Scottish Ale - Atlantic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

126 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 9.32%
Wants: 27
Gots: 1 | 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:
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 Durge
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of mtstatebeer
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle. Pours a coca cola brown color with a decent frothy light brown head, quickly disappearing, fair lacing. Aroma is peat smoked and roasted malts, a touch of chocolate, and a bit of earthiness. Flavor is roasted malts, smoke, chocolate, raisins, and grapes. Mouthfeel is medium, creamy, dry and bitter at the finish. Warms well. Pretty good beer, although a little light for the style, almost quaffable.

Photo of Kallessin
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown, that's clear up to the light with reddish brown highlights. Has a full tan head initially that fades fairly quickly and leaves a slight foam over the top. A little dissapointed with the head retention, but otherwise a nice looking beer.

Smell strongly of sweet smoky malt with some caramel and chocolate aromas. Some slight coffee and alcohol coming off it as well. No hops that I can detect. Very appealing overall.

Very smoky/roasted malt and peat flavors up front then the sweetness comes through and goes to a more milk chocolate taste. Overall the flavors are mild and blend very well together. I also got some slight dried dark fruit in the background, then a mildly bitter fade.

Very smooth and creamy texture, but a little thinner than I was expecting. Fairly light carbonation with a little tingle on the finish.

This is a highly drinkable beer due to the smooth creaminess. The alcohol is not detectable, except a little in the aroma. Great all around beer.

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

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...

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

Draught at the brewery.

Pours dark brown with thin, creamy off-white head.

Aroma is an almost cola-like sweetness, caramel and roasty notes blended together, with a hint of herbal heather coming through.

Taste is roasty malt, cocoa, earthy, very rich and malty, almost cola like, with nice, floral heather and smoky peat notes on the finish to balance - beautifully executed, my favorite beer by Atlantic.

Palate was creamy with a subdued carbonation that was just crisp enough to go perfectly with the (surprisingly excellent) barbecue served at Atlantic's own brewpub. Marvelous job.

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a bomber picked up at the brewery this ale was a deep, nearly opaque brown color with one-finger of khaki head. The aroma was of roasted malt, sweet malt and peat smoke. The flavors were a little unusual, I kept thinking 'good BBQ sauce'! Roasted malt, peat smoke, caramel malt and a good hoppy bitterness that nipped the very end. Slightly acidic but not unpleasantly so. The mouthfeel was smooth, the carbonation perfect, the body medium/full. A good beer, but I bet it would make an even better marinade!

Photo of hopdog
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted from Growler. I have seen this in 22oz bottles and will have to do a comparison.

Poured a dark reddish / brown color with small sized off white head. Aromas of light peat / earthiness, toffee and roast. Tastes of chocolate, caramel, light peat and a little bready. Malty.

Notes from 10/9/06

Photo of jwc215
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of sulldaddy
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Split a bomber of this with Stopper at room temperature. The beer is poured into a snifter and exhibits a clear but deep mahogany color. Little to zero head leaves the surface barren. Aroma is caramel malt and some brown sugar and dark fruit. Slightly peaty and earthy as well.
First sip reveals a smooth silky texture and almost no carbonation.
Flavor is sweet and slightly smokey or peaty. Easy drinking with only malt flavors to speak of, no hops or ABV present. Nice malty brew.

Photo of awall422
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark brown with hints of ruby in the light. got a very brief visit from a finger's worth of light tan foam, then a touch of lacing.
smells a tiny bit smoky, sweet and roasty. taste is initially sweet with a sharper bite on the finish. a little oily on the mouthfeel, lingers on the tongue. easy drinking for a pretty strong scottish ale.

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

22oz bomber from The Lighthouse in Manchester. Pours a nearly opaque dark brown/black body with ruby-red highlights and a thin film of light tan head. Smells roasty, slightly peaty, with chocolate notes. Tastes sweet and malty, with roast, caramel, chocolate, and hints of peatiness. Medium to full in body with moderate carbonation. A good combination and balance of flavors, though it reminds me of some mid-point between a Scottish and Scotch ale. A solid and flavorful beer.

Photo of taeagan
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice malty Scottish ale. Dark, rich and full bodied. Slight tan head. No hop character, very low bitterness, so malt flavors linger nicely as they should. Alcohol doesn't really show. I didn't get too much from the heather tips.

22oz bomber purchased at Downeast Beverage in Portland.

Photo of mhewes
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A : Pours a nice brown with ruby hints, very thin head which is quickly gone

S : Mostly malts and fruits

T : Toasted malts, fruits. Not picking up any hops.

M : Good carbonation, meduim bodied.

D : Pretty good beer, wouldn't mind having it again

Photo of Gavage
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of indiapaleale
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, very, very dark amber color. Its almost the same color as the bottle it came in! The head is thin and gone quickly. The smell is that of sugar, alcohol and maybe caramel and a little smokey.

Wow, that is a great tasting beer. It has a nice subtle smokey taste that I really like. It cuts the sweetness very well. The alcohol, although noticeable as a smell, is not overly present in the taste. It has some nuttiness to it and a very nice finish. I really like this one, another solid beer from Atlantic.

Photo of wcudwight
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown/mahogany color with a thin watery 1/2" head that disappears quickly. Single ring of wet, watery lace around the top of the glass.
Smells a bit like a week burbon.
The alcohol in the aroma is missing in the taste. Very smooth drinkable beer. Heavy on the malt flavors as par for the style. Caramel with a bit of earthy spiciness in the finish. Excellent mouthfeel. Medium bodied and just chewy enough with out being too thick. I would love to have this one again.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of jmalex
3.67/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Purchased from the brewery during my Maine vacation this past fall. This is one of the last remaining bottles I have from that trip.

APPEARANCE: Pours into my Victory becker a deep brown with some reddish-amber highlights. The head is tight and starts at around one finger high. It very quickly drops to an off-white collar with a large amorphous patch of bubbles in the center, and eventually to a completely still beer.

SMELL: The smell is big and malty with aromas of toffee, roasted grains, and quite a bit of smoke. Hop aroma is non-existent as this is just a major malt bomb.

TASTE: It's rather simplistic and takes a bit to really kick in. When it does, it similar to the aroma. Caramel, some slightly toasted and charred malts, and it's fairly heavy on the smoke. It really seems one-dimensional without any sort of complexity.

MOUTHFEEL: The carbonation is low, but I fear maybe a bit too low. The body seems slightly on the thin side as well.

DRINKABILITY: It's definitely not bad here. The alcohol is undetectable, and one bomber is the perfect serving side. Unfortunately I think the drinkability may be a product of the other deficiencies in this beer.

Not too bad. I held on to this for a while, and I don't think it was to it's detriment at all. It just can't match up to some of the authentic examples from across the pond.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with a thick head.

Malt is very evident but on tasting I found it not as sweet as I thought it would be. The aftertaste has a very roasted feel and a dry finish, alcohol is evident and could use a little time to calm down.

Not a fan of strong Scottish ales but this is one of the better ones I've had. A smoother feel would have aided this beer I think, maybe remove some of the alcohol tones.

Photo of number1bum
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up while on vacation in Bar Harbor this summer. This is my last one from Atlantic...

Pours a very dark brown, pretty much black with a little bit of translucence around the edges but not much. Doesn't look too thick, though, and has about an inch of light tan head. Thin lace, but really no stick sticks around.

Smell is primarily roasted malt, and it's a bit smoky, as well. Not very complex in the malt department, rather uninspiring.

Taste is also primarily roasted malt, smoke and charcoal. It's quite smooth, though, and although that smoky charcoal flavor could overpower it doesn't. There's enough malt sweetness there to really balance it out, and it finishes with that same smoky flavor on the palate. It starts to get a bit more caramel/molasses flavor as it warms.

Mouthfeel is not quite medium-bodied, and feels a tad thin. It's gentle on the palate, though, and drinks very smooth.

I don't find this to be all that exciting, and it's rather straightforward and not very complex. Still, it is tasty and is a beer I'd have again if I came across it.

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

I had the opportunity to try this when it first came out while on a visit to Bar Harbor. It doesn't make it to my state so this year while on a visit to Bar Harbor I made sure to pick some up for the cellar!

A - rich dark brown, almost black color, thick dark tan head
S - smoked peat, bakers chocolate with a caramel rounding note.
T - Light caramel malts swirl with a wonderfully blended smoke / peat and bakers chocolate.
M - medium bodied, nicely carbonated, dry finish
D - so easy to quaff the bottles gone and you don't even realize it.

Unlike other scottish ales I've had, this one is less sweet, amazingly flavorful and drinks much lighter than it is. If you get a chance to try one definitely go for it.

Photo of jdubjacket
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into my ginormous mug. Pours a coffee black with a creamy head that hangs around for a while.

Smells & tastes very malty. Taste is coffee that lingers. Tastes almost like a Guinness - only much more complex and with better flavor & mouthfeel.

Very drinkable... About 20 ounces to go too!

Photo of athensbeermaster
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A rich tan three inch head that is long lasting and fluffy.Big coffee and toffee and chicory on the nose. Rich and complex with roasted barley, spicy chicory and coffee with good carbonation that lifts the palate up. The body is so rich gives a creamy texture to the mix.
The finish leaves a smoky backwoods taste that makes you feel like your sitting next to a fire. Without being overwelming. A must try for scottish ale fans!

Photo of neonbrown82
4.26/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good beer. One of the best I've had of one of my favorite styles. Thanks to Dogfooddog for the bottle.

The beer pours to a very dark brown color with a deep ruby hue when held to the light. Nearly opaque. Forms a very nice foamy brown head with a decent staying power. A decent lacing sticks to the glass as well.

The smell is good, but it doesn't really jump out at me. After a deep whiff, I get a bit of heavily caramelized and lightly smoked malt. A bit nutty and chocolatey.

The taste is great. Starts off with a sweet caramel malt flavor followed by a bit of smoke. Gently roasty, chocolatey, nutty finish with a lingering smokiness. Has a very light English hops bitterness that lingers in the finish with a spicy, herbal taste.

Has a nice big body with very little carbonation. The alcohol cannot be detected. A small bit sweet, but the finish dries out the palate a bit. Very easy to drink for a big beer. I wish I had a steady supply of this.

Scottish Ale from Atlantic Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.