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Front Street Dram Tree Scottish Ale - Front Street Brewery

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Front Street Dram Tree Scottish Ale
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85
very good

28 Ratings
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Ratings: 28
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Front Street Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-09-2006)
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Photo of Cylinsier
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

tap

Pours black with a tan lacing, a little bit of brown glow around the edges.

Toasted biscuit malt aromas with some toffee and caramel.

Same toastiness in the flavor with biscuity malts, caramel, cocoa, coffee, and a woody mild hoppiness.

Full body with a stinging carbonation on the tongue.

Very nice Scotch ale, darker than I was expecting but has a very nice flavor and worth trying.

Cylinsier, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of RaeDub
4/5  rDev +5.3%

RaeDub, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of woodchip
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

woodchip, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of Bamarooster
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Bamarooster, Jul 02, 2014
Photo of ncstateplaya
3/5  rDev -21.1%

ncstateplaya, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of GJ40
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

GJ40, May 23, 2014
Photo of CaverDave
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

CaverDave, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of AmitC
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

AmitC, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at the brewpub and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a very dark, vibrant, ruby coloring with a dense, low profile, off-white head. Nose of roast, rich and tangy caramel sweetness, with nutty highlights. Flavors are roast forward, with a rich blast of caramel, scotch, and mild chocolate highlights. Very tangy and layered throughout, with a full, smooth body. Rich, sweet, roasted aftertaste, with a very smooth finish. Heavy beer, and a very good sipper.

GarthDanielson, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of Ohiovania
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Ohiovania, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of jstehly
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

This was a nice scotch ale. I had a really good one in PA over the summer and have been in the habit of trying them when I get a chance but I have been consistently disappointed with the lack of flavor in the scotch ales that i have tried. This scotch ale is not of the smoky variety that is very popular (with me if nowhere else). However it was not disappointing. A good flavor and a strong taste up front. The only disappointment is that the flavor is still just a little simple and it does not linger long on the taste buds.

jstehly, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of kristougher
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

kristougher, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of blueiguana86
5/5  rDev +31.6%

blueiguana86, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of harpus
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

harpus, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of uturn
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

uturn, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of hellhammermario
4/5  rDev +5.3%

hellhammermario, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

metter98, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of dbrauneis
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

dbrauneis, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of Mantooth
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Mantooth, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of GTB
4/5  rDev +5.3%

GTB, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of Lob
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Lob, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of CrellMoset
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint.

Appearance: Arrives a slightly dull and heavy looking sepia, opaque throughout save for the edges. This marginally attractive though perhaps stylistically accurate body is capped by one half finger of tan head. The retention is admirable (suggesting high hopping - fingers crossed), leaving a soapy ring and uneven surface dusting after it does fade in to oblivion.

Aroma: Very faint, distressingly so, with faint glassy toffee and fainter earthy toast making up the bulk of a very thin olfactory experience.

Taste: A slight step up from the aroma. The underpinning of the flavor profile is very spicy, suggesting a nice compliment of hops. The malt profile needs some accompaniment, as it's definitely on the robust side of things, as well as fairly complex - faint smoky peat brings up the rear, layered beneath (successively) toast, dark toffee, and caramel. It's suggestive of Dr. Pepper around the edges, which usually means I'm getting hints of cherry, though you never can tell with a good Scottish Ale.

Mouthfeel: Close to a 4.0, but this one showcases a little too much carbonation, I fear. The end result is a bright, fluffy, over zealous body with a little too much spritz for the style.

Drinkability: On the whole not too bad. I'd like a little more out of the nose and if the carbonation were a little more subdued, but they're on to something with this one. A complex, reasonable drinkable example of a favorite style of mine, this one went down nicely on a winter eve in Wilmington.

CrellMoset, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of atsprings
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Flying Saucer Raleigh served in a standard pint-glass a dark almost black with ruby highlights and a barely there head. Aroma is burnt caramel, molasses, dried fruits and leather. The taste is loads of dried fruits and molasses with a lingering molasses finish. The beer is somewhat heavy with a decent alcohol presence, definitely a sipper. This is a somewhat impressive first impression for me from Front St, I look forward to trying what else they have to offer.

atsprings, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of Gavage
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear dark amber / almost brown color with a 1" head that falls quickly. No lacing develops.

Smell: caramel and malt sweetness dominates the aroma and is pleasant.

Taste: nice malt profile with some caramel, some ripe fruit sweetness, hint of earthiness, a mild bitterness and a hint of alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp to start, smooth at the finish. Relatively short aftertaste.

Drinkability: easy to drink this beer and works well with the shepards pie I was eating.

Gavage, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of Bung
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly cloudy brownish pour with a dark cream colored head. The glass I had had some lacing present throughout. Somewhat non-descript aroma of roasted malt, raisin caramel.
On a side note, none of the beers I tried at the Brewery has much of a nose to them. Not sure if it was me or the atmosphere.
Roasted malt, toffee, raisin flavors. Some charcoal especially through the finish. Mild warming from the alcohol, but I did not think it was very present other than that. Brought a growler home of this, but that was more for the souvenir and the Octoberfest would have been worthy of bringing home also.

Bung, Nov 30, 2008
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Front Street Dram Tree Scottish Ale from Front Street Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.