Scotch Ale | Square One Brewery & Distillery

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Square One Brewery & Distillery
Missouri, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

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Added by rsyberg01 on 11-02-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by MTNboy:
Photo of MTNboy
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to say out of the beers I have tried from these guys this and the Helles were my two favorites. I know that is weird because they are complete opposites. The aroma and the flavor are very rich. This has a roasty/smokey aroma with some smooth sweetness. The taste was smokey and full as well with just a hint of burnt bitterness. There is a strong malty flavor with sweet caramel. It has a dark sort of bronze color with just a little bit of head and lace both have a lot of staying power. The body is like the flavor full.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of xvoltronx
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

APPEARANCE - Dark brown, almost no head and lightly carbonated

SMELL - Delicious. Very crisp and aromatic. Fruit notes with a definite "toasty" backbone.

MOUTH FEEL - Smooth, velvety goodness. Tangy and robust with the smoothest finish I have ever experienced

TASTE - Incredible. Complex. As fruity and sweet as it is toasty and nutty. Smooth drinking and completely delicious. The quality and care of its craftsmanship is obvious as soon as it hits the tongue.

OVERALL - Square One Brewery's Single Malt Scotch Ale is, by far and large, the best beer I have ever experienced. Admittedly, my beer background is not that complex, but I think that this particular beer could be the standard by which all Ales should be judged. I regularly check Square One's beer menu and, if I see this on tap, I will make the 75 mile voyage into STL to have a few pints. No questions asked. I cannot recommend this beer highly enough.

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Photo of rsyberg01
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - This tasty offering from SQ1 poured a toasted caramel color with a small offwhite head that tucked itself into the corners of the glass. Slightly sticky with some nice lacing.

S - Caramel, roasty malts, chocolate notes as well, undertones of coffee. Really quaffable.

T - Caramel, chocolate, sugary malt sweetness, slightly bitter from the roasted malt, small fruity character that really helps balance all of the other aspects out. Slight alcohol. A bit warming as well.

M - Good. could have a touch more body to it but what it had was no slouch.

D - I could finish off 2 or 3 pints of this with no problem.

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Photo of karst
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The ONE that keeps me comming back to Square One!

Pours clear deep copper with red tints - 16/17 SRM with a tan creamy head showing good retention. Moderate level of fruity esters combine with rich medium roasted malts in the nose. Caramelization that should not be mistaken for diacetyl is low in the nose and present in flavor. Higher mash temperatures produce a dextrinous full body with a mouth feel (supported by moderately high carbonation) that makes you want to hold on the the malty high gravity high ABV ale. 10% alcohol remains well hidden with no sign of fusels - the alcohol expresses itself only as warmth.

Alcohol combines with a well balanced level of IBUs to provide a clean finish from the initial rich maltiness. So drinkable for a strong scotch ale - but aren't all of the great ones: Traquair House, Orkney, McEwan's, McAndrew's, Gordon and Founders Dirty Bastard ?

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Photo of slapperloon
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Vancer
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sheesh, another well done SQ1 brew. Very sweet waitress dropped off this fine brew in a pint glass, almost couldn't see through this deep mahogany brown brew. No head or lace, alcohol is ramping up with this one.

Light caramel sweets in the aroma. But wait! Here comes the quaff - just a superb blend of smoke and toasted biscuit. A bit of the peat really finishes this one off well. And what's that? Some dark fruit hiding in the wings? Finely played, gents.

I could make an evening with this brew.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the brewery and also at a friends house who had a 1/6 keg at a football viewing party.

A - Pours a nice dark brown almost black color with a slight head. I need to pour it aggressively just to get a half inch head. The head is nice and dense and with a slightly tan color to it.

S - Aromas of grains and some nice malt sweetness. Slight caramel and some roasted notes are present.

T & M - Very good Ale that stays towards the more traditional phases of the style. Compared to some of my favorite Scotch Ales like Founders Dirty Bastard or FFF Robert the Bruce it is not hoppy at all. The finish is sticky and grainy with a nice smooth flavor. There is some nice caramel notes in the flavor tat re sweet but not too overwhelming with the help of the grain bready notes. Slightly roasted notes as well. Mouthfeel is smooth and delicious.

O - Good brew from Square One. This place is doing and awesome job with their brews and they brew tons of styles. Keep it up.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.21/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draught at the brewpub (as Single Malt Scotch): Maybe my expectations were too high based on this style being one of my favorites and not a typical offering at a brewpub. Also, Square One seemed to be above the watermark with all the beers I had sampled before ordering a pint of this. The beer pours a pretty brownish-amber color with a foamy tan head that disappears from the center outward. Thin rings of lacing. The aroma contains malt, sherry and cough medicine. Medium-bodied and very malty with alcohol beneath the surface all along. Some smoked peat and fruit flavor as well. The flavor seems to be going in a lot of different directions and is simply not very cohesive. The finish is sweet and earthy malt and fruits. The beer is just average overall.

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Photo of orangemoustache
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the best beer I have had so far at Square One,It was very nice looking with thick tan head and a deep dark body.The taste was dead on for the style with the alcohol well hidden behind a cloak of sweet caramel,and roasted malts.Anyone who gets a chance to try this,do yourself a favor and have two.

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Scotch Ale from Square One Brewery & Distillery
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 9 ratings