Squatch Ale - Chaos Mountain Brewing

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Reviews: 8
Hads: 32
Avg: 3.69
pDev: 22.22%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Virginia, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: slusk on 05-18-2014

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Reviews: 8 | Hads: 32
Reviews by slusk:
Photo of slusk
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

undated 12 oz bottle into a Belgian snifter at about 45-50F.

Pours clear ruby-brown with a fine and durable head and good lacing.

Near medium body with medium+ soft carbonation.

Aroma: a bit boozy for 7.5% ABV. Sweet with hints of dark dried fruits, vanilla and caramel.

Flavor: initial sweetness partly carries over to the finish. Alcohol and vanilla less pronounced than in the nose.

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Photo of MrMegaton
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of VeganUndead
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of jeffdillon
4.36/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of robebo44
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Cyrion
3.96/5  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.

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Photo of JasonTaverner
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of obywan59
3.81/5  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.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.47/5  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.

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Photo of ZachKelly
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jaswilson2
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zach136
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Mostly clear deep amber, off white head, good retention and lacing.

Aroma/Flavor: Dark fruit, melanoidin, and oatmeal cookie on the nose, more of the same plus some earthy hop character on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Medium plus body.

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Photo of ShepardCommander
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Iamjeff6
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of jwessel
2.7/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Quality chocolatey heavy stout, but too bitter and strong for my tastes.

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Photo of hokieguy95
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Camjmorton
3.8/5  rDev +3%

Photo of JLeet
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of AndrewMichael
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured in a snifter. Good scotch ale with a smooth, semi-sweet maltiness.

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Photo of cfinch2
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of willic
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

What a fantastic label and name! :) I have had this beer several times, It has great color and a strong, balance of maltiness. I would like to see more of the rich caramel and rich sugar flavors reminiscent of scotch ales. The carbonation is spot on for this type of beer that are so commonly overcarbonated. This is a bold attempt at a difficult beer to make! I'll enjoy a local scotch ale any day!

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Squatch Ale from Chaos Mountain Brewing
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