McDougall Scottish Export Ale - Alley Kat Brewing Company
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4.16/5 rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
From a 650 ml brown bottle. Pours out a slightly hazed nutty brown with bright russet highlights when held to light. Short creamy off-white head that retains to a thick ring.
Peaty smoke and some wood on the nose, some sweet caramel malt hiding in the background.
Smoke, wood and whiskey up front in the flavour, continuing and finishing with some mildly briny toffee that subdues any malty sweetness but still remains flavourful.
Medium-bodied mouthfeel, silky smooth texture with a surprisingly healthy amount of carbonation that perks things up.
A fine job on this one, I enjoyed the original base beer, and this simply adds a bit of oomph to it, the barrel aging enhances it almost seamlessly.
Serving type: bottle
04-12-2013 01:29:52 | More by IronDjinn
4.09/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
650ml bottle. From what I've heard, this is a slightly altered recipe from AK's Darn Tartan, aged in actual, honest to goodness, don't ask don't tell Scotch Whiskey barrels. I have no freaking idea who this McDougall fella is, but I will thank the brewery itself for their enthusiasm in (unnecessarily) pushing this on me when I dropped by this week.
This beer pours a somewhat hazy dark bronzed amber colour, with two fingers of tightly foamy beige head, which leaves a few lonely vistas of broken island lace around the glass as it aggressively abates.
It smells of pungent Scottish seasides - particularly Islay, for you whisky drinkers - smoky peat bog, fish markets, brine, and iodine, all duly accounted for, amongst a biscuity, bready, stereotypical Alley Kat maltiness, with a few fresh leafy hop notes promising relief in a romantically remote sort of way. The taste is relatively more laid back on the island barrel notes, but we're not given to absolute freedom either - the smoky, earthy peat, saline, and acerbic medicine still quite evident, but now with a more up front bready malt sweetness, some singed apple fruitiness, and earthy, leafy hops.
The carbonation is pleasantly low-fi and moderately fizzy, and a nice reminder that this isn't actually watered down Island malt, the body medium-light in weight, and quite agreeably smooth, the ashy character doing well to step lightly, the ill-perceived booziness cut of at the pass by a quick check of the label. It finishes well off-dry, the malt coming round fully into the light, as the seaside malts continue their slow, grievous blending into the background, to the detriment of any other essences that may or may not be flitting about.
Huh. Wow. Swuh? So far, big-ass barrel treatment by local brewers (by that, I mean anyone in Western Canada) has involved bourbon or rye barrels, and the results have been middling to ineffective at best. I say that only in relation to the outright, bang-on, utterly veritable reality of this offering - the watered-down (in weight, not in impression) Island malt analogy was quite apt, and continues to be, throughout the course of a beer that could do with a mite bit more acclamation, but I assume will settle for the wee, word of mouth promotion that seems to be the way of things for this particular realm of malt-based beverages. Grab a bottle of this before it's truly gone, even if you're nae a malt fiend.
Serving type: bottle
01-20-2013 04:54:33 | More by biboergosum
McDougall Scottish Export Ale from Alley Kat Brewing Company
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