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Scotch Ale | Davidson Brothers Restaurant & Brewery

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Brewed by:
Davidson Brothers Restaurant & Brewery
New York, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Ratings: 28 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by almychristopher:
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3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

this beer poured a clear dark amber with a creamy almost nitrus looking head. the aroma is overwhelmingly malty with a barely detectable hop backing. the taste was a little bit sweet for me... yes even if it is a scotch ale. the mouth feel was more than decent with the significant malt showing up there too, but the eight percent makes it a hard drink.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed in October of '02, this Scotch has 8.2% abv. Poured a dark brown color, more like mahogany perhaps, with a creamy, creamy tan head. The head was fine and lasted quite well, though it left only a minimum of lace. Nose was exceedingly mild, with only a slight hint of some malt. Warmth later brought out some more sweetness hidden within. Body was perhaps a smidge less than medium, especially for the style. Though slightly thin, it did pass smoothly over the tongue. Taste was semi-sweet, with some peaty notions to it. I'm not sure if they ever put this in wooden casks, but I swear I picked up a whiskey-like flavor, too. As the bier warms significantly more sweetness comes forth. Not bad at all. Cheers!!

overall: 3.8
appearance: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


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Photo of maristfan
4.75/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

For an ale that packs a wallop of 8.2% this scotch is smooth and delicious. Poured dark it ends with almost a white wine after taste. I've had two versions of this, one back in '02 then again in '04, both were good but the prior is the one that sticks in my mind. I can't help but recommend stopping into Davidson Brothers in Glens Falls and trying it out for yourself.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pouring a cellar temp 22 oz bottle into a snifter.
The beer pours a clear mahogany color with fluffy cream colored head of 3 cm that fades to a thin edge layer slowly after the pour.
Aroma is sweet and malty with caramel and some dark fruit. Maybe a bit of vanilla, but the booze is well hidden.
First sip reveals a silky smooth texture with a slightly chewy texture with very fine and spacious carbonation.
Flavor is malty with caramel and toffee some brown sugar and molassess. No hops anywhere on this one. Very sweet maybe a little bit of vanilla too. I get just a little bit of booze. The 22 oz goes down very easy and I find this beer enjoyable. I would try it again and actually wish I had a second bottle. A very nice malty beer with a bit of booze that kicks in by the time I finish the bottle.

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Photo of WesWes
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a brown color with a thick frothy off-white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice intense malt scent with some hops present and a warm alcohol aroma. The taste is good also. It has a rich malty flavor that goes down smooth and finishes dry and warm. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with a little less than adequate carbonation. This is a decent Scotch ale. It has good aroma and flavor, but the mouthfeel ruined it for me.

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Photo of nickfl
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of SlainteAlbanyNY
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thekevlarkid
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Off tap this beer was an amber/gold color with good clarity. The retention of the beige cap, composed of tiny bubbles, was excellent and the lacing was in sheets. The aroma was semi-sweet and light, toasted malt and caramel malt in particular. The flavors were excellent, vanilla, caramel malt, toasted malt, dark fruit and floral hops that added balance and a bitter finish. The mouthfeel was soft, the body medium and the carbonation light. I could have drank this one all night. This was the best beer I tried at this location and if you order only one make sure this is it.

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Photo of ngeunit1
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep, but still slightly clear red-brown color with a bit of off-white head. The head faded fairly quickly to a ring around the glass and left some lace behind.

S - Aroma is full of sweet caramel malts and some sweet dark fruits. There is also just a touch of vanilla and oak.

T - Starts off with some sweet dark fruit flavors and rich caramel malts. Little bit of vanilla notes in the background. Through the middle some oak flavor alongside just a touch of hops come through. The finish is a mix of the sweet malt and fruit flavors and just a touch of oak and booze that linger.

M - Medium bodied and moderate-low carbonation. Feels a touch thick and syrupy with just a hint of a oily finish, but fairly clean. Could use a touch more carbonation.

D - Very drinkable. The 9+%abv here stays very well hidden and the beer is very smooth. Could use a bit more punch in the flavor and the nose, but otherwise a pretty tasty beer.

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Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of crisis44
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Whimpers
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of BeerBucks
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lovely85
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of Proclarush
3.99/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This easily one of the better Davidson Brothers beers, but it's still overall a weak offering. It's way too thin for the higher ABV, but the ABV is definitely well hidden. There's a touch of dark fruit and caramel here. I could see ordering this again.

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Photo of pjkelley82
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of mlefebvre7
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of HopGrazer
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of scxcrunner
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nbyham80
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of JeffKowalek
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Arrhenius
4.5/5  rDev +22%

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Scotch Ale from Davidson Brothers Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 28 ratings