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Scotch Ale | Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC

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Scotch AleScotch Ale

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

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by bucko on 03-14-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 71 | Ratings: 80
Photo of happygnome
3.12/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: pours a golden maroon color with about an inch and a half of ivory head that doesnt dissapear too fast and leaves a good amount of lacing
s: sweet caramel malts really dominate the nose on this one kind of a smoky peat aroma as well
t: rich sweet caramel malts dominate the flavor, a lot of sweetness, i cant taste any hop notes or alcohol in the flavor
m: medium bodied beer with a decent amount of carbonation

oveall, this is a drinkable beer bu i dont think that i will buy another

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Photo of tempest
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%
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 alexgash
1.38/5  rDev -57.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Muddy, ruddy dark amber with a finger of gauzy, clingy, light beige head. Scorched caramel stands alone amid freshly-unwrapped bandaids and funky vegetables. Taste is all fusels and bandaids with skunky vegetables. Some malty sweetness around the edge shows what this beer was intended to be. This bottle is bad, and it's not from mishandling. Blech. I'll have to try this again some other time.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
3.97/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass, pours an alarmingly light shade of amber caramel brown, a nice head that shrinks to a thin film, just bit of lacing here and there. The aroma is pretty solid, nice fruity hints of berries and cherries and fainter peaty earthiness, nicely malty, decent but fairly stock for the style.

The taste is a little better, but just not enough umph that it needs. As I first looked at it, looked like there wouldn't be enough malt, and I was right. The body is decent, a little over medium, nice carbonation, and there is a fair amount of peaty malty goodness, but I'm a bit underwhelmed. Its good, mind you, just want more. But could I drink a case of this in a sitting? You betcha!

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Photo of WeisGuy
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Pitmonkey for throwing this bottle in as an extra with our trade.

a - pours a deep golden color, fairly clear, one-finger ivory head with decent retention and lacing

s - nose dominated by sweet, caramelly malt, hints of peaty smokiness, not much alcohol

t - predominant flavor is rich, sweet caramel malt, the finish has more sweetness with the peat making an appearance, alcohol not detectable

m - medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, sweet finish

d - pretty drinkable, alcohol is not very evident, fairly easy on the palate

Solid offering from Brau Brothers. This is not my favorite style, but I like that this beer wasn't cloyingly sweet as some Scotch Ales I've had have been. Worth a try.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: bottle from France 44 poured into a pint glass

A: dull copper color or brown, very hazy, with some bright copper around the edges when held to the light; barely off white head with tiny bubbles that fell very quickly.

S: slight toasted sweet mailt in nose, caramel light but present; no smoke but a hint of pint, earthiness; moderate hop spice or a pepperyness that seems off for the style; some fruity esters.

T: solid malty spine with a strong peat wallop and some smoke; sharp carbonic bite and more spice; very dry bitter finish with a metallic kick; flavor is strong and bitter as well.

M: watery mouthfeel for the style, but some body present.

D: ok, but harshenss lingers on middle and back of tongue, and lowers the enjoyment of the beer.

Overall: I'm surprised with this one. I thought I'd like it better based on a sample I had on site last year. At the time, I remembered it being one of the better beers I had that day, but I don't seem to like it out of the bottle compared to the draft sample. Maybe I just didn't have enough before or the bottling changed the taste a bit and highlighted some features I'm not crazy about. Still not bad, but I won't go too far out of my way for it, though I do want to do it on a full draft for comparison--good enough to give it that shot.

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Photo of daaru
1.68/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

this is a vile beer. it looks good enough, and has decent aroma but has terribly unbalanced flavour. too much malt sweetness. tastes somewhat like you're drinking carbonated molasses. as with all brau bros beers that i've tried there is no body to it whatsoever. drink it on a dare or buy it for someone you don't like.

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Photo of morimech
3.55/5  rDev +8.2%
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 edbeered
3.88/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap(at the Minnesota State Fair in a clear plastic cup), this pours a hazy mahogany hue, with a small white head that rapidly dissipates, leaving no head or lacing. The smell is fruity. The taste is rich in caramel malt as well as a sweet plum fruitiness. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing. This is a tasty treat and a pleasure to find at the great Minnesota get-together. I'll be back for more.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.55/5  rDev +8.2%
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 Westsidethreat
3.38/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Burnt umber color with some haze to it. Head started out strong but fell to a thin sheet of sandy colored bubbles fairly quick.

S: Loads of caramel, smoke, rubber, peanuts and red fruit.

T: Tastes a lot like it smells. Begins with minor caramel flavor which is quickly inhibited by a dry, smoky flavor. Little bit of hop character on the tip of the tongue balanced by mineralistic aspects across the sides and back. Some simple red fruit finishes out the process with the smoke lingering long after the swallow.

M: Medium body with a soft water mouthfeel.

D: Nothing special here. Not a standout but not bad either.

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Photo of afinepilsner
3.97/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle

Brau Brothers Scotch Ale was orange-brown in color and a little hazy. It had an off-white head with decent retention with a little lacing. The aroma was malty with some dried fruit. The taste was a little sweet upfront, malty, and fruity with a semi-sweet, malty finish. It was medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. It was a good scotch ale and worth a try.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.42/5  rDev +34.8%
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 garymuchow
3.85/5  rDev +17.4%
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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Photo of Viggo
3.9/5  rDev +18.9%
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 shadow1961
3.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brau Brothers Scotch Ale pours a finger of tight foam
over a cloudy amber brew. Carbonation is steady, and
the nose is malt and something fruity- pear juice maybe?
The flavor is malt, of course, but with hints of smoke as
well, with an herbal hop finish. The mouthfeel is crisp,
dry, and refreshing. Really tasty, well worth a try.

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Photo of Chaz
3.92/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dusky medium-copper in color. Clear, but with what appears to be suspended yeast. Pale creamy-tan head lingers nicely, as does the lacing. Vegetal nose, with broad hints of peated malts . . . smokey. Apart from the peat and smoke, there's a somewhat nondescript malt profile, with vaguely fruity notes. Rather sweet and fruity on the first sip, with berry (strawberry) notes preceding the smoke/peat kick. Mild (and somewhat vague, etc) maltiness lingers along with the smoke and berry. Dry finish. Some astringency on the tongue, along with some creaminess. Seems a little bit on the thin side, but by no means is it "too watery". It's clear that there's some chewy, boozy, weightyness to this one, yet it is quite drinkable and even session-able. I should hope to one day try this one on tap, and I sincerely look forward to that day. Meanwhile, I think I'll score a case of this for cellaring and stocking the firdge with!

Note: seeing as how I rated the first few Brau Brothers offerings rather a bit highly, I tried not to over-rate this one, but I'd say it's still the best of bunch so far.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.92/5  rDev +19.5%
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 fizzy
3.66/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had a small sample of this beer at the West Side Liqour store here in Willmar the other day. I just wasn't ready to take the dive for the $5.99/6pk although I was willing if the sample went down okay. I guess the mention of the "peat smoke" was the deciding factor since I adore Scotch Whisky- the smokier the better.
My first impression was the sweetness. Not a heavy sweet syrupy sweet, but a clear clean sweet. The peat was way in the background. Even in the little plastic sample cup there was no head. I didn't find this beer impressive enough to buy a 6 pk.

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Photo of ZAP
2.91/5  rDev -11.3%
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 Bighuge
4.12/5  rDev +25.6%
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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