Naughty Scot
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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Scottish Ale
Ranked #66
Ranked #29,824
3.78 | pDev: 10.85%
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
United States
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a dark brown color with a small, tan head. It smelled very malty and somewhat earthy. Notes of caramel and toffee were present. A rich and sweet with caramel and toffee flavors. Some grassy bitterness adds balance.

Jan 02, 2015
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scottfrie from California

3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the South Bay location. 6.4% advertised as a brown ale.

A: Deep ruddy brown with two fingers of vanilla colored head. Retention was impressive and a rocky film lasted the whole beer through. Streaky lace.
S: Sweet malts, honey, caramel and roasted malts. Sweet and malty, as expected.
T: Very nutty tasting but still sweet. I get flavors of honey, roasted nuts and raisins in the finish. Pretty simple overall but good.
M: Medium-thick body, creamy and soft carbonation, very smooth mouthfeel. Sweet but not cloying.
O: Solid drinking Scottish style ale but nothing spectacular. Straightforward.

Jul 13, 2012
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Khazadum from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great light carbonation sticky lacing, traditional good appearance.

Big caramel nose, bit of peat, bit of buttered hay, and a light grain finish.

Bursting metallic sweetness, light butter, sharp grains. Wheated grain finish.

Thick, strong, full bodied, overwhelming grainy body. Lingers like a good scotch ale. One of the best examples you can ever get.

Mar 04, 2012
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Axic10 from New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a 22oz Mug Club mug.

Appearance: Dark amber with a finger of foam on top.

Smell: Malty, spices little faint trace of hops.

Taste: Roasted malts, caramel sweetness and toffee.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy.

Drinkability: Decent beer that I was able to drink a few of and not get bored. I look forward to trying this again next year.

Jun 16, 2010
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NJpadreFan from New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rock Bottom (KOP)- Naughty Scot

A- Deep clear amber brown with a thick foamy messy head.
S- Molasses and black licorice malt. earthy hops poke out.
T- Thick sweet licorice with big hints of molasses and toffee. Dry earthy hops peek through in the end.
M- Thick sweet bold malt with dry hops. Nice creamy feel.

Overall- A bit strong for a session beer but worthy of a pint or 2. Another good beer out of King of Prussia!

Dec 15, 2008
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Kegatron from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub on 12/6/08. Served in an over sized mug.

Pours a clear, deep, coppery amber with a thin head of brite-white foam. Retains around the edges with some thin wisps in the center, leaving decent looking lacing back. The aroma is malty and smokey with hints of spice and some fruity smelling citrus.

The taste is malty and sweet with a smokey texture throughout and some biting spices that punch up the back. Finishes up with light notes of warmth, sweetness, and spices. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a beefier feel and a fairly sharp carbonation.

Decent stuff. Just the right mix of malt, spice, and smoke kept me interested and the sharper carbonation helped it go down.

Dec 09, 2008
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sholland119 from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the release on 12/3/08. Nice to be there for a free pint. This year's version is 7.7% according to the board.

A-Pours a clear amber with a thin white head.

S-Like many places, the sanitizer tends to kill a lot of the aroma. But some nice malt manages to peer through.

T-Very nice malty brew. Moderately, nicely sweet all the way through with a raspberry note at the end of the finish.

M-Crisp and medium bodied.

D-Excellent. Nicely flavorful, very drinkable.


Dec 04, 2008
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zach8270 from New York

3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(draft @ Rock Bottom Pittsburgh - Homestead, PA) Very nice to look at; a rich and coppery color with good lacing. Slight malty aroma with some smoke and candied sugars. Pleasant caramel and nutty flavor-mix. Good finish with little aftertaste. Alcohol is pretty hidden and warms on the way down.

Nov 20, 2008
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spointon from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this one at the tapping party and decided to take home a growler. This review is based on the growler pouring the next day.

A= This beer pours a deep dark mahogany color that is fairly opaque. When served too cold, there was very little head to speak of. Once the growler warmed a bit, I was able to pour a pint with a nice two finger head. Not much lacing present at any point.

S= This beer has a lot going on in the smell. Very malty notes, caramel, and a hint of vanilla. No hops to speak of.

T= This ale is complex and definitely for malt lovers! Lots of toasted malt and nut flavors. Also, hints of caramel and vanilla come forth in the finish.

MF= The low carbonation and big body make this one heavy but easy to put down!

D= This one is very drinkable and worth the effort to get.

Mar 20, 2008
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GbVDave from Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 12oz tumbler at Rock Bottom Chicago. Listed on the beer menu as 7.2% abv.

A: Deep dark reddish brown. Very hazy. Small receding head left lots of lace.

S: Hard to get much of a nose out of this one. I was able to detect toasted malt and some chocolate.

T: Malt. Roasted, toasted, smoked. It's in there. Also are flavors of tart cherry, nuts, caramel, and dark chocolate.

M: Velvet smooth. Pleasing to the tongue.

D: Very enjoyable. Could use some some excitement in the aroma department.

Mar 08, 2007
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Redrover from Wisconsin

3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Rock Bottom mug, the beer is a darkish brown with red highlights. Nice tight tan head and good lacing.

The nose is of some slightly smoky malts, grains and molasses.

The taste tracks very close to the smell. The beer is slightly sweet with a bit of roasted malt undertone. Some dark fruit flavor emerges later. Not bad, but seems like everything could be pushed up a notch.

The mouth tends towards medium heavy, which I liked. While I had no problem downing this beer, I looked for a different style for my next one.

Jan 19, 2007
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weeare138 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a transparent amber with a light brown hue. A creamy, ivory head slowly fades into a gentle cap and colar. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of toffee, caramel, earthiness, roasted nuts, spice, and mild smoke with a touch of buttery diacetyl that doesn't seem offensive but rather complimentary in the overall scheme.
Taste is of the same aromas with the toffee, caramel, and brown sugar all up front in a bold matter. There's no doubting what this brew is.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, zippy, gentle spicing, and decent carbonation.
Pretty friggin good, man. If I had gotten this in an unassuming bottle without a label, I would be dying to know where it came from. Such is the case, as my brother-in-law picked up a growler while at the KOP Plaza and asked me to taste this. I believe this years batch weighs in at 7.9% abv. Well done brew.

Dec 03, 2006
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Bierguy5 from Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a nice amber/mahogany color, with a very thin white head, which disappeared immediately. Big robust caramel malt in the nose. This beer is all about the malt, as there is just enough floral, earthy hops in the finish to hold off the sweetness. Nice robust, almost nutty flavor. Very rich and filling. This was pretty well done. Low carbonation, and medium body.

Nov 14, 2006
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cproioi from Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Naughty Scot Scottish ale pours an amber color body with a light tannish head. Some carbonation present in the body. The aroma and taste went hand in hand. They both where very malty with almost no hops present at all, the way a scottish ale should be. THe malts where very sweet to the nose and nutty on the tounge. The beer had a medium body to it with a ever so slight alcohol warming. It was a very nice beer that went nicely with this increasingly colder nights. I believe the ABV is around a 6.7 The bartender told me but I cannot remember.

Nov 05, 2006
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

3.21/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown when sitting on the dark bar. Dark orange-amber-red (like strong iced tea) when held up to the light. The head was short, beige in color and fell rather quickly to a not quite covering film, leaving almost no lace. I've seen better.

The nose was disturbingly weak. Any impressions that I may have gleaned are no more than that, impressions. How's this for specific? Toasted malt and some variety of hop. Beyond that is anyone's guess. There wasn't much that put me in mind of a Scottish ale, that's for sure.

The flavor didn't meet my style expectations. Naughty Scot tasted like half brown ale and half citric hoppy amber. If I had been required to guess, Scottish ale wouldn't have been in the first several guesses. There was an impression (there's that word again) of dark caramel, weak carob and nuts. No smoke, no peat, no personality. The hops were too prominent and seemed citrusy rather than floral or spicy.

As well, I felt that the beer was more hoppy-bitter than it should have been. I know that it's a Scottish and not a Scotch, but a little sweetness would have been welcome. The short, clean finish was dominated by hops and the mouthfeel was fizzy and soda-like, almost as if CO2 was added after the fact.

Naughty Scot is neither naughty nor is it particularly Scottish. What's left? A rather mundane, unchallenging (though still drinkable) beer that would benefit from sticking more closely to the style guidelines. I've become used to good beer from my local Rock Bottom, but this one didn't cut the mustard.

Apr 20, 2005
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Delivered in a mug club glass with an intensely deep mahogany body and ruby-chesnut highlights beneath a short tan head that held fairly well before fading to just a thin collar. The nose was rich and inviting with dark caramel soaked malt and a touch of toffeeish diacetyl. In the mouth, it was smooth and creamy with a gentle zest on the tongue from its restrained carbonation. The flavor delivered a rich and bold caramel malt upfront, and then revealed a nice combination of yeasty fruit, malt, and alcohol across the middle. It finished with some buttery diacetyl touched toffee notes. And it's balanced nicely - there's no sticky malt in the finish. Quite the charmer, this one!

Mar 14, 2005
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granger10 from Wisconsin

3.06/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from notes:
This was one of their speciality beers at the time of my visit. It looks really nice with a burnt oaky color and redwood highlights. Decent head. Smell is malty but a bit restrained. This scotch seemed quite sweet and toasty. Lots of sweet malts but the alcohol is a bit too perceptible. Slightly smoky in the end but not smoky enough for my liking. This was a sweeter scotch and the flavors seemed a bit unbalanced. Still, it was solid, just a bit thin and sweet. I guess being used to the Dirty Bastard has put my standards high.

Nov 25, 2004
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DrunkMcDermott from Illinois

3.26/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from taster glass. Deep brown, impenetable color, even in a tiny glass. Good caramel maltiness, a very light smokiness and I think a chocolate liquer note. Thin head that coats rather than laces. Picks up a dry stout character toward the end. Pretty tasty.

Feb 08, 2004
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