Scotch Ale | Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC

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Brewed by:
Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
Minnesota, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by bucko on 03-14-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 80 |  Reviews: 71
Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at Stub and Herbs.

A - In snifter, a clear, copper/burgundy color with a small, khaki-colored head of foam. It left some thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled grassy and earthy with some good maltiness.

T - Very malty and sweet upon first sip. There is a mossy/grassy presence like all scotch ales have.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale.

D - This was a nice scotch ale.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.7/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of Oakbluff: Poured a medium copper color ale with a medium foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma is slightly sour which may indicate a small infection with some notes of caramel malt. Taste is dominated by lightly sweet caramel malt with no other discernable characteristics. Body is somewhat thin with a weird oily texture and no hint of peat malt. Overall, I thought this was quite bland.

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Photo of mothman
2.88/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured into Sam Adams Sensory Glass

Color is a dark caramel brown. Pours 1 finger of slight tan head. Fades to a thin layer quickly. No lace left on the glass.

Aroma: an intertesting take on a scotch ale. Aroma seems to be kind of smokey with a caramel malt backbone. It kind of has a sour hint to it as well.

Taste: Big malt profile. Some are roasted and taste smokey. Caramel notes as well. There seems to be some kind of fruit in there. Maybe some apples that are rotten. Something isn't right with this scotch ale.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and a little crisp from the high amount of carbonation. Medium bodied. Ends with the sour rotten apple aftertaste, fairly clean though.

Overall, not my favorite scotch ale or beer from brau brothers for that matter. I won;t be buying this one again and I will be lucky if I can even finish this one.

I am trying to pair this beer with something and peanut butter toast seems to work...

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Photo of mactrail
3.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

What did they smoke the malt with? Wood from a well-used doghouse? The nose is powerful and conjures up a riot of aromas, most of which make me think of the old cellar or laying down in the pine needles to smell the mushrooms. Still there is a fruity taste like cherries, but underlain with something like spoiled persimmons.

Body is fairly light but with a stickiness. Plenty of malt. Hops seem to keep in the background.

I have to call this truly wierd, and that's a good thing. Definitely a sipping ale, and make it a small chalice, Quark, I've got to keep my lobes about me.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.06/5  rDev -38%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a clearish, copper-orange body with a large, fizzy white head.

Smell: Spoiled fruit juice with a hint of peat -- all very un-scotch ale-ish.

Taste: Light caramel maltiness. Off-putting lactic tart character and a taste of rotted fruits. Hint of smokey peat.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin, lifeless body.

Drinkability: I stuck by this beer all the way to the very last drop. I dunno why I had to do that, but I did. It never improved and remains a rather poor scotch ale.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.55/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Burnt orange with a sunset red blush. The entire 12 oz. bottle slid into the glass on the first pour (thanks to very little head generation). The end result is a fat one finger of ecru foam that doesn't have much character and doesn't leave much lace. It hangs around for a spell, so I guess that's something.

While the nose is an acceptable take on the style, I wish it was more aromatic. It smells like the beer will be toasted caramel malty, fruity and moderately sweet. Unfortunately, try as I might, I can't appreciate the 'hint of peat-smoked malt' that is claimed on the silk-screened bottle. Perhaps it'll make an appearance on the palate.

I have certain expectations for Scotch ales. Brau Scotch Ale doesn't hit all of its marks with authority, but it hits enough of them to be considered above average. Since this is my third beer from these guys and the only one to be better than average, that's nothing to sneeze at.

It's arguable whether there's enough malt for Scotch ale/wee heavy status to be granted. Since it's close, I'll let it go. Flavors include well-toasted brown bread, steely caramel, mild cocoa notes and a certain dark fruitiness. Like all BBB beer, sourness is an integral part of the flavor profile. In this case, we can chalk it up to the peat-smoked malt and consider it a positive rather than a negative.

The mouthful is nowhere near 'wee heavy heaven', but it ain't half bad. Warming smooths things out (even more than they already were) and adds a bit of chewiness on the finish. This attribute is the highlight and easily deserves the score granted.

I don't know which one of their offerings the Brau Brothers consider to be their flagship beer. Keeping in mind that I haven't had them all... I nominate Scotch Ale, if for no other reason than it's the only one that I'd consider buying a second time.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.78/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of BigDank in a fairly recent trade. Opened and shared on 2/3/10.

A: The pour is a clear, light golden color with a thin layer of off-white foam which quickly dissipates.

S: The nose is almost non-existent. Light malt sweetness with perhaps a touch of fruit (banana, perhaps).

T: The flavor is a slight improvement offering up some detectable flavors. The beer is fairly sweet and malty with a light touch of fruits and a mild peat character.

M: The body was a bit thin and light for a Wee Heavy, but not necessarily watery. The carbonation is moderate.

D: Overall, a pretty "meh" beer. While Wee Heavies are not a style I necessarily seek out, I enjoy a good one, and this doesn't fit that description.

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Photo of Tone
3.33/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, copper/orange color. 2/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of strong grain, slight roasted malt, and slight hop. Fits the style of a Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. There is also a strong dryness associated with this brew. Tastes of grain, slight alcohol, some plum, tea like flavor, hint of smoke, and grass in the finish. Overall, the grass and tea flavor is a little off-putting, but it is still easy drinking.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.92/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Murky crimson shade, under thin creamy head. Should look darker, though...

Sweet, malty nose, rich and fruity...cherries and berries and red licorice whips...strawberry jam...

Tast: it's all malt, in here, with just enough hop to keep the sweetness down a notch or two. Rosey and bright, but a bit thin. I keep wanting more to chew on...fairly medium bodied, sweet finish, lingers a bit.
Each time the lip meets the cup, though, the result is satisfaction. I look for a bit more in a scotch ale, but this is good, no doubt about it.

Tasty. I'd drink one again.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.23/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a Russian River tulip. Beer is brown with a slight haze and medium head of small bubbles. Carbonation low and lacing is low. Head doesn't stick around long.

Aroma is a little peaty and smoky. Mild malt, smells OK.

Smoke. This is the dominant flavor here, it is very rauch-y. A little hard to drink. I think I've figured out finally what I like about smoke beers when I have them, if they don't finish dry they are good, if they finish dry it is just too much for my palate. This was OK but too dry for my tastes.

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Photo of tempest
3.75/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my glass, it looks pretty nice with a light head and lacing as I drink it down. The aroma is a wonderful peat-smoked smell with a little malt behind it. The smoke fades in the taste which is a balanced mix of caramel malts. My only complaint is that the flavor fades too quickly, leaving almost no aftertaste.

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Photo of biegaman
3.14/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A hard pour produces an utterly flat surface. Signs of life are hardly noticeable - tiny bubbles exist only for the time of the swirl and the outer trim is negligible. The colour is an odd one for a scotch ale - a hazy copper with flashy yellow highlighting. Does not look anything the part.

The smell is very sweet. The malts give out a small dose of toffee with hints of peat, smoke, and oak - now this is more to character! Oddly, however, it also seems to be ramped with notes of field berries - blackberries, blueberries, strawberry, etc. While I do very much like it, I wonder where it's coming from and have to note the overwhelming artificial character it carries with it.

The carbonation is rather high which does nothing to compliment the (modestly hidden) 7.3% The aftertaste is weak but senses stale like wet cardboard.

The flavours, too, seem very artificial. The malt profile really isn't as bold as it should be. I certainly do taste hints of peet, smoke, and oak that combine to make for a taste I'd imagine one might otherwise receive from licking an ashtray. It is, quite frankly, assaulting.

Very little about this seemed to indicate 'scotch ale'. The colour was off, the malt was absent, the body was more artificial than it was hefty. I'm seeing this more as a half decent malt liquor and accordingly, of course I need to thank Viggo for the bottle!

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Photo of Bighuge
4.12/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer looks like it has some viscosity as it pours into my glass. It creates a murky appearance. Body is something along the lines of copper with orange shimmers....a dull bronze shade. A thin bubbly off white head is erected and leaves a little clingy lace as I drink. The aroma is very nice. Perfect blend of juicy sweet malts and yeastiness and caramel candies. The taste extrapolates on these flavors. This beer has a juicy malt center which everything else revolves around....the nice yeastiness....the sweet caramel characteristics....the light peat smokiness. It's a nice combo. The mouthfeel is agreeable and the body is about medium-full. Pretty good scotch ale.

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Photo of ZAP
2.91/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Hazy but brilliant amber...nice little head on top

S-Sweet...worty again....almost a hint of BO (Body odor)...bready and yeasty...mild notes of caramel....and finally a nice little hit of peatiness...not bad except for the overriding BO every time I take a sip..

T-Pretty tasty...sweet..the peatiness is evident and assertive...mingles with a little caramel and bread...solid taste..

M-Lower carbonation but not down right flat like a couple of their other offerings...body is light for a wee heavy...slick in the mouth...almost an oversweet sensation..

D-This is definitely the best of the three I have had so far....they did a nice job with the peaty qualities....still it is far from great and I'd barely rate it average if that..there is just a weird off taste and aroma to these beers from this brewery...Nothing I would look to drink again unless given to me.

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Photo of Viggo
3.9/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to JeffKrenner for sending this my way for BC2!

Pours a very clear orange/copper, thick half inch head forms, off white, quickly settles to a thin ring, some lace spots. Smell insane malty, butterscotch, alcohol, smokey undertone, very rich, dates, hint of vanilla, more toffee, nice. Taste is super malty as well, very rich caramel, light smoke, vanilla, citrus, kind of a sourness in the finish, very smooth. Mouthfeel is full bodied, low carbonation, very silky smooth, nice touch of smoke. I enjoyed this! Thanks Jeff.

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Photo of jera1350
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Interesting and unique beer.

Hazy reddish brown color. Almost looks like a diluted cherry juice. Minimal head that is quickly gone. No visible lacing.

Very sweet smelling. Like an over ripe cherry. Also some smoke and a little bourbon smell.

Sweet and smoky. Tastes a little like peat. This is unique. It's like fruit juice with smoke in it. Not bad. Some malt present. Small bit of hops to finish.

Pretty light to medium bodied. Very little carbonation.

Drinkability is about average. The flavor of this beer isn't one most people could handle all night.

Decent beer. Unlike anything I've had before.

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Photo of MattyG85
3.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.

Appearance: Dark and cloudy brownish orange with a small white head that fades into a patchy layer. Not much lacing.

Smell: Lots of malty sweetness with a nutty and smoked character. Caramel and toffee is mixed with hints of grassy hops.

Taste: Very malty and sweet up front from the caramel and toffee. Has a nutty and grassy taste throughout. Hints of earthy hops but the bitterness is very low.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation. Very crisp and smooth.

Overall: A solid version of a Scotch ale. Sweet but not overbearing.

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Photo of ccrida
3.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Schell's shaker pint, Brau Bros Scotch Ale is a dull burnt, ruddy gold with an off-white head leaving very light scattered lace. Paler then I expected.

Smell is a bit of over-ripe fruit, and smokey, peat.

Taste is good, a nice balance of sweet malt and smokey peat. Perhaps a bit of diacetyl.

Mouthfeel is light, a touch dry.

Drinkability is pretty good, this is a well executed peat ale, the sweetness of the pale malt provide great balance with the moderate smoke.

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Photo of morimech
3.55/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours orangish/brown or mahogany as other reviewers described the color. A thin head forms and leaves quickly leaving just spotty lacing. Brau Bros. really need to improve in this department.

The smell is more subdued than what I would expect in this style. I get caramel, toffee, and roasted malt.

The flavor is of toasted malt, caramel, and smoke. Just a hint of chocolate on finish. Seems to be suitably carbonated, medium bodied, but leaves a bit of smokey aftertaste. I guess Scotch drinkers are accustomed to this. I would call this one BBB's best beer that I have sampled.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.42/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a vibrant mahogany color. The head is one inch in height, thick, and creamy. Lacing is decent, and lasts until the beer is gone. The aroma is of caramel, peat, and toffee. The taste is of caramel, toffee, nuts, peat, maple syrup, and smoke. The mouthfeel is full bodied with nice carbonation and a somewhat silky texture. Overall, this is one of the better scotch ales I have had. Of all the Brau Brothers beers I have found the scotch ale to be the most consistant in terms of quality and carbonation levels.

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.71/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-pours a burnt copper color with a dirty white head, thinner and bubbly.

S-the nose has a light meaty note, hints of smoke, tin, burnt toffee and mild sweetness.

T-lots of smoked meat in the taste, burnt toffee, sweet caramel and light berry sweetness. hints of earthy hops very light in the back.

M-syrupy body with a thin finish and fair amount of carbonation.

D-more smokey than I was hoping for and for the style. messy malt flavors and a thin body make this below average.

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Photo of Durge
3.37/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A perfectly clear copper color with a decent off-white head that settles but holds the full surface stubbornly. Lacing is modeat but noted in a random web throughout. The aroma is a smooth grainy molasses and some coffee bean and toasted grass. The flavor brings more hints of molasses quickly kicked aside by burnt coffee and considerable ashtray afterwash. It's interesting but hard to say it's very good. Odd. As you work through it the cigarette affect wears down a little and you can enjoy a bit of orange caramel and clover hop bitterness. It does grow on me but still falls a well short. It is somewhat dry, good middle ground mouthfeel with a decidedly dry finish that stays with you like the way spinach affects your teeth. Sometimes the ashtray becomes a more palatable smoke but it's just difficult to get yourself around this one. I sense a little alcohol warmth perhaps. With the odd taste I can't call this highly drinkable, but if your a curious scotch ale fan, I would have to advise you to give it a try, with a warning that it's no obvious winner.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.75/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear dark rust color with a slim quick bone white foam plopping to the surface. A thin collar stays the course and it scraps only a few blobs of lace on the glass to show that it is a mostly malt and low carbonated brew.

Soft decadent aroma of caramel that sweet and bready with just a slight scent to burntish/toasted crispy grainyness and a tint to some white grape juice.

Taste is a little on the quite side but good with a tender sweet maltyness that slips some solid caramel in with a pinch of toastyness. But overall stays rounded, creamy, and slippery with a caramel bready sweetness. A smidgeon of vanilla and cinnamon add a touch to the finish as it laps up a continued soft silken creamyness.

Body is also shy of being built up and beefy with a bolder centeredness and lasting impression. But, again, its good enough to get itself a fairly standard silky creamy sweetness. Semi crisp, clean, smooth, soft, and simply creamy. Some more cloying stick, beefier malt body and length and this would make for a much more solid Scotch.

Drinkable, yes indeed. It has a very clean, smooth, and creamy disposition that does allow for some solid imbibing. Just falls short as being something top notch yet it's better then average.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma notes a nice malt character with a bit of smoky quality. Bottles vary, as I've noted as least one had a strong (and annoying) vegetal scent. Otherwise little hops and nice.
Attractive mostly clear orange/brown amber. Minimal head that leaves quickly.
Tasty malty flavors that are initially strong, but taper towards end of drink. Nice sweetness up front and a bit of peat (smoke) in the middle, then to a pleasing malty dryness in a medium length finish. Minimal bitterness, but also not overly sweet.
A real slick feel with a lower carbonation holding some bite and sharpness. Moderate overall feel. In time this takes on a nice creaminess that leads to a satisfying quality.
Nice overall drink. Some inconsistency between bottles, but the best ones are tasty and enjoyable.

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Scotch Ale from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
Beer rating: 3.32 out of 5 with 80 ratings
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