Maple Scotch-Style Ale
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #124
Ranked #20,161
3.81 | pDev: 7.35%
Nov 29, 2021
Oct 21, 2016
Very Good
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3.5 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Nov 29, 2021
3.52 by PatrickCT from Connecticut on Apr 06, 2020
4.37 by DruC4 from Michigan on Mar 26, 2020
3.99 by Nurt20 from Illinois on Jan 21, 2019
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3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by RyanK252 from California

Bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada tulip glass

A: Pours ruby reddish brown with a frothy khaki head that settles to a light layer and leaves a little thin lacing.

S: Big toffee and brown sugar sweetness, slightly toasty bready malt, a little dark fruit, a hint of maple and vanilla, and faint earthy and spicy notes.

T: Rich and malty, bready, lightly toasty, rich toffee and brown sugar sweetness, vanilla, hints of maple, a little dark fruit, fig and raisin, and slight earthy and spicy notes.

M: Medium to full body, moderate carbonation.

O: Pulling this 2016 bottle out of the cellar and it has fared pretty well. Good on a cool fall night, but I wouldn't mind it being a little stronger for a winter's eve.

Oct 17, 2018
4.5 by archero from Texas on May 26, 2018
3.81 by DigitGrowler from Kentucky on May 23, 2018
3.9 by impending from California on May 12, 2018
3.25 by jgunther71 from Illinois on Feb 02, 2018
3.25 by krome from Illinois on Feb 02, 2018
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4.64/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by BenHoppy from Michigan

Had it fresh and had it aged 14 months. Fresh I couldn't taste the maple just scotch, vanilla, and oak with a sour dry finish. Aged 14 months the maple is like a melted maple candy. It's sweet with still a sour dry finish but also carries some strong vanilla flavor as well as butterscotch. I'd say 14 months is probably the sweet spot for this beer. A beautiful scotch ale with maple forward deliciousness.

Dec 02, 2017
3.75 by C_Adams from Ohio on Oct 23, 2017
3.78 by Dewsby from Kentucky on Sep 11, 2017
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3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

I am finishing up a short brewery horizontal of Sierra Nevada bottles, courtesy of my local, in-person trader, tone77. His drop-offs are legendary & I am always excited to set something up.

From the bottle: "Purest Ingredients [-] Finest Quality"; "Deep malt flavors get a boost of sweet complexity from the addition of pure maple for a rich, silky, massively malty cold weather beer."; "Scotch ales are wintertime staples, known for their rich, malty flavors. This robust beer combines that traditional sweet malt flavor with a hint of maple for an added layer of depth, making this intense beer the perfect thing for sipping near a winter hearth."; "We brew in Chico, CA and Mills River, NC, to bring you the finest quality beer."

I Pop!ped the cap & began a slow, gentle pour since this bottle obviously had a little age on it. Once sufficiently decanted, I conducted a vigorous in-glass swirl to raise two fingers of foamy, fizzy, light-tan head with moderate retention. Color was Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity & deep amber highlights. Nose definitely smelled of maple syrup, but there was also a bready nuttiness in there, which was fine by me. I can do without a full-on onslaught of syrupy sweetness. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was more subdued that the label had led me to expect. Perhaps it was the age (less than a year), but the sweetness had learned how to play nicely with the yeast, allowing a breadiness to come forward. It was kind of like waffles (NOT pancakes) with syrup. I was really happy with this and as the summer temperatures are beginning to moderate, this was not out of place on this relatively cool evening. In fact, I would probably like this more in the late-Fall than in the dead of Winter. Finish was semi-sweet, but perhaps not as sweet as it had been initially. YMMV.

Aug 26, 2017
3.78 by OKbrew89 from Oklahoma on Jul 05, 2017
3.75 by a77cj7 from South Dakota on Jul 02, 2017
3.5 by jcb7472 from Florida on Jun 24, 2017
3.74 by Lucular from Maryland on May 16, 2017
3.77 by swierczt from Connecticut on May 15, 2017
3 by MidwestBA from Illinois on Apr 09, 2017
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3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by DucksFan16 from Tennessee


Apr 03, 2017
3.81 by Giantspace from Pennsylvania on Mar 22, 2017
4.18 by Zaktcc from Maryland on Mar 19, 2017
3.75 by paulish from New York on Mar 12, 2017
3.79 by MrJuengling from Pennsylvania on Mar 11, 2017
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3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by lwillitz from Wisconsin

12-oz bottle into snifter

A - half a finger light khaki foam over a body of ruby mahogany

S - maple, caramel sweetness, toasted malts

T - caramel sweetness, maple, vanilla, grassy hops

M - smooooth medium body, medium carbonation

O - a pleasant scotch ale

Mar 10, 2017
3.93 by SamuelMiller from Montana on Mar 04, 2017
3.7 by jwmoore from Iowa on Mar 03, 2017
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3.34/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

What did this one show up in, the winter '16 variety pack? Either way, pours a middle of the road brown color, lighter tan 3/4" head on the top, good retention. Aroma hits the maple notes more than it does the earthy peat malt notes.

Taste, fairly straight forward, somewhat strong ale-esque body, slight bitterness, slight sweetness. Maple and brown malt in the mouth feel. Could be smoother, I dunno if its the hops or a slight alcohol heat that is giving it the little bitter twang. Usual caramel malt in the mouth feel.

Its a decent beer, couldn't see wanting to drink more than 12 oz of it in any one day though.

Feb 28, 2017
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3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by biboergosum from Canada (AB)

8oz glass at Beer Revolution YEG Oliver Square - pretty pricey for this typically affordable import brewer. At any rate, nice to see more Sierra Nevada stuff arriving around here!

This beer appears a clear, dark bronzed amber colour, with one finger of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly tan head, which leaves some streaky coral reef lace around the glass as it rather slowly recedes.

It smells of semi-sweet caramel malt, very subtle maple sap, some muddled dark orchard fruitiness, a wisp of damp smoke, and some tame leafy, earthy, and gently perfumed floral green hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, still rather understated maple syrup, some bruised apple and pear fruitiness, a hint of peaty smoke, and more weak earthy, leafy, and floral verdant hoppiness - the elevated alcohol braying at the castle gates.

The carbonation is pretty laid-back in its plain-Jane frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and mostly smooth, with a wee airy creaminess evolving as things warm up a tad. It finishes well off-dry, the caramel malt and fast-fading maple holding court.

Overall, this is a pleasant enough Scotch ale, even if the maple flavouring is way too timid, and I'm not just bitching about that because I'm Canadian. Also, as mentioned, this is a bit dear to consider putting back multiple rounds, not to mention the wowee sauce factor that always seems just on the precipice. Glad I got to try it the once, though.

Feb 26, 2017
3.83 by psmith161 from Indiana on Feb 26, 2017
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4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by MinerBob from Oklahoma

Pours a pretty tea amber color. Nice beer smell with a strong molasses but no maple from what I could tell. It's a different flavor but good. A smooth beer worth trying.

Feb 26, 2017
4.49 by brewnme from Maine on Feb 24, 2017
3.73 by dirtyharry2489 from West Virginia on Feb 21, 2017
3.83 by whattheshelley from Virginia on Feb 20, 2017
3.64 by williahd from Maine on Feb 19, 2017
3.51 by beaulabauve from Louisiana on Feb 18, 2017
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3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by arizcards from North Carolina

Picked up at the Happy Valley BevMo as part of the fall pack ($15.99) on 11-11-16. Packaged on 9-23-16 and stored in beer fridge since purchase.

Beer poured brown with a very nice off white head.

Nose is toasted malts with a hint of maple.

Taste is very well balanced with the toasted caramel malts, a touch of maple, and the perfect hop addition to balance this out nicely. You would not know you are sipping on a 7.3 % abv brew.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly smooth.

Overall this is a nice recipe and a good beer if you are looking for an alternative to your usual rotation of brews.

Feb 15, 2017
4.16 by BYOFB from Wisconsin on Feb 11, 2017
3.45 by JDizzle from Indiana on Feb 06, 2017
Maple Scotch-Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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