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Scottish Ale - Fearless Brewing Company

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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 59 | Reviews: 33
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Photo of NOLTERN
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
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
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
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
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
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
3.48/5  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 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.

Photo of TheSixthRing
2.87/5  rDev -20.3%
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
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
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
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
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
1.71/5  rDev -52.5%
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
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
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 LiquidAmber
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
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
3.49/5  rDev -3.1%
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 Reidrover
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
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 woodychandler
3.6/5  rDev 0%
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 Codycusey
2.39/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sweet and thin. Not to style

Photo of flexabull
3.61/5  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 -1.9%
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 DefenCorps
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
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

Photo of fightline
4.92/5  rDev +36.7%
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!

Photo of mactrail
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of flagmantho
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of Phelps
2.76/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

Photo of Murrhey
2.49/5  rDev -30.8%
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.

Photo of Bfarr
2.33/5  rDev -35.3%
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.

Photo of msubulldog25
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was on tap at Henry's Tavern in Portland; couldn't resist ordering a pint, especially after a recent chance meeting with brewer Ken Johnson. Asked for, and received, a pint.

A: Thick amber/mahogany pour that's clear and full of slow-but-steady carbonation. Capped with approximately 1-finger of sandy tan head that hold perfectly stilll, then begins to drop slowly to a thinner cream. Lace is fine and sticky, gluing to the glass in wide bands.

S: Sweet, malt/brown sugar aroma that has a faint pit fruit and light cocoa.

T: Grainy toasted cereal, toasty and lightly sweet. There's also a little milk chocolate, cinnamon spice and an earthy peat that make this a Scottish Ale. Floral/grassy hops build and give a nice balance.

M: Creamy mouthfeel that's smooth, albeit slightly flat. Carbonation is modest; finish has a little chocolate bittering.

D: One of the better Scottish Ales (US-made) I've tried; Fearless does well to push this as one of their flagship labels. It's one I'll have again and one I definitely recommend NW beer fans try if they have the chance. At just 5%, this is certainly drinkable beyond only a single serving...

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Scottish Ale from Fearless Brewing Company
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