Boston Scotch Ale
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
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4.05 | pDev: 4.44%
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
United States
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thekevlarkid from Maryland

4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Off the tap in July of '08 (review a composite of my notes) this beer was a hearty, mahogany color with a khaki colored head. Good lacing and moderate retention of the skim. The aroma was distinctly sweet and a little punchy, fruity alcohol esters, caramel malt and toasted malt. The flavors were similar but despite being sweet never approached cloying. The first thing to hit me was the caramel malt followed by hints of smoke and wheat bread. This was then balanced by the bitter hops that helped keep the beer from being too rich. The body was medium/full, the carbonation soft and the mouthfeel semi-creamy. A good example of the style and the best beer I tried at that location.

Dec 06, 2008
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this at the King of Prussia, PA location. I'm not sure if it's the same recipe that's used at other stores, but rather than tax the data base I'll review it here. I think we are, after all, trying to get a composite of the beers to be found throughout the chain in general.

The reddish mahogany body was suprisingly clear for being cask conditioned, with just a light haze. The creamy, ivory head held exceptionally well and left very good lace throughout the entire pint! Very nicely done. The aroma was of a lightly fruity caramel-tinged malt. The body was medium and quite creamy in the mouth with a very fine & gentle carbonation. The flavor was very well balanced between rich, sweetish malt with a lightly roasty edge and a gently spicy hop flavor and bitterness. The cask conditioning really makes this work! Winter seasonals shine at this location, and this one is definitely worth checking out. A really authentic interperetation.

Dec 08, 2002
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Jason from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big malt sweetness with bounds of ripe fruit and a slow warming alcohol. The sweetness may be big but the hop bitterness and alcohol bring enough to counterbalance it a bit. Crust of dark bread shows a dry malt character in the finish.

Apr 08, 2002
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Todd from California

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An outstanding offering from brewmast Gerry! Deep ruby, thin lasting lace. Mega-malty, light plum, smokey, alcoholic, touch points of caramel, fruity esters ... overall a big, meaty, rich and robust beer. I loved it.

Apr 07, 2002
Boston Scotch Ale from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 5 ratings