Maple Scotch-Style Ale
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Maple Scotch-Style AleMaple Scotch-Style Ale
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Style:
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #221
ABV:
7.3%
Score:
86
Ranked #25,751
Avg:
3.82 | pDev: 7.33%
Reviews:
73
Ratings:
260
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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  5
Gots
  57
SCORE
86
Very Good
Maple Scotch-Style AleMaple Scotch-Style Ale
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Reviews by burnerfinger:
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burnerfinger from Texas

4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bought this as part of the "snow pack"
this one is pretty good I will start at 5's across the board, and work down from there!!!
BTW - full disclosure, I started this review with a full short of crown Royal maple (so Im buzzed)
a AWESOME show on the pour. at least 4 fingers from a very gentle pour. deep honey hue, think slightly blonder than maple syrup.

ssweet maple to the nose.

t really a bit more bitter than expected. not a hoppy bitter - i really cant name it.

m thick but not as thick as expected.

d this one is a true guzzler. cheers!

Jan 17, 2017
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BeerBobber from Nevada

3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a nice ruby color with dark copper hues. Has a 1/2 finger of tan head that left nice lacing down the glass. Lots of visible carbonation.

Smells like toasted and sweet malts with some chocolate in the background. I also picked up some stone fruits like figs or dates on the nose.

The taste was similar to the nose with nicely roasted malts and some of those stone fruits. What was added into the flavor was a nice splash of maple. Not quite as sweet as maple syrup this was a nice addition to the flavor.

The mouth feel was medium with a fairly dry finish.

This was a very tasty Scotch ale with a touch of maple. I liked the touch of maple in this one as I felt it fit in nicely with the style. There also was just a touch of alcohol warming in here as well. Makes for a nice winter beer.

Jan 11, 2017
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a dark brown color with a small off-white head.
Sweet caramel aroma. No maple.
Caramel taste, a little dark fruit. Where's the maple?
Medium-bodied. Very sweet, a little too sweet.

Nov 14, 2016
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought a mixed winter pack from cosco. This beer poured a clear amber with thin white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent is faint sweet malt. The taste is nicely balanced and easy to drink. There was some sweet malt presence. The Mouthfeel is lighter in body with smooth carbonation. Overall it's ok was expecting better.

Jan 01, 2017
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a ruddy amber-brown color with three fingers of lasting tan head that leave heavy rings of lacing.

Dry yeast and malt aroma with a nice layer of maple behind.

Malt-forward taste -- not quite nutty, not quite caramel, something in between -- again with a clear but subtle maple behind. The malt takes on a dark, roasty characteristic in the aftertaste, coupled with a hint of vanilla, too.

Heavier mouthfeel than I was expecting, but still quite drinkable. The carbonation level is just about perfect, just barely cutting through but giving it a certain rough edge.

I was expecting something sickly sweet, and am pleasantly surprised at the depth and roastiness of the malt in here.

Dec 23, 2016
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Hop_God from California

4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dec 26, 2016
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moundbz from North Dakota

3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dec 04, 2016
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jgido759 from New Jersey

3.24/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Jan 09, 2017
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Nurt20 from Illinois

3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jan 21, 2019
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C_Adams from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Oct 23, 2017
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crow from Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dec 10, 2016
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CNoj012 from New York

3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a dark amber brown almost caramel like in color. The head is one finger high and tan with very little retention and lacing.

The smell is robust and malty. Flavors or caramel, maple, toasted bread and sweet dark fruits are all apparent.

Taste is the same, but less pronounced than the smell. There is also a moderately bitter finish which seems a bit out of place for how malty this beer is.

Feel is medium bodied with not much carbonation. Very smooth though.

Overall a pretty good beer. I'm not very well versed at all when it comes to scotch ales, but I enjoyed this more than any of the others I've tried. The maple is a great addition. It is not so heavy that it drowns out the rest of the flavors and also sweet but no where near cloying.

Nov 07, 2016
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LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - amber with a very nice clarity with a light tan head - just a little of the head sticks around
S - Sweet malt, maple, caramel
T - The taste follows the nose with sweet, rich malt, caramel, toffee, and maple flavor throughout however the maple is light
F - Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation - smooth and silky
O - A very solid scotch ale - nice sweet, rich malt flavor with a nice addition of maple flavor - however I wish the maple was more present

Jan 05, 2017
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CraigP83 from Minnesota

3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Light caramel color, smooth, a bit of sweetness, malty. Almost like a brown ale with less hop and a touch of maple syrup.

Nov 26, 2016
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PatrickCT from Connecticut

3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apr 06, 2020
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GregSemenza from Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jan 20, 2017
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PaulSlazinger from Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Jan 02, 2017
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Cpmitchno1 from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nov 07, 2016
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AlarmClock314 from Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, dated 11/10/16. Pours transparent amber with a larger sized tan head. Some lacing. Smells of roasted/bready malt, caramel, peat, earthy hops, and some maple syrup. The taste follows exactly with roasted/bready malt, caramel, peat, hops, and some syrup; malty and straightforward. Light bitterness, dryness, and sweetness. Average body and above average combination. Overall, this is a well-rounded Scotch Ale which stays true to the style, but could use a little more smell/taste intensity.

Dec 26, 2016
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nwhittin from Indiana

3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Oct 30, 2016
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Metalsnota from Minnesota

3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Feb 04, 2017
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mancavebeercouch from Colorado

4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dec 17, 2016
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Zazzi82 from Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jan 16, 2017
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Branlott42 from Missouri

4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dec 30, 2016
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Oakley from North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 23, 2016
Maple Scotch-Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 260 ratings