Columbus Scottish Ale - Columbus Brewing Company
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3.5/5 rDev -2%
Darkest bronze with contributions from rustic orange and brick red. The khaki colored cap is small in spite of a vigorous pour. On a good note, it's characterful and lasts a while. On a not so good note, there isn't much lace to spruce up the appearance.
The nose is more brown ale than Scottish ale. Cocoa and dark caramel share the stage with a hint of dark, earthy fruitiness. I'll attribute the earthiness to Munich malt (I can't be sure it's present until I take a drink) and hops. I need a more Scottish-specific personality before I'm willing to break out the big numbers.
I'm still thinking brown ale after beer meets taste buds. There's quite a bit of toasted caramel malt flavor, although the beer doesn't feel especially well-malted in terms of the total amount. Cocoa is still present, but is less obvious than it is in the nose. Peat and smoke are absent.
Things are sweet-bitter balanced until the finish, which is where the hops assert themselves because of the lack of malt sugars. I usually love bitter beer, but bitterness doesn't work in all styles. The various members of the flavor profile intertwine more completely with warming, yet they never develop into anything extraordinary. There aren't too many negatives, there just aren't any overwhelming positives.
In spite of the name (90 Shilling, to me at least, implies a more full, malty beer), wee heavies have nothing to worry about when it comes to the mouthfeel. Since this was designed as a Scottish ale, I'm fine with that. I would like less carbonation though. The beer is only mildly fizzy, but not fizzy at all would be better.
Columbus 90 Shilling Ale is another good, but far from outstanding, beer from Ohio's capital city. The basics are there, they just need to be fleshed out a little. As currently constructed, I'm not willing to pay more than 70 shillings for it.
04-19-2007 13:12:40 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.05/5 rDev -14.6%
Appearance: Pours a clear, dark mahogany body with a small, wispy, white head.
Smell: Aroma of toasted nuts and toasted grains with a note of non-toasted fruits underneath.
Taste: Middling maltiness tasting of caramel and nuts with a mild sweetness. Light smoke component. Not really much hoppiness in this thing. Altogether nutty finish. It's all very simple, folks.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Decent enough for a Scottish Ale, I suppose, though I certainly wouldn't race back to try another.
07-12-2008 17:43:46 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.65/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
11-01-2010 01:56:25 | More by stakem
3.53/5 rDev -1.1%
On tap at brewery in Columbus.
This beer with dark, reddish amber with a head that has, at best, moderate retention.
The beer lacks the smokiness of some Scottish ales (a plus in my book). The aroma is a light malt with hints of whisky (but not due to alcohol effects). The taste is rather mild for style, a seems
a bit more refreshing than usual.
Good, but hard to recommend if you are able to pick from the other CBC brews.
08-05-2011 18:03:38 | More by chinchill
3.68/5 rDev +3.1%
I was a big fan of Hosters 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.
05-11-2007 16:36:06 | More by Dogbrick
1.08/5 rDev -69.7%
Reviewed on 7/27/08. Bottle shared by goldtwins. This is possibly one of the worst beers I have ever tasted. Pours a dark amber with a thick tan head. Aroma of cigarette smoke. Flavor is sharp and biting and tastes like cigarette-liquid. Just really really nasty stuff. How this beer gets decent ratings, I have no idea. Absolutely foul beer.
12-22-2008 00:36:17 | More by LilBeerDoctor
3.9/5 rDev +9.2%
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
02-03-2009 17:09:57 | More by hopdog
3.75/5 rDev +5%
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 thats not a bad thing in this imperial beer world).
10-17-2007 14:11:08 | More by Vancer
3.9/5 rDev +9.2%
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.
06-01-2009 22:48:52 | More by GbVDave
3.55/5 rDev -0.6%
Received as an extra in a trade a few months ago.
Appearance: Pours a nice iced tea red brown with honey folds. Head is slightly khaki, about 2 fingers at the start, shows some retention and lace.
Smell: Strong berry fruit note along with a touch of earth and a touch of sweet malt.
Taste: Fairly integrated sweet malt, toffee, a touch of earthy hops, and a slight char note in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, fairly crisp, carbonation is ok....
Drinkability: Sessionable but I don't love the flavor profile.
01-20-2010 01:18:01 | More by koopa
3.5/5 rDev -2%
A- Pours a dark brownish red color. The head is tan with plenty of lacing.
S- Malty and sweet. Figs, and heavy raisin aroma.
T- Pretty sweet and malty with a nice touch of smoke.
M- Thought this one was fairly light in body and good on the carbonation.
D- Not the best Scottish Ale I've ever had and would consider this one like a stepping stone into this style. Overall, not bad, its easy to drink and I could do this one again.
03-19-2010 22:54:30 | More by nrbw23
3.73/5 rDev +4.5%
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.
10-23-2011 18:10:57 | More by JayQue
4/5 rDev +12%
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!
01-18-2010 02:17:05 | More by Jayli
3.18/5 rDev -10.9%
12 oz. bottle. Dark ruby red in color, with a thick off-white foamy head. Dark bread, malty nose. A hint of smoke, and what seems to be soapy aroma. Great head retention, along with nice patches of lace. Toasty dark maly, slightly smoky. What follows is a mess of astringent and soap flavors. Not much bitterness, but then again, this is not overly sweet, particularly for a 90 Shilling. Medium body, and appropriate lower carbonation. This one just didn't do it for me.
02-19-2007 03:22:29 | More by Bierguy5
3.05/5 rDev -14.6%
A-pours a clear amber with a foamy off-white head and great lacing.
S-sweet caramel malt. Not much else.
T-malty sweet a little bland even for the style. Nothing special.
M-medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
O-kind of a disappointment given how much I usually enjoy Columbus beers.
01-16-2012 00:53:28 | More by sholland119
2.68/5 rDev -24.9%
The beer was served in a Imperial Pint glass.
A- The body of the beer is a deep orange nearing scarlet coloration. The head was thick and creamy intially but quickly fell down.
S- The aroma is mildly smokey with sweet caramel malt.
T- The flavor of the beer has an almost smokey caramel maltyness. A suggestion of peat and herbal tones. The beer is ok but is bland.
M- The body of the beer is almost medium lightly carbonated.
O- Not a bad beer by any strech but its a little bland for my taste.
05-11-2012 11:42:16 | More by nlmartin
3.63/5 rDev +1.7%
Had on tap at Claddagh.
Not usually my favorite style, but this turned out to be one of the better Scotch Ales I've had.
Nice deep ruby color. Short 1/2 finger head with excellent retention and really amazing lace. By the end of my pint there was a thick cheesecloth of lace wrapping around the entire glass.
Smell was sweet; caramel and doughy. Nice hop bite on the nose as well.
Taste reminded me of a mix between a nice Irish red and rye beer. Bitter hop prick on the tongue, reminiscent of rye. Slight sweetness and malt profile akin to the style or a red ale.
Smooth and creamy, tastes slightly boozy (I wish CBC published their abvs!).
10-20-2010 02:28:49 | More by Spider889
3.48/5 rDev -2.5%
Pours a hazy brownish orange color with a two finger head which gives way to sone nice lacing down the glass. The aroma was of roasted malts and caramel malts with a hint of fruits. The taste was roasted malt and caramel malt backbone. There was a slight dark fruit presence and as well as sone sweetness and smokiness. The mouthfeel was moderately carbonated. Overall it was a decent beer, not the big beer beer drinkers like but a nice smooth well balanced flavor.
07-24-2010 19:50:17 | More by goblue3509
4/5 rDev +12%
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.
12-10-2011 03:05:52 | More by beergoot
3.7/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
07-07-2009 02:14:17 | More by BeerBelcher
District of Columbia
3.58/5 rDev +0.3%
dark, ruby color as advertised. there's a glint of amber as well. the aroma is fairly pungent. it's sweet and bready with some hops filtering in.
the flavor is a touch astringent, though not quite offensive. it's got some sweetness to it, but otherwise it's really quite dry. there's enough hop character in there also to keep the malts honest.
decent brew. unremarkable, but i could drink a bunch happily. as this is my first of columbus' offerings i'll be sure to check out more
09-15-2007 03:12:55 | More by bruachan
2.88/5 rDev -19.3%
Poured a slightly hazy dark amber color with a huge foamy head that resisted fading. Head kept alive by visible carbonation. Tiny 'bits' suspended throughout.
A full malty nose that is slightly smokey and astringent.
Predominantly bubbly mouth tends to lightened up the medium, darker perception.
The mellow malty flavor is interrupted by the nose. I don't particularly care to watch the 'bits' in perpetual motion. Glad that i had the opportunity to try it though.
02-11-2007 22:16:21 | More by jjayjaye
2.75/5 rDev -23%
12 ounce bottle courtesy of Ryan011235, poured into a Duvel tulip. Hazy dark amber topped with 2 fingers of creamy off-white head. Thick ring of soapy lacing up top, scattered specks and patches below.
Sorghum and corn syrup pile on top of caramel for quite a sweet nose. Tastes just as sweet as it smells. Not that there's anything wrong with that; the style of course demands a heaping helping of malty sweetness. Having said that, there's a distinct corn syrup character I can't seem to get past. Not particularly complex. A touch of toast and booze in the finish.
Overall impression: A rare miss from CBC. Perhaps hoppier brews are more in their wheelhouse. I doubt I'd revisit this one.
05-20-2011 23:45:05 | More by PDXHops
Columbus Scottish Ale from Columbus Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.