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Scottish Ale - Atlantic Brewing Company

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Scottish AleScottish Ale

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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: 21
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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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Sammy, Dec 19, 2006
Photo of Thorpe429
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.

Thorpe429, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +0.3%

nmann08, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.7/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark mahogany body with a small beige head.

Smell: Smokey, toasted caramel maltiness encirlced in a wreath of heather flowers.

Taste: Initially, a pleasant roasted, chocolate maltiness. This flavor then gives way to the heather which, for me, comes across as antiseptic-tasting. That flowery, medicinal heather taste is simply embedded in the finish, too.

Good gracious, me. I didn't know my palate would find the taste of heather to be so off-putting.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Fair carbonation.

Drinkability: I liked this beer all the way up until I stopped liking it, or, to place the blame where it belongs, until it shoved a handful of flowers into my mouth.

Up until then, though, pretty tasty.

ChainGangGuy, Nov 24, 2006
Photo of Knapp85
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!

Knapp85, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is dark malts, vanilla, caramel and a good amount of hops along with a touch of dark fruit.

T: The taste is very malty and has a lot going on, with flavors of caramel, chocolate, dark fruits, vanilla, roasted coffee and spices all up front. There's a very significant hops presence that pokes its way through the very hearty malt character and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet with a bit of smokiness to it.

M: Crisp and very smooth, heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, kind of filling, nice kick, good representation of style, this is a good beer to relax with and drink slowly, but after one bomber I think I'd be done.

TheManiacalOne, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of drabmuh
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.

drabmuh, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of jlindros
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.

jlindros, May 15, 2011
Photo of WesWes
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.

WesWes, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev +0.3%

mendvicdog, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of jwc215
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle, poured into snifter:

Pours dark brown - almost black - with a thin head that thins to a swirl. Thin rings of lacing stick to the glass.

The smell is of toffee, roasted nuts, some peat, whisky and an earthy/floral tone (from the heather). The complexity of the aroma is on the subtle side, but very nice.

The taste is malty, but not too sweet. Toffee, roasted nuts, heather (floral/earthy), some peat and woody, whisky notes all combine and blend nicely. The heather tips play in well, as does the touch of peat, not overwhelming the rich maltiness. The balanced sweetness turns to a dry, whisky-ish finish.

It has a smooth (fuller side of?) medium body.

It's an interesting, delicious, smooth interpretation of a Scottish Ale that is oh so easy to drink.

jwc215, Oct 29, 2008
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of DrunkinYogi
4/5  rDev +0.3%

DrunkinYogi, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of smcolw
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.

smcolw, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of Gavage
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear mahagony brown in color with a big 3" head that lingers a while. Some mild lacing develops.

Smell: malt sweetenss is easy to detect with a softer earthy tone in the background.

Taste: nice malt base with some peat, brown sugar, and some dark fruit sweetness. There is some earthiness and a hint of smokiness to the beer which provides nice character.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. Surprisingly brief aftertaste as the malt sweetness leaves the tongue quickly. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: this was extremely eay to quaff and would be a nice session beer despite the slightly higher alcohol levels.

Gavage, Jun 11, 2008
Photo of jdhilt
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cream, one finger-head that goes quickly leaving no lace. Clear deep amber almost black color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is floral - no strong hoppiness. Starts and finishes with a light complex of flavors - peat, malt, bread. Smooth, alcohol is not noticeable. $7.59 for a 22oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

jdhilt, Mar 13, 2005
Photo of wrightst
4.75/5  rDev +19%

wrightst, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of Huhzubendah
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.

Huhzubendah, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of ppoitras
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" light brown head over the clear dark burgundy brew. Aroma is dominated by smoky maltiness, with flowery notes. Taste follows right along with the nose, exactly as predicted. Mouthfeel is super smooth and soft over the tongue, tremendously drinkable. My mouth tells me this ain't no 7+%, but my head will probably verify the abv later. Excellent brew.

ppoitras, Dec 10, 2006
Photo of biegaman
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Sammy for this excellent Maine fall seasonal.
Pours with nice colours, mahogony/auburn brown, and sparse bubbles rising along the outside of the glass. Lovely appearence. Equally nice aroma. Caramely-cola malt, light booze, and hints of heather. The flavour is a different story alltogether, not at all evident from the aroma. The two features really offer different things. Taste of burnt wood, alot of smoked peet. A great deal of solid malt. A really, really nice offering.

biegaman, Jan 29, 2007
Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +0.3%

rab53, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Latarnik, May 24, 2014
Photo of beerthulhu
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

beerthulhu, May 28, 2008
Photo of Kelp
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Kelp, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear brown/red, thick off white head forms, lace spots, decent retention, keeps a thin layer. Smell is very malty, some floral/herbs, earthy, with some toffee, very neat. Taste is very earthy and malty, floral, quite mild in the flavour but pleasant, little bit of smoke and alcohol in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, very smooth. A nice drink, thanks northyorksammy!!

Viggo, Jan 18, 2007
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Scottish Ale from Atlantic Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.