Southbound Scottish Ale | Depot Street Brewing

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Depot Street Brewing
Tennessee, United States

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
An rich reddish beer with a smooth malt character, low bitterness, and a slight smoky finish reminiscent of single malt scotch.

Added by Globetrotter on 10-16-2004

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Ratings: 20 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by ChainGangGuy:
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish-brown body with an off-white head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling aroma with an expressive malty character and a fair amount of peatiness.

Taste: Starts sweet with a bready, earthy dark caramel flavor. A subtle peat taste perks up midway and remains into the aftertaste. There are some hops in there, but they remain light and only provide a hint of bitterness. There's simply no denying it, this beer finishes sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slight stickiness.

Drinkability: An enjoyable Scottish Ale. Yeah, I could go for another one right NOw, in fact. The only thing that marred the drinking experience was being stung by a bee!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Mantooth
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of hopsbreath
1.57/5  rDev -50.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Saw this beer at a grocery store and bought it knowing nothing about it. It came in a 12 ounce bottle with no expiration date but the beer guy was there and he assured me it was two months old tops.

An aggressive pour into a snifter yielded an extremely thin layer of tan bubbles. The liquid itself had some chill haze and was muddy red. No lacing was apparent. The only reason this is not a one is because it was not completely lacking in carbonation.

Smell was muted wet peat. There was some smoke as well but very little else. I like to get a little malt but there was just none in this.

Taste was of smoky peat and a lot of roasted meat. I honestly think there was some liquid smoke added to the wort on this one. No real malt or hop presence here. It's actually quite bad.

For being so lowly carbonated on the pour, a lot of prickly carbonation shows up on the palate.

I do not want another of these. I am a little concerned about having 5 more in the fridge because the other beers in there must be laughing at me. I do think all that smoke flavor will be good for something though. I'm going to make a pot of chili and toss a few of these in there.

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Photo of CM31
3/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Proteus93
3.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to dkachur for bringing this one over.

A: Reddish, with a well-formed head. Retention is alright, a bit foamy, with a little bit of spotty lacing.

S + T: A malty graininess dominates both the scent and the flavour. It's kind of wheat-like to my palate and nose. There's a little hint of sweetness, but for the most half, it's just the malt grains all around.

M + D: Moderate carbonation and body.... some modest aftertastes left behind. I took this one a bit slowly until it was finally gone. It was a good effort, but there does appear to be room for improvement.

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled at the awful Hemmingway's bar in Greenville, TN, this brew was served in a red plastic cup. I was psyched to try the product of this new local microbrewery, but man they need to work on the presentation.

Came out a clear darkish copper color under absolutely no head whatsoever. There was also essentially no nose. The mouth was light and prickly, so at least it wasn't flat. The opening taste is very malty, slightly sour, slightly burnt, with a bit of raspberry essence. The hops are subdued, offering just a mild bite in the finish, which manages to linger a bit, although the aftertaste is predominantly malt. While the presentation is horrible, the brew has potential.

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Photo of CWiggins
3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked up a six-pack of this at the brewery on a Saturday. It traveled in the car to Durham, NC, whereupon it was immediately placed in the fridge. It pours a light amber/dark yellow into a pint glass. No head at all formed. Seriously, nada. Smells of sweet malts, mild floral, and hops are certainly noticeable. The front and center of the flavor are definitely dominated by sweetness. It's on the edge of being too sweet, but stops just short. The finish combines this sweet character with a delightful hoppy bitterness. The aftertaste is mainly hoppy, with a nice bready essence.

This is very different scottish ale. I'm used to those that have a higher alcohol content, and Tennessee's alcohol laws prohibit that option. I found the sweetness a bit off-putting at first, but as the beer settled and became a tad a warmer it become more pleasant and interesting.

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Photo of veech
4/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very tasty, drinkable Wee Heavy/Scottish Ale that I've tried before, but not until sampling yesterday at the Knoxville Brewer's Jam did I realize how great this stuff is. I enjoyed my first taste, but when compared to the numerous other beers from around the region and country I tried, it really held up well. A: Deep mahogany with a nice degree of head and lacing T: Peaty malts with a pleasant, smoky, sweet undertone. M: Medium body that delivers just enough chewiness. D: High marks for repeatability. Easily a session beer that provides flavor and body of much heavier beers without the heaviness. Nice to see a regional brewer putting out such good stuff.

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Photo of jaidenjb
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of BrewnZ
2.16/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

In the mood for something nice and malty I order a pint from Barley's Tap House, Knoxville, TN.

Deep amber color that looked filtered bright . . . not much foam stand. Very sweet nose, more wort than malt. Flavor followed aroma, bu then got worse. Under attenuated with a worty and fermentation funk. Just not a well made beer. Seems like they lowered the temperature to stop the fermentation and leave the beer balanced toward the sweet side. . . it did not work.

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Photo of jaswilson2
3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BEERchitect
3.89/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A fair Scottish Ale. Looks convincingly, solid brown with light, fleeting retention, lowly carbonated and no lacing. Flavors hit home with a solid rosty, peaty flavor with light smoke, campfire character. Malty sweet with darker grains, chocolate malts and a toasty character, tempered with earthy, pungent hops. The body falters a bit in comparison to the flavors. It just thins out a bit too much, though it helps with the ease of drinking. Finishes with a peat moss character. Though not great, it does its job.

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Photo of OldTime
4/5  rDev +25.8%

Photo of John1985
3.3/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ale pours opaque brown with a small skullcap head that quickly disappeared. Flavor was malt accented, with a sweet, slightly roasted malt character that was followed with a watery aftertaste. Not much hop flavor to speak of. Pleasant for easy drinking but not much else.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
3.16/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Picked this up over Christmas while in Johnson City, TN at the Libation Station.

Poured a nice looking, 2F head but no lacing. Brown & Burgundy in color, as expected.

Smell had some sweet fruits, spice, and a touch of honey, but pretty tame.

Ok flavor, malty, with light citrus - nothing offensive to bring it below a 3.

Mouthfeel was the most disappointing part - it was thin and watery, and a little fizzy. Not what I would expect from a solid Scottish ale.

Pretty easy drinking overall, but the watery character was a bit of a turn-off. I would still recommend this for a macro-fan who would be willing to kick it up a notch.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of nick76
2.78/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The aroma is a bit smokey with sour fruit, and toasted malt. The appearance is deep amber almost brown with a small head. The flavor is like the aroma and not too good at first but gets better near the finish. The palate is a bit thin. Overall I am not a fan.

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Photo of stinkydaddy
3/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of slimpickens101
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of SFLpunk
3.3/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Growler purchased an hour ago at the brewery.

Pours a "RC" cola like hue, dark brown with reddish-tan notes, and almost no head at all. Nose offers sweet malt with some light smokiness and a meatiness too. Palate is medium-bodied and somewhat sharp at first then it settles out to some heavily roasted black malt characters and maybe a little addition of smoked malt. The finish has some bitterness to save an otherwise watery body. Mouthfeel is not great here, needs more carbonation (not a fault of the growler, I don't think, since it was just pulled). Finish is fine, but thin and focused on the smoke.

Notes: A drinkable version, but not my favorite Scottish ale.

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Southbound Scottish Ale from Depot Street Brewing
Beer rating: 3.18 out of 5 with 20 ratings