90 Schilling Scotch Ale | Selin's Grove Brewing Company

4 Ratings

Brewed by:
Selin's Grove Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Kegatron on 12-22-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 4 |  Reviews: 4
Photo of BeerCon5
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper color with a nice amount of fluffy off-white head.

The scent is of fruit and roasted caramel malt. Some notes of spice.

The taste was of roasted caramel malt, spice, notes of warming alcohol and some fruit.

Medium body, smooth with a little bit of a dry finish, moderate carbonation.

This was easy to drink with very good flavor. Scottish ales usually are not one of my favorite styles but I would have this again.

 438 characters

Photo of ffejherb
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Directly from the firkin at the SGB Winter Solstice 13th anniversary event on 12/21/09.

A - Emerged from the firkin as a very slightly hazy, deep amber-colored liquid with a slim patch of off-white head that diminished but left a bit of spotty lace around the walls of the glass.

S - Pretty warm, alcohol-laced nose with an apparent dark fruit tang (think black cherries and raisins). Malt character is appropriately brimming with sweet caramel and toffee notes. There is also a hint of winter spice in the background that imparts a slight holiday cookie aspect.

T - Initial flavor delivers a fairly intense alcohol kick amidst sticky sweet caramel and toffee notes and a hint of spice. A mild dark fruit tang persists throughout, giving this Wee Heavy an almost Dopplebock quality.

M - The medium body pushes the boundary of full territory, yet the texture remains quite soft and smooth due to the cask conditioning. The alcohol presence is bold and quite warm, and it's not afraid to throw its weight around here. Finishes with a touch of mild hop bitterness and spiciness on the palate.

D - This is a fine addition to the winter line-up at SGB, although I will admit that I was secretly pining for the Olde Frosty IPA. Nevertheless, a firkin of SGB brew is always a good thing, and this one is no different. Happy 13th Anniversary, Steve and Heather!

 1,361 characters

Photo of Deuane
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh from the firkin at the SGB 2009 Anniversary/Winter Solstice Party. A new beefier Scottish ale made specially for the firkin.

A-dark copper, with an initial medium off-white head. Head slowly fades to a thin veil and leaves spotty lace.

S-Deep and rich with lots of caramel malt and fruit notes, most prominent being cherry with a bit of warming. Nice roasted malt comes into play later along with a touch of bourbon like alcohol heat.

T-Lots of sweet and roasted malt dancing around with a dark cherry accompaniment. Deep and rich with a spicy ending kick, plenty of depth and a finishing building astringency.

M-Medium-heavy, smooth with a kick of alcohol heat and long lingering dryness and roasty bitterness.

D-Rich and full of life this bigger, badder, bolder, robust Scottish ale ramps things up from the good, but rather pedestrian, SGB Scottish. This one serves itself well being served from the firkin. The big, malty shoulders hold up well to the boozy and woody complexities. I will look forward to having a pint "from the wall" this winter.

 1,064 characters

Photo of Kegatron
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served via gravity fed firkin at the SGB on 12/21/09 during their annual Winter Solstice event. This a special beefed up version of their staple Scottish Ale. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear dark amber, with a thin frothy covering of off-white head. Rich retention around the edges leaves a strong looking cascade of spotty lacing behind. The aroma is deep and tangy in the nose, with plenty of sticky malts and fruity character. There is some definite spice here but it doesn't overdo it. A more subtle layer of (slightly smokey) roasted malt adds some darker elements for the sweetness to play off of.

The taste is a robust bloom of sticky sweetness and roast, with some definite dark cherry fruity character going on with it. Once again, spice is present but is a little more subtle during the bulk of profile but really comes on strong in the finish, leaving behind a deep lingering dry feel and leftover roastiness. The mouthfeel is medium-fuller bodied, with a mellower creamy feel from the cask, which glides on top of a big chunky alcohol beef underneath. The ABV really shows itself in the finish, adding a fair amount of intensity to that mix of lingering spice and roast.

Their regular Scottish Ale here is pretty serviceable but this took things to a new level. Rich and complex in the taste, this seemed to just explode with character in the mouth at times. Unfortunately the alcohol holds the feel back some but ultimately the thickness of this is what also adds to the fortitude of the flavors. Really good stuff here that I hope we see again this winter, as it's warmth and malty profile are perfect for cold weather imbibing.

 1,654 characters

90 Schilling Scotch Ale from Selin's Grove Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 4 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.