Robert Burns Scottish Ale | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Spring

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Added by jahred on 02-02-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 8
Photo of bruachan
3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

this guy was listed at 7% when i was there. it wasn't as bodacious as i would have expected of a scottish ale of that octane. certainly not a wee heavy

the color is a deep reddish brown, clear. no head to speak of going on, which isn't too much of a crime for a scottish ale, i suppose

definitely some smoke going on but it's subtle, and makes me think of whisky

the subtle smokiness makes its way to the tongue as well. and it's warming like a glass of scotch. a little fruity as well, actually, which was somewhat disorienting. flavors of wood and caramelized sugars seemed more in place. a touch of sulfur--hmmm. bitterness was just right

this was too thin for all but the lightest denominations of scottish ale; very little to bite into. overattenuated. it was sweet but by no means rich

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Photo of Florida9
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer came off the bottom of the keg.

A: A small tannish colored head floats atop an opaque, murky, pastel-hued brown liquid.

S: Relatively aromatic. Sweet caramel malt with the light note of peat mixed with yeast and a slight pungency.

T: Sweet, creamy malts. Caramel. A very light smokiness on the finish. Finish is thin.

M: Medium in body with low carbonation.

D: An enjoyable beer, though I would have preferred to not been served the dregs off the bottom of the keg. Sweet with a light smokiness made this a good beer to enjoy with the pub food.

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Photo of tedsox31
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer on-tap at the Clybourn location. It was served in a tulip glass. It is a deep brown in color, with a small head that leaves some lacing.

The nose is quite malty, along with a bit of hops. As it warms, some of the toasted notes come through along with a bit of spice.

While the beer notes discuss some smokiness, it was not something that I was able to detect either cooler or as it warmed. The main presence was of malt and a bit of the hop content. Not incredibly overwhelming.

There was some nice body to this beer, and a slight carbonation, definitely within style.

Overall, this beer was fine. It was neither bad nor good, I think that the maltiness could have been increased more, and I would have preferred more caramel notes as well. It is a good introduction into the style.

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Photo of samie85
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviwed from notes. Originally consumed at the Clybourn Brewpub on 1/29/10.

A-Pours a rich, dark red hued, brown color with little head.

S-Sweet caramel and smoky, peaty malt are what I'm getting from this with no discernible hop aroma.

T-Peaty, smoky malt dominates this with a bit of hot, sweet alcohol and a hint of caramel malt to balance things.

M-This is my first cask beer so the mouth feel was different from what I'm used to but I think this beer benefited from it. it was really smooth, very lightly carbonated and was on the thin slightly light side of medium bodied.

D-This was relatively easy drinking but after awhile, all I could taste was that peaty, scotch-like quality. I'd be interested to try this on a regular tap to note the difference.

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Photo of jeonseh
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love the fact that my girlfriend goes to DePaul and I get a chance to go to Clybourn everytime that I take her to school.

A- The color was a dark reddish brown ale with streaks of gold and I'd have to say that the color goes from lighter to darker as one proceeds from the bottom of the glass towards the top. Also, a thin pale, white head sits on top of this brew but it didn't last too long.

S - a mix of sweet and smoky coming off of this brew. On the sweet side I smell a light caramel sweetness and on the smoky side smell a mixture of burnt peat, which goes with the scotch, and even a bit of smoked oak embers.

T - A rather complex mixture of sweet and smokiness. At first, the mouth is hit with a burst of caramely, syrupy sweetness and then later these fade away into the oak, peat smoked flavors that one smells in the nose. Have to say that the beer makes me surprisingly warm esp given the rather low level of alchy within it. The aftertaste is reminds me of the smoky taste that is left in my mouth after smoking a sweeter cigar and definitely have a smoky taste left over, probably closest to peat.

MF - The beer goes down well and I really like how the carbonation fades and calms itself down as the beer's flavors change from sweeter to more smoky. Thought this made the MF even better as I really don't think the smoky flavors could go that well with alot of carbonation in the mouth. The one downside though is that when you first drink it, the carbonation is almost too much such that it overwhelms the tongue and makes it hard to taste any flavors.

D - I came here hoping they still had old aberration but they ran out and replaced it with this. It is definitely not as good as Old Abe in my opinion but a nice beer nonetheless. Complex enough to be good without being so challenging that you are restricted to drinking only one. I really like the lingering smoked peat flavors that coat the mouth once you are done drinking this one. A pretty good beer from GI and another that they should bottle over some of the others that they do.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a dark brown body with a hint of red. The thin head is light tan and last for a good bit.

S- The soft light aroma of toasted malt with some faint earthy spice was nice but not strong enough

T- There was a slight sweet tangy note to the malt with a faint smoke note that was hardly there. There was a strong nugget flavor that was a bit odd followed by a nice finish of spicy hops. As the beer warmed the spicy hops were more enhanced by the fizz in the mouthfeel.

M- This beer had a medium mouthfeel with a slight slippery texture. There was a fizz quality in the finish that was strong.

D- The soft flavors of the smoke and peat really didn't come through as I would have hopes, or as they described on the menu.

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Photo of Viggo
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This incarnation is 6.8%. Pours a hazy brown/red, small tan head, some spotty lace and decent retention. Smell is malty, with some peat, wood, and fruits. Taste is malty as well, with peat and wood and grass, iron, sweet fruits, some chocolate in the finish, little bit of alcohol as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, some nice alcohol warmth, but a little bit syrupy. Not bad at all.

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Photo of jahred
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to incongruity for sharing his growler of this stuff from the Clybourn Goose Island!

Pours a dark red, brown color, with a medium, fairly white head. The scent is of deep caramel malt, and very slightly of vinegar (I wonder if it's because this was sitting in a growler, in a fridge for a few days, before being opened).

The primary taste is of caramel and more malts, with a slight hint of sweet honey. The finish is floral, dry and slightly hoppy (as the beer warms). A nice version of the style, and easy to drink.

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Robert Burns Scottish Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
3.69 out of 5 based on 8 ratings.
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