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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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182 Ratings

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Ratings: 182
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.67%
Wants: 10
Gots: 6 | 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 tavernjef
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%

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.

tavernjef, May 31, 2004
Photo of ElGordo
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.

ElGordo, May 15, 2004
Photo of cokes
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.

cokes, Mar 20, 2004
Photo of inebrius
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

The name got me expecting the big malt fatty. Close. Burnt amber under thin fingers of lace. Wonderful nose of Autumn and the fallen leaves of Sugar Maples strewn about the forest floor. Smooth and malt and balance and smooth. This is a perfect Wintertime ale suitable for fireside contemplation or joyous snowball affairs in the front yard.

inebrius, Nov 13, 2003
Photo of palliko
3.28/5  rDev -12.1%

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.

palliko, Aug 01, 2003
Photo of RBorsato
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Chocolate amber color with a low light brown head. Light malty aroma with a malty flavor. Tastes kind of chocolately but thinking that is due to age. Medium bodied and smooth.

Bottled: Week 3 April '99 ('99 embossed on bottom of bottle)
Tasted: 04/06/03

(old) - need to taste a fresh version again but I remember this being quite a good brew when fresh.

RBorsato, Apr 21, 2003
Photo of Todd
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.

Todd, Mar 04, 2002
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Laughing Lab Scottish-Style Ale from Bristol Brewing Company
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