Copper John Scotch Ale | Madison River Brewing Company

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Copper John Scotch AleCopper John Scotch Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Madison River Brewing Company
Montana, United States
madisonriverbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
91
Reviews:
32
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
12.16%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
10
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 91 |  Reviews: 32
Photo of chugalug06
2.47/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Huge, straw, colored, thin, foamy head. nice clarity on the blood red brew.

Wheaty, bready, caramel, dry scents stand out. Sweetness too.

Bit heavy on the carbonation. Moderate sweetness with missing flavors. Not too much stands out on the tongue other then your basic brew characteristics. Lots of caramel and american yeasty (breay) notes. A bit bland.

Underwhelming and unexciting. Not recommended. Nice for a hot day, but it drinks too much like a BMC..

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Photo of alpinebryant
2.93/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark copper with a healthy light tan head. Heavy lacing

Aroma of mostly sweet malt, a tiny hint of scotch yeast

Taste is pretty week overall for a scotch ale. Perhaps I am now thinking that imperial scotch ales are the norm and that is throwing me off, but I just do not think this compares to some of the great scotch ales that I have had.
Taste is mostly consisting of a sweet malt backbone, that finishes cloying, a tiny hint of scotch ale yeast and a bitter bite at the start.

Light mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Overall not bad, just nothing standing out to make it great or better than good.

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Photo of Blumstein
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of DerwinWentworth
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't want to write a review.

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Photo of JoelClark
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of Foyle
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a 1" cream colored head that recedes slowly with moderate lacing. Color is a mostly clear deep red-brown. Moderate carbonation bubbles streaming through the body. Aroma: smokey roasted malts, cocoa, earthy hops
Mouthfeel: light and watery with a somewhat dry finish.
Flavor: dark roasted malt, toasted whole wheat bread crust, cocoa, a bit of earthy hop flavor, and a lingering smokiness in the middle and finish.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Deep brown colour, reddish highlights, small head of foam, not much lacing.

Big sweet and bready malts in the smell, a hint of fruit.

Bread and sweet malt dominate the taste, some toffee, kind of a citrusy taste when I swish the beer in my mouth. Or maybe it's my imagination.

Good mouthfeel. A hard style for me to give a thumbs up to and this brew keeps it that way. I won't get more.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.16/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into Trois Pistoles snifter. No date found on bottle.

Appearance - High-medium dark brown body. One finger offwhite head with decent retention.

Smell - Slightly sweet. Plum. Fades away into

Taste - More mouthfeel than flavor. Getting a little bit of banana and coffee. Alcohol is preetty present. Somewhat watery.

Mouthfeel - Smooth. Creamy. Acidic. slightly astringent finish.

Drinkability - The Bud Light of Scotch Ales, in terms of it not being very challenging. Very entry level.

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Photo of nhirsch04
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of JamisonS
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of NickMunford
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of chinchill
3.36/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle in Idaho.
Excellent appearance with a clear but very dark brown body and a large, durable tan head.
Somewhat unappealing, peaty aroma. Similar but better flavor. Good bitter-sweet balance.
Very good feel: near creamy smooth and full body.

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Photo of elektronen
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of callmescraps
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

In the beer of the month club, the other from this brewery was a dud, hoping for better.

App- Brown with amber highlights. Minimal head. Thin ring. Minimal lacing. Quite clear.

Smell- Sweet, malty, definitely some caramel. Brown sugar. Some toffe as well.

Taste- Sweet, caramel and toffee. The toffee lingers on the sweet, slightly burnt finish. Plum? Perhaps. Malty. A little thin? The taste mellows very quickly, sort of dissipates. A small roastiness or smoke lingers.

Mouthfeel- Decidedly thin.

Overall- A nice, sweet and malty beer. Sort of reminds me of a doublebock, or another smooth malty lager. But I like it overall.

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Photo of poisoneddwarf
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

2009 backlog. 12 oz bottle. Aroma of caramel, sweet malt, cinnamon. Pours a deep red ruby brown with a thin head with okay lacing. Tastes better than most Scotch ales. Almost like a porter or deep brown ale maltiness to it. Nutty. Not bad.

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Photo of Hugh37
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ShanePB
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle from a gifted "beer of the month" club, poured into a tulip glass. Only my second Madison River Brewing Company beer.

A: Medium to dark copper body with some reddish hues in the light. Thick, bubbly off-white head with big bubbles sticking around the edges and along the surface. Minor sticky lacing around the glass. Not bad at all.

S: Light smokey notes, cured honey roasted meats, toasted caramel and dark malts. Touches of sweetness and just a hint of bitterness show up towards the end of the nose. It has a very 'meaty' aroma overall.

T: Smoke is up front again with a sweetness to it. Again, it tastes like a honey smoked pork flavor but it works really well. A nice variety of malts are showcased on the back end, sweet and dry in nature. Toasted barley and nuts in the finish.

M: Thin and somewhat watery, unfortunately. Fairly bubbly albeit somewhat creamy.

I like how another reviewer put it; this is a beginner Scotch Ale. There's nothing offensive or aggressive about this beer. It has the smokiness, maltiness and flavors of a basic Scotch Ale without being overdone. A nice introduction to the style.

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Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Zanico
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of casapy
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of juneauscott
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of crisis44
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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Copper John Scotch Ale from Madison River Brewing Company
3.7 out of 5 based on 91 ratings.
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