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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

169 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 169
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.4%
Wants: 10
Gots: 1 | 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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LittleDon

Texas

3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 20:14:37 | More by LittleDon
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BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

03-22-2012 12:02:06 | More by BigBry
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poppyjohn

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

02-20-2012 17:42:41 | More by poppyjohn
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40ontarget

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

02-07-2012 03:00:54 | More by 40ontarget
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zenwatts

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

01-11-2012 17:20:19 | More by zenwatts
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bilyboy65

Colorado

4.55/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 18:10:51 | More by bilyboy65
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agirlandherpen

South Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 04:32:52 | More by agirlandherpen
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brokentee

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

12-11-2011 00:16:37 | More by brokentee
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jfstilling

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.2%

11-29-2011 00:09:32 | More by jfstilling
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Tone

Missouri

3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 13:57:39 | More by Tone
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mcb4538

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +7.2%

11-20-2011 18:04:34 | More by mcb4538
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LambicKing

Florida

4/5  rDev +7.2%

11-18-2011 23:13:35 | More by LambicKing
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TheBishopco

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +7.2%

11-18-2011 21:44:50 | More by TheBishopco
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2011 04:17:30 | More by bmwats
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swelleriffic

California

5/5  rDev +34%

11-15-2011 17:33:02 | More by swelleriffic
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JRod1969

New York

4/5  rDev +7.2%

11-14-2011 18:45:57 | More by JRod1969
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MsRif

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2011 17:10:37 | More by MsRif
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bigaltemple

Colorado

3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 13:13:57 | More by bigaltemple
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 04:58:25 | More by StonedTrippin
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blakelive784

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass:

A - Pours a non-transparent, dark amber/brown color. Head is off white, 1 finger, and fades fast.

S - Toasty malt, a hint of smokiness, and some tart fruit all present and in balance on the nose. Quite nice.

T - Strong malty caramel tones balanced by light, fruity hops. Quite sweet, with a nice smoky bite.

M - Smooth and wet. Medium bodied.

D - A very fine example of the style. Nice, malty and simple, this one I'd have again.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 01:44:42 | More by blakelive784
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Laughing Lab pours a full amber brown color, mostly transparent except for the darkest parts of the glass, with a small off-white white cap.

Smell: Caramel malt, some bruised red apple and orchard fruit, toasted grains, a bit of woodiness.

Taste: Caramel sweetness sits on top of toasted grains. Muted orchard fruits precede a soft wood flavor and a lightly citric finish.

Mouthfeel: There is a soft creamy feel stemming from a fairly light carbonation. Medium bodied.

Overall: I thought this was a decent beer, but so far nothing in this style has truly inspired me.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2011 05:46:27 | More by KickInTheChalice
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2011 00:52:13 | More by tempest
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2011 11:16:47 | More by Rifugium
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DelMontiac

Oklahoma

4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a 20oz weizen glass at Cheddars, 11136 Rampart HIlls View, Colorado Springs, CO.

Yes, for starters, it was served in the wrong glass, but I didn't care. Note that on the ticket, they called it Laughing Lab Pilsner. Ha! Oh well, that's another review.

Classic bronze/brown color with ruby highlights and a very nice 2-3 finger bulging tan head that produced a grand lace on the tall glass. May not have been in the appropriate glass, but it still looked nice.

Aromas were of sweet malts and dark fruit. Slight sweet pipe tobacco as well.

Flavor was more of the same. Sweeter than what I imagined. Bready, dark fruit (plum, raison), slightly buttery, faint chocolate hint, a bit muted in the hops department, but still very good. Like it a lot.

Okay mouthfeel. Slightly prickly carbonation. A good dinner brew.

The abv felt higher that what's listed here, but then I'm not used to the elevation either, if it matters much. I was very impressed with this beer. Why in the hell didn't I buy some to bring back home with me?!

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2011 05:54:11 | More by DelMontiac
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DesMoinesMike

Iowa

3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer that this brewpub is known for. It's a pretty deep red that's clear with little foam. The aroma is thin with a hint of malt and grain. The taste was good, nice malts with caramel and pine. It's fairly smooth but the body seems a bit light for a scotish.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2011 18:58:14 | More by DesMoinesMike
Laughing Lab Scottish-Style Ale from Bristol Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 169 ratings.