Simpson's Scottish Ale
Surly Brewing Company

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Scottish Ale
Ranked #17
Ranked #16,547
3.92 | pDev: 8.16%
Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
Very Good
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Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 48
Photo of mynie
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at some random pub outside Milwaukee.

Surly watches out for Surly.

Surly has a way of playing with stylistic guidelines to produce neat, adventurous beers that aren't quite what they're billed as even though they definitely are what they are billed as. If I had to describe this beer I'd call it a Scotch Stout.

The nitro pour gives the dark red beer a deep haze. The aroma is a bit muted due to the nitro, but as it warms there are firm nodes of biscuits and herbs against charred barley.

The flavor is quite lively, with nuts and biscuits up front, toffee in the middle, stout grain on the back end and then tea in the finish. Not quite like anything I've ever had before, yet also quite accessible.

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Photo of bbtkd
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Surly Simpson's Scottish Ale Nitro, 5.4% ABV. Pours deep brown with a right pretty two finger off-white nitro head. Nose is malty and sweet, taste follows plus peaty, with no bitterness. Excellent smooth nitro mouthfeel, overall excellent. Would love to have a BA version.

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Photo of Peepskp
3.21/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Had this at the Surly beer hall. Light reddish brown with Sweet caramel, light coffee bean, hay, malty coacao. This is surprisingly light for a Scottish ale. Carbonation is a bit light for me.

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Photo of Boto
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ Brewery: This one poured a amber/brown color. There was a small tan head on it that left minimal lacing. Nice aroma. Malts, peat, slight smokiness, floral and some spices. The taste is similar, with some dark fruits and maybe a touch of black licorice too. Nice!

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Photo of maedhros09
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: hazy brownish red with tan head
Smell: cola-like, dried fruit
Taste: dried fruit, lightly acidic, malty yet not overly sweet. Very little hops bitterness
Feel: medium body and fairly well carbonated

Overall: This is a really solid scotch ale - great balance with some malty complexity. I appreciate that it wasn't overly sweet, which sometimes overwhelms beers of this style. Also, light enough to be sessionable.

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Photo of pat61
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Surly’s Brewer’s Table L: Bright copper tinted amber with a thin white cap S: Medium high malt aromas, faint toast, medium low hops, clean fermentation character, no fruit, no diacetyl. T: Rich malt palate with traces of caramel and kettle reaction sugars. Hop flavors low, hop bitterness medium low. Slight flintiness. F: Medium body and carbonation O: Very drinkable Scottish ale.

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Photo of chinchill
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in Minneapolis, MN.

Look: Very good head and lacing over a clear red-Amber body.

Overall: A slightly mild but otherwise mainstream Scottish Ale.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Surly’s Beer Hall. Served in a 16 oz. chalice.

Appearance: Color is a dark brownish amber. Moderate amount of bubbles and a couple fingers of off white head with decent retention.

Smell: A toasty and fairly sweet malt forward aroma with hints of caramel and toffee. Toasted barley malt with hints of biscuit, toast, caramel, toffee, and yeast. Also some hints of leather, peat, and brown sugar. Subtle dark fruit hints of fig, raisin, and dates. Light earth hop hints. A pretty solid smell.

Taste: Follows the nose with lots of toasty malt flavor bringing notes of caramel and toffee. Toasted barley malt with bready notes of biscuit, caramel, toffee, toast, and yeast. Sweet taste of brown sugar. Notes of peat and leather. Subtle dark fruit undertones of raisin, fig, dates, and prune. A really nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and smooth with a fairly drying finish.

Overall: A very good take on a Scottish Ale. Good caramel malt flavor with some solid fruit undertones.

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Simpson's Scottish Ale from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 48 ratings