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 by mklisz:
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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Photo of Osiris9588
4.39/5  rDev +16.4%
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 Sammy
3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
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 Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The appearance was a nice looking hazy amber to orange color with no head nor lacing. No worries, it is a sample glass. The smell had a smooth semi - smoked maltiness running into a light cocoa and light coffee. The taste was mainly the same balanced underneath and glossing into the aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was somewhat controlled. Overall, I say this was a pretty good Scottish ale.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
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 Zorro
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
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 Ahhdball
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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 BigBry
3.77/5  rDev 0%
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 -9.3%
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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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of WesMantooth
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of justincourts
3.34/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Geno78
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
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 jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of ndekke39
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
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 kbrown
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%

Photo of tgbljb
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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 brycevolk
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Wildman
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
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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Photo of stewart124
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
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 jharkins07
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Swettenham_Shire
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Nate23
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%

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