Winter Scotch Ale | The St. George Brewing Company

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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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0
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Photo of Boone757
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Thorpe429
3.06/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at The Brickskeller on December 9, 2010. Called this an 85 Shilling beer.

Pours a medium brown color with a thin cream-colored head with a slight cap on top. The nose brings forward quite a bit of peated malt. Other than some light roast and brown malt behind it, the peat is all I really get and it completely subsumes the rest of the beer. Strange, considering the brewer said it was only 1% of the grain bill

The flavor is likewise incredibly peat-forward with a bit of light smoke. Some roasted character in the background, though this is faint. The body is medium and finishes with a slight astringency, though nothing too harsh. All in all, not one of the better things I've had from St. George.

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Photo of atrocity
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, crystal clear, caramel coloring with a steady flow of carbonation throughout the body and a foamy, low profile, off-white head. Aromas of sweet caramel, floral highlights, roasted and earthy notes, and candi sugar. Flavors are heavily roasted, with a caramel and toffee blend, subtle sugary sweetness, floral highlights, some vanilla crème, and a slightly bitter woody accent. The body is light and smooth, with a sugary sweet, caramel rich aftertaste. The finish is light, smooth, and slightly effervesced. Very sweet and tasty, and very drinkable.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer is dirty brown and hazy with a thin off white head, little lacing low carbonation.

Beer smells like peat.

Beer is thin on the palate and dry on the finish, between the start and the finish? peat...peated malt...fun....actually the peated character is really hard to overlook and notice anything else...eh...

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Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of lupercmda
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of atone315
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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 bubseymour
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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 HattedClassic
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of avisong
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of AndrewMichael
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of ncaudle
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Hanzo
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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 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 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 TonyTalon
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of SonOfKyuss
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of pwoods
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Kels for sharing.

12oz brown bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a bronzish brown with good clarity. Moderate head with little retention and lacing.

S: Mild maltiness with some biscuit and cereal. Mayr some rye? No hops.

T/M: Still, maybe rye? More of the mild maltiness. Medium body with maybe just a touch under average carbonation.

D: Drinks easy enough but not very interesting.

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2.75/5  rDev -24%

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 cyclonece09
3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a orange yellow, very cloudy, with a fluffy white head. Smells of sweet grain, nothing really stands out. Tastes of grain with a tad of aging like from a barrel. Beer carbonated well light body goes down nice. Overall a slightly above average beer.

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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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