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Scottish Ale - Atlantic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

117 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 9.27%
Wants: 21
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Atlantic Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Scotland’s rugged soils are not conducive to the cultivation of hops that grow readily in England, so during times of political strife Scotland’s southern neighbor would deprive Scottish brewers of their hops. The resourceful Scot turned to his native heather as a flavoring for his ales. Heather grows wild in the rockbound highlands and when added to the beer yields a silky aromatic result. Our Scottish Ale is brewed with a large amount of both malted barley and heather producing a rich-bodied ale with a sweet finish true to the style.

Formerly known as MacFoochie's 7+.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 09-28-2004)
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Photo of tigg924
2.91/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, moderate carbonation, dark brown in color, opaque

Smell: deep caramel and roasted malt

Taste: deep caramel, chocolate and roasted malt with slight heather

Mouthfeel: sweet and roasty, heavy body, low carbonation

Overall: I generally like Atlantic's offerings, but this one just did not hold up to previous Scottish ales that I have tried. This drinks more like an imperial porter and is missing a lot of the Scottish spices that I associate with the style. For me, this is a pass.

tigg924, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of xzymurgist
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

xzymurgist, Jun 23, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +19%

wrightst, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Latarnik, May 24, 2014
Photo of smcolw
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Thick, beige head that looks similar to those from Irish Stouts. It leaves some slippery lace that falls back into the beer. The beer is dark, dirty brown. It appears to be very cloudy where the light shines through the edge.

Slightly sweet with a darker caramel aroma, reminiscent of toffee. There's a touch of band-aid as well.

Mild start, but it becomes dark and quite smoky, almost like a Rauchbier. Smooth finish with a short aftertaste. I detect some dark, unsweetened chocolate with some dark cherry deep in the background. The body is a bit thin with an elevated carbonation level.

smcolw, Mar 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

nebula1999, Dec 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

DrunkinYogi, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of Crumpetsnbeer
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Crumpetsnbeer, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of Luweezy
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Luweezy, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of garrisonp
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

garrisonp, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of jwps214
3.75/5  rDev -6%

jwps214, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of DarkLordPsycho
3.75/5  rDev -6%

DarkLordPsycho, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of Ecxeeder616
4.75/5  rDev +19%

Ecxeeder616, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, ruby coloring, almost black in the depths, with a thin, off-white head remaining a dense, low profile while you drink. Nose of rich caramel sweetness, with hints of smoke, scotch notes, and floral highlights. Flavors are rich and robust, with a scotch undertone and slight booze warmth supporting a caramel highlight and smoky blend. Smooth and slightly robust body, with a rich, robust, smoked aftertaste. Rich, sweet linger on a slick, slightly cloying finish. Big beer, but solid.

GarthDanielson, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of becktone
3.21/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Eye: Not really much to look at here. Barley any head formation let alone retention. Color might as well be black. It looks ok, but I feel that more head would help, a bit lighter in the color-well I expected that, but if this is the color produced by the malts to create this flavor profile; which I hope is awesome, then I can let it slide. However, it just almost looks like a stout with really bad; well, no head retention.

Nose: As soon as it is decanted I can smell peat first off. Sweetness with the nose up to the glass, smokey peat tones, toffee, caramel...basically this is a big malty beer. Some diacetyl in here as well.

Tongue: Some smokey notes, definitely peat in there, it lingers on the back of the tongue along with some light roasted grain bitterness. Body is much lighter than I would like and carbonation is low. This beer should be big and malty and full bodied and it just isn't. I'm not really getting any of the big malty tones that I got in the aroma, no toffee, no caramel. This one is kinda a disappointment. Too bad. With that said, I understand why the color is so dark/black-it tastes like they used roasted barley.

Drinkability: Not a bad beer, but nothing I would seek out. I can think of other scottish ales I'd rather drink over this one.

becktone, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of campfirebrew
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

campfirebrew, Aug 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

OhioBobcat, Aug 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Cynic-ale, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of Kelp
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Kelp, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of MaineBrewing
3.38/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - poured a dark black, with a ruby hue when held to the light. Very loose one finger off white head.

S - big malt character, slight floral notes and lots of fruity esthers.

T - the flavor is malt dominant lots of fruit, almost phenolic. I've never had "heather nibs" but combined with mild hops they difinitely counterbalance the sweet malt and add bitterness leaving a finish dry. There is a pleasant musty smokiness throughout that makes it enjoyable.

M - ample carbonation, almost soda like, with a medium a body. dry finish, nothing spectacular.

O - Overall it's alright, it's a little rough around the edges, the fruity character almost tastes off and doesn't add to the enjoyment. I like that they brewed this true to style, with heather nibs, but not the best example I have had.

MaineBrewing, May 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Damian74Shensky, May 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Mikecap, Mar 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

williamjbauer, Feb 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Coax, Dec 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

mendvicdog, Sep 07, 2012
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Scottish Ale from Atlantic Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.