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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3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – As the name would suggest, the beer pours a deep copper-mahogany color with a billowy one finger head of off white foam. The head fades rather quickly leaving only a trace level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma of the brew is heaviest of a sweet caramel and molasses smells with other aromas of some darker fruits of cherry, plum, and raisin. Other aromas of a toasted bread and a little bit of brown sugar and oak are there as well mixing with a bit of a boozy smell to produce a rather nice warming aroma overall.

Taste – The taste starts with a toasted malt flavor along with some big flavors of brown sugar, and caramel as well as some darker fruit flavors of fig and plum. As the taste advances, more fruit flavors come at the expense of the sugary flavors, with cherry joining the fig and plum. A little bit of an oaky and woody flavor comes to the tongue more toward the end, and with the other flavors and a hint of boozy scotch alcohol joining the tongue, one is left with a somewhat drier then would have been expected, but still more sweet and malty scotch flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in its thickness and chewiness with a carbonation level that is on the average to slightly higher side. A slightly thicker body and lower carbonation would have likely been a bit better overall for the brew, accentuating better the malt and scotch flavors of the brew slightly better.

Overall – A fairly decent scotch ale overall, but nothing too extra ordinary. A nice one to try and a rather decent winter style sipper.

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3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

i really dug this montana beauty, a rich silky feeling slightly smoky scotch ale, with just the right amount of sweetness in it. deep amber in color without much head, but all the beers at this pub were pouring a little flat, maybe an in house issue rather than a descriptor of this particular brew. the nose is musty and damp smelling, autumnal for sure, with a round molasses sweetness and a hint of campfire or charcoal grill smell to it too. the flavor is similar to the smell, with the almost maple sweetness running all the way through to a smoked finish. highly refined this one, and really smooth feeling. i like the well hidden abv and the drinkability overall. carbonation is a little light, and maybe the body is a touch thin for the style, but the flavor profile is excellent overall. these guys have some cool beers out there, this is one of their best.

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%
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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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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Copper John Scotch Ale from Madison River Brewing Company
3.71 out of 5 based on 89 ratings.
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