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Plaid Bastard - Grand Lake Brewing Company

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55 Ratings
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.71%
Wants: 6
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Grand Lake Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 02-16-2004)
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Bitter_Echo

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

01-12-2013 00:41:16 | More by Bitter_Echo
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brett_arneson

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

06-30-2014 02:21:45 | More by brett_arneson
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WDJersey

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

06-16-2014 03:17:00 | More by WDJersey
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elkinbrown

Ohio

2/5  rDev -46.2%

05-26-2014 00:37:02 | More by elkinbrown
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Cody_Mac

Michigan

2/5  rDev -46.2%

05-25-2014 00:04:38 | More by Cody_Mac
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habaceeba

Colorado

4/5  rDev +7.5%

04-29-2014 01:03:28 | More by habaceeba
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alexanf

Mississippi

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

01-11-2014 02:29:10 | More by alexanf
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BeerMeColorado

Colorado

3/5  rDev -19.4%

10-27-2013 21:40:55 | More by BeerMeColorado
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UncleAddie

Arizona

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

09-23-2013 18:53:52 | More by UncleAddie
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

08-22-2013 20:12:06 | More by LXIXME
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redleg411

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

06-28-2013 20:09:25 | More by redleg411
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LB22

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

03-23-2013 03:38:53 | More by LB22
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mevett89

Maryland

3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brown with a thin head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: you can definitely detect the smoked malt here, but that's about it.

Taste: smoked malt alongside roasted and chocolate notes. The hops are solidly in the background.

Mouth Feel: smooth and creamy with low carbonation.

Overall: the use of peat-smoked malt from Scotland make this unlike any Scotch Ale I've had. It's not nearly as strong in caramel malt flavor as I'm used to in this style, but the smoked malt used is showcased well.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 16:30:00 | More by mevett89
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mttdls

New York

4/5  rDev +7.5%

03-08-2013 20:59:24 | More by mttdls
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer is as dark brown as can be without being black. An oatmeal colored head calms to bubbles and the a wisp, with light lacing.

Aroma is rich, buttery with toffee notes and faint smokiness.

The taste is smooth and complex. Buttery toffee come first, followed by hearty malts with a faint smokey finish.

Medium mouthfeel, almost sticky.

Overall, a delicious brew with rich notes. Smooth and definitely worth my time.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 02:49:50 | More by JuicesFlowing
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

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

a good beer for this time of year. enjoyed on tap at fire on the mountain wing spot on 32nd. it pours a flat looking clear brown amber color with basically no head. it smells great though, lots of smokey malt and a decent level of booze. its earthy and dark, enticing. the flavor is rich, even for the style. and the malts remind me of campfire smoke, tree bark, and maple syrup, although this beer isnt sweet. there is a nice warming alcohol kick to this as well. the mouthfeel lags a bit because there isnt enough carbonation, but the full body and smooth texture was a great way to wash down a couple dozen wings. id like to try this in the bottle, maybe the feel would be better. either way, a good introduction to grand lake beer for me.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2012 17:55:10 | More by StonedTrippin
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stampfler07

Colorado

4/5  rDev +7.5%

09-06-2012 03:15:37 | More by stampfler07
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netshark

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

09-01-2012 20:36:43 | More by netshark
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jrohrbacher

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.5%

08-02-2012 02:07:06 | More by jrohrbacher
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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

Acquired via trade from MilwaukeeCrusher so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a very thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains smoky roasted malts, bourbon dark fruit, vanilla and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste likewise starts out very smoky up front. Then some flavors of bourbon, chocolate, caramel, dark fruit and vanilla come in. The malt character is hearty despite being on the thin side for the style and there’s a mild hops presence that brings some balance.

M: Crisp and smooth but a bit watery for the style, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty and complex, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, even when you take into account the beer’s flaws, it’s still worth drinking for a while if you’re looking with a smoky beer with substance.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 04:32:21 | More by TheManiacalOne
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beergoot

Colorado

3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very little head after pouring this reddish brown bodied beer into my glass. Still, an great color...

Dark bread, rye-like, with hints of figs and raisins in the smell. A faint whiff of alcohol sneaks in there, too.

Robust malt goodness predominates in the taste. Rich and smooth on the tongue as roasted grains with hints of cocoa in there. Softly bitter with an ever so slight perception of alcohol rounds things out.

A fantastic rich, malted taste rescues this beer from a somewhat disappointing appearance (a thick, lasting head would have been great on this beer...). Excellent balance with the alcohol and grains coupled with an intriguing complexity makes for a fine brew in the grand scheme of things...

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 22:24:19 | More by beergoot
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MumboJumbo

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

04-04-2012 19:20:30 | More by MumboJumbo
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tbern007

Colorado

3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown, almost black, with ruby around the edges. No head, no lace. Pretty color, but the rest of the appearance is crap.
Scent is tantalizing. Dark fruit, malt, alcohol.
Taste is on one hand nice but on the other weak. Plum, anise, black licorice, roast malt- but all essentially weak. Very slight smoke.
A bit watered down and sugary. Medium body. I've had some Scotch Ales and this just seems a bit weak.
Side note: the label states: strong scotch ale is big and rich.
Not really. There's also a mention of the highest altitude of brewing in CO. So what. just make good beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 05:07:08 | More by tbern007
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Huffaroma

Montana

4/5  rDev +7.5%

01-02-2012 05:57:59 | More by Huffaroma
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bigaltemple

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

12-26-2011 15:58:50 | More by bigaltemple
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Plaid Bastard from Grand Lake Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.