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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: 20
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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dogfooddog

Panama

4/5  rDev +0.3%

from a trade with rajendra82, thanks again.

Pours nearly opaque dark ruby red, small 1" head.

Nose is smokey, malty and a bit sweet. My interest in this beer was that it (apparently) uses peat-smoked malt, curious to see how pronounced it is.

And peat-smoke it is - the distinct, almost bitter-organic taste of peatsmoke is right up front in this, though a bit less-tobacco-like than other examples I have had. the malt underlying the smoke is a dark, somewhat sweet taste and only slight bitterness enters the finish. the highlight of this beer is clearly the malt, unlike some american scottish-style interpretations. Still a good bit sweeter than almost any scottish example (cask or draught) I have had.

Peat-smoke in beer is quite distinct from either whisky or food (which can be fairly similar), the phenolic character seems less refined and somewhat rougher, to the point where the first time I had a peat-smoked beer I didn't realize what the taste was.

I would be curious to know the proportion of peat-smoked versus not malt in this beer.

01-31-2007 02:10:21 | More by dogfooddog
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OhioBobcat

Ohio

4/5  rDev +0.3%

08-05-2013 00:37:18 | More by OhioBobcat
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blitz134

California

3.63/5  rDev -9%

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.

12-18-2006 01:05:03 | More by blitz134
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.88/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

10-03-2006 11:51:38 | More by lordofthewiens
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Todd

Colorado

4.22/5  rDev +5.8%

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!

01-29-2006 03:47:14 | More by Todd
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bishopdc0

Maine

3.6/5  rDev -9.8%

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

12-27-2010 00:02:37 | More by bishopdc0
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tigg924

Massachusetts

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
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Cavanaghty

Maine

3.93/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

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

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -6%

08-04-2013 07:54:45 | More by Cynic-ale
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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

08-12-2012 18:55:13 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +0.3%

02-16-2013 12:07:08 | More by williamjbauer
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caddybuyer

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +11%

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...

07-01-2009 23:57:41 | More by caddybuyer
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -15.3%

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.

01-06-2006 23:14:35 | More by NJpadreFan
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -2.3%

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.

12-19-2006 01:41:50 | More by Sammy
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ElGordo

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

01-04-2006 04:43:10 | More by ElGordo
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Damian74Shensky

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -6%

05-19-2013 03:06:24 | More by Damian74Shensky
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DarkLordPsycho

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6%

09-10-2013 05:23:15 | More by DarkLordPsycho
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garrisonp

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

10-11-2013 02:58:08 | More by garrisonp
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Franchise

Oregon

3.68/5  rDev -7.8%

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.

12-13-2006 20:04:51 | More by Franchise
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Neffbeer

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.3%

12-15-2011 01:47:42 | More by Neffbeer
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.85/5  rDev -3.5%

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.

07-21-2010 00:35:14 | More by puboflyons
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -6.5%

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.

05-28-2008 23:31:18 | More by beerthulhu
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Luweezy

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6%

10-17-2013 23:13:17 | More by Luweezy
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

4.28/5  rDev +7.3%

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.

11-15-2004 22:17:26 | More by CRJMellor
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nebula1999

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +0.3%

12-20-2013 01:17:07 | More by nebula1999
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Scottish Ale from Atlantic Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.