Laughing Lab Scottish-Style Ale - Bristol Brewing Company
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2.65/5 rDev -29%
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.
06-11-2012 06:23:53 | More by kojevergas
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
4.55/5 rDev +22%
This beer is one of the first I had upon relocating to Colorado. I'm glad that it was a first because this was delicious.
Beautiful brown color that gets lighter around the edges. This includes a nice tan head. Plenty of bubbles from carbonation. The nose on the beer is just as nice. I smell some coffee with caramel and brown sugar. Nice grainy hops round off the smell. From there the taste is delectable. The coffee flavors stay away until the after taste, but before that seems to be a fruity flavor that isn't apparent in the scent.
This beer is crisp and light body beer. Goes down easy and with little stress to the system. Perfect for anytime of year, activity or food.
01-09-2012 18:10:51 | More by bilyboy65
3.33/5 rDev -10.7%
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.
12-20-2011 04:32:52 | More by agirlandherpen
3.55/5 rDev -4.8%
Pours a clear, brown color. 1/5 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of caramel malt, slight earthy malt, hint of nut, slight chocolate, and a hint of grain. Fits the style of a Scottish Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of caramel malt, sweet malt, hint of earthy malt, hint of chocolate, and a hint of grain. Overall, poor appearance, but good aroma, body, and blend.
11-22-2011 13:57:39 | More by Tone
3.38/5 rDev -9.4%
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.
11-16-2011 04:17:30 | More by bmwats
3.58/5 rDev -4%
Had on-tap at their brewery. Poured a nice amber color with a very small head that receded quickly and left no lacing. Smelled of caramel, sweet malts and molasses. A little bit funky smelling. Tasted sweet...all sweet flavors that I got from the nose of the brew...still a little funky. I think maybe the funk flavor was from some earthy hops, though I'm not sure. Pretty malty, very sweet. A little above average...a good enough beer. Nothing too memorable.
Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Not nearly as boozy as I am used to for the style, but that's not really a bad thing as it does make it more drinkable. I wouldn't have more than one, but I can see the appeal of this one. Try it once and see what you think.
10-30-2011 17:10:37 | More by MsRif
3.88/5 rDev +4%
A - Pours cola-brown in color, with red hues at the edges when held to light. Two finger, soapy, tan head settles to a fingernail width cap leaving some spotty lacing.
S - Rich, dark caramel malt backbone. Some hints of baking bread. Mild hops underneath.
T/M - Sticks close to the nose. Roasted breadiness with caramel/toffee notes. Finishes with a nice hop bitterness, leaving a mild aftertaste. Smooth, medium body with light carbonation.
O - Consistently good local brew. Always a pleasant treat, as I tend to pass it up because it is always around.
10-27-2011 13:13:57 | More by bigaltemple
Laughing Lab Scottish-Style Ale from Bristol Brewing Company
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