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Columbus Scottish Ale - Columbus Brewing Company

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Columbus Scottish AleColumbus Scottish Ale

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53 Reviews
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Reviews: 53
Hads: 72
Avg: 3.56
pDev: 16.85%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Columbus Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: wingman14 on 08-12-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 53 | Hads: 72
Photo of ohiohophead
5/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Nice, clear, deep ruby red color with a medium, lacy white head that retained a small amount the whole way down

Aroma: Has a rich, malty, toasted aroma to it that hits your nose well before the glass approaches.

Taste: Full malty flavor with just the right amount of hops to balance out the flavor. Hint of caramel mixes in nicely with the bready flavor and the roasted flavor.

Mouthfeel: This Scottish Ale has a nice medium mouthfeel, a little bit more than others I have tried in the style. Finishes nice and leaves a fantastic, warm, almost nutty aftertaste.

Drinkability: Extremely high drinkability. This beer would be great any day of the week for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Serving Type: Bottle poured into imperial pint glass

Overall: I gave this beer 5s in all categories. This is my #1, all-time favorite beer. I can't begin to describe how excited I am when I crack one of these open. I consider myself fortunate to live in Columbus, OH and to get this beer whenever I want.

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Photo of benmiliron
4.38/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks great in the glass. Deep red brown, filtered well as it's crystal clear. Not much head retention after a weak pour. Aroma of malt creeps out as soon as the bottle is opened. Taste is excellent - malty, caramelly, whisky & smoke. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is also good. Soft bubble, just enough carbonation to carry things along.

Overall a great scottish ale, probably one of the best out there.

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Photo of mdvatab
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received bottle as a trade extra from cosmonick. (Cheers!)

Aroma: Smooth, aged scotch. Sweet, bready caramel malt. Light floral hops.

Appearance: Amber body with decent clarity. One finger of sticky light tan head has good retention, and leaves rings of foam on the inside of the glass.

Flavor: Nice toffee sweetness. Malt also comes through with a delicious note of crusty french bread. Bittering hops provide great balance leading up to a crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-low carbonation and medium-full mouthfeel lend to a decent "chewiness" that's in-line w/ the style.

Overall: A delicious, drinkable Scottish ale with no real flaws. I love this style, and was really impressed with Columbus Brewing Co's version of it. Try it if you can find it in your neck of the woods!

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Photo of Bogforce
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Starting try different Scottish styles this is the best I've had...

A: A beautiful red color on this beer looks great in the glass, only reason I dock points is because the head was minimal and went away

S: Almost a hint of coffee in the smell, gettin dark fruits and small amount of hops

T: GOOD, gets some hops and good amount of the malt bill in this, it's not overwhelming but its good

M: Great mouthfeel and aftertaste, leaves a good taste in your mouth

D: This beer is REALLY drinkable! Goes down smooth and doesn't leave a bit bittering taste on your mouth.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.12/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Carmel, dark candied fruits, just a touch of smokiness. Primarily malty and fruity.

Appearance: Deep ruby with a fluffy tan 1-finger head. Occasional carbonation bubbles in the body.

Flavor: Dark grains, rye bread, a little smokey, some brown sugar sweetness but not as sweet as other examples.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, very strong carbonation, and a dry finish.

Overall impression: Well done. I enjoyed this beer. Not a classic example of the style but very well made and I'm sure I'll re-visit it again. Recommended.

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Photo of blakesell
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap into a tasting glass.

Appearance- Beer pours a red amber with a decent enough head of carbonation (about a quarter finger high). Lacing rings the sides of the glass and coats the edges.

Smell- Rich maltiness with a substantial degree of toasted malts. Very bready and grainy in the aroma. Hops are present but not overpowering and noble.

Taste- Creamy and very bready with hints of rye and pumpernickel. Hops again are present and quite balanced. Very smooth, this red ale. American hops come more to the front in the finish, but they are still quite welcome.

Mouthfeel- Creamy and slightly bitter on the overall mouthfeel. More drying really, well carbonated and medium-full bodied.

Drinkability- Very drinkable, smooth, enjoyable, and not too warming. A great beer for the swilling needs.

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Photo of McNealc31
4.06/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is gorgeous! Deep ruby with a rocky off white head. The smell, though, is full of something I don’t want in a Scottish Ale, hops.

I like the round flavor from the caramel malt, there’s a bit of black pepper and spice, bread dough, and a noticeable hop kick at the end leading to a long, dry, bitter, slightly woody finish.

Maybe a bit too hoppy for a Scottish Ale

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Photo of Osiris9588
4.02/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours brown with plenty of ruby accents. out of a 12oz bottle, sans freshness date. The head is off-white and thin, dissipating quickly.

The aroma is very malty and toasty, full of oats and barley--almost like sticking your nose into a box of Cheerios.

The flavor is all full oats, barley, and toasted malt, a hint of cherry brightening it up. The mouth is medium body, with a semi-dry finish, but could stand a little more carbonation.

The drinkability is high, as it is well balanced overall. It might not be the most represetative example of the style, but it is a solid brew.

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Photo of projectflam86
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark ruby color with a thick white foam head that leaves nice lacing.

S- Huge caramel malt aroma with some spice and nutmeg.

T- Low bitterness initially with a very rich sweet caramel flavor. The alcohol is nowhere to be found leaving me to guess the ABV at 5.5% or less. Some dark fruits and spice in the finish.

M- Medium bodied with low carbonation. Smooth feel.

O- Overall a very enjoyable brew. Easy to drink and flavorful.

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Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

received this from Csmiley from ReviewThis! BIF so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!

A: This beer pours a beautiful murky ruby amber color with a one finger of off rocky head. Head retains nicely but leaves virtually no lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is very sweet - caramel malts, toffee, brown sugar, and thin buscuit.

T: Taste starts off very sweet - brown sugar and toffee hit the palate first, lending to caramel malts, a touch of biscuit flavoring and finishing out with a touch of brown sugar and hint of fruitiness.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, creamy texture all the way through.

D: Tasty, goes down easily.. I'm not one for the Scottish ales, but I could totally sit with this for an evening!

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Photo of beergoot
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up in Mansfield, Ohio while back there to visit friends and family October 2011.

Appearance: dark, ruby-red color; thick, off-white head

Smell: Very malty, bread-like...

Taste: Rich, biscuity malt flavor up front. Bitterness mildly noted towards the end.

Mouthfeel: Solid, smooth and chewy - great compliment to the malt flavors.

Overall: A very nice, big malt beer.

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Photo of chilidog
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good brew to be had.
It poured a deep mahogany/red with a good tan one inch head that maintained well and laced great.

The aroma was toasted malt and rye.

The taste was that toasted malt with hints of rye, chocolate, coffee and caramel. A nice mix that blends the sweet stuff and a nice bitter mouthfeel. Dark chocolate like.

Nice beer, very drinkable, well worth a try when in or around Ohio's capital.

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Photo of wingman14
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark rich redish brown with a tan head. Smell is mostly malt with burnt characters. A very strong and inviting smell. The taste is the most roasted flavor I have found, very deep and rich, extremely malty, a great brew. Not as sweet as other scottish ales I have had, but the flavor is very strong leaving a long burnt and slightly bitter aftertaste. A decent mouthfeel, not a whole lot of carbonation, could use a little more bite. I really enjoyed this beer, it is packed full of as much flavor as they could jam into this brew, a great scottish ale. Check this out if you are in Ohio.

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Photo of Biffster
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was in a bar in Columbus and asked for the Pale Ale. They brought me the Scottish Ale. I was a little miffed, but decided to drink it. I don't regret it at all.

The aroma was smack on - a big malty caramelly nose. A touch of buttery diacetyl, and a low to moderate earthy smoky phenolic aroma. The fruity esters were very subdued.

At the sip it was malty and complex, with some caramel flavors and a small grainy finish. Hop aroma is low to none. Hop flavor is almost nonexistent. The finish is not at all cloying, despite the maltiness.

The Mouthfeel is moderate - the carbonation was low to medium and the body is medium full. It was not full or cloying at all.

What a tasty and approachable beer, especially for such a difficult style.

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Photo of scottyshades
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Ryan011235 for including this extra in our trade! Columbus IPA was awesome, so lets hope this is on par.

A: Pours an opaque mahogany color with a small, dense white cap. Retention is decent, not great.

S: Caramel, burnt sugar, molasses, brown sugar, and berries?

T: Very similar to the nose with a few exceptions. Caramel really shines in the flavor, as well as the burnt sugar. There is a slight metallic note and also a little sourness. The hops are not necessarily noticeable in the flavor, but you do get a tiny bit of bitterness. Slight smokiness and bandaid on the end palate.

MF/D: Medium in body for the style, and carbonation is spot on. Definitely not as viscous as Old Chub, for example, but this has a really good feel to it. Although the ABV is unknown, I do not detect any traces of alcohol, but I do feel it a little. Easy to drink either way, and I imagine that this would pair very well with a dry meat like turkey

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Photo of pitasoup
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

from 12oz bottle at tasting. dark brown with thin tan head. malty smells of caramel and coffee. tasted smokey and chocolatey but finished clean. hops and smokey flavors are well balanced. very clean finish. probably my favorite from columbus brewing company

-notes from 07/06

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Photo of hopdog
3.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle acquired in trade with ogglethorp (thanks!).

Poured a medium and clear mahogany color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of earthiness, light smoke, leaves, roast, and caramel. Tastes of lighter earthiness, toffee, and roast.

Notes from: 1/17/08

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Photo of GbVDave
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist. Extra special thanks to brokenleadedcask for the trade and hook-up!

A: Pours a dark amber with a very small off-white head that left a few layers of lace in the glass.

S: Hard to get much of an aroma out of this but I picked out faint aromas of chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee.

T: See above. Dark chocolate covered coffee beans, roasty malt, smoky toffee, and pan roasted nuts.

M: Sticky with a dry edge to it.

D: A pretty nice session beer. I could see bringing this to a party and having a lot of people enjoying it.

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Photo of selecter70
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good decent ale from the folks at Columbus Brewery; one that does not remind you of what you are drinking. A good ale for watching tv, hanging out with friends and the like. A decent dark amber pour with nice fluffy head that sticks around like a puppy. A mild malt aroma with hints of lemon. The flavor leans more towards the malt than hops and sits nicely & mild in your mouth. Drinkable, just not thought-provoking.

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Photo of Vancer
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice beer sent via the CEO / Old farters BIF from unclejedi

This critter poured a clear mahogany brown, with a massive tan pillow-top, sticky and lacey. Aroma came up a powdery caramel malt, and was there in the quaff. Reminded me of a hoppy brown ale with a pop of chocolate thrown in the mix.

A tasty brew, somewhat plain (but that’s not a bad thing in this imperial beer world).

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Photo of JayQue
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad Scottish Ale, but not nearly the best Columbus beer. Their IPA and APA are fantastic. Pours a slightly hazy reddish copper color into a pint glass. Medium size antique white head. Average retention and minimal lacing.

Smell is mild but pleasant, sweet malts with a little floral aspect.

Taste is pretty solid. Sweet malts, some caramel and a mild hoppiness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp. Rich enough, no hint of alcohol. Don't know what the abv is but it is probably fairly low

Nice refreshing beer, Good with food, probably light enough for a session.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

Had this at Surly Girl while attending the Doo Dah parade in downtown Columbus. Seems like this is the week of the Scottish Ale in my life, and they've been pretty good to me.

This beer came served with a cloudy clay-colored body with good head formation. Aroma was a bit earthy and a touch smokey; not out of sorts for a Scottish Ale. Flavor was more of the same; maybe with a bit more maltiness. Mouthfeel was a touch watery.

Judging from the ratings on the site, this beer travels well...not sure why given its relatively moderate rating...interesting.

Not a superlative beer, but definitely a pleasant one. Sort of an unconventional pairing, but I had it with some Frito pie, and it stood up quite well to the spiciness in the chili. I enjoyed it and would recommend it.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was a big fan of Hoster’s 90 Shilling Ale when it was around, so seeing another Columbus brewer creating the same style was kind of exciting. The beer is a dark brown-amber with a medium thick light tan head that has pretty good retention. Roasted malt aroma is very prevalent, along with a bit of hops. Medium-bodied with a sweet malty character, plus some caramel and bitter hops. The finish is dry and sweet at first but ending up with a lingering bitterness. Pretty good all around.

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Photo of stakem
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Columbus pint glass. Thanks to csmiley for hooking me up with both the beer and the matching glass.

Pours a lightly hazy copper color with more than a finger of yellowish stained fluff for a head. Retains fairly decent leaving patches of lace clinging to the glass as it slowly recedes.

The aroma is lightly toasted malts with a little bit of a sweet caramel scent to it. There is a contrasting hop character which comes across smelling lightly herbal and with an indication of a floral component.

The taste is toasty grain, a little bready that starts to taste sweet. It leans towards tasting like caramel malt but is immediately offset by an herbal, citrus hoppiness that is lightly bitter. There is a long lingering aftertaste of toasted grain flavor left inside the mouth with a minor note of citrus/herbal bitterness which is a nice contrast.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate level of carbonation. Nothing fancy about this brew or the style to make it outstanding but it is just done well and to the point.

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Photo of MDekker
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Split with my brothers (see preceding review). Pours out a brownish ruby color, clear and filtered. Nice looking, really. Smells malty and sweet, mostly, like a typical Scottish ale, with some hints of caramel. It has a similar taste, with a bitter finish that lingers. It's not too thick in the mouth, but slightly creamy. An average brew with a few good qualities, it can be relatively easily consumed.

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Columbus Scottish Ale from Columbus Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.