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Scottish Ale - Atlantic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

119 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 9.3%
Wants: 22
Gots: 2 | 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 Gavage
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Gavage, Jun 11, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

beerthulhu, May 29, 2008
Photo of indiapaleale
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

indiapaleale, Mar 25, 2008
Photo of wcudwight
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

wcudwight, Mar 14, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of jmalex
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

jmalex, Feb 08, 2008
Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

deltatauhobbit, Dec 19, 2007
Photo of number1bum
3.78/5  rDev -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.

number1bum, Oct 15, 2007
Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

barleywinebrewer, Oct 03, 2007
Photo of jdubjacket
3.98/5  rDev 0%
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!

jdubjacket, Sep 11, 2007
Photo of athensbeermaster
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
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!

athensbeermaster, Jun 11, 2007
Photo of neonbrown82
4.3/5  rDev +8%
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.

neonbrown82, May 21, 2007
Photo of lackenhauser
3.9/5  rDev -2%
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.

lackenhauser, Apr 30, 2007
Photo of bruachan
3.38/5  rDev -15.1%
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

bruachan, Feb 13, 2007
Photo of dogfooddog
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

dogfooddog, Jan 31, 2007
Photo of biegaman
3.98/5  rDev 0%
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.

biegaman, Jan 29, 2007
Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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!!

Viggo, Jan 18, 2007
Photo of nlmartin
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

nlmartin, Jan 05, 2007
Photo of DrJay
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
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!

DrJay, Dec 25, 2006
Photo of rajendra82
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
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..

rajendra82, Dec 22, 2006
Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  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.

Sammy, Dec 19, 2006
Photo of grub
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

grub, Dec 18, 2006
Photo of blitz134
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

blitz134, Dec 18, 2006
Photo of Franchise
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Franchise, Dec 13, 2006
Photo of ppoitras
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

ppoitras, Dec 10, 2006
Scottish Ale from Atlantic Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.