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Edwin's Winter Scotch Ale | Iron Springs Pub & Brewery

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Brewed by:
Iron Springs Pub & Brewery
California, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.60%

Availability: Winter

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Added by mjl21 on 12-18-2009

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by theempire:
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of 4000qtrap
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Smell: Smooth plum syrup, prominent smokiness, some earthiness from the cask rather than woodiness, and caramel.

Taste: Very ripe pitted fruits, molasses, brown sugar, caramel but not too sweet. However cask condition does add to the complexity of the sweet malts without a doubt. Dark chocolate and bitterness are also new after cask conditioning and balance things out along with some obvious woodiness. Low carbonation. Finish is fairly minimal with some dry oakyness.

Notes: While there are some additional flavors brought out by the cask conditioning, in my opinion the overall sweetness suffers as does the extremely juicy nature of the fruits. This is a little more dark and mild and unfortunately just flat tasting without the full flavors of the original beer. Still good though and probably some other people's cup of tea.

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Photo of ronricorossi
3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of welleshadow
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of mjl21
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub. Poured into a pint glass. Comes in at 8.6%.

A-Pours a dark brown with some visible red in the light. It has a one and a half finger tan head that collapses quickly to a .quarter finger level. Barely a trace of lace is left in between sips.

S-Not surprisingly it smells strongly of malt. There is lots of sweet caramel malt and a lot of roast/smoky malt..

T-It starts with a pronounced roast/smoky malt flavor. It becomes a little chocolaty along with some booze in the middle. It finishes with a burnt caramel flavor. There is a touch of bitterness along with some drying alcohol at the end. The aftertatse is dominated more by roast malt than sweet malt. It gains sweetness as it warms.

M-Fuller bodied, smooth, and nicely carbonated.

D-A nice drinking winter beer. I enjoyed the roast component. Definitely will warm you up as you sip it.

This is a good cold weather beer. I would not have more than one. Nice to have a winter beer that is not dominated by spices.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.22/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

drinking the 2010 version...Again, no picture...SHEESH!!! Sick people in the house, so this is a commiseration brew! Pours a vibrant red-mahogany. Very lightly carbonated. About a half-finger of soda-like head froths up, and quickly disappears. No lacing. Nose is subtle (i.e. faint, hard to find, not there, etc.) and shows some sweet malt, a little hops, and not much else. Flavor is much better than expected. Wonderful, malty and a touch smoky right upfront. This slowly fades into a hoppy, bitter middle then this morphs further into a nice, bitter finish. The price is outrageous (only available as part of the Winter 4-pak at $35) and therefore drinkability suffers a tad. This is potent at 9.4% ABV. ALl-in-all not worth the price, but a decent brew. Not as Scotch Ale-ish as I would have hoped.

What I like most: The nice, balanced flavor profile.

What I like least: The poor pour and the price.

Verdict: Decent enough but not worth the price.

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Photo of AaronOp
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of katan
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap into a pint

A- pours a deep amber color. Light 1mm head formation, well retained.

s- very strong peat malty sweetness. A hair of yeast.

t- starts with a toffee sweet note that is backed up with 2 row. Mid stream gets dry, yeasty and with strong peat malts. finishes with a very strong caramel note. Super sweet.

m- thick and creamy. Super cloying. Carbonation is very light.

d- deceivingly drinkable. Strong abv is hidden. Not filling, but the sweetness can get wearing.

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Edwin's Winter Scotch Ale from Iron Springs Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 9 ratings
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