Scottish Ale - Atlantic Brewing Company
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2.91/5 rDev -27.1%
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.
08-04-2014 14:33:03 | More by tigg924
3.86/5 rDev -3.3%
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.
03-27-2014 23:09:32 | More by smcolw
3.79/5 rDev -5%
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.
08-23-2013 02:52:51 | More by GarthDanielson
3.21/5 rDev -19.5%
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.
08-07-2013 23:56:32 | More by becktone
3.38/5 rDev -15.3%
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.
05-23-2013 00:28:14 | More by MaineBrewing
Scottish Ale from Atlantic Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.