McCaig's Folly | Isle Of Mull Brewing Co. Ltd.

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Brewed by:
Isle Of Mull Brewing Co. Ltd.
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Zimbo on 09-24-2011

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3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best Before Jan 2012

This brewery's 80/ gives an appealing but somewhat dilute peaty aromas and retains an easy 2cm head throughout. A fuller darker reddish brown colour than their Pale Ale it does in fact taste of some peat with a salitness interplaying with the malt and overall gives it a dark, damp and earthy quality. It is satisfying and there is a fair amount of evolution in the glass but I also find a sort of thinness to this beer which lets it down. Don't get me wrong, this brew has a great chasis but it needs to work on what's above. With a little tweaking this could be superb.

From the bottle's side label (though personally I don't think the tasting notes does this beer justice):

Tasting Notes: A Scottish 80/-(4.2% abv) but hoppier. Colour is mid range reddish brown. The beer has a complex malty flavour derived from the combination of coloured malt and wheat malt but there is also a pleasant fruity note. The bitterness is clean and modern with a grassy finish.

History: John Stewart McCaig built McCaig's Folly over a three year period starting in 1897, an Oban banker of considered wealth as the cost of the folly was in the region of £5000(UK pounds).

The plan was for a museum to be housed in the structure along with a central tower, and for statues of himself and his family to be erected in the windows overlooking Oban, but McCaig's death saw the end of the project.

The folly now stands an empty shell. The structure with its two foot thick walls rising forty feet against the skyline is not wasted, as the interior has now become a public garden.

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McCaig's Folly from Isle Of Mull Brewing Co. Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 1 ratings
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