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Old Scrooge Ale - Silver City Brewing Co.

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Old Scrooge AleOld Scrooge Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

32 Ratings
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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.06%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Silver City Brewing Co. visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: RedDiamond on 12-15-2009)
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stacyholk

Washington

5/5  rDev +25.6%

12-16-2011 17:56:50 | More by stacyholk
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blackc5

Washington

4.72/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had the luck of being able to try this on Christmas Day. Not a big follower of Silver City, I really knew nothing about it before hand, but I have to say I was mightily impressed - it was such an exceptional brew I asked a friend to pick up a few more for me, but alas, they are already sold out.

Unfortunately, I did not take notes while drinking this, but I can agree with the previous review that this drinks very wine-like. It is fruity, yet not too sweet, and is probably the best young barley wine I have tasted to date.

It is beautiful to look at, pouring a very dark red ruby brown. The aromas immediately conjured up plum, raisin, cherry and sherry. The flavors were exceptional - not overly hoppy or bitter - just lots of fruityness and malts perfectly balanced with hops. Not sure how long they aged this before bottling, but it surely tasted like it had been aged nicely already. Exceptional.

What a great sipper - I wish I had known about this in advance as I surely would have bought as many as I could. Next year....

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 07:33:06 | More by blackc5
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bespin15

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

01-06-2012 05:02:51 | More by bespin15
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Corburk

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

11-29-2013 02:35:47 | More by Corburk
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johndoe8

California

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

02-05-2012 04:02:39 | More by johndoe8
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Braz

Washington

4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich dark red in color that is clear with minimal white head that disappears, except for a small ring around the inside of the glass. Strong aromas of booze and fruit. Very heavy tastes. Notes of cherry and a touch of smokiness. Very malty, a bit of sweet apple comes out in the finish. Alcohol is surprisingly masked but is still detectable. Late spice comes on at the finish. Medium carbonation. This is one for sipping. Very nice warming effect. Very nice ale that has a lot going on. Only complaint is the sweetness and richness is a little much but overall I still like this alot.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 03:40:21 | More by Braz
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RedDiamond

Oregon

4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After winning gold and silver at two consecutive GABFs, Old Scrooge was high on my must-try list during the holiday season. I was not disappointed. But I was surprised by the unique parameters of this ale. It's far fruitier and more wine-like than most amber-colored high-hopped malt-sugar barleywines.

Scrooge is the color of dilute merlot and expresses a smell of plum, cherry, strawberry, and honeydew. A bit of alcohol is also detectable but it integrates nicely into the overall complexity and contributes some comforting warmth. The taste can best be likened to sugarplum brandy with a hint of bubblegum. That may sound odd, but it works exceptionally well.

SC serves Scrooge in wide-mouthed snifters. The beer shows little by way of carbonation or lather, but doesn't really need to. It's a slow, contemplative ale with a surplus of style. A high-value ale that's a must try when available.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2009 01:51:22 | More by RedDiamond
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DenverLogan

Colorado

4.36/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 20 oz bottle ... shipped in from Letspour.com.
Poured into Corsendonk chalice...copper raspberry color with small bubbles accumulating on top and on the glass sides.
Aroma of sweet malts, cocoa, slight roasted malts, powdered sugar, alspice.
Modest carbonation but big sweet if not overpowering mouthfeel.
Whoa sailor...big array of strong flavors, mostly sweet...powdered sugar, carob, ginger, roasted malts, chocolate malts....yeee hoe...I'd better give this 5 minutes...
Okey Dokey...no head left...light malt aroma...big flavor remains ... sweet malts, cocoa, powdered sugar remain strong, tropical fruit, amber malts, slight herbs. Overall a big tasty, malt bomb, and despite the Christmas Ale title, not a big overly spiced monster. Actually quite smooth and easy drinking, satisfying although very sweet.
3/20/2013 - Had another bottle. Shared with my beer conscious friend and she immediately noted the tastiness. I'm upping the overall and taste a notch...very tasty brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 06:24:35 | More by DenverLogan
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John_M

Oregon

4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap that Uber. Listed as the 2010 version.

The beer pours a copper amber color with good head retention and considerable lacing. The nose is attractive and sweet, with considerable brown sugar, vanilla and butterscotch. The flavor profile replicates the nose, but the vanilla really comes on strong, giving the beer something of a light cherry cough drop flavor. While undeniably sweet, the richness isn't over the top, and the beer doesn't come across as heavy of too boozy. Mouthfeel is fairly full, with a long, smooth finish.

Very nice beer... I think the (relatiively) low alcohol enhances this beer's drinkability and flavor profile. Tried side by side with the fat, and much to my surprise, I enjoyed this more.

From 11/12. Tried the current version at Pint Defiance, and really felt the current version is a bit too sweet. Perhaps part of the problem is that I had a glass right after a pint of RPM, but I just found the beer to be a bit too much of a good thing. It reminded me of a sweeter version of the Fat, but with lots of clove and other spices added in. An interesting beer, but just a bit too sweet for me.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2011 21:35:42 | More by John_M
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davidchollar

Washington

4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out a surprisingly transparent, almost bright mahogany with a big beautiful head. Seems brighter than other American Barleywines, but looks great with nice head retention.

Smell is so intriguing I had to start a new paragraph. I've been drinking tons of winter warmers lately, haven't had a barleywine in a while, but my first reaction is that this is quite unique. Doesn't strike me as a BW on 1st sniff. More of a Belgian, like a quad or a dark trippel. Intensely fruity bubblegum caramel toffee.

Full-bodied luscious creamy smooth mouthfeel compliments the beautiful balance and helps make Old Scrooge highly drinkable. Delicious! Only thing holding this back from a higher taste score is that - personally - I like more of an intense flavor from my US BWs. This one is incredibly subtle though, if you prefer that!

Damn. Exactly like its older brother Fat Bastard, it's hard to believe it's such a high ABV 'til it hits ya... Gooood stuff... Get it if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 06:18:58 | More by davidchollar
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lifeboyq

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium Tulip from a 22 oz bomber.

Pours a really deep translucent amber mahogany. Head resides fairly quickly with minimal to decent lacing. Smell is of deep cherry, sugar, grapes, figs. Taste is similar with that deep grape and date on the back of the tongue with a very slight hop bitterness that lingers. If you like the malty English Barleywines and appreciate the too few not over hopped Northwest productions, pick this up.

A tasty treat and my favorite seasonal beer of the year. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 06:33:14 | More by lifeboyq
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Hoppy_McMalt

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

04-16-2013 03:07:20 | More by Hoppy_McMalt
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oberon

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a stange a deep mahogany with amber tinge.a thinner very quick to fade head atop.Alot of fruit in the nose,a mix of cherry and green apple makes for a complex malty nose,some roasted nut and vanilla rounds out the aromas.Cakey and deeply fruity on the palate with not much carbonation,a tinge of sweet alcohol lingers in the finish.This is very true to style,its a malty sweet alcoholic Old Ale and should get high reviews for what it is,to me it's very English, and very CHRISTmas eve.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 22:59:00 | More by oberon
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justiceavocado

California

4/5  rDev +0.5%

08-07-2012 00:18:41 | More by justiceavocado
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hannaho

Washington

4/5  rDev +0.5%

01-20-2012 05:39:36 | More by hannaho
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ScreamForMe

Washington

4/5  rDev +0.5%

11-18-2011 02:20:08 | More by ScreamForMe
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Exiled

Texas

4/5  rDev +0.5%

09-06-2012 00:35:22 | More by Exiled
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eawolff99

Colorado

4/5  rDev +0.5%

04-04-2012 14:16:36 | More by eawolff99
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towlea25

Washington

4/5  rDev +0.5%

01-07-2012 18:27:33 | More by towlea25
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loren01

Oregon

3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a light brown/red color, not too much head no lacing
S: Sweet, malty lots of dark fruit
T: Very sweet and malty, tastes a lot like an English barley wine or Strong scotch ale. I don't pick up much hoppiness in there at all
M: Full bodied smooth mouthfeel
D: I found this a lot like their "fat" beer, real malty. Another great offering by Silver city

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 04:02:41 | More by loren01
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dirtylou

Washington

3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber

appearance: served in my great lakes christmas chalice, muddy garnet-mahogany body, 1/3" foamy tan head with no retention

smell: cherries soaked in bourbon, plum, sweet and boozy

taste: I had this at the WA Winter Beer Fest and enjoyed - bombers reasonably priced around $6. Rich and sweet - nutty, with a heavy dosage of cherry, plum, booze, raisin, sherry and honey.

mouthfeel: syrupy medium body

overall: enjoyable, though fairly pedestrian, holiday offering

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 01:52:01 | More by dirtylou
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TheBaumer

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

12-26-2013 18:03:56 | More by TheBaumer
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BillHilly

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

04-01-2014 02:26:30 | More by BillHilly
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mactrail

Washington

3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear red amber with an ample head in the Affligem chalice. Lots of lacing along the glass. Big aroma of sweet flowers and spice cake. Plenty of carbonation in the mouth.

Flavor is on the sweet side, like fruit cake. Tangy and a little hot like a liqueur. The mouthfeel is approaching the unctuous. Flavor is actually quite intriguing. Big caramel taste with English toffee. Candied pineapple and a touch of raisins. I don't think hops are allowed here. Finishes with some Old Ale fruity funky flavors.

Definitely a dessert beverage, but smooth and intriguing. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 07:21:45 | More by mactrail
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womencantsail

California

3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing this, Rich.

A darkish amber color with an off-white head. For such a big beer, it’s a bit bland on the nose. But, there is a nice fruitiness of cherry and maybe grape, especially as it warms up a bit. There is just a hint of spice on the finish. Sweet bready malt flavor with a nice touch of banana, caramel, and brown sugar. More dark fruit character on the palate and a hint of warming alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 01:43:29 | More by womencantsail
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Old Scrooge Ale from Silver City Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.