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Scottish Ale - Atlantic Brewing Company

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Scottish AleScottish Ale

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very good

121 Ratings

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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 9.32%
Wants: 24
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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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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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 ppoitras
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.76/5  rDev -30.5%
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.

Photo of ybnorml
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clean dark brown beer with deep mahogony highlights. Has a nice creamy light brown head with some nice lacing. The first aroma to hit you as you pour is a tangable but sweet smoky character. Hints of nuts and some light dried fruit dance in the background. There is an initial burst of malty sweetness at the start of the taste. Followed quickly by a quick ghost of smokiness and again the nutlike hints mixed with some dried fruit notes.The smokiness returns in the somwhat dry finish. The alcohol does not real make it self known until the end of the glass. So .. a Wee Heavy? I think not. A delicious Scottish style Ale ...Yes!

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 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 Manosbeeroffate
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well my 2nd beer from Atlantic Brewing up in Bah Habbah, neat offering and the 1st time I've seen this. Pours nearly black in color, smell of sweet malt. Taste is of malt, roasted (almost burnt) malt and some grassy flavored hops, like mown lawn. Mouthfeel is not thin, very nice. Drinkability? One to savor. I think a lot of people would think this is some kind of stout, but it's a Scottish Ale. It says that it's hopped with heather. I can't taste it but it's still a really nice beer.

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

Appears a dark reddish hue with decent sized tan head. Some rings of lacing were left as this was consumed. Sweet malty aroma with some fruits and caramel. Lighter earthy notes mingled about. Sweet fruit blended with a bit of dark chocolate started off the flavor. Light smoky and earthy herbal notes mixed in well. Pretty full and interesting taste. Easy drinking stuff that is smooth going down and the last sip is as tasty as the first.

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 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 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 brewandbbq
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured dark chestnut with a humble beige head that fell quick to a whisp.
Doughy, bready, buscuity, and malty in the nose, with a hint of gypsum.
A quick oat covered chocolate buscuit on a picnic at Great Head.
Clean and modestly warming, with a hint of dried embers.
Medium bodied and half a chew.
A bit straightforward on the pallet, with a good balance of roasted malts and bitter chocolate.
Bitterness well stated and alcohol well hidden.
Finishes quick with toasted nuts on chocolate.

Photo of Bestuurder
4.58/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What can I say? This is above and beyond for a Scottish ale. Poured from a bottle, the head lasted all through the drink.

My first impression about this ale was that it would be like most Scottish ale's, with a relatively easy drinkability, but lacking in the over taste and mouthfeel; this was not the case. Atlantic has brought a great beer to my table, with a wonderfully dark, almost pitch-black colouration, and a exceptional aroma of beautifully balanced hops. There was no malt aroma or flavouring, which is a plus. The abv is certainly not a factor, and is not noticed. This ale has a wonderfully smooth feel, and very easy drinkability. Overall, I would most certainly rate this beer as an A.

Photo of granger10
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark brown mohagony wood color. Fizzy tan head rises and falls a bit quickly but holds about an inch high. Lots of sticky lacing along the glass. Looks a little like a cola. Aroma is very smoky with some sweetness in there as well. I like it already. Taste brings about a nice thick sweet malty mouthfeel. Lots of toffee flavors and residual earthy sweetness. The smoke comes back in the middle of this beer and then a nice floral finish, which must be from the heather. Alcohol is not really that evident at all. This seems like a fairly traditional representation of the scottish ale style and a very good one at that. Not a session beer but definitely a nice beer to enjoy.

many thanks to brewguru for the bottle!

Photo of jdhilt
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of Bierman9
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a rich, deep, dark chestnut hued bier, with glimmers of garnet highlighting the clear liquid. Didn't get much of a topping, basically a fine, thin light-tan head, most of which clings to the edge of the glass, and leaves some lace. Nose is not overly strong, yet what's there is a lovely, malty-sweet aroma, with toffee notes and caramel. Body is an easy medium-plus, with lots of smoothness on the tongue with some chewy qualities. Nice! Flavor is awash with malt and more malt. Almost makes me think I've got a Doppelbock in the glass! Caramel sweetness and hints of brown sugar coat the tongue in a most pleasurable way, with a welcome peatyness being everpresent. Light bitterness appears near the finish; so this is heather? Hmmm.... adds an interesting touch, like a mild floral aspect. I like my Scottish Ales heavy on the malt...and this one goes down smooth and easy. A fine offering from the boys at ABC down in Maine.


overall: 4.2
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5


Photo of Truh
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had to break in a new herd with this one on 2/24/2005. 22 fl. oz. bomber poured twice in a shaker.

Cream crenellation of head to start that falls down to just a shawl of all-sized bubbles. Very clear but deep brown hue with burgundy touches and some flitting action. Light peat smokiness on nose with a mossy presence and light floral note, which I’d take a stab at as being the heather. Great smoke on mouth right away, malt finagles its way through quite nicely with some caramel, toffee, and Sumatra coffee notes. Well-balanced ale with just the right amount of burn.

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

Some Scottish ales, and a few select other styles I suppose, have this coherent smoothness that sets them apart from other beers. This beverage tastes like it's pure, natural, unadulterated nature. There's nothing ill-conceived, phony, extreme, or off about this. It's just a rock solid beer.

Dirty, earthy aromas of peat and grape skin. Alcohol is noticeable but seems to fit in nicely with the cola-like caramel notes that assert themselves. Smooth and, at times, almost oily, this has a chewy malt flavor with a light alcohol astringency that seems to fade as the beer sits or as I adjust to it. Either way, the beer tastes and feels quite natural. The finish isn't quite as distinct or abrupt as some beers. It's much more cohesive and well-rounded, presenting a solid malt flavor throughout and somehow just "feeling" balanced in the end. Must be the heather. Top notch stuff.

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 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.


Photo of BillyBrew
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first Scottish ale I ever really enjoyed. Had this at the brewery's on-site tavern. They brewed the first batch in mid-September.

Two-dergrees mahogany of black. White head that dissipates completey fairly quickly.

Pleasantly malty nose, but light. Delightful.

Thickly malted, but very balanced for a Scottish. The heather used in the brewing (30lbs of it) cuts the thick, malted sweets. Peat smoked malts also cut some sweetness. No forward hops, but balanced great.

Pleasantly rough carbonation within a very smooth, medium body. I think the smoked malts limited a typicaly viscous style.

Best Scottish ale I ever had! Good session brew with a lighter mouthfeel and sweetness.

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Scottish Ale from Atlantic Brewing Company
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