Barley's Mac Lenny's Scottish Ale | Barley's Brewing Company

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Barley's Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Wildman on 07-27-2002

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Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 37
Photo of Brutaltruth
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always get a growler of this from the brewery and have for the past 15 years. A personal favorite.

Poured from the growler in a snifter glass. This fine ale pours a beautiful clear copper amber color with a decent quickly dissipating head of white foam that leaves a thin ring and pool of foam with very nice lacing. Nose of sweet caramel malts, light brown sugars, excellent floral hops, and moderate wheat notes. Flavors follow the nose with sweet caramel malts and sweet wheat flavors slickly sliding back to a subtle floral hop characteristic with a sweet malty finish. Perfect for the style and highly sessionable ale features medium carbonation and a slick smooth mouth feel.

Excellence, as always. A fantastic flagship.


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Photo of BigBry
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another stop at Barley's Brew Pub, another house offerings on tap to try.
Light copper color, short head, off white head with good retention, thin sheet lace.
Aromas are sweet malt, about as expected. Slight amount of toasted malt, maybe a hint of smokiness by the end as it has warmed up.
Taste has the malty sweetness, but also some bitterness, and maybe some spice. Woody, earthy finish.
It was just a touch on the thin side, but still creamy. Smooth and easy to drink.
Have yet to try a bad beer from Barley's.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.42/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery. Pours amber with a short lived white head. Aroma is of green apple, and caramel malt. Body is medium and smooth. Earthy hops, caramel malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth. The finish is long and semidry. Tasty, easy drinking brew.

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Photo of misfit1034
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this in a pint glass on cask at the bar. Was a very hazy copper-orange with a slight head that hung around briefly. No evident lacing in the glass. Smell was very nice for a Scottish Ale and had a very nice cask conditioned note to it. A very good Scottish with a wonderful earthy and woody taste with a smooth finish. I would drink this readilly if they bottled it and should have picked up a growler of it rather than the Frambwa but wanted to bring home something my wife would drink too...

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Photo of nrbw23
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear amber color with a nice white head. Head leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Floral, perfume and herbal. Pretty weak too.

T- Taste is floral, buttery, butterscotch, and bready. On the lighter side.

M- Medium in body and lighter side of medium in carbonation.

D- Pretty easy to drink. Just not my favorite.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
2.76/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- From a growler into a Unibroue tulip. The beer is a super clear, light copper color. The dense head is stark white and has strong stay and thick sheets of lacing all the way down. There is lots of little bubbles rushing up to help sustain the foam.

S- VERY grainy. Corn flakes and Wheaties. The nose is pretty weak so its hard to pick out much else.

T- Very sweet. Lots more loads of grains. Sunflower seeds, oats, corn meal and an odd sweetness thats like iced tea or Sweet-n-low.

M- Slightly thin with faint carbonation. Its half way between slick and dry.

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Photo of stewart124
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Deep copper color with no head after a vigorous pour.

The smell is somewhat medicinal but floral and malty.

The taste and mouthfell is smooth, sweet and pleasant. Very fragrant and a easy drinking scottish ale. Light and fruity esters are obvious.

If I could point out a couple things It would be that this scottish could use a little maltier mouthfeel and body. I'd like to see a toastier/more bready character.

This is still a nice drinkable scottish ale but just not enough body and character.

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Photo of adamette
2.9/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap last night at the Brewery, poured into a clean, clear pint glass.

A Kind of basic copper like translucent body under a minimal head that quickly turned into a circle surrounding the top of the beer.

S Kind of basic Scottish Ale smell of Barely, medium malt and minimal hops.

T Also sort of basic taste with the Barley and other grains predominating followed by a distant malt and hops. I can recall thinking how "safe" this beer tastes even though it remains a solid offering.

M Just fine, about medium moutfheel.

D Only o.k. I finished my pint but I do not think that I would order a second.

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Photo of Sammy
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of a few SCottish style taps on/ Tongue numbing effect. Medium mouthfeel, you taste carmel. A bit of darkness colouring what would be yellow, lace. Cascade and Mount Hood hops used, sparingly. The mysterious citrus orange peel flavour we noticed in Barley's instead of hops was here as well.

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Photo of Zorro
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From my notes of my trip May 16, 2008.

Served cask drawn and at cellar temperature.

Hazy red colored beer with a long lasting tall head.

Smell is English style hops and Scottish malts. Malty and smoky with a strong herbal hop aroma, more flowers than medicine or bitter. Kent Goldings is the hop; I have about a pound of the stuff at home.

Taste is malt and smoke as expected. A little bit fruity and mildly bitter, the hops are mostly in the nose of this beer not the taste. Mostly a wood finish here.

All right mouthfeel.

OK drinkability but after a glass of this I really want a stronger hopped beer.

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Photo of tgbljb
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served as a medium copper colored beer with moderate off-white head. Good retention with modest lacing.

Smell shows distinct notes of roasted malt, toffee, and caramel.

Taste also has some nice smokey, raosted malt flavors. A bit of dryness at the end compliments the malt well.

Leaves a good strong deel malt flavor in the mouth.

A nice beer. Good to drink alone, Did not go very well with my meal.

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Photo of Grundle20
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a solid copper color and crystal clear. There's a good tan head to the beer that demonstrates some great staying power. No lacing to note.

A little weak but there are some minor touches of toffee malts and roasted malts but you really have to bury your nose in the glass to get them.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
The beer drinks smooth but crisp with a medium malt body to it. There's a strong presence of toffee malts which lend a mild sweetness to the beer and there's also a tiny little boot of bitterness at the end of the drink. About mid drink there's some fruit hints, possibly strawberry, but they're quick to fade. The finish is a little roasty with a semi sweet aftertaste.

A reasonable compromise between malt character and ease of drinking make this a highly drinkable beer to me. I would have cared for a little more in the scent but overall a pleasant drinking experience.

Bottom Line:
Another great beer from Barley's, my only gripe is that I wish they made more of an effort to distinguish their Glenlenny from their MacLenny because I had to shuffle my reviews because or this. Get on this beer if you're in the Columbus area.

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Photo of bigone4
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured an orange amber hue with a clean fluffy white head. The head dissipates rather quickly leaving a slight lacing behind in the pint glass. Smells of roasted malt mixed with a subtle hop citrus tone. Slight caramel sweetness mixed in as well. Roasted malt tones highlight the back bone of this beer. The taste is smooth and quite malty with a decent hop finish. No overpowering alcohol found in this one. It is a well balanced offering with strong roasted malt flavor as it warms. This is a very drinkable brew with great mouth feel and a full body. I will certainly seek this brew out again the next time I am in Columbus. Reminds me of Ten Penny from Old Burnside Brewing Co. in Hartford.

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Photo of Osiris9588
4.39/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale copper color. The white head is minimal and dissipates quickly, but the growler had been already opened.

The smell consists of malt, caramel, barley, and grain. The taste is malty, but not as toasty or as heavy as many in the style, with a hint of oaty-ness. There is also caramel/butterscotch characteristics, a flash of berry, some nutty, whisky overtones, some subtle hops, and slight alcohol.

The mouth is medium-bodied and very well-rounded. I could drink a whole growler in a sitting. Not the most traditional scotch ale, but a damn fine interpretation of the style.

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Photo of ndekke39
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a growler's worth of this ale from Barley's Brewpub No. 1. Pours an enticingly clear, copper color. Decent white head on it. A few fingers of lacing. Aromas of medium toasted malt. Some earthy tones, too. Hints of a sweet floral/fruity fragrance: like a very soft, dry white wine. Nice, rich flavor of the malt on the center of the tongue; it blooms there and lingers. Traces of hops in the aftertaste. I'm really loving the flavor here - a warm, welcoming tone overall. Mouthfeel is just a touch watery, but otherwise the beer is clean and smooth. The complexion seems a little better when the beer is colder. As it warms, it loses some depth of flavors. Still, it's wonderful for the summer months. Overall, a very drinkable beer. Fine example of a Scottish Ale. I love this style, and Barley's contribution here makes me love it all the more.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Again, another must guzzle from Barley's. A better-than-golden but less-than-copper color with low carbonation, and a dainty head. Aromas are sweetly malty, but not overly toasty or toffee-like. Hop aromas are higher than I expected, but still liked it. Tastes sweet and spicy, perhapse too spicy, for a Scottish, but still nice. It had a thinner sweetness, not the round, full sweetness expected from a Scotch. Nevertheless, a nice session beer with a touch of heat and alcohol sweetness. Creamy to the palate with a thinly sweet finish.

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Photo of Ahhdball
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep sherry color with no crown but a small hint of lace around the top. Heavy sweetness with a slight aroma of hops and even smaller aroma of alcohol. Malt sugar taste presents at first. A slight hop presence follows through but is killed by alcohol. Thick and chewy mouthfeel with an appetite supression heavyness.
This is a staple of mine at #1 and has always been a favorite in the colder months.

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Photo of beergeek279
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served as a sample at Barley's #1. The color was copper, with no head to speak of. The smell was very malty. The taste was a heavy, smoky malt taste...sweet, but not too sweet. Mouthfeel was smooth. As for drinkability, could have a few more.

Not bad at all for a non Wee Heavy, and actually more flavorful than some of the actual beers from Scotland (Belhaven, etc). Certainly another quality beer from Barley's and Columbus, and hopefully one I'd have again!

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Photo of Dogbrick
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smooth and hoppy, this is an easy-drinking beer. Not the best complement to food but it stands well on its own. Malty flavor with a light medicine/alcohol aftertaste.

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Photo of Wildman
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First off I should state that I am not a big fan of this style. That being said, it poured a dark gold color and formed a small white head with little lace. It had an aroma of hops and malt with a little citrus present. The taste was of hops and malt, and you could detect a little alcohol, which my friend who likes these styles looks for. Worth checking out, if not the best representation they have of this style.

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Barley's Mac Lenny's Scottish Ale from Barley's Brewing Company
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