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Scottish Ale - Fearless Brewing Company

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54 Ratings
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 15.24%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fearless Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 01-07-2005)
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Reviews by Bfarr:
Photo of Bfarr
2.3/5  rDev -36.3%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of NOLTERN
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of Thrasher
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler. This is a very good amber, with tons of flavor. Pours an autumnal auburn brown with a rising head that disappears pretty quickly. Blank aroma with some rainy day yeast. The flavor is rich, malty, smooth; none of the peaty or smoky elements I've found in beers like Belhaven. Lots of nuttiness, a fair shake of caramel, and a light tang of brown sugar. The hops stay within their boundaries but add a gentle fruitiness as well as a subliminal crispness. Like the best of Fearless' beers, this is very mellow but fully satisfying.
This was the brew that got Fearless started, and it's easy to see why.

Photo of chinchill
3.24/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.49/5  rDev -3.3%
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 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.

Photo of TheSixthRing
2.83/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part 4 in a week-long Thanks Msubulldog25 Series. Another rarity sent my way by this generous trader, thanks Brian!

Pours out of the can (I love cans) a thick, firm, just barely off-white head. Lasts a long time and sits on top of a deep amber-colored liquid.

Aroma is incredibly subdued. Light musty grain, purple grape and peat.

Tastes offers overripe fruits (fig, grape), lightly smoked peat, faint milk chocolate. And maybe a few savory herbs in there, but like most everything about this beer, pretty darn laid back, for better or worse.

Feel achieves both a creamy roundness and soft carbonation tingle, nicely balanced, very much pleasing to the mouth.

Drinks easy, doesn't overwhelm, and even borders on dull, although the ABV (5.3% on the can) makes it a no-brainer for a decent beer to knock back a few of, if you're in that sort of mood. My wife definitely liked it more than I did, and I was happy to share.

Photo of inthebeeraisle
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of PougeMahone
1.7/5  rDev -52.9%
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.

Photo of tone77
3.43/5  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.

Photo of BrassHandles
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of djeucalyptus
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Proclaiming the Clackamas River magical waters? That might be fearless.

pours an orange kissed golden hue, crystal clear, with a solid foamy head of a finger and a half that never fully fades and leaves impressively chunky lacing. Some ruby highlights shine through.

aroma is unfortunately faint. malts, a bit of grain. maybe a hint of peat and a touch of char... not a whole lot going on.

a bit more flavor than the aroma would lead one to believe. sweet malt, peat, earth. nutty... and a bit of nutty bitterness and astringency. Pleasant.

Mouth is smooth and almost creamy. A bit on the light side... almost watery. Must be that Clackamas River water? A plesantly peaty lingering bitterness. Certainly palatable, but a touch more body would have helped the flavors shine.

Impressively drinkable. A bit light on aroma and a touch thin, but certainly a nicely drinkable ale, not bad for the style.

Photo of Eighty
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Reidrover
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint can amazingly! From Capital Market ,Salem Lovelly looking beer here. Clear darkish amber, with a gorgeous ,pilloy ,foamy light tan head. Aroma subdued, but mainlly nutty and malty. Taste again slightly bitter caramel style malts, touch of smoke in the back of the throat, some nuttiness and a ting of hop. Nice palate, smooth and rich yet not overly so. Actually not a bad 90 schilling ale. Real surprise in a can.

Photo of BeerBucks
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of woodychandler
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of Maillard
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of MadeInOregon
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of flexabull
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of John_M
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Claudia's in Portland.

The beer pours the expected, protypical orange amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty simple, but is pleasant enough. One gets some sweet malt and butterscotch, albeit not a lot of it. On the palate the flavors are even more simple. One gets a moderately sweet mouthfeel, with sweet malt and a touch of underlying bitterness from the hops. The mouthfeel is light and easy going, and the beer is pretty drinkable. It's a bit on the watery side, and is a bit boring to drink, but it's still a pleasant beer. Probably won't order another, but it's fine for what it is.

Ho hum.... next!

Photo of Chris-MOC9
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of avaldivia
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of DefenCorps
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
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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Scottish Ale from Fearless Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.