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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
89
very good

34 Ratings
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | 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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2.75/5  rDev -31.4%

t0rin0, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.2/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a light brownish color with good carbonation and a nice white cap

S: Straightforward with caramel, toffee and sugar

T: Caramel, brown sugar, toffee but simple and average with toasted malt, some dark fruits at times

M: Booze and a thin body, a tad overcarbed or perhaps the thin body led me to believe it was overcarbed.

D: Worth a shot once but compared to other barleywines in the lineup it was way out of its league in taste, body and appeal. As a, what I assume to be, an English Old Ale or Bwine I say this needs some work. I compare this style to JW Lees and Thomas Hardy's as they are among the prime in their arena. This falls way short, and way short of many fantastic American made Englidh Bwines to include Alesmith Old Numbskull, Anchor Old Foghorn and Weyerbacher Insanity.

barleywinefiend, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of GeorgiaBeerGuy
3.25/5  rDev -19%

GeorgiaBeerGuy, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of waltersrj
3.25/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2011 Vintage.

Pour: Ruby, dark brown with a small off white head that quickly dissipates.

Nose: Pitted fruits, predominately raisin and prune. Cherry, honey, strange gingerbread like smell.

Taste: Sort of like a darker lager here as far as bready character goes. Sweet syrupy cherries, gingerbread spice, raisin, prune, slightly faded hops (not very present but there), honey, and a strange sherry like oxidation but with a weird aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: The best part really, slightly syrupy which is nice but with a good creamy feel at te end.

Overall: Blah. Not that great...should;ve picked up the Green Flash Barleywine next to it for the same price but wanted to try something new. PASS.

waltersrj, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of ccrida
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draught at the Dog & Pony, Old Scrooge is bronze with an small off-white collar leaving light, scattered lace. Very low carbonation.

Smell is sweet malt, a little gingerbread to it, a touch of alcohol as well.

Taste is similar, the drying of the alcohol (present but not to hot) tempers some of the sweetness, but prickles the tongue on the aftertaste. Pretty smooth overall.

Mouthfeel is sticky, medium bodied, dryish.

Drinkability is okay. I've found the other big Silver City beers to be way hot, dirty fermentation. This one is clearly better executed. But it's too sweet, and lacking complexity, to really turn me on. A just above average Old Ale.

ccrida, Dec 08, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

strongaf, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of hopluva1
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed in a snifter @ 55* from 2010 bottle.

Pours a reddish amber with no head what so ever, i was afraid it was flat.

Aroma is sweet and malty, cherries, and honey

Taste is similar to aroma, full of dried pitted fruit flavor (raisins, figs, plums) it does have a sherry like character to it. It has allot of sweet flavors with a bit of a lager taste, some alcohol. No hop presence is detectable. Fresh it may have a little more hop character which in my opinion would add to this beer. The label on the bottle calls it a barley wine and i would say that is closest to a English style barley wine.

I did enjoy drinking this beer. I would like to try it fresh(er).

hopluva1, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

womencantsail, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of mactrail
3.73/5  rDev -7%
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.

mactrail, Jan 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

rfreed, Nov 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

TheBaumer, Dec 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

BillHilly, Apr 01, 2014
Photo of dirtylou
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
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

dirtylou, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of loren01
3.85/5  rDev -4%
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

loren01, Mar 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

justiceavocado, Aug 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

hannaho, Jan 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

ScreamForMe, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Exiled, Sep 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

eawolff99, Apr 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

towlea25, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

oberon, Dec 24, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

SeaAle, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of lifeboyq
4.33/5  rDev +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.

lifeboyq, Jan 13, 2011
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4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

John_M, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of davidchollar
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

davidchollar, Dec 10, 2010
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Old Scrooge Ale from Silver City Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.