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Scottish Ale - Atlantic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

116 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 4
pDev: 9%
Wants: 20
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:
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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claspada

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 20:43:26 | More by claspada
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smokeypeat

Maryland

4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Has a deep mahogany wood look with a nice reddish hue when held up to the light. Comes with a 1 finger eggshell head that slowly dissolved to a nice ever present lace. Lots of great aroma on this one. Standard toffee, caramel, dark malts present like in all scotch ales, but what makes this unique is the light floral component that is definitely present. On tasting, the floral/heather component was even more pronounced. Very unique compared to other scotch ales I've sampled. It makes the beer extremely drinkable, and it tastes "lighter" than other scotch ales I've tried. In fact I don't really pick up on the alcohol at all which is somewhat surprising considering it comes in just shy of 8% ABV. Nice hint of smoke/peat which is something I want in my scotch ales as well. This stuff is rock solid and I will definitely seek it out again. If you like the style and want to try something a little different give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 23:16:33 | More by smokeypeat
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2011 03:32:10 | More by jlindros
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bishopdc0

Maine

3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark color with a decent head to start it dissipates.
A nice scottish malt aroma sweet butter and sugary.
The taste is swseet with a roasted buttery taste a light alcohol finish it leaves a roast on the tongue and finishes dry nice.
This is a drinkable scott and the sweet roast makes easy to drink

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 00:02:37 | More by bishopdc0
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a dark mahogany brown. Thick tan head that leaves rings of lacing.

S - Smokey malt with hints of perfume and vanilla. Alcohol vapors come through as it warms.

T - Roasted malt that is both earthy and smokey. Black walnuts, muted wild flowers, and sweet oak. Finishes dry.

This is mellow but complex at the same time. Creamy with low carbonation. One of the more drinkable Scottish ales I've had.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 21:31:07 | More by StaveHooks
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WesWes

New York

3.68/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 22:29:36 | More by WesWes
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SilentSabre

North Dakota

3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a room temperature pint glass.

-Very hazy dark brown body with a head the colour of coffee with milk in it.
Smell is big sweet malts with a bit of toffee; slight floral herbal smell deep down, but this is mostly sweet, and malty in the nose.

The bitterness from the heather is much more noticeable in the flavour. Starts out big and sweet up front, then the heather shows up to even things out. Alcohol slightly noticeable in the middle, but I still wouldn't have guessed this to be quite 7,8.
Mouthfeel is smooth, and right where it needs to be, for the style.

A very nice attempt at this style.

*Also seems to go well with food.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2010 00:58:13 | More by SilentSabre
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beyah

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a 22 oz bottle on August 19th 2010. Color is dark brown not quite Guinness Dark. Little or no head but did have some lacing. Hardly detectable alcohol,. Very complex flavor I could swear that someone put black licorice in the bottle, this is followed by a nice somewhat hoppy finish. Very well balanced and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 02:34:26 | More by beyah
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 00:35:14 | More by puboflyons
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Durge

Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2010 19:41:26 | More by Durge
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mtstatebeer

West Virginia

3.6/5  rDev -10%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 01:45:33 | More by mtstatebeer
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Kallessin

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2009 01:42:23 | More by Kallessin
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caddybuyer

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
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...

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2009 23:57:41 | More by caddybuyer
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JohnQVegas

Tennessee

4.33/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2009 13:47:12 | More by JohnQVegas
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

3.88/5  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!

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2009 03:38:41 | More by thekevlarkid
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
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

Serving type: growler

11-21-2008 14:57:53 | More by hopdog
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.33/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2008 02:36:43 | More by jwc215
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

4.25/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2008 03:17:02 | More by sulldaddy
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awall422

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2008 20:15:16 | More by awall422
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MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 03:17:56 | More by MrHurmateeowish
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taeagan

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2008 01:26:30 | More by taeagan
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mhewes

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2008 19:21:09 | More by mhewes
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2008 11:59:50 | More by Gavage
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.73/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2008 23:31:18 | More by beerthulhu
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indiapaleale

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2008 03:59:27 | More by indiapaleale
Scottish Ale from Atlantic Brewing Company
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