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Laughing Lab Scottish-Style Ale - Bristol Brewing Company

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Reviews: 92
Hads: 214
Avg: 3.68
pDev: 20.38%
Wants: 13
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bristol Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-04-2002

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Reviews: 92 | Hads: 214
Photo of Beaver13
2.42/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of benito
2.48/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cola brown that reddens when held to the light, fairly transparent and well carbonated. A good head that dissipates quickly but ultimately leaves a nice ring and swirl of light froth around the top of the beerline. The smell is strict malts: sweet and subdued with a hint of rice or something else dry and grainy.

Overall the flavor underwhelmed me. The body is light with a nice dryness and almost peppery quality that emerges at back of the mouth and lingers well, but the initial flavor itself is a blank, the maltiness is almost non-existent and the only description that I can come up with is 'watery.'

This is easy to guzzle down (or slowly nip) but rather uninteresting. I was disappointed.

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Photo of woemad
2.55/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle brought back from Co Springs by a friend who used to live down the street from the brewpub. Freshness date indicates this was brewed the fourth week of last October. Having already consumed another beer from Bristol, it's becoming obvious that wherever she bought this from never get rid of bottles that don't sell, no matter how old they are.

This poured a dark mahogany color, with virtually no head, though there's a tiny bit of microscopically small spots of lace that are generated when the glass is tipped.

A faint, mild peaty scent can just be gleaned. While there is also a diacetyl scent, it's much more subdued than in the bottle of Mass Transit Ale I had to drainpour last night.

This is also more drinkable than the Mass Transit Ale. This is what is known as damning with faint praise. Diacetyl flavor is still present, but is fairly mild, along with a very mild peaty taste. There's no hoppiness to speak of.

A fresh example of this could easily be a decent session beer, but we're lightyears from freshness with this bottle. If I happen to find myself in Colorado Springs, I'll give it a try on-tap, otherwise I won't be needing to try this again.

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Photo of Oxymoron
2.58/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

How do you know it's laughing? Pours a mahogany brown color with amber hues through out. Nice clarity. A little help in the pour left an frothy soft white head. Limited retention and lacing.

The nose is very limited. Very feint malty notes with some caramel and light peaty accents. Some off yeast notes and my wife picked out oxidation but I didn't.

The taste is more represented than the nose. A rather generic malt flavor mixed with a sweeter caramel and a hint of roasted malt in the back drop. Some hop flavors come out with a more herbal/earthy mix. Odd for style. Some off yeast characteristics as well. Metallic/blood like flavors and a more pronounced oxidation/cardboard flavor. Off.

The body is mid to light. There is a sweetness that leaves an under attenuated feel in there. For me could use more body, take the roast out completely and fix some of the flaws (not paws).

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Photo of kojevergas
2.68/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottled April 2012. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Expectations are high on account of me friend Brendan's recommendation. Reviewed live.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm slightly over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 3.5 finger head of beige colour, nice cream, good thickness, and great retention. Colour is a clear textbook amber. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Yeast, heavy toasted malt, cream, and clean malts. Quite light amber hopping. A mild strength aroma.

T: Amber hops and malts, some caramelization and toasted character, cream, and hints of light barley. Fairly balanced and built. Not horribly complex or subtle. I guess I like it.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Adequately carbonated. Fair thickness.

Dr: Drinkable but somewhat boring. I wouldn't have it again. A decent example of the style.


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Photo of AlexJ
2.77/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium brown with some light red highlights, abundant carbonation sets off a nice, fluffy tan head that quickly falls to a very thin rind of large bubbles.

Aroma is sweet, buttery malts, maple syrup, dry grain, and a tough of something bitter.

Flavor is not very characteristic of this style, sweet, grainey malt, a bit of roast, metallic notes, and some peppery, earthy (dirty) hops in the finish. Leaves an empty feeling in your mouth.

Body is light, way too light, with big bubbles of carbonation that lend a very flat, watery mouthfeel and slick, wet texture. Another pass.

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Photo of Beefeater57
2.9/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Wine red in color, with some dark orange edges. Decent head with okay retention.

S: Cherry and a little bit of an ashy smell.

T: I get sweetness from the malt up front, but it doesn't linger long. Hops are slightly noticeable in the back of the tongue, little grassy. Overall, it tastes a little bit like seltzer water, not getting much here.

M: Bubbly, like seltzer water or club soda.

D: Not much here at all, not as malty as I thought it might be. It comes off thin and carbonated and no particular flavor shines though. I hope I got a bad bottle. It isn't horrible, but not pounding back many of these.

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Photo of jw4free
2.98/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Look: Scottish Ale: dark amber, medium head.

Smell: missing strong malty overtones.
Taste: hops overpowered any hit of true Scottish ale style
Feel: beer finished with medium body and decent mouth feel.

Perhaps I was poured the wrong beer. Kind of bumbed out.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce bottle.

Moderate pour into a 19-ounce goblet yields a tight light-tan head under a hazy mahogany body. Pretty beer.

Smell is light cocoa malt, hint of cracker and a bit of floral hops. Not a very robust smell, but nice.

Taste is surprisingly hoppy. Firm metallic-pine-bitter hopping dominates the taste. Where's the malt? How can they call this a Scottish Ale? Not at all what I was expecting.

Mouthfeel is thin for a Scottish Ale, spot on for an English Brown.

Drinkability is fairly high, in view of the low ABV, but this beer seems not to style.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Mentor for the bottle.

Pours a deep burnt red brown color. Filmish head that never went away. Nose is dark maltiness and bits of peat.

Very mellow beer. Makes me think more of a brown ale in flavor. Slightly burnt malts. Burnt biscuits. Bit of peat too. Molasses and brown sugar. Medium body. Seems to tingle on the palate--kind of odd. Slightly dry.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at their brewpub / tasting room

Poured a clear reddish-brown, not too dark, with little to no head to be spoken of. Aroma was of sweet malts, caramel apples, and other light fruits. Taste of caramel malts, Mary Janes, and some indistinct fruit. Not bad, but a little weak overall, in flavor, body, and in alcohol. A 5.3%ABV is quite low for a Scottish ale, though I suppose that adds to its drinkability, yet I really didn't have a desire to have any more after one session.

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Photo of palliko
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A local favorite (it is available in bottles here in Colorado Springs).

The draft version is a little better than the bottle - just noticeably.

A very drinkable brew. Someone else said it has chocolate somewhere in its makeup. Not really. But still a nice drink on a hot day.

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Photo of beveritt
3.24/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Tolann
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours dark brown in color. The head is quickly gone and didn't leave a lace. Seems quite clear, not hazy

S - Lots of sweet caramel smell and maybe a hint of nuts and coffee. Its a really great smell and you don't need your head in the glass to find it. I'm betting this will get even better as the beer warms.

T - This has a light taste. There's some bitterness, and not a sweet as the smell. The taste is kind of dull and grassy/piny. Hardly seems like the same beer I'm smelling. It is getting better tho as it warms. Perhaps wait to serve this beer nearly room temperature. The warmth is bringing out more of the malt.

M - Much lighter in body than anticipated. This has a more lively feel due to carbonation in what looks like an otherwise flatter, smoother beer. Kind of a dry aftertaste.

D - I'm not terribly impressed, tho I recognize this beer has won several awards and medals. Maybe I would have had better luck if it had never been in the fridge.

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Photo of Bobikel
3.26/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a deep reddish brown with a small head. Retention is excelent.

Smell - Malts and honey blend with a slight hop background.

Taste - Very malty with a slight sweetness throught the middle. Hops dry the palate nicely after swallowing.

Mouthfeel - Thick and creamy without being overly carbed.

Drinkability - Very easy drinker, great for sesions, or any other occasion.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.29/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brewed with 2-row, Chocolate, Crystal and Carapils malts. Hopped with Chinook and Willamette.

4.2% ABV (per the website), 19 IBU's.

Pours to a clear deep ruby red/dark amber, barely forming a small soapy head which quickly recedes to a quick scum of bubbles with no lacing. Carbonation is mild to moderate. The aroma is mostly of brown sugar, vanilla and caramel. The mouthfeel is slick and slightly cloying with a medium body. The taste is much better than the aroma...it begins with a punch of herbal flavor hops that aren't apparent in the aroma and is quickly followed by a sugary malt body. It's not too sweet however, as the finish is offset by leafy, green hops and a mild/moderate herbaceous bitterness. Offputtingly soapy in the finish as well.

This is quite par for the course of a microbrew Scotch Ale. Really quite average and it reminds me of the stock attempt at a Scotch Ale of any McBrewpub.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of agirlandherpen
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I purchased this at a local beer/wine store in a mixed 12 pack. The label indicates it was bottled in late October (and it is now December 19th). It poured a dark brown, clear with very small head to it. Excellent carbonation with a nice mouthfeel to it. I find it on the thin side in taste, as I was hoping for a more robust beer. However, It definitely has roasty malt overtones. Its good if you just want to sit back and watch some TV, but I am not a huge fan.

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Photo of rye726
3.32/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An amber color with a below average tan head. Nose has soem sweet candy, mild malts and dark fruits. The taste has a scotchy sweetness mixed in wit the fruits and candy. Well balanced by soem floral hops. A mediuym body and nice carbonation. A drinkable mild version of teh style.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with freshness notches of Dec 2009. Pours a pretty clear, light red color with a swiss-cheese bubbled tan foam. Fades quick and no lace.

Smells like earthy, buttery popcorn and caramel sweet malts. Light on the smoke and almost no peat. Not unpleasant, but not exactly a great representation of the style, more like an amber ale really.

Has a bit of a buttery diacetyl flavor emboldening the sweet caramel and slight peat flavors. Pseudo-scottish/amber ale? Hints of sour malt and thin for the style. Flagship brew, hmmm...there are a few other Bristol brews I like better. It is a fairly pleasant, easy drinker, but falls short as a Scottish style ale. Drinkable? Yes. Introductory? Maybe. Certainly is better on tap as a local option.

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Photo of sweethome
3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber/red. A wisp of a head. Tiny bubbles ceate a wave appearance on the top. Sweet candy nose. Medium mouthfeel. Some bready malts, but very limited compexity. Just a hint of alcohol. I'm a bit disappointed in the lack of flavor develpment. No apparent flaws, just fails to develop well. Markedly sweet finish is to style.

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Photo of bmwats
3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from a tap into a standard pint.

a: medium brown. 1 finger foamy white head. leaves a substantial beer ring as it settles. very strong lacing.

n: hops, baked bread, and a liitle oregano and basil.

t; slightly sweet (almost artificially so), peaty malt, and a bit of a bittersweet lemon rind.

m: light but full flavored. pungent throughout but a bit of a synthetic sweet twang kind of lingers.

d: easy drinking.

atmosphere is good. nice head and lacing. nose is sweet and grain components. flavor is grain and sweet but has a synthetic feel. overall this is a pretty decent quaff.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap yesterday at the Bristol Brewing Company in Colorado Springs. A favorite of both my wife and her friend yesterday, I found it to be not so bad myself. Poured a reddish brown color, with an ecru head on top. Aromas of bread dough, sweet malt and earthy hops. On the palate sweet malt, caramel and a very slight smokiness.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark rust, somewhat clouded, barely a head appeared but what did, stayed on top awhile, very minimal spotty lace. Aroma is faint of burntish toffee, a bit buttery with some slight earthyness of peat moss or wet wood. Taste is bit bland with some slight roasty factions in the start which linger throughout. Some slight hops of herbalness and pale leafyness makes its way towards the finish. Feel is a bit empty in the middle, start is mildly roasted and ends a bit dry and buttery with slight nut shades. Overall feel in body is thin, but some of the flavors keep it going somewhat to make it worth drinking, but its pretty average for a Scottish Ale.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

not a scotch ale as i am used to having them, but distinct in its own way. pours a lighter shade of brown, with a fair head. nose is sweet roasted malts, and a hit of smoke? burnt sugars in the taste, this is a very very sweet beer. doesnt quite stack up to the best scotch ales ive enjoyed, but a decent brew nonetheless. has a nice warming effect and goes will with just about anything in the fridge. above average

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