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Scottish Ale - Trout River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
71
okay

30 Ratings
THE BROS
50
awful

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Ratings: 30
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 2.87
pDev: 24.74%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Trout River Brewing Company
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

We make our traditionally-brewed Scottish-style ale with nine different malts resulting in a complex, ultra-smooth, slightly sweet, full-bodied, malty ale.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2002)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 30 | Reviews: 23 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by BuckSpin:
Photo of BuckSpin
2.8/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz bottle in a thistle glass

Opened with a nice *psst* and started to slowly foam before I could pour it slow, quiet, a strong surge to it with a nice crackle. Nose is quite light & crisp with rich yet delicate semi-sweet, caramelized malts, some mineral/rocky qualities, a distant spiciness (old cinnamon) in the background adding to the overall levity & sharpness. An insane fat 2 finger's of tight, snappin', softly sculpted buff colored foam resides atop a deep, thick, heavily clouded body of hard crack caramel, the color right before its burnt & your pan is ruined, just gorgeous to look at. Lacing is staccato and random in size & area. This is some serious eye candy!

Much, much lighter on the palate than I was expecting. It has a real tart quality to it. There is a orange crispness from the hops that really lightens the malts and helps to lighten the growing sourness. On the far dry side of semi-dry, and petitioning the zoning board of Crisply Dry for admission, its very effervescent with a noticeable mid-mouth crackle n' crunch.

Underneath all of this are some really nice caramelized malts. However, between the sour & dryness I'm having trouble finding. Its OK but its not what I think of when I think of a Scottish Ale. It does grow softer & thicker on the palate and those poor malts finally get a brief moment to sing (nicely I might add with a brief yet tasty semi-sweet caramel that has a hint of burnt sugar) before finishing with a burst of sharpness & leaving a sour, quasi-lemon aftertaste.

IMHO, not a Scottish Ale. It was OK, enjoyablein its odd, slightly off the radar tartness as far as previous beers, but it is lacking in the qualities that make a fine Scottish Ale. This would be interesting with 2/3s of the carbonation and 1/2 the hops out of it as well as 2x the sugar. Would be nice with some simple fare with a slight zestiness, like a peppercorn encrusted steak or some fish with citrus. An OK beer, but not a very good representative of the genre.

BuckSpin, Nov 05, 2007
More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
2.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A dark amber color with a thick tan head. This beer looks pretty nice, but things go downhill after the appearance. Faint sweet (?caramel) aroma. Likewise, taste is a little sweet, but rapidly sours. Not at all pleasant. Very thin and unappealing. This is not a beer to enjoy.

lordofthewiens, Mar 11, 2007
Photo of Jason
2/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz brown long neck bottle with no freshness date. Faint pastel purple tartan in the back ground, what’s up with that?

Mahogany brown with lots of sediment particles floating around, the head drops quick to a thin bubbly lace.

Musty, cellary, steely, buttery, carob powder and faint burnt char smell in the aroma.

Mildly acrid palate of roasted malts, slick mouth feel with little carbonation. Odd fruitiness with faint esters tagging along right behind it. Yeasty with a steely flavour in the middle. Growing astrigent toasted and roasted flavour puckers the mouth with lots of dry husk.

Out of balance, lots of off flavours and nearly undrinkable. Here is a brew that gives “craft beer” a bad name. Don't bother with this brew.

Jason, Jul 30, 2002
Photo of Billolick
2.75/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 ouncer purchased at the Brattleboro, Vt. food coop (great place to stop for fine food and decent beer if in the area or passing thru) No freshness info to be had. Pours dark muddy amber/medium brown. Musty/earthy nose, little to no head/lace. The huge problem I have with this "Scottish ale" is that it is SOUR. I do get some peaty malt way in the rear, but sour is what comes through and lingers. I like to pick up some sweeter beers to use in marinades/cooking, but this one will not even fit that purpose. After downing a few of these over the weekend in Vermont, and with "drink less-drink better" in mind, the bottle I saved to review ended up being a drain pour

Billolick, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of far333
2.85/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours an attractive caramel color with a beige low head, but what is all that "stuff" floating in the glass? Can't even see through it. Smell is inviting - roasted malt and caramel and hints of fig/raisin and chocolate. Mouthfeel is watery, but grainy at the same time from the floating "stuff." Some notes of roasted malt and raisin, but there is something odd coming through as well, like iodine. No hop profile. I can feel the "stuff" lining the inside of my mouth. I need to go gargle with a barleywine.

far333, Jul 17, 2003
Photo of doremite
2.75/5  rDev -4.2%

doremite, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of dirtylou
2.63/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz single, "extra" in a trade with MuddyFeet

appearance: pours a light mahogany with amber highlights, a massive khaki head forms with thick and foamy lacing

smell: quite sour, not common for style, malty, smoky, seems a bit out of balance

taste: sour cherries, some light chocolate, sweet fruit...interesting enough but not quite on style

mouthfeel: fizzling carbonation, bubbly, sour

drinkability: drinkable but not great

dirtylou, Oct 24, 2005
Photo of Kegatron
3/5  rDev +4.5%

Kegatron, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of EighthElement
4/5  rDev +39.4%

EighthElement, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of CRJMellor
2.75/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a mahogany and chestnut hue with all kinds of proteins floating around. Tan head pops up then fades quickly.
Aroma has a musty fruit note with a diacteyl and slightly sour note. Some nuttiness a faint hint of peat.
Flavor has some caramel and nutty notes with a persistent sour note.
Mouthfeel is light and a little bit undercarbonated with a strange and slightly off peat and charcoal note.
Drinkability is at best average. Just too thin, not enough good flavors and transitions that are either non-existent or just off.

CRJMellor, May 27, 2005
Photo of Ragingbull
3.65/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The color was a classic deep brown with an almost red hint. The taste was pleasant and reminiscent of Blackbeard's Choice which is an American Muscadine Wine from Bennett Vineyards in Edward, North Carolina. I can see why some others didn't like the beer as many wine people don't appreciate muscadine wines either. I think I enjoyed it because of the familiarity of the flavor and the fact that I had it with my father who had purchased it for me to try while he was on a motorcycle ride. Sometimes context is VERY important. For those who care the wine I speak of was from grapes of the same vines that made the wine Patrick Henry drank the evening of his "give me liberty or give me death speech." I said before on here that I appreciate history.

Ragingbull, Jul 12, 2008
Photo of morrowd3
3.5/5  rDev +22%

morrowd3, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

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

S: The aroma is of creamy chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla and caramel with touches of spice, fruit and hops.

T: The taste is malty with flavors of milk chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit, caramel and bourbon. However the flavors don't seem to blend well together at all and there's a weird bite to it. There's a mild hops presence. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp with a little smoothness, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: It's flavorful but not very tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, not the best representation of style, this is really not a very good beer.

TheManiacalOne, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of ppoitras
2/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

12oz bottle bought as part of a 6-pack somewhere during a Middlebury/Burlington visit. I swore off Trout River awhile back, but saw it and hoped things had changed. We'll see.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/2" tan head over the slightly cloudy dark reddish amber brew. Frothy head lasts and lasts, with plenty of dwelling lace. Aroma is light peat and fruitiness. Taste is light maltiness upfront, intense tartness in the middle, which lingers through a chalky close. Mouthfeel was okay, but drinkability reflects the fact that this is beer is something I wouldn't want to revisit again. But since I once in awhile get optimistic, I have five more of these to experience. Seems like I never learn.

ppoitras, May 29, 2007
Photo of TangTKE402
2.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a tulip pint glass. Poured a hazy dark brown, with minimal head. It looks like maple syrup or dark apple cider (very vermont-y looking...) No lacing to speak of.

S: Burnt caramel malts are forward on the nose, with slight fruit notes behind. Prunes and raisins come to mind, with an overall buttery lightness to it.

T: Apple cider (the strong kind) up front with a caramel and coffee finish. The toast is not as flavorful as I would think, and the overall palate is paltry at best. Syrupy-sweet notes of candied apples, plums, dark berries, and vanilla are dominant, while the earthy burnt flavors are barely present, giving this a decidedly one-sided flavor.

M: This beer has an airy effervescence that makes it feel like a child's soft drink. It also has a peculiarly sticky texture to it that causes the flavor to adhere to your teeth, and creates a tannic jaw clenching on the swallow. Not particularly pleasant in the mouth.

O: This is a surprisingly home-brew style beer for one that is bottled and sold in distribution centers. It's decidedly amateur.

TangTKE402, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of zrab11
3.85/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a redish brown color with a nice 1 finger off white head

S- Has spice notes in it also smell the yeast or bread aroma and i also get some maltyness

T- Has a nice spicey malty taste upfront followed by a sweet bread taste and finishs with alitle more spice

M-Light to medium bodied with good carbonation

D-Overall i like this beer. i havent had many from this style but really liked this one. Don't know why its reviews are soo low.Give this one a try

zrab11, May 27, 2011
Photo of EvanWilliams
3.5/5  rDev +22%

EvanWilliams, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of bigred89
2/5  rDev -30.3%

bigred89, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of scottum
2.35/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep dark red amber iwth a small off-white head which is gone too quickly. A bit of a smokey/toasty thing going on in the malts. Noticable lack of hop balance. Mouthfeel is thin, yet still smooth. Drinkable, but why bother? and what the hell is that weird flavor?

scottum, Dec 12, 2003
Photo of tgbljb
4/5  rDev +39.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served as a deep reddish-brown colored beer with moderate tannish head.
Smell is loaded with caramel, toffee, and roasted smokey malt.
Taste is also strong on toffee, wirth a nice firm roatsed malt background.
Leave a very sweet (and very enjoyable( taste in the mouth.
A very nice beer. Sound like this one is better on-tap.

tgbljb, Oct 06, 2007
Photo of JMScowcroft
1.1/5  rDev -61.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Look - The usual artwork, no originality, very unattractive container, too rustic and cheap. Pours brown and settles Coca-Cola brown in the glass. Fizzy, cloudy, and barely any head.

Smell - Smells bitter and dark. Alcohol smell permeates.

Taste - Watery and bitter with chocolate or coffee overtones, which I don't think it's supposed to have.

Mouthfeel - Bitter and unpleasant, not at all up to par with this style of beer.

Drinkability - Not drinkable at all.

Trout River seems to be terrible so far, zero for two in my book. Just cheap, shittily made beer, which is surprising for a Vermont beer.

JMScowcroft, May 02, 2008
Photo of Brad007
3.75/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark red color with a foam head that lingers. Aroma is sweet and malty, almost bready. Very good aroma so far. Taste is even better with hints of raisins, spices and a decent malt finish. Slight alcohol backbone but nothing overpowering. I would say this is a very good example of a scottish-style ale. It's still drinkable though I would go no further than 2-3 pints at a time.

Brad007, May 02, 2007
Photo of SaintPeter
1.83/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

No head, no lace, no carbonation. The color is a pretty dark brown-reddish. It smells very oxidized. The taste is tinny with some malt and dark fruits, such as raisins and plums. There taste is very much oxidized and vinegary which really kills the taste. Tingly carbonation on the tongue.

Hmmm....not good!

SaintPeter, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of UnionMade
2.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The beer pours a deep amber mahogany, topped with a thin, weak beige mist. Tons of floaters in the beer, looking rather unappetizing. I'm assuming this is not intended.
Aroma is a chocolately caramel maltiness, with undetectable hops. Some stale fruitiness, with lots of winey oxodization. I think all beer needs a bottled on or best before dating system, since i did buy this in late spring, which I assume is the beer's season.
Risking a sip, i find that it still retains an excellent chocolatey caramel maltiness. Full bodied, with a definite aged carbonation, the kind the fizzes up in your mouth like warm soda. Some prune and rasin flavors linger, but the beer is mostly consumed by a sherry-like oxodization, with a bit of wet papery taste lingering after the sip.
It's a shame, because i expect this beer would be excellent if it wasn't so old. I probably could have managed to finish the glass, but I didn't think that would have been a good idea. The floating particles looked like evil sea monkeys.

UnionMade, Oct 07, 2003
Photo of MuddyFeet
2.33/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Neat color. Mahogany brown in color with some red around the edges. Thin head. Nose is all malts, but makes me think it is a bock and not a Scottish Ale. Very sourish aroma. When I drank this beer it made me wince and question again what the style of this beer is. Kind of all over the place. Got some overly sweet malts. Some sour (not bittering hops). A little bit of smokey peat, but not enough to give any sort of balance or definition to this beer. Also, has a very thin and watery feel. I really wish I did not have a six-pack of this beer to work my way through.

MuddyFeet, Aug 24, 2005
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Scottish Ale from Trout River Brewing Company
71 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.