Scottish Ale - Atlantic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

82 Reviews
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Reviews: 82
Hads: 127
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 6.6%
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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Reviews: 82 | Hads: 127
Photo of lackenhauser
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, rich brown color. No real head going on. Moderate aroma-caramel and a slight peat smell. Malty flavor dominates. Peat flavor is very evident. Theres a spicy/floral flavor that I am assuming is from the heather the label says it contains. Good mouth feel to it-the caramel leaves me smacking the top of my mouth for more sticky goodness. A very nice scottish ale-maybe a bit heavy on the peated malt but very enjoyable overall. (440 characters)

Photo of bruachan
3.36/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

the color is nice. it's a deeep garnet that mostly shows itself at the edges exclusively. the head is decent, with a big mound in the middle of my duvel chalice

the aromas are of heavy caramelization and even some more raw-type characteristics, like molasses. it's not an overly-complex aroma, but rich. i may even smell hops. other reviewers are citing smoke, but i can't really pick it up

the flavor, however, does sport a bit of smoke, but it's more like the smoked wood. i love rauchbiers but this is nowhere as enjoyable. again, hops seem to be making themselves present

the mouthfeel is not particularly good. it's way too lifeless for a scottish ale. i know it's not a scotch but i still expect a little more oompf

it's alot like an american brown. not bad; not on to style, but i forgive (807 characters)

Photo of dogfooddog
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from a trade with rajendra82, thanks again.

Pours nearly opaque dark ruby red, small 1" head.

Nose is smokey, malty and a bit sweet. My interest in this beer was that it (apparently) uses peat-smoked malt, curious to see how pronounced it is.

And peat-smoke it is - the distinct, almost bitter-organic taste of peatsmoke is right up front in this, though a bit less-tobacco-like than other examples I have had. the malt underlying the smoke is a dark, somewhat sweet taste and only slight bitterness enters the finish. the highlight of this beer is clearly the malt, unlike some american scottish-style interpretations. Still a good bit sweeter than almost any scottish example (cask or draught) I have had.

Peat-smoke in beer is quite distinct from either whisky or food (which can be fairly similar), the phenolic character seems less refined and somewhat rougher, to the point where the first time I had a peat-smoked beer I didn't realize what the taste was.

I would be curious to know the proportion of peat-smoked versus not malt in this beer. (1,064 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (485 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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!! (406 characters)

Photo of nlmartin
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A special thanks to Purplehops of BC-2 for sending this beer my way. The beer was served in an Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a clear chestnut brown. The head was a short lasting off white coloration. Specks of lacing remain behind on my glass.

Smell: The beer has a slightly smokey caramel smell. The hops come along in a floral herbal sort of way.

Taste: This beer provides a very easy drinking smoked bready caramel flavor. The hops show up as a herbal floral combination. This is nice but the flavors are not as bold as I was hoping for.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is on the plus side of medium bodied. The carbonation is low but well incorporated. This is a very easy to drink beer. I enjoyed the beer from start to finish. I would gladly drink this beer again. (803 characters)

Photo of DrJay
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
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! (513 characters)

Photo of rajendra82
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer was picked up in 22 oz. brown bomber with a Scottish tartan label background framing the image of a Scotsman shepherding in a highland pasture. The beer poured Coca Cola brown in color, with a similar evaporating fizz. The head was nonexistent, and the beer was also quite still after the first few seconds of activity. The aroma was malty and smoky and smelled like coffee, dark chocolate, and sawdust. The taste was mellow and the texture silky. The spicy hops (or was it heather) were more noticeable than typical, and a peat smoke dryness was persistent in the aftertaste. Almost a Porter, this Scottish Ale was quite different than others that I had tasted before. This was much less fruity and more bitter. Good on its own merits I suppose.. (756 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.86/5  rDev -2%
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. (261 characters)

Photo of grub
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pre-holiday tasting at my place attended by me, DrJay, Viggo, biegaman, and northyorksammy. northyorksammy contributed this bottle. thanks sammy!

pours a deep brown with ruby highlights. big fine head that drops fast but leaves spotty lace.

aroma is nice. bit of smoke. biscuit malt. toasty. bit of floral hops.

taste is great. bit of smoke, peaty even. biscuit malt. nice and toasty. caramel. bitterness is a little higher than i expected from a scottish ale.

mouthfeel is good. medium, well integrated carbonation. nice body.

drinkability is good. very tasty and balanced beer. (594 characters)

Photo of blitz134
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quite the dark beer here. Nearing black in color when viewed from afar, but held to the light makes the sparkling crimson body shine through. Small light tan head formed on top but reduced to only a skim layer of bubbles.

Aroma is filled with all sorts of stuff. Lightly toasted aromas form the underpinnings for this but dark fruits such as fig and raisin come through. A bit of tannic acid smell comes in making the fruity aromas seem ripe. These work well with the slight sweetness from some floral smelling hops. I think the heather probably plays into this particular portion of the aroma but truthfully I couldn't tell you exactly what heather was. The alcohol aroma is present as well, but doesn't detract at all.

Taste seems a bit more tame than the aroma. Toasted malts immediately hit the tongue and come forward with a little chocolate or toffee. After that the floral hops come in and again I think the heather is in this as I think the floral flavors are a little different than I have had before. Then the finish is alcohol with tea and tobacco, even some touches of smoke. I think the alcohol level is a little too pronounced though.

Mouthfeel I think is thin for the style. I'd like to see a little more creaminess to accompany the alcohol flavors. I think these beers should be sippers and to be that you need a full body and a slight alcohol presence. I think this lacks the former.

Drinkability is okay. This one is pretty easy to put down but doesn't offer much to draw me back in for another bottle. (1,532 characters)

Photo of Franchise
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (592 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (466 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.76/5  rDev -29.9%
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. (746 characters)

Photo of ybnorml
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
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! (632 characters)

Photo of BuckSpin
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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! (1,151 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (314 characters)

Photo of Manosbeeroffate
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (488 characters)

Photo of meathookjones
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (439 characters)

Photo of Todd
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
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! (1,373 characters)

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
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. (402 characters)

Photo of ElGordo
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (491 characters)

Photo of brewandbbq
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (496 characters)

Photo of Bestuurder
4.58/5  rDev +16.2%
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. (704 characters)

Photo of granger10
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
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! (737 characters)

Scottish Ale from Atlantic Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.