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Copper John Scotch Ale | Madison River Brewing Company

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Copper John Scotch AleCopper John Scotch Ale

Brewed by:
Madison River Brewing Company
Montana, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This is a Scottish ale like no other. The brewers use the finest smoked malt for flavor complexity and then combine it with roasted barley, and caramel malts for a rich distinctive and smoky flavor. These ingredients give it a deep, dark color with a smooth, rich finish that is surprisingly drinkable.

19 IBU

Added by Todd on 03-01-2005

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4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
4.34/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours a red brown with a somewhat watery consistency. A little off white head soon falls back into the glass.

The beer smells or peat and smoke with a hint of chocolate and molasses.

The tastes sweet and warm with a hint of bitter burnt and smoke.

The mouthfeel is somewhat watery.

Overall I am very impressed by this beer. It tastes and smells delicious and really is a good example of a scotish ale. The only place that this beer is lacking is in the mouthfeel.It would be nice if it were a little more chewy like scotish ale should be.

I would have this beer again and recommend it to a friend.

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4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.28/5  rDev +12.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer pours a nice clean caramel brown color with a small amount of white head

the smell here is all of malts and give hints of caramel, as well as some more toasty german tasting malts. well balanced between toasty and sweet.

the flavors in this beer are of toasted malts and a touch of a nearly smoke like character as well as some caramely sweetness that follows a minimal bitterness down the hatch

this one finishes great, a realy drinkable beer that leaves a nice bit of sweetness on the tongue and leaves you wanting another sip.

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4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from bottle while in MT on vacation. This review is a week old so details limited.

A very solid Scotch ale in every respect, good caramel taste with a hint of coffee. Not quite on par with Robert the Bruce or Founders Dirty Bastard but is definitely worth buying if in Montana.

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4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

the name might be misleading - seems to fall more within the scottish ale style

a: deep amber in color, light layer of carbonation

s: husky toffee grain, peaty but with no smoke, dark bread crust, nutty, well rounded all around but the malt stands out, balanced with a mild hop side, earthy

m: carbonation on the light side, medium body

t: a mostly malty flavor, but not thick or heavy, toasty grains with some sweet toffee sugars, a touch peaty and nutty, dark breads, little hop flavor and a mild-moderate bitterness

d: sessionable...a simple, well crafted scottish - not bad for a shot-in-the-dark purchase

picked up a 6 on special at the Albertson's Liquor Store in Jackson, WY

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4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Seems opaque and almost black at first, but a deep and dark but clear mahogany red in the light, afloat with a tannish, delicate head of moderate retention. A boquet of caramel and toasted malt. Taste is much more complex. Smoke "bitterness" is intense but pleasant, well balanced with malt sweetness. These evenly increase and then fade as it lingers and finishes. Woody or earthy throughout. Very warming and smooth. A thickish brew with carbonated prickling that accentuates rather than simply masks the flavors. This is the kind of beer that someone who swears by Guinness could easily pick as a new favorite.

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4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A moderate pour from a longneck into a short tasting glass yields about a half inch of off-white head that leaves sticky rings as the glass is emptied. The beer is a rich, medium dark copper-brown with low carbonation.

The aroma is very subtle, but is malt forward and suggestive of the dark sugar and fruit flavors within. This really is a lovely malt bomb, with suggestions of caramel, plums, dark cherries, nuts…maybe a touch of honey in there somewhere. The mouth feel is creamy and makes you almost want to chew it but the body really isn’t heavy at all. Despite the perceived sweetness, the finish is crisp and bitter enough from the earthy hop notes that repeated sips are encouraged.

This was a pleasant surprise. It appeals to my sweet tooth yet is light bodied and crisp enough to make it a reasonable session beer. It reminds me of certain brown ales that are becoming harder to find on store shelves.

On a whim I added about 7 ounces of this beer to some chili I was making. Right away, it left a highly detectable malt quality and helped to bring out the sweetness in the tomatoes, etc- so much so that I immediately added some more chili powder and cayenne. The chili ended up good and spicy but with an underlying sweetness from the malt, tomatoes, etc.

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Copper John Scotch Ale from Madison River Brewing Company
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