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Skilak Scottish | Kenai River Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Kenai River Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Pours with a light beige head on a dark amber beer. Aroma is of smooth malt along with a smoky background leading to a mouthful of deep, roasted malt flavor. Ends long and smooth with a sweet malt aftertaste.

Added by mcallister on 02-28-2007

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4.47/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of EMV
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.04/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lifit
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of unclekeith
4.06/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of iRaven99664
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: Dark dark dark. No light comes through. Had to really work for some kind of head. Not sure if I poured into a bad glass, or just a bad can, but almost not bad. Has a good feel of carb kn the tongue though.

Smell: Smokey and licorice

Taste: Smokey, licorice, sweet, slight bitter bite. Not really a boozy taste but it shows in the end in the after taste. For fans of imperial stouts and smoked porters. Tastefully one of the better ones ive had in a while. I think this is maybe my second Scottish ive had, and its wonderful.

Mouth: It is rather watery at first, but there is a good amount of carbonation. Its not the most satisfying feel ive had.

Overall: Its satisfying in smell and flavors, just not the most enjoyable as it sloshes around my tongue. Ive had some way better Alaskan beers in the Anchorage area and farther north. Second brewery from the Kenai Peninsula ive tried and is my favorite of the two.

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Photo of Trentt2
3.04/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of DucksFan16
2.71/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brentk56
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Not a fan of the way this pours - all head, with the cloudy rust-colored liquid gradually building; of course, the stickage and lacing are impressive but that is beside the point

Smell: Caramel and peat, with hints of licorice and smoke

Taste: Caramel and licorice forward, with the smoky peat flavor developing somewhat; the finish is on the sweet side, as to be expected, and there is a lot of flavor, but the peat was stronger in the aroma than in the flavor

Mouthfeel: Medium body but listless and flabby

Overall: Perhaps I got a bad can as the huge head and flabby mouthfeel were a surprise; otherwise the beer is not bad and is a nice change of pace after lots of hops and sours

Thanks, itracy63, for the opportunity

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3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.44/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.76/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of SitkaSteve
4/5  rDev +10.2%

I had this in a pint glass.
The appearance was a dark hazy brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some light lacing sticking but trickling after a while.
The smell was slightly smoky, light peat, light cocoa.
The taste was basically the same. There was a light smooth smoky aftertaste.
The mouthfeel had a full creamy smoky smoothness over topping my tongue nicely.
Overall, I like this one for me but am honestly trying to figure out this Scottish ale style.

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +24%

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4.42/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of z987k
1.45/5  rDev -60.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured out of a can into a pint glass.
Appearance is very cloudy, dark brown, off white head.

Smell of of heavy peat, very atypical of scotch beers, correct for scotch whisky, but this is beer. Some caramels.

Taste is very off. Heavy Band-aid phenolics, really yeasty and peaty.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied with the correct carbonation for the style.

Overall the heavy peat is off for the style and the band-aid phenolic is very overpowering anything else that might be here. Not what I expect from a commercial brewery. Couldn't get past the first glass.

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2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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Skilak Scottish from Kenai River Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 35 ratings
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