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Scottish Ale - Atlantic Brewing Company

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Scottish AleScottish Ale

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very good

117 Ratings

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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 9.27%
Wants: 20
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:
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 donkeyrunner


4.3/5  rDev +7.8%

Dark, dark brown with ruby highlights. Creamy tan head emits lacy arms grasping for the glass top.

Aroma is deep and rich - lots of malt, rich fruit and subtle peat smoke. Tastes like it smells but with a mineral "cleanliness" in back - I'm guessing that's that heather? Plush, creamy mouthfeel that's almost as good as I could possibly imagine.

This was a fun one. Not only was it a great beer but we only had one glass so my wife and I passed it back and forth in front of a campfire. Good camping beer.

08-30-2012 00:22:34 | More by donkeyrunner
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

08-18-2012 03:18:32 | More by Lob
Photo of Happyhopper

New York

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

08-13-2012 02:11:51 | More by Happyhopper
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

08-12-2012 18:55:13 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
Photo of MoreThanWine


3.65/5  rDev -8.5%

Poured a 1/2" latte head of brief life. The body in masstone is a deep burnt umber brown and held to the light there is zero light penetration. Smells of toasted malt. The taste has moderately rich malt which is followed by a dark cocoa finish. Kind of reminds me of a lighter porter. Decent beer, easy drinking, but to me it's not a standout of the Scotch ales.

07-15-2012 13:21:08 | More by MoreThanWine
Photo of Cavanaghty


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
Photo of Brewsed

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -6%

05-29-2012 18:31:54 | More by Brewsed
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5/5  rDev +25.3%

03-12-2012 21:27:46 | More by rpaine
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3.88/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

02-20-2012 03:42:27 | More by Duff27
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

02-08-2012 23:03:44 | More by erlenmeyer
Photo of kmo1030


3.7/5  rDev -7.3%

pours a good looking deep brown with thick tightly bubbled khaki head.
in the aroma oddly enough, the stand out, with a sort of a yellow flower smell, as in floral butt tending towards a buttery aroma. hopefully you can see what i mean. there is also toffe, a bit of port wine and a whisp of smoke.
sweet toffee in the mouth, with caramel as well. you get some floral notes mid palate with an almost honied character. touches of smoke and bitterness move in behind that. the smoke creeps in especially with some warmth. seems just a little bit unbalanced to me, in favor of sweetness.
the body is on just the thinner side of medium bodied with soft carbonation.
overall, a nice little (or big as it were)scottish ale, and pleasant enough to sip on, just a touch to sweet for me.

01-01-2012 22:33:09 | More by kmo1030
Photo of deaconoflove


3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Ap. Basic black with nice tan head, but didn't last long.
Sm. Interesting. maybe smokey, earthy, some faint faint chocolate. Can't find the hops.
Ta. Same...slight smokey, malt, roasted, milky even, leads to brief coffee flavor and then a sweet finish.
Mf. thick and sticky
Dr. A big beer, filling, plently of flavor, but kind of muddled. It's good, but the flavors are so blended that I can't sort it out. It will NOT be a problem to finish off the bomber.

12-21-2011 22:19:20 | More by deaconoflove
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

12-15-2011 01:47:42 | More by Neffbeer
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

12-14-2011 21:15:42 | More by ububru
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +0.3%

12-09-2011 23:50:19 | More by nmann08
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +0.3%

12-02-2011 18:27:41 | More by Rochefort10nh
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

11-28-2011 13:03:48 | More by LostHighway
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5/5  rDev +25.3%

11-24-2011 15:31:59 | More by EastCoastHawkeye
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

11-22-2011 03:23:43 | More by rab53
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

11-16-2011 00:47:07 | More by mormon
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5/5  rDev +25.3%

11-14-2011 20:47:40 | More by thebouch01
Photo of Knapp85


4/5  rDev +0.3%

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!

08-17-2011 04:42:22 | More by Knapp85
Photo of ActonBrewer


4.33/5  rDev +8.5%

A- beautiful reddish brown... thin tan head... decent carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass.

S- Great heather nose. Malts, vanilla and maybe a little cocoa

T- Nice and malty. Some coffee, dark fruit, and caramel malts. Slight herbal flavor (heather?)

M- Medium body, slightly under carbed.

O - Awesome scottish ale. I'll definitely get this again for a larger tasting of this style.

08-17-2011 01:24:17 | More by ActonBrewer
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District of Columbia

3.95/5  rDev -1%

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.

06-19-2011 01:08:01 | More by Huhzubendah
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3.85/5  rDev -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.

06-14-2011 21:47:15 | More by drabmuh
Scottish Ale from Atlantic Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.