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Scotch Ale - Rohrbach Brewing Company (Brewpub)

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BA SCORE
89
very good

121 Ratings
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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 6
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rohrbach Brewing Company (Brewpub) visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-05-2001)
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Reviews by StuyBeerGuy:
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3.3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I got this beer at a bar in the Rochester region without any prior knowledge of the Rohrbachs brewery.

Appearance - Dark and dense for a scotch ale with good carbonation. Poured from a pitcher into pint glasses and got good head with decent retention.

Smell - Burnt caramel and some earthiness.

Taste- Has a dense chewy mouthfeel that fits with the caramel flavors and lingers well after a short buildup to full flavor.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled yesterday for about the fourth time,pours a deep amber with a touch of brownish tint a well formed tight thinner white head sits atop and sticks around for a bit.Malt aromas with is expected for the style mainly dark fruit and caramel malt mainly.A well rounded Scottish ale a few different malt based flavors going on quite fruity wich was appetizing with some brown sugar tones a hint of earthy hop in the finish but its faint along with some woodiness.I have yet to get over to Rohrbach's but I will in time this beer is pretty darn good for the style in my opinion.

Photo of Zakk
2.5/5  rDev -37%

Photo of sponberg
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A pint on tap at the brewpub. Beautiful deep red/brown color, with a slightly thin cream colored head. Great aroma - honey, hints of smokiness, and a whiff of maple syrup. This one had potential...

... and delivered in a big, big way. The balance is what got me - sweet, with dark honey and toffee and hints of smokiness, but it's never at all cloying. Solid, chewy but not syrupy mouthfeel. The gentle underlying hop bitterness and alcohol presence just keep everything in "precise Modern Lovers order" - a beer I could enjoy again and again. One of the best Scotch ales I've had the pleasure of trying. And let me tell ya, it was simply spectacular alongside a bratwurst and kraut.

Many thanks to BAs John, Murtyman, and GreatPondBrewer for suggesting this brew the night before. Spot on, guys! Next time I hit Rochester I'm bringing serious growler tankage.

Photo of generallee
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from tap and served in a pint glass at the Rohrbach brewpub.

Appearance: The body has a nice dark brown color with deep amber highlights. It raises an average 1.5 to 2 inch beige head. The head holds on well and makes some cool lacing on the glass.

Smell: In the nose I pick up a good toasted malts character with lots malt sweetness and candy like sweetness as well. (This candy like note reminds me of aroma notes in some German Doppelbocks.) Also way off in the background I get a hint of citrus and herbal hops.

Taste/Palate: The flavor is full of toasted malt and grain sweetness with some light fruity candy like sweetness as well. The hops offer a slight herbal back note and just the slightest bitterness near the finish. For such a firm malty beer it is quite drinkable and the sweetness never gets out of control. It has a smooth mellow feel with mild carbonation.

Notes: Overall I feel it is a well made and very enjoyable beer. Cheers!

Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of westcott
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of MazdaGunner
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of Calico
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Someone else in the pub remarked, "This beer is like candy." I'm not sure about that, but it is a malty brew.

Appearance: clear brown amber. Nice. A little cloudiness, to be expected in a Scotch ale.

Aroma: All about the malty sweetness, caramel nose, some kind of flowery hops but I can't tell what kind.

Mouthfeel: full, round-bodied, delicious. Very malty and caramely. Well carbonated.

Finish: Slight sweetness lingers on the tongue.

Photo of mehereuthere
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Sammy
3.08/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Their brew for craft brew appreciators, according to staff. Some scotch taste, pale brown colour. Nothing else stood out. Light to medium mouthfeel and well carbonated. On sweet side, caramel.Could use more something, hops, barley. Ok to drink once but boring.

Photo of dailyminefield
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Thunderchief
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of ChrisL24481
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of poohbearzeccola
3.2/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of animalchin
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a growler purchased 8-25 (day of review). No freshness date available.

A - Dark brown in the body with very bright red hues shining through the bottom and sides of the glass. Pours a nice half inch thick head that quickly breaks down but leaves about a centimeter of circumference head.

S - One of the sweetest upfront malts I've ever encountered in any beer. Sweet chocolate, mocha-like aromas come through afterwards assisted by a robust backbone.

T - Somewhat alcohol-infused sweetness upfront with a darker malty body that infuses, almost takes over, the overall taste experience. A lot of thick bread and yeasty features come through in the aftertaste. The modest mixture of strength and humbleness it very apparent.

M - Smooth - rather creamy, almost chewy body in the introduction, but the carbonation makes a late appearance.

O - Every time I go the local craft store here in Liverpool, I eye the Rohrbach growlers with a lot of purchase pressure. In the end, I'm happy to give the Scotch ale a try. It seems a modest (perhaps to modest) in the body and taste for a Scotch, but a lot of nice characteristics shine through. Up the ante a little bit! Otherwise, a beer worth the try.

Photo of SweetBooze73
4.8/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hands down an exceptional beer. The look is dark but not so dark that you cannot see it's great amber tones. The smell of the beer is a pleasure to experiance and dosn't hit you with anything, strong or unpleasent. It smells like it tastes which is key to a great beer as long as both are favorable. Smooth and delicious taste and mouthfeel. The malt flows nicely throughout and the over all taste never lets up. In fact the best part of this beer is that the higher than average APV gives this beer a warming finish that keeps you comming back for more. I could drink this beer all day but more likely 5 or so might leave me under the table.

Photo of spark3148857
4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap from a friend's kegerator.

Pours a clear medium-dark brown, with a 2 inch foamy head, and some good lacing down the glass.

Smells malty and pretty sweet- caramel, tobacco, toffee.

The taste is the same. Slightly watery, but still tasty and warming. Creamy caramel, some chocolate, leather, tobacco, toffee, with no real hop presence at all.

Medium bodied, slightly thin for the style, low carbonation, very drinkable.

A ubiquitous beer around here, it's on tap basically everywhere. Not too bad.

Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of JohnQVD
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Shakydog68
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of markmiller
3.1/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My first Scotch Ale, I feel the need to say this because I was underwhelmed, and I'm not sure if it's the style or the beer.

Counter-pressure filled at Premier in Buffalo, NY. Love the swing top style 32oz. growlers.

Poured into a snifter and it really looks gorgeous. I'm unsure if it is because the introduction of nitrogen, but there is a lucious creamy head on here that leaves great lacing. Dark brown, but still amber, not like a Quad.

The smell is above average. Extremely sweet, almost toffee like. Maybe a little bit of fig or raisin. Very nice.

The taste is where I felt the most underwhelmed. This was a great priced, excellent nose, and then it was disappointing when it came to the sip. The flavor is there at first. Great warming sweetness, malts, caramel, smooth. The problem I had was with the finish, you sip and swallow, and then start to wonder what the beer actually tasted like. Kind of watery/creaminess. Does not make an impression.

The mouthfeel is subpar. The thick water mixed with cream doesn't do anything for me. The drinkability is decent though, you keep drinking for the first initial taste.

Re-reading this post, it seems I'm overly negative for a beer I scored at or above average. It is decent, drinkable and I would not shy away from this offering. I just wanted it to pull through to be a magnificent beer, and it fell a little short.

Photo of mjaskula
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally reviewing the beer that got me into craft beer. I ended up sitting on the growler for about a month before I had a chance to drink it. Not sure if that had an affect on the carbonation or not.

Served in a Guinness glass. The beer pours nice dark brown with a thin white head. The head thins to a film and leaves some nice thin lacing.

The aroma has a little bit of hot alcohol followed by some toasted and sweet malt aroma. I really love the flavor of this, it is very smooth and malty - sweet and carmely. The toasted malts of the aroma aren't as present as expected in the flavor. Bitterness is very mild, almost nonexistent.

Mouthfeel is slightly thin for all of the malt flavor. Overall it's very drinkable.

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Scotch Ale from Rohrbach Brewing Company (Brewpub)
89 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.