Barley's Glenlenny's Scotch Ale | Barley's Brewing Company

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Barley's Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 23
Photo of ndekke39
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ordered this cask-conditioned at Barley's Ale House No. 1. Served slighly cold in a brandy snifter. Appearance was a medium, caramel brown color. Cloudy in character, with a tall, white head. Plenty of heavy lacing on the glass. Smells are dominated by a heavy, sweet malt. Strong notes of the alcohol as well. A sweet, caramelized malt dominates the flavor, too. Almost a sticky sweetness to it. Very light notes of the hops, rounded out by a bit of bite from the alcohol. Thick and creamy mouthfeel, very light carbonation. I'll be honest - the Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy is my favorite style, and this offering is at the top of that list. A lovely drink for any occasion. You've got to drink it slowly, though, since the alcohol will sneak up on you. Highly, highly recommended beer.

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Photo of adamette
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured on tap into a clean, clear glass at the brewery last night.

A Minimal head but a nice copper body.

S Light sweet malt with barley and minimal hops. Interesting sweetness added to the expected barley.

T Nice, tasty with a bit of sweetness which is not common for this style in my experience. There is a nice balance with a hint of bitterness. A very well balanced beer. I did not notice the 8% ABV.

M This tap version was colder than its cask counterpart and had a bit more of a kick I think because of that. Both were very tasty but I think that I actually preferred this one to the cask version.

D Really great, this could easily be a session beer and at 8% ABV that would be a short session.

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Photo of Wildman
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Okay, this beer is one they don't offer all the time, but rotate it more than some of their other ones. It is a beautiful amber read color. Not much of a head to it. Wonderful body to it. Slightly sweet, but can't place the flavor. A great tasting beer. Some followers of this style may find it too sweet, but I consider it one of their better beers.

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Photo of TheEclecticGent
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Had this beer on tap as cask-conditioned ale (firkin) and as a standard pour. This review is the cask-conditioned ale. It poured a murky amber color with a nice rocky head that gave a great curtain of lace. I drank it out of their house tulip glass.

S: The smell is awesome. It's rich and very floral and smells almost like a cognac or single-mart scotch.

T: Wow! This is really good! Almost like a cross between Belhaven and Boddingtons's on steroids. Smooth and honey like combined with deep floral and apricot notes. Mmmm.

M: Mouthfeel was medium and creamy.

D: Man-o-man do I wish I could get this in Atlanta!

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Photo of misfit1034
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From tulip at brewpub on 02/13/11 from cask and presently from snifter via growler from the cask... Poured a murky amber with a light off white head that quickly dissipated except for a ring that kept lacing down the glass as it disappeared... Nose is very sweet and boozy with very earthy aromas brought out by the cask condtioning... Taste is slightly bitter to start with very earthy characters and a little sweetness on the finish... Overall I enjoyed, and am enjoying, this beer...

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this on the cask and I think it was better than the regular draught version. Served in a snifter. Pours a dark orangish-brown color with a thin beige head. Pleasantly heady malt and alcohol aroma. Nice full flavors of malt, caramel and a little spice. This is a very smooth beer, one that goes well with a meal or as a session beer. Worth trying if you can get it while it is in rotation. I still like the Robert Burns more though.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Scotch ale on growler from my favorite Columbus brewery. Light butterscotch on the nose, earthy and high in alcohol. The Scottish ale's big brother as told to me by a very good waitress. Light lacing with grains up front and light smokiness on the nose. Warming mouth feel with sweetness of moderately roasted grains and peat malt profile up front, caramel malts and sugary butterscotch, a slight herbal aftertaste. Mild bittering hops in the background and aftertaste. Very warming. An excellent scotch ale and one I always seek out. Barley's is a craft brewer that has mild variance over the years, but all in all they ALWAYS have a style for every taste. Also a great place for good brew pub style food. Enjoy at home in a snifter. Cheers.

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Photo of Grundle20
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From one rough pour the beer produced a sizable head and from a second more careful pour almost no head was produced so I'm assuming my pour is off today and that this beer is probably spot on with its carbonation. The beer is orangish copper in color with no haze to note.

Building mostly off of malts a mild caramel sweetness is produced. There's some minor touches of biscuit malt in the background but overall the scent is a little subdued.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
Initially there's a wash of smooth caramel sweetness which feels a little viscous. As the drink progresses the sweet malts give way to berry flavors, strawberry and blackberry, paired with an astringent alcohol bitterness but the way it's done seems to work rather than making the beer unpleasant. The finish is a little bit oily and leaves a grassy bitterness on my tongue which carries on in to the aftertaste.

The ABV is a mystery here but I'm guessing that it's up there. All alcohol worries aside this beer goes down dangerously easy. If it wasn't for the strong suggestion of alcohol this would be a really easy drinking brew.

Bottom Line:
Barley's needs to be bottling there beers. I have yet to have a bad beer from them and this is no exception. You must stop here if you are in town.

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Photo of Natural510
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Apparently they brew a few different kinds of scottish ales, so it took me awhile to review this under the proper name:

Mahogany-brown color with a half-inch of creamy foam from the cask, poured into a snifter. Beautiful.
Smells expectantly malty & sweet, though elements not entirely detectable.
Malty, sweet, smoky and a bit winy; alcoholic content becomes apparent after a few sips.
Creamy in the mouth; a very smooth sipper.
Overall quite drinkable. A Scottish Ale in the classic sense; malty, sweet & heavy on the ABV.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very nice Scotch Ale that is offered on a rotating basis at Barley's. Mine was a great amber color but lacked the type of head that would make it outstanding. Perhaps the temperature was wrong (didn't seem like it was) but the white head did not impress and only minimal lace showed up on the front of the glass. On the plus side, the nose and taste are first class. Of course, both tended heavily to the malt side and a bit of syrupy sweetness shows up. Still, this is a very mild, smooth, enjoyable ale that impresses with its surprisingly crisp finishing notes. Well done.

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Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Of a series of Scotch ales. This wee eavy is lighter, carmel, peat, orange colour and some lace. Some carmel and peat in there. A hint of the orange taste. I liked this because of the peatiness.Brown sugar sweetness offsetting that. Drinkable beer for sure.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.33/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

On cask served in a tulip.

A- Really nice, dense head with a very slow cascading effect. I love how beers look when pumped through a sparkler nozzle. This is much lighter than most wee heavies. Its more red than anything.

S- this is also much more hoppy than others of the style. The floral and citric hops border on ipa.

T- A smooth caramel malt tries to push through the citrus hops. This tastes quite good but no one would say its a wee heavy.

M- Silken cask creaminess. Low carbonation and light finish.

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Barley's Glenlenny's Scotch Ale from Barley's Brewing Company
4.06 out of 5 based on 23 ratings.
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