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Scottish Ale - Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ

Not Rated.
Scottish AleScottish Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

84 Reviews

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Reviews: 84
Hads: 134
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 27
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ 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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Reviews: 84 | Hads: 134
Photo of Sammy
3.86/5  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.

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Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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!

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.95/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.76/5  rDev -30.1%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.83/5  rDev -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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Photo of jwc215
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.95/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of WesWes
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of Duff27
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.07/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of DrJay
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, dark brown beer topped by a bit of coarse foam that produced a little lace. The aroma was mostly malty, nutty, and floral, but there was also a bit of cola nut and a faint hint of smoke as well. Mild flavour, plenty of malt, roasted malt, and cola. Bitterness was low and hop flavour was mostly floral with a bit of herbal character. Medium/full bodied with fairly low carbonation, decent texture. This stuff is pretty good. I particularly liked the combination of malts. Thanks for sharing northyorksammy!

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Photo of puboflyons
3.83/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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!!

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Photo of claspada
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of Durge
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A thick brown black color with a healthy oatmeal colored head and decent lacing. The aroma is an odd swampy malt, sort of a seaweed deal. The flavor is similar with a nice herbal chocolate hop and sweet red wine. The odd herbal theme dominates with a smooth mid-bodied feel. Mildly carbonated and pretty easy drinking. Different and worth a try.

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Photo of tigg924
2.94/5  rDev -25.6%
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.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Scottish Ale from Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ
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