Skilak Scottish | Kenai River Brewing Co.

Skilak ScottishSkilak Scottish
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Skilak ScottishSkilak Scottish

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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Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 10
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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Photo of ccrida
1.84/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

On draught at Humpy's, served in a Nonic, Skilak Scottish is mahogany with a small off-white head that leaves scattered lace.

Smell is major band-aides. There's a little sweet malt, and a hint of smoke.

Taste is off, this is seriously flawed. Big band-aide, very doughy too. Peaty smoke provides a phenolic bite. I had to send it back after a few oz.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied, slick.

Drinkability was bad, sent back.

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Photo of netbuoy
1.96/5  rDev -46%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

While I appreciate a weighty Scotch Ale (I am a fan of Great Divide's Claymore) this ale is seriously peaty and leaves a bitter licorice mouth only devoted stout drinkers relish. I couldn't taste much beyond that.... Low carbonation and little head bring little to the nose but the smoke.... My wife says it is growing on her and continues to enjoy consuming the six we purchased so there may be an audience for this beer yet. Yes, I still mourn the loss of Prinz Breu and want to support all Alaska local breweries, but not through the purchase of this over priced (close enough to $11) six pack.

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

Photo of jrpapajcik
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

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

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

Photo of SargeC
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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

Photo of Stu_Grimson
3.44/5  rDev -5.2%

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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Photo of ptarmigan98
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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

Photo of tone77
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A big shout out to woodychandler for yet another canned beer.
Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is sweet, malty. Taste has plenty of malts, some sweetness, a bit of smoke. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a fine quality beer.

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Photo of Reswald
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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

Photo of GBfan75
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at chair 5

Pours a deep purpley red with good off white head. Peaty smell with some slight smoke. Taste follows. Good malty flavor right off the bat, but not as much body as I would like to see in this one. This is defenitely of the sessionable variety as far as scottish ales go. Nice subtle smokiness and some decent hop bitterness I wasn't expecting. Mouthfeel is on the thin side, but it works well with the rest of the brews characteristics. Drinkability is very high, perfectly sessionable. Overall a very good scottish ale for those looking to drink more than a few. Would like to see it a little bit thicker, but it fits right in how it is. A good brew, one I will revisit at the bar again.

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Photo of itracy63
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | 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 Another6Pack
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of irishevans
4/5  rDev +10.2%

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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Photo of Gww1864
4/5  rDev +10.2%

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Skilak Scottish from Kenai River Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 60% out of 100 with 35 ratings
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