Lia Fail | Inveralmond Brewery Ltd., The

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Brewed by:
Inveralmond Brewery Ltd., The
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-01-2002

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3/5  rDev -20%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3/5  rDev -20%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I had this as a real ale in Aberdeen and quite liked it, so was pleased to find a bottle in Finland to review (from Stockmann Herkku).

Appearance: Light to medium copper with a tint towards the red. Pours a smallish one finger head.

Aroma: Hops evident at first, but they quickly give way to caramel and red berries.

Taste: Lighter than I recall, perhaps because this was served cold. In any case, there is a nice, familiar bitterness with some soft, sweeter notes in the background and aftertaste. The lingering aftertaste also has some herb-like characteristics, perhaps heather?

Mouthfeel: Medium body, low to medium carbonation.

Overall: I certainly like this one, even if it doesn't do anything highly original in the end. It's just a very solid Scottish ale with strong bitterness and a nice balance.

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Christmas Eve 2012 at home with my Dad: we shared a few bottles of beer together. This 500ml offering being the last before Santa came! Best before Apr 2013.

Like the cask version, it had a clear mahogany body with an off-white head: the nose a nutty, semi-sweet malty feel to it. The taste was malts all the way: chocolate and toffee being the strongest flavours within the maltiness. Dryness, with a pronounced bitterness comes later with the hops showing their worth as initial maltiness drifts away. The cask review is just pipped at the post by the overall niceness of it being Christmas!

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

BB Dec 12.

Pours a dark chestnut. One finger coarse white head dies quickly to a film. Film stays. Great spotty lace.

Aromas of dark treacle, toffee, caramel.

Taste is quite light and delicate. Moderate roast flavours, treacle to the fore. Malt driven, with little hop. A little dough. Quite a dry back palate.As the bottle goes down, a more toffee-driven palate emerges, with some dried fruits in the mix.

Mouthfeel is light/medium bodied. A little watery, which would help with sessionability.

Overall well made, delicately flavoured, sessionable Scottish Ale.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

With such complexity, elegance, masculinity, and earth; the beer remains remarkable light and drinkable without giving up on its malty body or rich taste. This shows that Scottish ales don't have to be strong to be top notch.

Pouring a mostly clear light mahogany hue, the beer casts a mild glow when back lit. A short statured head forms on the head with creamy texture, fulfilled retention, and islands of foam- it portrays a gentlemanly yet understated appearance.

Not exactly delicate, but not robust either; the aromas seem of strong scents of peat moss, toffee, fruit, bread crust, and butterscotch, but without the power that's normally associated with these flavors individually. Their lighter-than-expected culmination gives the beer a delicate aroma profile that's unmistakably Scottish.

Flavors play out in similar fashion as the taste of toffee and its low-lying sweetness invites complementary tastes of caramel, bread, butterscotch, campfire, damp soil, peppercorn, grapes, and a light confectioner's sweetness that reminds me of jelly beans. Even light coffee grounds, chocolate, and pecan rise as the beer warms to contribute more and more variance and balance to the beer through mid palate and into finish. And that's a good think, because with highly restrained hop character the beer relies heavily on malt complexity and yeast notes to achieve balance and flavor development well into aftertaste.

With so much flavor, the palate expects more weight and richness than the beer actually delivers. However, its understated creaminess never waivers and allows a powdery sweetness to carry the beer from the middle palate into finish where the beer calmly fades away and leaves only a memory of hickory wood and fruit on the breath.

This Scottish ale delivers enough flavor and punch to win over the most enthusiastic Scotch whiskey fan, but light and drinkable enough to caress the palate of their opposition as well.

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows caramel, toffee, prunes, sultanas, golden syrup and orange marmalade.
Similarly sweet flavours at first, with more dark fruit and caramel before some toasty and soft roasted malt enter.
Body feels a bit watery.
Not bad stuff.

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3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A really nice beer; near dark amber colour, a light aroma with vague hints of of the taste character, a thin off white head and stable body, quite bitter to the taste with a coffee finish but still very flavoursome. This is, to my view, a beautiful beer, more often than not this will be in my selection if I am on a Scottish ale run! If you see it give it a shot!

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A - Pours a nice deep clear Amber colour with a near pure White head that retains very well and laces.

S - Mainly caramel malt

T - Up front some nice malt notes with caramel. The mid palate slghtly brown sugar notes with yeast and bread. The finish is dry and long with a little residual sweetness.

M - Medium body and low carbonation.

O - A very sessionable ale that is recommended.

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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5/5  rDev +33.3%

Lia Fail from Inveralmond Brewery Ltd., The
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 126 ratings