Winter Scotch Ale | The St. George Brewing Company

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Winter Scotch AleWinter Scotch Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The St. George Brewing Company
Virginia, United States
stgeorgebrewingco.com

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by DaveBlack on 11-02-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
51
Reviews:
23
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
12.71%
 
 
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Ratings: 51 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of SonOfKyuss
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of ElGeordie
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A new seasonal from St George Brewing.
Picked up a six pack on sight. At first I thought it was the normal winter seasonal: the awesome winter stout but then I read the label. A winter Scotch Ale: an 85 shilling beer.
That made me smile: having grown up in Northern England I've drunk my fair share of 70,80 and 90 Bobs but I cant recall ever drinking an 85/- Ale.
Anyway I got the six pack home and popped the cap, poured it into a Sam's perfect pint. It ccertainly looks the part: dark red with a creamy head. The head disappeared inside a minute with a fizzzz leaving barely a trace. I'm not really one for sniffing beer but it smelled OK. It tasted much better than that though. Andy has done it again - this is a real scotch: smoky, peaty malts with a delicious mouth feel. The alcohol is there (6%) but it isn't overpowering, a real wee heavy. I'd love to get a sixtel of this - I guess I'm going to have to drink the sixer of IPA and make some space in the kegerator. This could be an outstanding session beer.

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Photo of ebby82
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a sixer of this from the brewery. It's a winter seasonal, and the carton says it's a 85 schilling ale, although I'm not quite sure what that means.

Appearance- Pours a copper color into a pint glass with a very limited head.

Aroma- Very sweet, caramel, and malty.

Taste- sweet, with a light caramel flavor. Just a little bitterness to indicate hops. really tasty.

Mouthfeel- medium bodied, a bit syrupy, but not in a bad way.

Drinkability- Excellent. I could drink this whole six pack, and at a reasonable ABV, it wouldn't hurt me.

Another excellent beer from St. George. They have yet to disappoint me.

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Photo of PhageLab
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a standard pint glass.

A - Crystal clear brownish red coloration. Small bit of froth, mild retention and lace.

S - Sweet on the nose, most likely the caramel malts. Slightly grassy.

T - Nicely balanced malt sweetness with a good grassy hop backing. I was expecting something heavier than this, like Skullsplitter, but was pleasantly surprised.

M - Light bodied, good carbonation, clean finish.

D - Delicious. Paired quite well with BBQ. I'd definitely give this one a reco.

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Photo of droomyster
4.19/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a deep reddish bronze with a small white head that quickly dissipates. Aromas of sweet malts remiscent of caramel corn or caramel apples are good but subdued. Fortunately, this beer's best quality is the one that counts: the flavor is awesome. The malts are complex and interesting to no end. From the front to the mid palates, I get a fascinating interplay of toffee, sweetened tea, and earthiness. Woody, non-sweet natural flavors linger on the finish. Makes for memorable sipping.

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Photo of littlelorib
4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of zdeck37
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of WMEugene
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of taigor
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of beer2day
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy honey gold pour with 1/2 finger medium cream head. No retention and very little lace.

Nose is strong peat, honey, iced tea, light earthy metal, and ... bacon. Very interesting. Metals cancel out the peat, but the bacon is interesting.

Big tea and peat taste. Very nice and moderately smoky. Tannin from the tea really kicks in at the end. Bready malt inserts itself in there over that tannin.

Feel is moderate and matches the flavors.

Overall, not a great beer but as a fan of Scotch ales I would seek this one out.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A good friend texted me about a store selling 6 packs for $3.99 knowing I am typically a fan of Scotch ales. For that price I had to give it a try. Good looking good beer with an excellent smell. Tasty, typically a fan of wee heavy's and this one is a decent light version. The beer gets some good bonus points overall for value. Good beer that I enjoyed and wish I had him pick up a case rather than a 6 for that price.

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Photo of Zraly
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours chestnut brown with an off-white head. Smells of malt syrup with a hint of smoke. Minimal lacing.

Very tasty. Sweet malts enhanced by peat and smoke notes. Smooth, with a mere whisper of hop bitterness in the finish. Caramel and butterscotch notes play supporting roles, as well as an estery fruit note. Mild carbonation but it isn't too thick on the palate. Very faint alcohol and good drinkability -- I can easily put away more than one of these.

On sale at Farm Fresh for $8.47 a six pack. Not a bad deal, and a great way to support our local brewer.

Would go great with salmon (smoked or non). I can imagine BBQ pork working as well. A fine choice for a cool evening. An ale that seems like it could be good for your soul.

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Photo of doerickson
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I haven't reviewed a beer in who the hell knows how long, so you can probably safely ignore this.

Dark amber in appearance, golden honey-colored at the edges. Ivory, creamy head is never high and quickly reduces to a thin film across the top of the brew with a slightly thicker ring at the edge.

Smells of peaty, smoky malt, clover honey, and apple fruitiness.

Taste mirrors the nose closely with smoked peat, corn syrup, and honey flavors. Faint pear-like notes. Distant touch of tea-like hops that do little to balance.

Carbonation is relatively low. Feels a little heavier than the lowish level of alcohol would suggest...kind of syrupy.

Reminiscent of Belhaven's flagship...a lower-alcohol Scottish Ale (think that, as a Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy on BA as opposed to a Scottish Ale, it may be miscategorized, but I'll leave that question to the philosophers) that capably holds its own as a malty cold-weather seasonal.

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

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Purchased as 6-pack at Market Street Wineshop (Charlottesville, VA) for $9.99.

A: Chestnut hue with 1-2 finger off-white head with decent retention and nice craggy lacing.

S: Very meaty smoke-peat aroma with a sweet dark malt base leaving sweet caramel, some breadiness, and leafy hops

T: Very comparable to Old Chub but not as adventurous as Dirty Bastard but still quite good, but you had better like smoke flavor as it is big and meaty in this brew. It is not overwhelming like in Immortale but is dominant. The malts are complex with some fruitiness, chocolate, and toffee notes. Hops are earthy and leafy.

M: A little too thin for the style but still drinkable. The carbonation is also a bit too much for the style -- it should drink thicker and smoother than it does.

D: I enjoyed this beer, but the feel does detract a fair amount. A more defdicated maltload would boost this up, but it is above-average for the style and great for peat-smoke lovers.

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Photo of atone315
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Hanzo
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of ncaudle
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of John_Beeryman
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of biteme398
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a fair dark, almost amber color. Head is decent, some lacing is present down the line. Smell is relatively light, mostly of malt. Taste is also malt-heavy, but some hops add balance. Mouthfeel is smooth. Overall a good beer. It is neither too strong nor too thin-bodied and there is certainly a niche for it at times.

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Photo of DaveBlack
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Has a nice pour. Maybe two fingers of whitish head that disappears quickly with only a light ring of lacing left behind.

S: Malty with a slight fruity smell that I can't quite place. Actually smells a little astringent, not fantastic on the nose.

T: I'm really liking the flavor of this beer. It's sweet but not overly sweet, and really well balanced. Not the type of beer that I'd want to drink in the summer, but I guess that's why it's a winter scotch ale.

M: Not a whole lot of carbonation, which makes it feel heavier than it actually is. It's a little sticky, too, because of how sweet the beer is. The mouthfeel matches the flavor nicely, makes this a very drinkable beer.

D: Like I said, very drinkable. It feels like a warm winter drink even though it's cold. Worth checking out for sure.

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Photo of mntlover
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a lighter brown color, clear some orange tints. Head is small khaki in color falls fast not much lace.

Aroma is malty sweet rich caramel notes some light plums with some light earthy notes.

Taste is like nose sweet caramel malts with loads of earthy notes peat mixed with plums . Some herbal hop notes in finish along with hints of pear?

Mouthfeel is light medium with lightly peppy carbonation, probably where this one falls little short seems a little light for a Wee Heavy.

Drinkability however is pretty good an enjoyable enough brew.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a pretty, cloudy, golden amber/copper color with an eighth of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Malty up front, imparting notes of biscuits, followed by some black pepper, caramel, clover and some subtle hops.

Taste: Very nice. Malty up front, imparting notes of biscuits or English muffins, followed by some nuttiness, brown-sugar like sweetness, finished with some nicely balanced hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with some decent carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 6.0%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a good American version of a Scotch ale. Good malty backbone balanced well with some sweetness and hops. Nice and worth a try.

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Photo of tchenery
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice color, but it looks a little thin. There was a tiny bone white head, but it's gone by the time I looked up the beer and began typing.

Smells malty and sweet. I'm really not picking up much though.

This beer definitely shines on the taste. There's an upfront maltiness that transcends into a slight dark fruit/raisin flavor that then comes back to slightly chocolate but straight dark malts. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is excellent, maybe a little weak, but it's deceiving with it's 6%.

Totally drinkable. This might be my new "go to" Winter beer. It's 6% but might be considered sessionable.

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Winter Scotch Ale from The St. George Brewing Company
3.62 out of 5 based on 51 ratings.
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