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Scottish Ale - Atlantic Brewing Company

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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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Todd

Colorado

4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2006 03:47:14 | More by Todd
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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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williamjbauer

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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mendvicdog

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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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 114 ratings.