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Scottish Ale - Fearless Brewing Company

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Scottish AleScottish Ale

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33 Reviews
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Reviews: 33
Hads: 68
Avg: 3.59
pDev: 20.61%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fearless Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 01-07-2005

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Reviews: 33 | Hads: 68
Photo of bsonk
4.34/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Fearless Brewing Scottish Ale- 6% abv.

A: nut brown with no head at all after a couple seconds.

S: Grain sugar, alcohol.

T: sweet malt, caramel corn, ever so slight hoppiness in aftertaste on the back of the tongue.

M: drinkable, thin. Not bubbly. Kinda watery actually but good.

O: Pretty good beer. Cheap and not bad. Best beer I’ve had from this brewery which is pretty mediocre IMO. Brewery might be owned by a racist, not sure but him calling himself the “grand high exalted mystical brewer” makes me think of some dogwhistle KKK shit.

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Photo of chinchill
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

16 oz can purchased and consumed in Oregon.

Poured deep amber; clear.

Feel: Medium body and carbonation.

Mildly bitter -- a bit high for style -- and gets to moderate in aftertaste. No smoke but perhaps a faint touch of peat.

O: Light and hoppy for style. A very Americanized Scottish Ale.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16oz can. The label imagery and text seem to be a blend of Nordic and Scottish lore.

This beer pours a hazy, yet bright medium orange brick amber hue, with three fat fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly beige head, which leaves a few instances of dispersing cloud lace around the glass as it gently subsides.

It smells quite softly of bready, biscuity caramel malt, muddled drupe fruit, a wisp of wet smoke, and a vegetal dryness. The taste is more of the same, but at least comes across as a bit more tactile - bready, slightly buttery caramel malt, meek brown sugar-covered apple and pear, and very subtle earthy, leafy hops.

The bubbles are duly present, in a sparsely frothy manner, the body a sturdy medium weight, and a bit thin in its smoothness, though some airy creaminess manifests as things warm. It finishes still well off-dry, the malt carrying on as anything without competition might.

A drinkable enough, if rather plain Scottish Ale, the malt somewhat underwhelming all by its lonesome, which I suppose is its lot in the life chosen for it. Glad I was able to procure but a single of this, as I don't think I would have much use for the remainder of the 4-pack it is sold in around here.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
2.87/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

On tap@ Tabor Tavern in Portland, OR

Appearance - Served in a pint glass with sparse head, this ale is rustic orange in color and crystal clear. Not much in terms of lacing.

Smell - A bit grainy with light caramel notes.

Taste - Follows the nose. Grainy like a lager, with hints of caramel around the edges.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium in body with lively, tingly carbonation. Goes down well enough.

Overall - Hmm, not much for a Scottish. In fact, I'd never guess this was even an ale if I hadn't known beforehand. Really grainy character. Yeah, not a fan.

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Photo of NOLTERN
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I poured this delightful brew from the tall boy can into my one-sided pint glass. It had been a few years since I had last had this scottish ale, and I was quite exuberant upon my reunion with it.

The appearance is beautiful. This ale has a nice deep dark amber colour.

The smell grabs you by suprise from the appearance in that it has a well rounded scent almost similar to a fine german lager, yet it is an ale.

Now for the taste: Malty, hoppy, delightful. The hops take a backseat to the malt, who remains at the wheel. This is what I enjoy on a fine winter's evening.

The mouthfeel does leave a little to be desired and overall this ale is a little lighter and thinner than other scottish ales, but nonetheless, it is a fine ale, a fine ale indeed.

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Photo of mactrail
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Handsome coppery color and plenty of suds in the New Belgium snifter, even after the can has been open for an hour. Nicely spritzy on the tongue. Fairly light body with a malty mouthfeel and a tangy sensation. Just a faint peaty aroma.

The malt has a touch of smoke to it with some sharp notes. Roasted barley and a fruity flavor. A touch of bitterness but more like some bitter ash or smoky taste. A little bitterness for the finish. The current version of this brew tastes pretty good to me. Quite quaffable. Nice to taste a Scottish Ale in the lower ABV and less sticky style. From the 16 oz can purchased at Market of Choice on 29th in Eugene.

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Photo of Murrhey
2.49/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Solid two-finger off-white color head. Long retention. Orange-brown color with nice clarity.

S- Biscuity malts and some semblance of syrup? Strange smell and I wonder if it hasn't gone a bit skunky.

T- Biscuit malts and earthy flavor. Slight bitter finish. Not a lot to this beer in my opinion.

M- Medium bodied, thick, biting carbonation. Not bad, not good.

O- I liked this beer when I had it at Brew Fest. Not so much now. Very drinkable, but bland.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from the can into a nonic pint glass

A- Poured a mostly hazy dark brown color with a big fluffy off-white head that left some droppy lace

S- Mostly grains and wheat. Nothing malty or reminiscent of a Scottish Ale. Pretty faint aroma

T- Sweet brown sugar and toffee notes, butterscotch, breadiness, barley, and a little bit of fresh citrus peel on the finish.

M- Very smooth, soft almost silky mouthfeel for the style, pleasant prickly carbonation, and a dry finish. Goes down very easy

O- I do really enjoy this style, but I don't see too many breweries attempting it. Really glad I was able to find this one in tallboy cans.

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Photo of searsclone
4.53/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz can into a flared pint glass

Caramel color with a great off white head and good lacing

smells like malt and bread and caramel

tastes like fresh baked bread and pretzels, malty with just a touch of spice and a few hops in the end

mouthfeel is sharp on the roof of the mouth and creamy on the tongue, easy to drink

overall, this is one of my favorite beers. If this was available locally, it would be my "go to" beer for any occasion

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Photo of wetshoes
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am an oddity: a pacific NWer who really doesn't like hops. This beer suits my taste perfectly. I actually spend a lot of time in Scotland and Fearless Scotch ale would stand up well to traditional Scottish lager like Belhaven's, which is my choice when there. it has a low carbonation and great malt taste. It's a bit pricey -about $10 for 4 pint cans in Portland.

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Photo of fightline
4.92/5  rDev +37%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

SMOOTH! You can taste a tinge of honey, but it's well balanced and one of my favorite beers around. I've tracked a number of beers using Untappd (179, I think) and this one is still one of the highest rated beers around.

I used to only find it on tap, but now the 16oz Cans are popping up everywhere!

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a MacAndrew's thistle glass. Pours a slightly cloudy caramel amber. Thin fine head dissipates quickly to a thin film and ring around the glass, slight lacing. Aroma mostly caramel malt with slight bready malts, sweet. Taste is mild toffee, caramel malt, a bit of bisquity malt in the middle. Finishes mild caramel malt, a bit watery. This has all the right elements for a Scottish ale, but flavors are weak. Could be very nice with more assertive flavors. Light to medium bodied, too light for the style.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.21/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a unique looking cherry wood stained color, a bit darker but like it changes color as I drink it. Has a nice dirty white cap.

S: Nose is faint with hints if toffee and caramel

T: Has a lightly toasted taste to it, elements of toffee and and cramel shine through with a very light booze presence.

M: A bit thin for the style, more body would be good

O: Average take ont he style. Not too shabby.

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Photo of Phelps
2.76/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sent by flexabull and poured into a tulip.

Hazy sunset ochre. On finger of fuzzy light tan head pops away to a ring at a good pace.

Smells like apple cider, earthy hops, lightly biscuity, a hint of caramel.

Flavor’s pretty much the same. There’s a heavy honey/apple flavor, almost as if the beer’s a bit oxidized. Earthy hops hit mid-palate and lend mild bitterness, acrid toasted bread lingers into the finish. Fairly clean after the swallow, but the apparent oxidation is pretty off-putting.

A few bubbles massage the tongue mildly in the medium-light body. Tastes and feels like apple juice. No hint of alcohol, so I guess it has that going for it.

This is my first taste of Fearless, and I can’t say it has me clamoring for another. Too many off-flavors going on in this can.

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Photo of flexabull
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking beer, pours a clear and bright amber color with a huge head.

Aromas are not quite what I expected from a Scotish Ale. Hints of spicy bread and earthy hops. Not bad smelling though.

Taste is bready, oaky, and semi sweet. There are notes of light tea, caramel, and earthy hops.

Mouthfeel is nice. Full, with smooth and thick body.

Overall, this is pretty good beer. It's pretty tasty, but it comes off as being a little light tasting for the style. This tastes good, but I want a little bit more.

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Photo of Bfarr
2.33/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hazy rust colored with moderate foamy head and good retention. Some peat and floral sweet aroma. Strong peat up front give way quickly to stony, caramel end. Gritty, earthy floral notes and a slight aftertaste. Semi-dry and sticky with a light body and no bite.

This is not an easy beer to drink, even at 5.3%. It really begins and ends with caramel but the flavors through the middle don’t meld well. It seemed to be an attempt to make a beer taste like a scotch. A noble effort but not quite there. I thought this would be a no brainer to drink with Braveheart. I guess in the sense that both were gritty and lasted too long, then it works.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can that I picked up at whatchamacallit market last night, after the brewer offered me a sample.

Clear amber color with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and lacing. The head does recede to a ring, leaving nothing much. The nose does have a rather prominent toasted malt character with a rather strong earthy hop character. Very twiggy. The palate opens with a blend of toasted malt and brown sugar, mildly burnt. However, there isn't enough of a body to carry these flavors. Just a light toast and not a particularly nutty backbone. Decent. Medium-light in.body with a drying, mildly bitter finish, there's some herbal character here. Decent stuff, a little more body would hugely improve things here. I feel like I'm being harsh here, but this beer really has promise to be better

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Photo of dgilks
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden colour with a creamy, long lasting white head. Nice lacing.

Mildly malty with just a hint of hop in the aroma. A good Scottish ale aroma.

Crisp, pale malts with a touch of caramelise character. Nice and malty ale with some light hop character.

Light body with moderate carbonation.

A solid American interpretation of the Scottish Ale. I appreciate the hop crispness that has been added to the malt. Good.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 16oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: hazy orange hue with a thin finger of creamy ivory foam. Not bad, but not much head retention and not much lace.

Smell: rich, sweet caramel malt aroma. Not terribly complex but it delivers what I like in a Scottish ale.

Taste: very nice, somewhat sweet caramel malt flavor. I definitely feel like they did a good job caramelizing the sugars in this one. Even at a mere 5.3%, the maltiness is quite impressive.

Mouthfeel: medium body and a little low on the carbonation. I think with this lighter version of the style I can't fault the body, but this beer could be a lot creamier.

Overall: I'm quite favorably impressed by Fearless Scottish Ale. This is the first of their beers that I've had and I hope each of the others is as good as this one.

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Photo of mvforegonian
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 16 oz. can into a pint glass.

A: A off-white head with subtle lacing. A reddish bright color.

S: Low hop aroma apparent caramel and toasted malts.

T: Definitely a hop filled malty brew with some slight sweetness to balance out the hops.

M: A flavor that develops at the end. Not as thick as I would like from a Scottish Ale.

O: Above average, this is my favorite Scottish Ale! Well done Fearless

Serving type: can (although I've had it off tap as well)

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Photo of tone77
3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A big shout out to woodychandler for providing this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is rather mild, some malts. Taste is also malts up front, a bit nutty, just a touch of hops. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of inthebeeraisle
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a 16 oz. can into an imperial pint glass.

A: A off-white head with low retention and very little carbonation. A wood stain red color, filtered and bright.

S: Low amount of nose on this thing. A burnt toffee aroma.

T: Definately a malty brew with some slight sweetness.

M: A thinner beer then I remembered. Lingered malt taste.

O: Above average, but not by too much.

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Photo of OakedCanuck
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16oz can poured into cervoise. Thanks to pdxbear for the hookup

This beer pours a nice copper, clear with good head formation and retention (slightly off-white). Lacing was minimal but a few strings present. Smell was quite grainy with an infusion of caramel/toffee sweetness. Some bready malts as well. Taste was strong sugars (caramel, chocolate sugar, some brown sugar) but was complemented with some dark fruits. A touch of hazelnut as well. Mouth was a bit thin, slightly metallic. Overall this is a decent canned Scotch. I enjoyed the integration of the sweet sugars as it wasn't overwhelming.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A CANQuest (TM) shout-out to msbulldog25 for sending me some unheard of (by me) CANs from his neck of the woods in return for a mixed bag o' beers, including some Kvass. Good lookin' out, bud, and many thanks!

From the CAN: "Brewed just for you by Ken Johnson, Grand High Exalted Mystical Brewer and Owner of Fearless Brewing Company. 326 South Broadway. Estacada, Oregon, Center of the Brewing Universe. Skoal!"; "Brewed from the magical waters of the Clackamas River".

The Crack and Glug went off unimpeded by any untoward events and I was soon facing a massive two-finger, thick, tawny head with great retention. Color was a deep coppery-amber with just a hint of haze. Nose had a cereal sweetness to it, very malty with a slight presence of hops underlying. Mouthfeel was medium with a nutty maltiness and a grassy hoppiness on the tongue. Finish was slightly dry with the nutty, bready flavors lingering well after the swallow. It was not a style that I normally truck with, but it seemed okay in sum. I was glad to have had the chance to try it, but it really was not my cup of tea (or glass of beer). Oh well.

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Photo of PougeMahone
1.71/5  rDev -52.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a tulip glass. head thin and disipated quickly.very little aroma,Not much in the way of either malt or hops the most prevalant flavour being metallic, not sure where that comes from but it is unplessant. i keep wanting to give this beer and brewer a chance, but this being my 4th try at this beer all purchased at differant times and differant locations and all with the same result, I would highly recomend staying away from this beer.

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Scottish Ale from Fearless Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.