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Scottish Ale - Atlantic Brewing Company

Scottish AleScottish Ale

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BA SCORE
89
very good

114 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 8.77%


Brewed by:
Atlantic Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  7.80% 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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smcolw

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 23:09:32 | More by smcolw
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 02:52:51 | More by GarthDanielson
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becktone

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 23:56:32 | More by becktone
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MaineBrewing

Maine

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 00:28:14 | More by MaineBrewing
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass:

A: dark brown body with a finger of tan foamy head, no lacing

S: smoky/ roasty through light coffee, light chocolate, and malts

T: mostly sweet, eventually gets some bitter qualities through previously mentioned flavors

M: medium, pretty smooth, sessionable, bitter yet somewhat sweet aftertaste and finish

O: pretty good Scottish ale I`d probably have again

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 14:36:15 | More by BeerKangaroo
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark, dark brown with ruby highlights. Creamy tan head emits lacy arms grasping for the glass top.

Aroma is deep and rich - lots of malt, rich fruit and subtle peat smoke. Tastes like it smells but with a mineral "cleanliness" in back - I'm guessing that's that heather? Plush, creamy mouthfeel that's almost as good as I could possibly imagine.

This was a fun one. Not only was it a great beer but we only had one glass so my wife and I passed it back and forth in front of a campfire. Good camping beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 00:22:34 | More by donkeyrunner
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MoreThanWine

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 1/2" latte head of brief life. The body in masstone is a deep burnt umber brown and held to the light there is zero light penetration. Smells of toasted malt. The taste has moderately rich malt which is followed by a dark cocoa finish. Kind of reminds me of a lighter porter. Decent beer, easy drinking, but to me it's not a standout of the Scotch ales.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 13:21:08 | More by MoreThanWine
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Cavanaghty

Maine

3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass

Appearence: Dark Red almost brown appearence. light yellowish/reddish head, and ok lacing.

Smell: Smokey malts an carmels? Reminded me of a true BBQ type smell.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, but not very well balanced. Smokey flavor is evident even as an after taste.

Overall: It was a decent beer. Something I would sip on perhaps while cooking on the grill or BBQing. Not my first choice, but if it was there I would have it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 23:18:02 | More by Cavanaghty
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Duff27

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Short off white head leaves a collar on top of a red hued dark brown beer. Thick alcohol legs with minimal lacing.

S- Deep caramels. Malty sweetness.

T- Cola, slight oxidation. Some chocolate taste on the backend. Well hidden alcohol, very smooth.

M- medium mouthfeel, low carbonation.

D/O- overall one of the better Scottish ales I've had. No bottle date but I'm thinking this has a year or two on it...not negatively affected though, actually compliments it I feel. Thanks mikeyv35.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 03:42:27 | More by Duff27
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kmo1030

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a good looking deep brown with thick tightly bubbled khaki head.
in the aroma oddly enough, the stand out, with a sort of a yellow flower smell, as in floral butt tending towards a buttery aroma. hopefully you can see what i mean. there is also toffe, a bit of port wine and a whisp of smoke.
sweet toffee in the mouth, with caramel as well. you get some floral notes mid palate with an almost honied character. touches of smoke and bitterness move in behind that. the smoke creeps in especially with some warmth. seems just a little bit unbalanced to me, in favor of sweetness.
the body is on just the thinner side of medium bodied with soft carbonation.
overall, a nice little (or big as it were)scottish ale, and pleasant enough to sip on, just a touch to sweet for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 22:33:09 | More by kmo1030
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deaconoflove

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ap. Basic black with nice tan head, but didn't last long.
Sm. Interesting. maybe smokey, earthy, some faint faint chocolate. Can't find the hops.
Ta. Same...slight smokey, malt, roasted, milky even, leads to brief coffee flavor and then a sweet finish.
Mf. thick and sticky
Dr. A big beer, filling, plently of flavor, but kind of muddled. It's good, but the flavors are so blended that I can't sort it out. It will NOT be a problem to finish off the bomber.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 22:19:20 | More by deaconoflove
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice deep color brownish red color. The head was pretty nice. The smell is floral and earthy. There is ani e hop aroma too. The taste of the beer had a good floral flavor to it, with some spicy flavors. The mouthfeel is very nice, plenty of carbonation and soft at the same time. Overall this beer is way bed tree than the dub el in my opinion. Nicely done!

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 04:42:22 | More by Knapp85
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ActonBrewer

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- beautiful reddish brown... thin tan head... decent carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass.

S- Great heather nose. Malts, vanilla and maybe a little cocoa

T- Nice and malty. Some coffee, dark fruit, and caramel malts. Slight herbal flavor (heather?)

M- Medium body, slightly under carbed.

O - Awesome scottish ale. I'll definitely get this again for a larger tasting of this style.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 01:24:17 | More by ActonBrewer
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!

Currently the #1 Scottish Ale.

The beer is dark chestnut hued, with an off white head that leaves random traces of lacing on the glass.

The aroma brings some toasted malt, caramels, and roast.

Good flavor, with some pleasant smokey notes. Roast and toffee make for a nice sipping beer. Simple and effective.

The body is thinner than I was expecting, with moderate carbonation.

Overall, a decent brew. I would have this again.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 01:08:01 | More by Huhzubendah
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared by Thorpe in our mutual goal of reviewing the #1 beer for every style of beer. Getting to hard part now.

Beer served in a bruery glass. Beer is reddish brown and mostly clear wtih an off white head, moderate to low carbonation and a little lacing. Looks fine.

Beer has a mildly smoky / peaty aroma and some biscuity malt / mild caramel.

Beer is thinner than expected and has this peaty flavor to it, smoky on the finish but it is not overpowering. Not the best beer I've ever had but I see why it is so highly rated. It is a sipper overall not bad. Well balanced between the malt and the smoke, not very complex but I'd have it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 21:47:15 | More by drabmuh
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this bottle up at State Line in Elkton, MD. Served in a SAVOR snifter.

Pours a clear copper-brown color with an average off-white head and some sparse spotty lacing on the way down. The nose brings through a moderate amount of bready malt along with some light caramel and a bit of a nutty character. The flavor adds some light smoke, which works well in tandem with a bit of roast and toast. Mild character comes from the heather tips, which dry out the finish. Medium body and some fizzy carbonation. Good smoke element in the finish as well. Nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 21:48:37 | More by Thorpe429
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claspada

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aromas of toffee, roasted nuts, some peat and an earthy/floral tone (from the heather I guess, wouldn't have been able to guess it without previously knowing it was there). The complexity of the aroma is on the subtle side, but very nice.
The tastes begin malty, but not too sweet with toffee, roasted nuts, with lesser notes of wood and peat. As it warms you can detect the heather (once again it just seems like a floral/earthy hop and I wouldn't have known in a blind tasting).
The mouthfeel is smooth with an above average fullness and adequate carbonation.
Overall this is an interesting, good, smooth interpretation of a Scottish Ale. Not mind blowing, just solid. Worth a go because of the fair price tag, but I don't think this is the best example of the style as it currently rates on this website.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 20:43:26 | More by claspada
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smokeypeat

Maryland

4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Has a deep mahogany wood look with a nice reddish hue when held up to the light. Comes with a 1 finger eggshell head that slowly dissolved to a nice ever present lace. Lots of great aroma on this one. Standard toffee, caramel, dark malts present like in all scotch ales, but what makes this unique is the light floral component that is definitely present. On tasting, the floral/heather component was even more pronounced. Very unique compared to other scotch ales I've sampled. It makes the beer extremely drinkable, and it tastes "lighter" than other scotch ales I've tried. In fact I don't really pick up on the alcohol at all which is somewhat surprising considering it comes in just shy of 8% ABV. Nice hint of smoke/peat which is something I want in my scotch ales as well. This stuff is rock solid and I will definitely seek it out again. If you like the style and want to try something a little different give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 23:16:33 | More by smokeypeat
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fluffy and semi thick but bubble filled 1 finger head over very dark brown with light rosy maroon light coming through, and some lacing.

Nose brings darker malts, tons of caramel/crystal malts, some reddish malts, hint of roast, toffee, caramel, touch of maple and molasses, brown sugar, touch of earthy herbal hops and a light herbal spice (probably the heather).

Taste starts with an herbal hop taste actually, I can pick it out usually as I'm not a fan of that hop character, an earthy herbal UK style bittering hop, then some light heather spice flavors, a bit creamy, darker malts catch up finally, bringing some toasted crystal malts, caramel, light toffee, light molasses, slight syrupy, touch of roast, borderline touching on minerality, hint of smoke, and hint of darker fruits. Finishes still slightly sweet with just a touch more of the minerality quality, a hint of warming booze, a bit syrupy and touch of cocoa and toffee lingering.

Mouth is slightly heavier to medium bodied, lower carbonation (could have used a touch more carb).

Overall not bad, but not great either, some nice malty flavors, a touch of the herbal hops and heather give it a strange mix, nothing too off of it, but could have used a bit more carbonation, otherwise not bad.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2011 03:32:10 | More by jlindros
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bishopdc0

Maine

3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark color with a decent head to start it dissipates.
A nice scottish malt aroma sweet butter and sugary.
The taste is swseet with a roasted buttery taste a light alcohol finish it leaves a roast on the tongue and finishes dry nice.
This is a drinkable scott and the sweet roast makes easy to drink

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 00:02:37 | More by bishopdc0
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a dark mahogany brown. Thick tan head that leaves rings of lacing.

S - Smokey malt with hints of perfume and vanilla. Alcohol vapors come through as it warms.

T - Roasted malt that is both earthy and smokey. Black walnuts, muted wild flowers, and sweet oak. Finishes dry.

This is mellow but complex at the same time. Creamy with low carbonation. One of the more drinkable Scottish ales I've had.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 21:31:07 | More by StaveHooks
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WesWes

New York

3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid burnt toffee and smoked malt scent along with hints of heather and a dry finish. The taste is decent. It has a malty flavor that boasts of crystal and smoked malts. It goes down slow and rich with some light esters and a bone dry finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an above average Scottish ale. It's flavorful, but it's definitely not a strong recreation of this style.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 22:29:36 | More by WesWes
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SilentSabre

North Dakota

3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a room temperature pint glass.

-Very hazy dark brown body with a head the colour of coffee with milk in it.
Smell is big sweet malts with a bit of toffee; slight floral herbal smell deep down, but this is mostly sweet, and malty in the nose.

The bitterness from the heather is much more noticeable in the flavour. Starts out big and sweet up front, then the heather shows up to even things out. Alcohol slightly noticeable in the middle, but I still wouldn't have guessed this to be quite 7,8.
Mouthfeel is smooth, and right where it needs to be, for the style.

A very nice attempt at this style.

*Also seems to go well with food.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2010 00:58:13 | More by SilentSabre
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beyah

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a 22 oz bottle on August 19th 2010. Color is dark brown not quite Guinness Dark. Little or no head but did have some lacing. Hardly detectable alcohol,. Very complex flavor I could swear that someone put black licorice in the bottle, this is followed by a nice somewhat hoppy finish. Very well balanced and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 02:34:26 | More by beyah
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 25 fl. oz. bottle with no lot code or expiration date. Sampled on July 20, 2010. The pour is a rich mahogany brown with ruby red highlights but little in the way of head or lacing. Black currants or cranberries seem to be the first noticeable ingredients in the aroma followed by vaguely smoked malts. The mouthfeel tends to be oily and of medium body. The taste has a kind of black licorice element to it with heather tips, light malts, and a very nice hopped ending. It is easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 00:35:14 | More by puboflyons
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Scottish Ale from Atlantic Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.