaverner, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of obywan59
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brownish orange with a 1 1/2 finger head that recedes quickly with little lacing, leaving at first a film over the surface of the beer and a ring around the glass before disappearing completely.

Sweet caramel and toasted malt meld perfectly together on the nose. Spicy at first, reminiscent of a Belgian holiday brew.

Sweet again on the tongue with a caramelly roasted malt evident here as well. Add a light tea-like bitterness, and it's pretty much spot on for the style. I get a light citric tartness, perhaps lemon peel or maybe grapefruit.

It seems thinner than the other Scotch Ales I've reviewed. Call it medium light. Smooth and slightly sticky at the same time. Some light carbonation early on. Barely a hint of warmth.

It doesn't really seem like a 7.5 ABV It goes down easy, and I've finished two already but hardly feel it. But that, plus the citric quality make it appropriate for this hot summer like evening. It's a pleasing brew from a new brewery just a short distance from where I live. Chaos Mountain in Callaway and Parkway Brewing in Salem have brought good beer closer to home.

obywan59, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

ygtbsm94, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a light, ruby-amber coloring with no head. Nose of caramel, thistle, and sugary sweet notes. Flavors are heavily roasted caramel and toffee forward, with a subtle char and spice in the backbone. Smooth bodied, but light. The aftertaste is more of the roasted caramel notes, with a slick, clean, slightly weak finish. This beer needs a little more body, and a little more substance, and it would be solid.

GarthDanielson, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of Iamjeff6
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Iamjeff6, Oct 07, 2014
Photo of Camjmorton
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%

Camjmorton, Sep 18, 2014
Photo of JLeet
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

JLeet, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of atrocity
3/5  rDev -18.5%

atrocity, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of NokeBeerLover540
4/5  rDev +8.7%

NokeBeerLover540, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of bmjivi221
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

bmjivi221, Aug 07, 2014
Squatch Ale from Chaos Mountain Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.