Laughing Lab Scottish-Style Ale - Bristol Brewing Company
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Reviews by LittleDon:
3.6/5 rDev -3.5%
Hazy brown-red. Pours a decent enough head that quickly fades. Very little lace. It takes a bit of swirling to coax a malty aroma from this brew, where there appears to be a bit of caramel sweetness. Very dry compared to the majority of Scottish Ales I've had. Not much going on flavor wise, but this is possibly due to age (purchased 6 months ago, stored refrigerated). Mouthfeel is where this beer shines. Rich, soft, creamy, consistent flavor from start to finish. A mild hint of earthy bitterness at the end.
03-29-2012 20:14:37 | More by LittleDon
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4.18/5 rDev +12.1%
Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. Bottle date on the side. Ahh ... look at the happy dog on the label.
Appearance: Hazy amber/brown in colour with a thin white cream lace.
Smell: Quite the malty aroma with caramel being the dominant, followed by fruity esters and hints of roasted, wood and sherri in the nose. Very aromatic and wonderful.
Taste: Malt flavours aren't too sweet, body is light to medium and the mouthfeel is smooth. Nutty, caramel, thin roasted twang, light chocolate with more fruity esters run the palate. A light buttery diacetly smoothes in, way back on the palate. No real hop bitterness, but there's a hop flavour reminiscent of a herbal/flower tea-like concoction, with an earthy "green" grass-like bite on the palate. Finishes real dry, near grain dry.
Notes: A fantastic Scottish-style Ale, in my opinion. Balanced all the way with loads of malt tease, without bogging you down in sweetness. Incredibly enjoyable to drink. Thumbs up to Bristol.
Thanks to Arctic Liquors for the sample.
03-04-2002 23:28:37 | More by Todd
2.35/5 rDev -37%
12 oz bottle. Pours a reddish copper with a smallish big bubbled head that quickly goes to a wispy layer disappeared completely.
The aroma is sweet toffee and caramel malts - slightly smokey with a little roasted chocolate and some sweet sugariness.
The flavor is sweet malts and roasted toffee with some acidic bitterness at the finish. There are some off flavors as well - a little sour and acidic and some diacetyl. It is light to medium bodied and a little watery with some harsh carbonation.
Overall, I didn't care for it much. A little too sweet and the off flavors and mouthfeel turned me off.
05-14-2005 05:08:31 | More by Beaver13
3.68/5 rDev -1.3%
Thanks to bman1113vr for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a murky orangish-brown color with a white head. The aroma is very malt with bready and toffee notes, but I really expected some sort of peat smoke aroma. The flavor is peat smoke as well as toffee and caramel malts. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
03-27-2010 16:23:51 | More by Mora2000
4/5 rDev +7.2%
Pours a dark reddish amber, small head disappeared fairly quickly but leaves nice ring of lacing. Smells of vanilla and molasses. Flavor is of toffee and toasted malt, the hop profile seems slighty more pronounced than the imports I've had. Mouthfeel and drinkability are very nice.
This maybe the only American Scottish Ale I've had, can't recall another. I love the style, this one did not dissapoint. Very nice....cheers!
12-12-2007 23:00:17 | More by scottblaze
3.75/5 rDev +0.5%
Picked a bottle of this up while traveling in the Denver area for the GABF in late 2006. The beer poured a clear amber color with a slight tan head that lingered a bit but gave way to a slight ring on the end of the glass. The aroma was of sweet malt and a touch of creaminess. The taste was mainly malty, creamy and sweet but with a touch of hop bitterness to round things out and make for a solid and easy drinking ale.
04-28-2007 03:45:21 | More by ggaughan
4.08/5 rDev +9.4%
Obscured, murk-filled amber with nary a head to be found, save for a pattern of swirly lace on the surface.
Nose is buttered toffee, candied raisin, and peat.
Taste begins with a well-measured roastiness. Herbal too, but earlier and not from hops as is typically customary. Earthy hues segue into caramel and butterscotch. Bits of oxidation and diacetyl are more nuances than flaws (though they do provide clues to the age of this bottles...since it was left unmarked). Ends with a powdery cocoa bitterness, a decrease in heft, an earthy continuation, and general hop-related dryness, if not an outright hop-derived flavor signature.
Begins northward of medium bodied, but thins as it progresses...though never to the point where it becomes an issue.
This is quite drinkable and generally amiable. A fresh sample might even be killer.
03-20-2004 01:41:11 | More by cokes
3.25/5 rDev -12.9%
My buddy Matt from work gave me one of these out of a six pack his parents brought him from the brewery. What a nice guy.
A - This one is dark caramelized sugar brown with a purplish-red cast when held to the light. The head is a slowly building dense finger of khaki cream, and lots of gooey lace is left around the glass. Good lookin' stuff!
S - Deep musty earth tones mix with a distant hint of toffee. This has that wet compost heap, mushroomy, forest floor aroma that I love! I really like the rustic nature of this nose.
T - Starts funky and earthy before a nice sweet toffee and caramel note gradually builds in the mid-palate. The sweetness fades to a easy and simple toast and butter flavor.
M - Very lightly carbonated and relatively thin for the style. This is easy going and neutral, but it lacks interest.
D - Not bad. Looks and smells great, and the flavor is average. The mouthfeel is a bit anemic IMHO, and this doesn't really stand out in the crowd.
10-16-2008 16:28:47 | More by pmcadamis
3.45/5 rDev -7.5%
Pours a nice-looking deep reddish brown with a small, creamy head. Very nice aroma of roasted malt, toffee, oak, and a light whiff of smoke. Slightly sweet and sticky up front, with notes of toffee and treacle, balanced by a robust malt profile. Finishes with a sweet, oaky flavor that lingers in the back of the mouth. A little sweeter than I tend to prefer in a scottish ale, without the hops. Nevertheless, a decent offering.
05-15-2004 01:02:59 | More by ElGordo
3.9/5 rDev +4.6%
On tap at Springs Orleans in Colorado Springs. Ah, a nice Scottish ale. It's a little peaty and a touch smoky, with a clean caramel and toast malt character. It's simple and tasty. I like it. The body is lighter and balanced. As in, it's easy to drink. I'll have another.
08-23-2011 00:52:13 | More by tempest
3.9/5 rDev +4.6%
Bought a sixer, might as well review
Pours copper/brown with a finger of sand colored head. Average head retention & lacing
S: Toasty malt in abundance, a bit of toffee
T: Slight smokiness, toasty malt, slight leafy hoppy presence & brown sugar. Dryness, more toasted malt, toffee & a hint of sulphur as this warms. Finishes with some singed caramel, more toffee & more dryness
MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation, not quite as beefy as it is on draft
Easy drinking, much better on draft, but a nice session beer in the bottle
11-01-2008 01:20:06 | More by russpowell
3.2/5 rDev -14.2%
Presentation: Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Label depicts a yellow lab, tongue hanging out, and describes the beer as malty, smooth, and lucscious. Tabbed label indicates in was bottled in late March. I like the brewery already for adding a freshenss date.
Appearance: Pours with 1/2 inch of light tan foamy head. This falls to a thin layer. The beer itself is a brown tinged copper color and perfectly clear.
Smell: Very sweet malts with lots of caramelization.
Taste: Very smooth caramel malt with some nuttiness. Light bitternessin the finish.
Mouthfeel: Average to lower than average carbonation level. Body is a little thin.
Drinkability: Good flavor, but a little watery. I expect more bold, rich flavors from a Scottish ale. Overall, not bad, but not great.
05-15-2007 00:31:25 | More by beveritt
3.85/5 rDev +3.2%
My mother discovered this brew on a recent trip to Colorado Springs and had to buy it for me since she had never heard of it. I had never had a Scottish Ale before and was pleasantly surprised to see the dark color. Nothing stood out from the smell. I found this brew to beer a little harsh to drink, but was very good, having been my first voyage into the Scottish Ale style.
06-30-2008 15:03:25 | More by YippiesRhinos
Laughing Lab Scottish-Style Ale from Bristol Brewing Company
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