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Scotch Ale - Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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very good

103 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 6
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Meantime Brewing Company Limited visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: DogFood11 on 03-01-2007

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Ratings: 103 | Reviews: 71
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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3.86/5  rDev -3.3%

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #69 (October 2012):

A thinking person’s beer, so much depth it really takes a good while for this one to open up entirely. Originally brewed for the “Rare Beer Club”, now it is brewed on occasion. If you hear of another release it is certainly worth seeking it out, consider grabbing a couple of bottles as well … a bit of age on it, say six months, does it well.

STYLE: Scotch Ale
ABV: 8.0%

LOOK: Glowing garnet, very healthy lacing

SMELL: Chicory, dark bread, blackberry jam, faint caramel, spice, toasted wood, rose water, peppery, dried grass

TASTE: Creamy, smooth, full bodied, treacle, toasty, faint coffee, bread crust, green figs, browned apples, jam, faint leather, ghost-like smoke, musk, peppery backend, slight alcoholic warmth, semi-dry finish

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.76/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

02/20/14 On tap. Great body and texture. A touch of caramel and just the right amount of hops on the front side (which makes me happy). This is a solid beer. If it wasn't for the 8% ABV I would drink it all day. I'll be looking out for more from Meantime Brewing.

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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served from bottle into a Bruery tulip. Poured reddish brown with a one finger light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, dark fruit, bread, and plum. The flavor was of sweet malt, bread, dark fruit, plum, and earth. It had a medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. The aroma on this one was more on the sweet and dark fruit aspect rather than the usual peat aspect. This I really enjoyed as peat and I have a bitter love/hate relationship with each other. The flavor was more of the same. Tons of dark fruit going on. A fairly well done brew for the style.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a thistle glass)
A- This beer pours a clear dense caramel brown body with a sticky light tan head and a gentle carbonation.

S- The caramel malt aroma has a soft rich sweetness that grows a bit as it opens.

T- The sweet caramel malt takes on a candy quality with some toffee flavors lingering to a surprisingly gentle sweetness in the finish that is not cloying. The malt flavor is very rich.

M- The medium mouthfeel is very creamy with a soft fizz that cuts some of the sweetness but no real alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer is very rich and full of tasty caramel malt but it is still very drinkable and helps to knock the chill of a balmy day. It does have some candy qualities but it is not really overly sweet. This is a really spot on scotch ale and one of the best I have tasted.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into snifter, best before 12/10/2012. Pours crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a nice 1 finger dense cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lasts. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, raisin, fig, apple, molasses, toast, leather, brown bread, tobacco, pepper, earth, light peat smoke, and herbal spiciness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity, strength, and balance of malt and fruity notes. Taste of caramel, raisin, fig, apple, toast, brown sugar, leather, brown bread, tobacco, pepper, earth, light peat smoke, floral, and herbal spiciness. Lingering notes of caramel, light fruits, brown sugar, toast, leather, tobacco, brown bread, earth, light peat smoke, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of malt and fruity flavors; with zero cloying sweetness present after the finish. Medium carbonaton and body; with a slick and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent scotch ale! Great complexity and balance of malt and fruity notes; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sensible and chic, yet robust and masculine- The ever-classy Meantime brewery delivers on all promises to style, flavor, complexity, and impecible balance.

The ale pours a piquant amber with a misty haze- somewhat reminescent of honey. An absolutely beautiful creamy eggshell-colored head crowns the beer. Impressive in its steadfast structure, the beer continues with blanketed lace. If I hadn't known better, the beer looks like it has been nitro-infuesed.

Its estery sweet aromas are carmelly, fruity, spicy, and deeply earthen. Pungent and raw tobacco scorched earth, bruised peach, grape, red apple and cranberry allow for a mild tangy-sweet interplay that causes much impatience heading into taste.

Caramel malts start the show and become the driving force for the introduction of bruised fruit, marmalade, biscuit, concord grape, and light honey. The sweet and fruity flavors are in complement to the earhten taste that rise in the middle palate. Light smoky peat, burnt dirt, fresh tobacco, and mild peppercorn steer the beer into a malty-dry closure and an oddly compelling hint of grape Kool-Aid.

Just as the taste takes the taste buds on quite a journey in short order, the same happens in the mouthfeel. Malty textures coat the early palate with nearly honey-like proportions. But the mild creamy carbonation slowly recede, leaving a dry-malt texture to close the beer with slight peppery warmth and a light minty woodi-ish hop spice.

Meantime captures all of the signature tastes of Wee Heavy in proper order, exquisite balance, and with authentic Scotish taste. It's a highly rewarding ale and surprisingly refreshing.

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Scotch Ale from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
89 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.