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Scotch Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.17%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 02-02-2002)
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Reviews by DIM:
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4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I found this bottle hidden in a forgotten corner of my fridge. I don't remember buying it but here goes.

a: Clear deep ruby red. Huge white head that fades away very quickly.

s: Very subdued. A bit of smoke, not much sweetness. A decent amount of hops that seem out of place in a scotch ale.

t: Smokey rather than sweet malt up front, some sweetness appears with the hops at the end. This is a strange tasting scotch ale, but a great tasting beer. Almost tastes more like a barleywine. The 4 is a bit of a compromise. 3.5 for a scotch ale, 4.5 as a blindly tasted beer.

m: Silky and very thick. Texture reminds of their Twelve though not to that extreme. Carbonation lingers until the very end.

d: I'll certainly go looking for more of these.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2007 21:30:49 | More by DIM
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District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +7.5%

11-15-2011 14:53:38 | More by randomdanger
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from notes

tan foam that lasted well into the night. Great side glass lace as well, really quite the thick looking liquid here for sure.

The aroma was very sweet, with a big malt nose. Lots of earthy smells, grain, some raisin maybe and a touch of spice. Nice bit of caramel as well, with a woody sort of alcohol mixed in. This all translated over to the flavor, which also was very full and really just a very nice example of the style. Loads of sweetness in it, with candied sugar and caramel laced earthy malts making the big splash here. Very big body on this one as well, with really a tremendously smooth feeling to it. Nice carbonation that never really quit, and a long lasting sweet finish

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 01:17:31 | More by mikesgroove
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have never seen this one before on the shelves, so I grabbed one when I did. Poured into my snifter tonight.

A: Pours a superb, stellar, magnificent dark scotch copper with a half finger bone white head that dissipates fairly quickly. No sticky lacing on this one at all.

S: Smell is of sweet scotch/light bourbon with a deep roasted caramel and brown sugar. The smell is fairly strong, but not overkill.

T: The taste starts with a deep, sweet caramel and munich malt flavor that is blended with a hint of scotch and whiskey notes. The taste is slightly light but has just the right amount of flavor.

Overall, this is a pretty solid beer. I would not put it above Old Chub, etc. but definitely worth grabbing.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 01:54:47 | More by treyrab
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4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a transparent dark, crimson toned amber with a small white cap that slowly fades into mild head. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell...up front, there are fusel alcohol aromas followed by brown sugar and a generous amount of caramel, vanilla, and spice. Ripe fruit, highlighted by black grapes jumps out upon another glance.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas. A decent blending of toasted nuts, ripe fruit, and brown sugar.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a spicy dryness that keeps me coming back for more of the caramel, and fruity sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2008 00:16:29 | More by weeare138
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3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to NJpadreFan for this brew.

Pours a nice brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacining around the edges. The nose is malty, with some yeasty notes, bananna, bubblegum, with some spices, and caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, slight yeast, bananna, bubblegum, spicy, with some caramel notes. Medium body. Drinkable, quite the different Scotch Ale here, but very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2008 02:29:06 | More by Wasatch
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber, clear with a nice fleeting head and almost no carbonation.

The bouquet is rich on malts that convey a nice bready/caramely/sweet nose to the beer. The taste is nice and warm on the hops with choclate and caramel on the tongue.

The mouthfeel is decent, but the beer does cloy about 75% through the first pint. All and all a friendly, drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2008 00:53:59 | More by garcia2a
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New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Weyerbacher- Scotch Ale

A- Deep amber brown with a small but sticky head.
S- Good peat moss aroma, caramel, and wood notes.
T- Sweet malt hints of caramel and oak. Moss and cola flavors punch through with a hot alc. finish.
M- Creamy sweet with a dry alc. laden end.

Overall- Let this 1 warm up a bit. Nice flavors, very good aroma. Tasty, and tough to find!

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2008 22:04:39 | More by NJpadreFan
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3.15/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. undated bottle that has a simple plaid label with the name of the beer in the middle. Around the side is where they keep all the manadory U.S Government information. I believe this one is only available in one of their variety cases.

When poured into a Snifter, this Scotch Ale is a dark cranberry red color with a white head of foam that was about 1/2 inch in height. This head of foam had decent retention that left behind spots of white lace and a few foamy white rings along the sides. I couldn't get much out of the aroma. The only aromas I got out this beer was a little smoke, peat, sweet caramel, and a handful of fruits. The taste was also lightly smoky, but the taste contained roasted malts, dried black cherries, a dab of peat, yeast, bitter roasted hops, and then all of this ends with a touch of alcohol. Not too much alcohol, where it didn't take over the entire taste. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a slightly roasted and boozy aftertaste of roasted malts, black cherries, and alcohol. For some strange reason, the alcohol kicked into gear in the mouthfeel and not the initial taste. In the end, it's not the best Scotch Ale out there, but it isn't all that bad. I thought it could have used a bit more smoke in it and not so much alcohol in the aftertaste, but to each his own I guess.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2008 16:58:22 | More by AltBock
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New York

4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely deep brownish red - wonderful hues when held to the light. Huge head reminiscent of cappuccino foam and settles to a half finger. Leaves little lace.

Aroma subtle with smoked peat, brown sugar, and fruit. A touch of yeast is also present - not expected in the style or from this brewery.

Starts surprisingly fruity - almost like a Belgian abbey ale with it's fruitiness and dose of brown sugar. Fruit fades to some more malty sweetness in the way of toffee and caramel. Nice toasted character is present and the sweetness is never overwhelming. Alcohol is just barely noticeable, and helps balance. Smoke is soft and comes in the finish, which is dry and lingering with peaty smoke. Interesting take on a Scotch Ale, but I like.

Medium-full in body, very smooth, silky and just thick enough. Carbonation is perfect and really adds to the beer. Great drinkablity - nice complexity, great flavors, and it goes down easy. Kind of a cross between a Scotch ale and a Dubbel - but whatever it is, I'm a fan.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 02:20:55 | More by Lupe
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a deep reddish brown with a small fizzy head that dissipates rather quickly.

S- Smells sweet, yeasty, with hints of lighter fruitiness.

T- Taste is much darker than expected, almost dubbelesque with strong tones of dark fruit throughout the middle, a hop bitterness at the end but with a bit of a weak beginning.

M- Thick and a bit too carbonated for my taste.

D- In my opinion this is a good brew that misses the mark a little. I like it but I couldn't session it and it just seems like it doesn't come together cohesively enough.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2008 03:54:05 | More by Lothore
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3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My second taste of Weyerbacher beers. Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. brown bottle. The label features a maroon and gold tartan print with a simple “Scotch Ale brewed in the USA” written over it.
A: Pours a very dark amber-brown color with 1.5 inches of creamy, ivory-colored head. A bit of carbonation creeps quickly up the sides of the glass, but other than that it’s hard to see, given the color. Nice amount of thin lacing that retains throughout.
S: Roasted malts are prevalent, certainly. There are some floral hops present, too, but they are subdued. There’s a whiff of something creamy and buttery, too. All in all, rather unassuming but pleasant nonetheless.
T: Chocolatey and vaguely fruity. Lots of earthy maltiness present throughout, and a hint of bitterness kicks in towards the finish but is washed away. This seems more like a porter or a weakish stout to me than a Scotch ale. Interesting sweetish aftertaste that I didn’t expect; I was anticipating more bitterness and an alcohol taste.
M: Very smooth throughout, never harsh, especially in the finish. A pleasant surprise to me for this style.
D: Pretty good. I had two of these in a row. Seems like an interesting ale/porter mix, so it has nice drinkability for this category.
Overall, a pretty tasty beer that seems to transcend the Scotch Ale style but not in an altogether interesting way. I’m looking forward to drinking the rest of this 6-pack, but I don’t see myself specifically seeking these out in the future, unless I really want something like a Scotch Ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2007 16:56:58 | More by LeftyBWS
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3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle purchased at the Brewery during a March open house.

A: The ale pours wuth a dark red, almost brown color. The head that rests atop the ale is thin and white, a slight departure from the foamy 1.5 finger head that appeared on pour.

S: The nose is chock full o' malty notes. Nuttiness is the surprising first component, adding a dry component to an aroma that quickly returns to sweeter caramel notes.

T: The flavor has a noticeable malty edge, creating a cereal sweetness that most ales only dream about. Seriously, the malt body is sweet to the point of resembling a maibock. The only thing that brings me back to ale territory is the slightly smoky finish that says 'I am not a lager.' The flavor, overall, is enjoyably, it just seems to be muddled and slow in announcing that it is a wee heavy.

M: The mouthfeel is defined by the cereal malt body and its resemblance to a lager. I like the subtlety of the smoky finish as well.

D: The ale has a robust malty flavor that makes it quite enjoyable. I would definitely stock up on this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2007 23:09:44 | More by akorsak
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3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber. Small head--one finger--that settles quickly with no lacing. Smells a bit awkward for a Scotch, like alcohol masked by smoky malt. Taste is more complex than I expected after smelling. Roasted malt is predominant, but there is also a caramel candy taste. The alcohol is a bit too prevalent for my liking though. Scotch ales are among my favorites, and I enjoy most of Weyerbacher's offerings, but this isn't my favorite from either category.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2007 01:05:34 | More by tmp155
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3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at Max's the other day during their craft beer festival.

The beer pours a lively brown color with a hint of amber. The beer has excellent head retention, but with minimal lacing. On the nose one gets sweet malt and cola. One gets similar flavors on the palate, with lots of sweet malt, cherry, vanilla cola and a touch of spice. The beer is pretty drinkable, with the abv. very unobtrusive.

A good beer, but I can't say I was "wowed" by it.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2007 14:36:59 | More by John_M
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Executive Summary: A fair attempt at the style. Not a stand-out, but it's consistent enough to warrant a place in W's lineup.

Appearance: Pours a deep, smoky amber into my glass. Small head contains very large bubbles - kinda weird. Negligible lacing.

Smell: Caramel malts, molasses, alcohol, a hint of smokiness.

Taste: A smoke flavor is noticeable. Sweet but not cloying. A decently complex malt profile. Little to no hop flavor to speak of.

Mouthfeel: Fairly appropriate. Carbonation isn't too crazy, slightly sticky (given the malt-heavy profile, I expected that). Chewy, but not too thick.

Drinkability: It's not bad, but just isn't really something around which I'd build a session. After this, I'm ready for something a little more captivating.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2007 03:21:46 | More by kpantz
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3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a shaker glass. Appears a deep, golden amber color with two fingers of tan head. Smells of boozy alcohol, caramel malts, and a wisp of smokiness. Tastes of rich, sweet caramel malt with little to no hop presence. Medium to moderate in both body and carbonation. A nice effort at the style, but I probably would not have more than one at a time.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2007 19:24:45 | More by ClockworkOrange
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West Virginia

2.42/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

poured into a nonic glass from a 12oz brown bottle with a crimped on cap.

Mirky reddish/orange with brown highlights. 2" thick creamy off-white head dissapating a bit quick to a foam ring with minimual lacing.

Tobacco leaf aromas,smokey also earthy/woody with some carmell notes. The aromas were a bit on the faint side

The tastes were a bit weak with some smokeyness,grassy,Woody/earthy some bittersweet carmellness with a bit of an apple taste. A sweet sugary feel with a slight tinge of alcohol.

Medium mouthfeel,a bit on the thin side. Not a bad beer just nothing here to make me want another, kind of mediocre.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2007 04:35:20 | More by jcdiflorio
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4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Late 2006 Vintage - 12 oz bottle served at a cool cellar temp of 45 degrees - Poured into a large snifter

Appearance: Poured aggressively into the snifter. 1" eggshell colored head creates many large bubbles. Nothing is clinging to the sides of the glass. No lace to speak of. The beer is a very dark brown with crimson mixed in. There is no sediment in this nearly opaque beer.

Smell: Alcohol, malty barley. Some smokiness but not nearly as much as I've noticed in other scotch ales. After swirling, a fruitiness breaks through the aroma, perhaps a little banana.

Taste: Smokiness hits me right away. Burnt barley and coffee linger in the background. Alcohol is not apparent until a great throat warming sensation. Weyerbacher's website says this is over 8% ABV but BeerAdvocate claims 6.8% ABV. I wouldn't say the taste is complex, but it is very satisfying.

Mouthfeel: Smoothe and robust. Not very aggressive at all. As I mentioned before, there is a definitive alcohol warmth in my throat and stomach that helps on this bitter cold night. Carbonation is moderate and coats that mouth then quickly fades away.

Drinkability: Great. This could be considered a Scottish Ale staple. Not too daring in many directions. This would be great with some red meat or something gamey, expecially something that has been smoked. I could even drink this in the summer at a BBQ to mesh with the charred meat. Another plus to this brew is the great--but deceiving--aroma. Another quality brew by Weyerbacher.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2007 02:14:26 | More by Risser09
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4.55/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Courtesy of leftmindedrighty

12 oz bottle poured into an Imperial pint glass. Rich dark mahogany red color. Very little light broke through the center. Light tan head, about an inch that receded to a wispy ring around the edge of the glass. Smell is very rich and warm, like an aromatic wood with a spicy malt. Taste is equally warm, smokey like charred oak. A little bit of pepper and spice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with an even carbonation.
This is a very good Scotch Ale, I really want some more

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2006 04:11:35 | More by bort11
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Scotch Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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