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Laughing Lab Scottish-Style Ale - Bristol Brewing Company

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Laughing Lab Scottish-Style AleLaughing Lab Scottish-Style Ale

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BA SCORE
84
good

188 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 188
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.67%
Wants: 10
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bristol Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-04-2002)
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Photo of Beaver13
2.35/5  rDev -37%
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.

Beaver13, May 14, 2005
Photo of benito
2.4/5  rDev -35.7%
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.

benito, Nov 27, 2005
Photo of woemad
2.55/5  rDev -31.6%
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.

woemad, Oct 02, 2007
Photo of Oxymoron
2.55/5  rDev -31.6%
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).

Oxymoron, Apr 16, 2008
Photo of kojevergas
2.65/5  rDev -29%
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.

C-

kojevergas, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

GRG1313, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of brandon722
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

brandon722, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of AlexJ
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%
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.

AlexJ, Feb 03, 2006
Photo of Beefeater57
2.85/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

Beefeater57, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of MinorThreat
3/5  rDev -19.6%

MinorThreat, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of carteravebrew
3/5  rDev -19.6%

carteravebrew, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of thereal_adam
3/5  rDev -19.6%

thereal_adam, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of OriolesFan1008
3/5  rDev -19.6%

OriolesFan1008, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of gchl_arrm
3/5  rDev -19.6%

gchl_arrm, Sep 18, 2014
Photo of Ispeakforthetrees
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Ispeakforthetrees, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of chernozem
3/5  rDev -19.6%

chernozem, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of BcOneSeven
3/5  rDev -19.6%

BcOneSeven, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of mikehillman
3/5  rDev -19.6%

mikehillman, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of R_J_FearNoBeer
3/5  rDev -19.6%

R_J_FearNoBeer, Jun 05, 2014
Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

ColoradoBobs, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of MuddyFeet
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

MuddyFeet, Apr 11, 2006
Photo of beveritt
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

beveritt, May 15, 2007
Photo of Tolann
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Tolann, Nov 16, 2007
Photo of Spartan13
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Spartan13, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of pmcadamis
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

pmcadamis, Oct 16, 2008
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Laughing Lab Scottish-Style Ale from Bristol Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.