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Scottish Ale - Atlantic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

123 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 9.32%
Wants: 24
Gots: 1 | 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:
Beer added by: xlperro on 09-28-2004

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+.
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Ratings: 123 | Reviews: 82
Reviews by MaineBrewing:
Photo of MaineBrewing
3.38/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of blitz134
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quite the dark beer here. Nearing black in color when viewed from afar, but held to the light makes the sparkling crimson body shine through. Small light tan head formed on top but reduced to only a skim layer of bubbles.

Aroma is filled with all sorts of stuff. Lightly toasted aromas form the underpinnings for this but dark fruits such as fig and raisin come through. A bit of tannic acid smell comes in making the fruity aromas seem ripe. These work well with the slight sweetness from some floral smelling hops. I think the heather probably plays into this particular portion of the aroma but truthfully I couldn't tell you exactly what heather was. The alcohol aroma is present as well, but doesn't detract at all.

Taste seems a bit more tame than the aroma. Toasted malts immediately hit the tongue and come forward with a little chocolate or toffee. After that the floral hops come in and again I think the heather is in this as I think the floral flavors are a little different than I have had before. Then the finish is alcohol with tea and tobacco, even some touches of smoke. I think the alcohol level is a little too pronounced though.

Mouthfeel I think is thin for the style. I'd like to see a little more creaminess to accompany the alcohol flavors. I think these beers should be sippers and to be that you need a full body and a slight alcohol presence. I think this lacks the former.

Drinkability is okay. This one is pretty easy to put down but doesn't offer much to draw me back in for another bottle.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've tried many Atlantic offerings, with enjoyable results. This is no exception. It was a very dark brown, with a thim tan head. It had a roasted (quite) malt aroma, as well as some floral/grassy hints. Good hoppy taste, a little sweet. I thought I could taste a little honey. Fairly substantial, a beer to savor.

Photo of Todd
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz brown bomber. MacFoochie's pours a very deep, dark brown, that's seemingly black with rich ruby red hues around the edges of the glass, and topped with a creamy tan head that settles to nice lacing with ample retention and a playful stick.

Rich malty aroma that's a bit smoky, with some peat, toffee, touch of steel and a pleasant herbal / floral finish.

Silky smooth on the palate with a creamy back. Carbonation breaks through and lifts a savory mix of herbal and spice notes through a rich and chewy malt profile. Very low bitterness. Nice juicy fruitiness with some sweet grape-like vinous notes right in the middle. Light berry esters. Milk chocolate within the malty sweetness, toffee, with some background deep roastiness in the form of coffee grinds lurking in the corners. Earth and some nutty flavors too. Wonderful peat accents blend with heather flavors in a steeped tea-like fashion. As this blends with the emerging 7+% ABV, it evokes suggestions of whiskey. Dry finish with lingering peat and heather notes, and a fumy alcohol exhale on the breath.

This is a big, complex and malty brew, but it's also well balanced and extremely pleasing to the palate, with perfect use of heather and smoked malts. Way too easy to drink, so share this one with friends ... unless you're reviewing it right now, alone, like me!

Damn ... you ... MacFoochie!

Photo of bishopdc0
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
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

Photo of tigg924
2.94/5  rDev -25.9%
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.

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of caddybuyer
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass

A-Medium dark cherry cola coloring with mahogany cherry highlights when held to light. Light tan head that creams up on the pour but settles rapidly. I'd like to see a bit more head but this is one attractive beer.

S-This one was strong from the pour, sweet roasted caramel malts, toffee, vanilla, smoke, unsweetened cocoa (just a bit) and some dark fruits in the background along with a hint of alcohol. Enticing.

T-The smell carries through to the taste, all of the above, in one taste explosion. There is no nuance of flavor complexity across the palate, but it is wonderful nonetheless. Kind of like listening to a mono recording of the Velvet Underground...what it lacks in range it makes up for in sheer presence. Wow.

M-This is on the fuller side of medium, which is near perfection, but slighly undercarbonated. I seldom wish for more carbonation, but that is the only thing keeping this from being spot on.

D-This is a very drinkable beer. Huge on flavor, huge on enjoyment. Buy again, you betcha.

This one was a one off oddball I found at my local craft beer store. Easily the best beer that I have had from Atlantic, and the best new discovery have had in quite awhile.

Re-review on 4.11.10. This bottle was nowhere near as good as the first, which was amazing. I guess a little quality control is in order...or maybe the bottle was old, but this should age well. Flavor and mouthfeel was thin...like I was drinking a totally different beer.. Not saying it was bad, but it didn't blow me away like the first one. Will give this another try, but my local beer place had some of these in closeout so maybe its retired? Oh well...there is always Old Chubb...

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.38/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Macfoochie's 7+ Scottish Ale

Appearance- dark reddish brown with a cola looking head.
Smell- roasted ashy nuts. Molasses thrown in as well.
Taste- slight roasted burnt/ash hops. Sweet molasses malt. Fairly well balanced.
Mouthfeel- tasty at first but quickly tones down to a light, sweet porter style beer.

Overall- a decent Scottish Ale that is a good sipping beer. Nothing outstanding here.

Photo of Sammy
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big white bubbly head. very brown. Alcohol aroma. Good mouhfeel with biscuit and graininess.Herbal element from heather. scotch and malty and faint smoke, a tad of sourness at end.Cross-style, and understated achievement.Better than it smells, like an aged ale.

Photo of ElGordo
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep rich brown with ruby highlights, topped by a small khaki head that vanishes almost instantly. Aroma of roasted caramel malt, some molasses, and a hint of piny hops. Palate is well-balanced and complex: a backbone of sweet roasted caramel malt, accented by slightly spicy and piny hops, with an underlying fruity sweetness. The alcohol provides a nice, warming finish. Body is smooth, but not too rich. Definitely a good Scottish ale, and one of the best offerings from Atlantic.

Photo of Franchise
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This offering from Atlantic Brewing tempted me from the moment I saw it. I love Atlantic Brewing Co and now there presence in MA is growing. This Scottish ale pours a dark brown with a tan head. The aroma is malty, caramel, nutty, fruit, raisins, earthy floural hops, heather flowers, honey, a very complex aroma. The taste is smokey, chocolate, tangy, a bit bitter with a herbal presence but nicely mouthfeel on the palate. The finsh is fruity sweet with a little acidic feel on the back end of the palate. I paired this beer with turkey dinner and all the trimming and it was a great match.

Photo of puboflyons
3.83/5  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.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a cola color (dark ruby red when held up to the light) with a thin, creamy dark khaki head.

S: light notes of smoky burnt caramel with a dash of pepper.

T: scotch and caramel, with a noticeable alcohol detection and carbonation bite. Dark roasted grains and a earthy (soil) mineral bitterness shine through in the finish. There was a light astringency of coffee and residual coating of rich caramel and raisins grist on the finish as well.

M: medium with a nice earthy bitterness and fade.

D: Better then average drinkability with a nice mineral touch.

Photo of CRJMellor
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with maroon highlights. Light tan head gives way quicly on the pour leaving pin-pricks of lace on the glass.
Aroma is lots of caramel and earthy, peat tones with some minor chocolate and subtle but noticeable heather.
Flavor of rich caramel and chocolate with a touch of peaty/whiskey notes and a bitter unlike others I've had. (Must be the Heather and Hops combo)
Mouthfeel is smooth, sweet malt to start sliding kind of casually into a roaste, peat hit and finishing with a mild but long and drawn out bitterness. Somewhat surprisingly this one leaves a sweet aftertaste.
Drinkability is very solid. Heather is an acquired taste and sometimes flat out does not work. However, with this beer the combination and transitions are excpetionally well done. Very nice brew.

Photo of jmalex
3.67/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Purchased from the brewery during my Maine vacation this past fall. This is one of the last remaining bottles I have from that trip.

APPEARANCE: Pours into my Victory becker a deep brown with some reddish-amber highlights. The head is tight and starts at around one finger high. It very quickly drops to an off-white collar with a large amorphous patch of bubbles in the center, and eventually to a completely still beer.

SMELL: The smell is big and malty with aromas of toffee, roasted grains, and quite a bit of smoke. Hop aroma is non-existent as this is just a major malt bomb.

TASTE: It's rather simplistic and takes a bit to really kick in. When it does, it similar to the aroma. Caramel, some slightly toasted and charred malts, and it's fairly heavy on the smoke. It really seems one-dimensional without any sort of complexity.

MOUTHFEEL: The carbonation is low, but I fear maybe a bit too low. The body seems slightly on the thin side as well.

DRINKABILITY: It's definitely not bad here. The alcohol is undetectable, and one bomber is the perfect serving side. Unfortunately I think the drinkability may be a product of the other deficiencies in this beer.

Not too bad. I held on to this for a while, and I don't think it was to it's detriment at all. It just can't match up to some of the authentic examples from across the pond.

Photo of wcudwight
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown/mahogany color with a thin watery 1/2" head that disappears quickly. Single ring of wet, watery lace around the top of the glass.
Smells a bit like a week burbon.
The alcohol in the aroma is missing in the taste. Very smooth drinkable beer. Heavy on the malt flavors as par for the style. Caramel with a bit of earthy spiciness in the finish. Excellent mouthfeel. Medium bodied and just chewy enough with out being too thick. I would love to have this one again.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with a thick head.

Malt is very evident but on tasting I found it not as sweet as I thought it would be. The aftertaste has a very roasted feel and a dry finish, alcohol is evident and could use a little time to calm down.

Not a fan of strong Scottish ales but this is one of the better ones I've had. A smoother feel would have aided this beer I think, maybe remove some of the alcohol tones.

Photo of BuckSpin
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ahhh, a Scottish Ale in a bomber. I do love autumn.

Very dark, deep ruby, a burnt orange glow at the bottom, very rich coloring. I would think more Wee Heavy than Scottish Ale. A nice lacing of bubbles hints at the carbonation present. Head was a finger's worth mixed foam of blanched almond colors bubbles that faded quickly.

The nose is deep, wisps of currant, some dried Xmas fruits, peet, malts roasting, yet a hint of some sharpness.

Its very even initially, lighter than its color & nose hinted at. Caramel swirls, malts mingle, hops dance on the peak of the pallete, the whole works sharpen with hop bitterness, then fade off into dark caramel, bittersweet tastes, some earthiness on the aftertaste.

An interesting take on the genre. I'm predispositioned to Scottish & Scotch Ales, and I enjoyed this one. It does a good job hiding the almost 8% ABV, so be careful of the 22ozs. Atlantic did a nice job walking the line between Scottish Ale & Wee Heavy. Those of you looking for a nice autumnal brew or an interesting take on the genre should check it out. Could see this going great with a cheese soup as well. Well done, Atlantic!

Photo of claspada
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of taeagan
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice malty Scottish ale. Dark, rich and full bodied. Slight tan head. No hop character, very low bitterness, so malt flavors linger nicely as they should. Alcohol doesn't really show. I didn't get too much from the heather tips.

22oz bomber purchased at Downeast Beverage in Portland.

Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had the opportunity to try this when it first came out while on a visit to Bar Harbor. It doesn't make it to my state so this year while on a visit to Bar Harbor I made sure to pick some up for the cellar!

A - rich dark brown, almost black color, thick dark tan head
S - smoked peat, bakers chocolate with a caramel rounding note.
T - Light caramel malts swirl with a wonderfully blended smoke / peat and bakers chocolate.
M - medium bodied, nicely carbonated, dry finish
D - so easy to quaff the bottles gone and you don't even realize it.

Unlike other scottish ales I've had, this one is less sweet, amazingly flavorful and drinks much lighter than it is. If you get a chance to try one definitely go for it.

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

Received this as a gift from one of my wife's coworkers.

22oz bomber bears the lable MacFoochie's 7+ Scottish Ale, hopped with heather.

Pours a deep mahogany brown with a slight biege head, and leaves a sticky lacing on the glass as you go.

Nose is dark roasted bread mingled with caramel and heather.

Taste is a smooth & dark roasted malt flavor. Finish is bitter with a decided alcohol kick in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel & drinkability are both solid. No problems finishing the 22oz bomber.

Overall, a very nice offering.

Wyll-

Photo of smokeypeat
4.17/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.28/5  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.

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Scottish Ale from Atlantic Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.