Blackwatch Scotch Ale - Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)
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Ratings: 13 | Reviews: 10 | Display Reviews Only:
4.13/5 rDev +13.8%
Just got a new job, so I felt it appropriate to go out and have a few beers tonight. I don't care if it's Tuesday, I don't have class until 12:05 tomorrow.
Served a dark, dark garnet/black, much darker than any Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy I've ever experienced, with a finger's khaki head. Smell is a little more bitter than I've come to expect as well, less caramel malt, more actual scotch, and some dark fruits. Taste is unique as well - a little vinuous, some scotch alcohol, caramel malts take a backseat, with surprising hints of choco/coffee, though faint. A genuinely interesting and unique wee heavy by my experience. Mouthfeel a little thin maybe, but makes it quite drinkable. Not sure the ABV, but it's hidden well enough, though it's probably at least 7 or 8% . This is a tasty little brew here, apparently a new one as well. Don't let me be the only one to enjoy this one, give it a go.
09-21-2005 05:47:14 | More by Golden2wenty1
3.95/5 rDev +8.8%
Appearance: Obsidian Black, Shiny, thick looking, non-transparent. Head is off white, one finger thick, short lived but thick. Gave me a nice milk mustache.
Smell: Bitter dark fruits, a little bit of caramel malts, hints of alcohol
Taste: Berries, a bit of Ethiopian coffee
Mouthfell: bitter, thinner than one would expect by looking at it. Fairly flat being a cask and all but very much alive, warming without giving away any alcohol in the flavor.
Drinkability: Wonderful considering the strength and bitterness
2007 update...more peat in this one then I remember, lighter in color, and with an obvious booze presence in the flavor. (04-10-07)
10-10-2005 02:15:15 | More by DaPeculierDane
3.9/5 rDev +7.4%
Served on cask at the Capitol location.
Nice mahogany body with a small off white head but not bad for a cask beer. The aroma is sweet and malty with a touch of smokiness and a slight cidery note. The flavor is very smooth with good caramel sweetness initially fading into a bit of smoke and some roast. Fairly light bodied and very drinkable.
02-25-2008 20:59:29 | More by drseamus
3.73/5 rDev +2.8%
appearance: The beer comes to me in an imperial pint with a big, fluffy khaki head. After the head recedes, a lasting, chunky layer remains. As the glass is drained, a nice layer of lacing is left behind. The beer itself is a ruby brown in color.
smell: In the aroma I find peaty, lightly woody malts with a low sweetness and light, earty tones. There is a low hop aroma. Very subtle in aroma but that seems to be common for a scottish.
mouthfeel: Negligible carbonation with a medium body. I understand that this is a cask ale, but a touch of carbonation would be nice.
taste: Peaty malt, light aromas of dark fruits, some woodiness and a subtle English hop flavor make up the bulk of the flavor...all pretty subtle. There is a light bitterness that lingers into the finish with a touch of dry roast.
drinkability: pretty easy...this is a nice beer in its subtlety, but it could use a little more character on the nose and tongue
on tap at the Dane during my stay in Madison
08-19-2006 04:57:06 | More by blackie
3.68/5 rDev +1.4%
A-Deep copper with a creamy fluffy tan head. Reduced a bit to leave spotty lace.
S-Subduded roasty malt with a touch of smoke.
T-As in the nose and all somewhat dim. I was hoping for a bit of robustness but this brew packs that. Decent, but nothing exciting.
M-Medium body with a nice creaminess. A pleasant dry finish kicks in in the end.
D-Despite the lack of big flavour this is an easy one to quaff. Not my top pick but I would not turn one down. Bump up the flavour profile a bit and this one could be a winner.
05-25-2008 06:01:04 | More by Deuane
3.63/5 rDev 0%
Served on cask, pours a dark mahogany brown color with a nice fluffy inch+ head of whitish color, good retention, was brought back easily. The aroma is pretty sly, good and malty with just a smidgin of smoky peat. The taste is similar to the nose, but borders on porter for some reason. And the mouth is a bit thin for my tastes, but otherwise a joy to drink. And incredibly easy beer to drink.
07-24-2008 22:47:20 | More by objectivemonkey
3.5/5 rDev -3.6%
imperial pint, on cask at the brewpub - downtown
appearance: presentation is solid...dark mahogany/char-black body with a creamy fluffy tan head...large head typical of cask beers at the dane. Retention is pretty strong. Later I would notice a moderate amber tint to the body
smell: aroma is also quite nice...big cookie blast, chocolatey, creamy, a touch of smoke, earthy/woody tones
taste: what the hell happened in between the nose and the tongue? This tastes almost porter-like to me and nowhere near either of the Dane porters I have had in terms of quality. Most of the great aromas appear muted and the result is a rather watery and bland scotch. dry cocoa powder powder, woody and a touch of smoke. Maybe I was just in a bad mood but I dont think so
mouthfeel: creamy, a little light, dry finish
drinkability: easy due to the creamy nature but not worth getting again
09-05-2006 15:49:13 | More by dirtylou
3.4/5 rDev -6.3%
Pint poured at the Great Dane's downtown Madison location. This beer has a dark but not quite black color. It's topped with a small head of big bubble foam. The aroma is not very strong, but what's there is fruity and very much like grape juice. The flavor has a grape like fruitiness like the aroma, but it is more complex. There is also a decent maltiness, though not quite as malty as a Scotch ale should be. Finishes with an acidic sourness. Very little hop flavor comes through. Low carbonation, but not flat. This is a decent beer, but it's nothing I'd want more than a pint of.
03-29-2006 01:19:36 | More by beveragecaptain
3.3/5 rDev -9.1%
Light auburn color, egg white head for about a second, basically no lacing. Aroma is weak, some bitter grains and a bit of caramel. Taste is just a bit on the watery side for my liking. A bit of caramel sweetness along with some fruity notes and then a bit of alcohol. Finish has this acidity that doesn't please me real well. Everything in here is just a bit too light. Not a terrible beer but not worth getting with the other offerings this place has.
09-28-2005 14:22:07 | More by granger10
3.16/5 rDev -12.9%
Looks like this is back on at the Great Dane. Served from the cask.
A. Pours a caramel color with robey tones.
S. Mild brown sugar and maple, caramelized grain.
T. Taste brings watery brown bread, vague caramel malt, a bit of roasted grain, nebulous red fruit.
M. Almost uncarbonated. A brief hint of carbonation. I realize this is a cask beer but there should be a bit more here.
O. A pretty watery scotch ale. I would advise against ordering this.
10-10-2013 04:08:40 | More by Etan
Blackwatch Scotch Ale from Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)
83 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.