Maxwell's Scottish Ale | Rivertowne Pourhouse

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Maxwell's Scottish AleMaxwell's Scottish Ale

Brewed by:
Rivertowne Pourhouse
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Maxwell's have made the art of brewing a family tradition for centuries. This Scot comes alive, as five different varieties of malt create a deep, surprisingly smooth finish. Intrigued? Go ahead and lift its kilt!

Added by WoodBrew on 08-02-2012

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3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rivertowne : Maxwell's Scottish Ale

LOOK: Pours a deep copper with amber hues. Head is short lived and recedes to a ring around the glass. The can is adorned by a decorative label of a fish wearing a kilt to a backdrop of the city of Pittsburgh.

SMELL: Smokey roasted malt, caramels and toffee. Just a touch of molasses rounds out the snout.

TASTE: Rich malty flavor of caramel, toffee and toast. Bitterness is tame with a lemon tea like flavor. A hint of peat smoked malts comes through late. Rivertowne played it safe with this one, and it paid off. This replaces just about anything when it comes to tasty medium range offerings now available in cans, score! Camping beer.

FEEL: Surprisingly light for a Scotch ale, the body falls somewhere between light and medium. May be considered too thin by a scotch ale die-hard, but the lightness makes this a beer easy to imbibe.

OVERALL: I drank a six pack of this like nobody's business. Lighter bodied for a scotch ale, but with good malt flavor. To revert to the traditional, antique "schilling" scale, consider this a 60- schilling, which would indicate a Scottish ale of lighter body and strength.

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Photo of GameOfBeers
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Brenden
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer comes out a thin-at-the-edges cola-colored brown, looking even more like cola with the bubbling and the activity on the pour. It settles nicely, though. While the tan head isn't large, it's thick and extremely sticky, leaving chunky pocking from the very top of the glass immediately and in good portion the rest of the way down.
It get what I want from a Scottish ale: malt-forward with just enough leaf to balance, it's earthy and sweet with toffee and molasses and a light metallic overtone that holds it together.
It's on the light side of medium-bodied, pretty smooth and crisp most of the way, easing out of it a little later in the sip.

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Photo of whatname
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheSupremeAJ
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Rivertowne Maxwell's Scottish Ale
12 oz. can, no apparent freshness dating
$1.83 @ Weis Market, Conshohocken, PA

What makes a Scottish ale a Scottish ale, and not something else? The malt, the caramelish and somewhat toasty malt; and whether acquired through caramelization in the kettle or modern malts, this one's got it in spades.

It's dark mahogany body is capped by a creamy yellowed khaki head that holds well and leaves some very nice Belgian lace behind.

The aroma is, you guessed it, malty with toasty caramel and toffee, as well as a bit of roastiness and a very subtle fruitiness that's reminiscent of apple.

The flavor follows the aroma, delivering lots of caramel and toffee: there's golden caramel, buttery caramel, medium "amber" caramel, and even a bit of dark, almost-burnt-sugar-like caramel which is probably coming from a combination with the roasted barley that gives it just a bit of roastiness, and an almost molasses-like edge. That's not to say that it's overtly malty, because it's not. This is a Scottish ale, not a Scotch ale. The bitterness is restrained because Scottish brewers didn't have the same access to hops as their southern English neighbors, and thus the malt dominated and they grew to love it. Some hops do make their way through, however, delivering some underlying leafy and tea-like tones.

In the mouth it's medium bodied with a dextrinous edge, and creamy smooth with a fine-bubbled, seemingly natural carbonation.

An impressive, really nicely done and remarkably drinkable Scottish ale that satisfies from first to last. Absolutely worth trying.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Maxwell's Scottish Ale is a great lighter style Scotch ale. Gives those who are afraid of the dark and good intro to malty awesomeness. This beer poured a dark amber without much head or lace. The smell and taste was bolster by a malt with slight roast goddness. The body was light and had smooth carboantion. Overall its a decent lighter dark beer,,,,call it mild dark>

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A very solid Scottish style ale from Rivertowne. Pours a deep ruby amber, decent foam which dies down with light soapy clinging lacing. Aromas of deep roasted sweet malts, butterscotch, and peat. Flavor is solid with great mouthfeel, moderately high carbonation, silky smooth peat malts, brown sugar, caramel, and cola flavors with a barely detectable hops presence. First beer I have had from this brewer, and definitely will the others that I can get my hands on. Good starter beer for the beer novice.


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2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of Dualscar
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrDemento456
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a can of this mixed and matched at the House of 1,00 beers.
A - Very weird I got little carbonation what I had fizzed to a mild lace ring. Color is a deep chocolate brown.
S - Smells good smoke, peat, chocolate, and sugary brown malts.
T - Very smooth and complex enough to be session able. Peat is minimal thankfully with mild ashy smoke, chocolate malts, and brown malts with a sugary edge,
M - Smooth, easy going and sessionable, with decent flavors. Like most of Rivertowne offerings.

Overall I really like and had it before but this is the first time it's not very carbonated. Flavors are not off and drinks great so it didn't influence much. Great brew from a local craft brewery.

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Photo of MMCG
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent Scottish ale. Very sweet and smooth.

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Photo of Hophead21
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of ScottyDuzntNo
5/5  rDev +31.9%

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Oakenator
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wac9
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

what a wonderful beer if so hard to find a good scottish ale their to heavy or too much alc this one taste great looks great this one has moree then a hint of choclate sosit back and enjoy a great tasting beer that you will be telling other in the morning enjoy

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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