Twin Stag Scottish Ale | Yakima Craft Brewing Co.

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Twin Stag Scottish AleTwin Stag Scottish Ale

Brewed by:
Yakima Craft Brewing Co.
Washington, United States

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Jason on 02-05-2009

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Ratings: 27 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by DCon:
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3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 22oz (651ml-not 650ml here?!?!) bottle of this from the Beer Shoppe in Yakima, WA for $4.99. Poured from the Green Labeled bottle w/ Reindeer on the front?? into a 16oz Arcadia IPA Pint Glass. Has no freshness date but not worried since its a local brew.

Aroma- A malty, sweet aroma with some light roasty characters. Not strong enough but all around has what the style should be focusing on.

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head that has decent head retention. Has a medium brown with copper highlights in the body and leaves a few suds behind.

Flavor- Rich, malty, and has a good espresso roast flavor. Medium bitterness in the finish leading me to ask how much hop they really put in here!?!? Very good! Bit of caramel in the background.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Semi-chewy, and very smooth with well-balanced malt to hop ratio.

Overall Impression- A nicely brewed sweet, scottish ale with a good amount of roast and light coffee attribute. It was very drinkable and never had too much or too little of anything. Aroma could be a bit more character involved and strong but not too bad!

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3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume III, Issue II:

Darkness surrounds this ale--nearly full-on black. Thin tan lacing forms after the head slowly crackles and dissipates. Faint whiff of burnt sugar and smoke; a toasted breadiness within. Steady medium body with a nice bite from the carbonation. Mouthful of malt sweetness is quickly balanced with a mild burnt and smoky flavor. The maltiness does stay dominant, but never becomes cloying, even with the modest hopping here. The hops do dial in some bitterness with a slight peppery flavor. Big brown bread flavor throughout with a suggestion of dried fig and raisins. Finishes with an edge of roasted malt, ghost-like smoke and lingering sweetness.

A bit of a malt bomb, and a tasty one at that. A juicy treat that will appease anyone who isn't looking for a mouthful of hops. Easily sessionable.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Spikester
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a modest tan head. Aroma some coffee or dark chocolate. Taste is sweet dark malts with just a touch of bitter hops. Nothing bad to report but IMHO this is just a Stout not a Scottish Ale. I brought this to a friends retirement party and poured a bit for all who were game. The general opinion was "nice stout". The one person who loves Scottish Ales was in full agreement with the Stout not Scottish Ale.

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Photo of Hopmodium
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of BlueSpader
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 2/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a very dark brown with a two finger brown head and lacing. Nice malt aroma. Flavors rather subdued. Caramel and malt dominate. Body nice, medium to heavy. A dark, dark understated Scottish ale, nice looking and feeling ale, but rather tame. A few odd flavors that kind of grow on you as you drink it. Medium bodied. Seems like with a bit more assertive malt or flavor could be quite an excellent ale.

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Photo of DKRowden
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of abrodsky
3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of jaidenjb
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of froghop
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours black with a thin khaki head, and not much lacing.

smell is of cocoa, malt, and a touch of coffee.

taste is smooth, cocoa, some coffee, some sour malt, and hops in the back, ends a little on the dry side.

overall a very nice scottish ale, blacker than most.

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Photo of weerezboy
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of brentk56
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Looks more like a porter than a Scottish Ale, and a Baltic one at that; the murky fudge brown color is topped by a thick tan cap that leaves a few clumps of lace behind

Smell: Charred malt and burnt caramel, with an earthy, peaty undertone

Taste: Opens with a black bread and prune flavor which lightens a bit into the fig territory by mid-palate, along with a mysterious earthy, peaty, smoky character; after the swallow, the flavors leave a lingering smoky/roasty character

Mouthfeel: Full body with low to moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not like anything else you would taste in the style, it still is an intriguing beer; not my favorite but certainly memorable

Thanks, barleywinefiend, for the opportunity

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Photo of Briken
2.99/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours black with a big brown head. Aromas of malt, molasses, and slightly earthy. Taste is of chocolate and roasted malts with molasses. Mouthfeel is a medium carbonation and fairly smooth.

Scottish ale? I had a real hard time matching anything in this that I would think of as a scottish ale or even a wee heavy. To me this was more like a lighter RIS than a Scottish ale. Really it is a good beer. It's quite tasty but when I go for a scottish ale it won't be this one.

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Photo of DaveRinn
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chumba526
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer is black like a stout has a nice brown foam top. The smell is quite mild but has a sweet kind of nutty smell with a slight herbal background. The taste of the beer is slightly sweet there is a nutty taste as well. It also has a smooth slightly roasted flavor. No presence of hops. It is quite creamy and smooth. Doesn't taste like a lot of Scottish ales I have had but the flavor of the beer is quite good. There is low carbonation which makes the beer more creamy and smooth. It is quite easy to drink. I would recommend it if you see it and like smooth malty dark ales.

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Photo of beefandbean22
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of gouettn
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of strongaf
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a deep brown color with a brownish head.

S: Grains.

T: A mix between a good baltic porter, chocolate, smoke, light peat, roasted malt, coffee

M: Light booze, roasted malt, dried fruit, booze

D: Good, smooth, roasted, booze, cocoa. Different take on a scotch.

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Photo of beertunes
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a very deep, dark brown, just barely translucent. The pour had just under an inch of tan head that had good retention but left no lacing.

The aroma was fairly neutral, although a little sweet. What scent there was, was mostly malt. The expected peat wasn't there, nor any noticeable hop or spice. The flavor also lacked the expected peatiness, but had a very nice blend of malt flavors.

The body was full without being heavy and drinkability was above average. Overall, not the typical example of the style, but very enjoyable nonetheless. Worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a well made beer, but perhaps a little light for the style. i liked this one better than their others though, and thought they did a better job in general with the malt forward beers than the hoppy ones. this has some nice layers to the grain, a heavily kilned richness and a dry earthy toasted property as well, even the slightest hint of wet wood in there too, baked warm, comforting, not as sweet as others, and with a very approachable abv for a style that can tend to run. despite all the flavor in the grain, the beer felt a little thin to me in terms of body, its not watery because its well carbonated and smooth and slow, but i like these with more structure, especially for the fall season that is coming fast here. a little not of molasses, wet soil, faint caramel, very nice as it finishes. these guys were the least impressive i thought of the local operations we tasted up here, but this was one of their better beers. cool little taproom they have right in town too remote from their brewery, cozy place for a few pints!

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I actually enjoyed the strange swamp perfume of this cola colored ale. There's no peat or smoke here, but the malts lend an organic complexity that's hard to pin down. There's an almost herbal elixir quality to it that grows on you. It's almost a witch's brew with an odd, indecipherable appeal.

Where most Scottish ales vary from brown to red, try to imagine that Twin Stag is like a black variation - a black Scottish. Worth seeking.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a very dark almost black having a thin head and nil lace. Smell of sweet rich malts with dried plums. Taste has the rich malt sweetness, light roast and dark fruits with a low hop to round the scottish ale. Mouthfeel is a heavy medium with low carbonation. A rich scottish ale that rounds out nicley with the low hop and carbonation.

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Twin Stag Scottish Ale from Yakima Craft Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 27 ratings
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