McK's Scottish Ale | Granite City Food & Brewery

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Granite City Food & Brewery
United States

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BedetheVenerable on 01-08-2009

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Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of tempest
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Served too cold, as usual with Granite City, btu with a nice yellow-tan, one-inch head. As my beer warmed it slowly faded and didn't leave leave any lacing. The aroma is mix of smoky cocoa and roasted caramel. The flavor follows those same tastes with with an overall malt sweetness and thin feel to it. Not thin in a good way, thin like flavor is missing. Still very drinkable, but not very rich or flavorful. Certainly not offensive, but if you're a fan of the bock, you'll probably like this. It's not much different.

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Photo of Whiskeydeez
2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of maximum12
2.67/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Excellent to see Granite City branching out from their old standards, been looking forward to trying this one. Glass with dinner with la familia.

Dark amber in the glass. Promising aroma, light malts, caramel, a little toffee.

Unfortunately, this is a scotch ale without much going on. The caramel, toffee, & malts come out to play, but they're muted, washed out. Not only that, this is one of the few beers I've ever sampled that actually got worse as it warmed. The mouthfeel thinned out severely, making it feel light & watery. Very watery. Neither my wife or I finished what we ordered.

Disappointing. I enjoy GC's regular lineup & am looking forward to them branching out, but this one's a missed opportunity. Too bad.

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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

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2.25/5  rDev -31.8%

Photo of ZAP
4.07/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

* I hope I have this classified correctly. I do not think this is a wee heavy. The ABV is 4.9% and the O.G is 1.048. They call it a Scotish-style Export Ale

A-Reddish brown color....light white head...

S-Toasted malts...roasted peaty or smoky qualities but still very aromamatic

T-Toasted maltiness...A little bit of caramel but more toasted malt hops to speak of.

M-Medium bodied...just a little watery....clean....finishes dry...not sticky sweet at all....more of a drinker than a sipper.

D-This is a nice sessionable tasty scottish ale....I haven't enountered too many scottish ales that are not wee heavy's....this is a nice change of pace....When GC wants to do a seasonal they usually hit the mark and this is no different. It's too bad they do not offer more beers like this but that is a story for a different day.

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Photo of Bighuge
2.98/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Clear scarlet red. Slightly hazed. Not a lot of carbonation is noted in the body of the beer. Thin and airy whipped white head.

Nose: Light chocolate notes and dry cocoa powder. A little bit of a peated malt character. Not much else.

Taste: Pretty bland overall. Light maltiness. Slight chocolate again here. Almost a hint of a slight off flavor. But it's pretty hard to pinpoint. Ghostly in nature.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body. Very lightly carbonated. Almost too lightly carbonated. Kind of a greasy feel in the mouth. Not very pleasing.

Drinkability: Granite City used to put out some pretty good seasonals. Don't know if that's the case anymore. I don't try them enough to make a blanket statement, but I can't remember that last truly good seasonal I've had there. I think they're stretching themselves too thin with all the satellite locations. Must be making money, but they don't seem to be making quality beer anymore.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of Brenden
3.46/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Granite City brought a batch of this beer aged in Jim Beam barrels to the Glass City Beer Fest. It wasn't terrible, but it was messy, and the booze drowned almost everything else out. I decided to see what happens when the base beer isn't being beaten up. Notes are recent.

The glass I get isn't exactly frosted, but it's pretty close. A light tan head is a bit muted, but it makes an effort to rise up. I makes it to about 3/4 of a finger and goes down to a foam somewhat quickly. Spotty lacing clings to the glass in smallish quantity.
I need to give this a few minutes to warm before I can get much of anything out of it. It's a little tame, true, but I also suspect it's a traditional Scottish ale rather than the Wee Heavy style that trends much more strongly as American craft drinkers seek more beastly beers. Nonethless, it could use a little more out of its mildly peaty and slightly roasty malt base. A slight metallic edge makes me wonder if at least part of the malt base consists of an English malt or variety thereof. There's a bit of inviting sweetness, mostly reminding me of brown sugar, and light enough that it's not cloying. Settling in beyond the brown sugar and a touch of caramel are some dark fruits. Hops presence is light but offers just a little floral touch with a ghost of something herbal and interestingly earthy on the end.
The carbonation offers a bit too much by way of crispness, and I have to give it time to settle before it translates to a smoother feel. The body is appropriately medium and, while granite City tends to be thin sometimes, this one isn't too bad. It's not exactly hefty, though.

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Photo of Redrover
3.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This was the seasonal on tap the E. Peoria location. Served in a 20 oz shaker, the beer is a reddish brown with a dense and clingy beige head.

There are malts and light brown sugar in the nose.

The taste is slightly sweet with roasted malts. There is a nice toasty quality to the beer with a bit a caramel and brown bread. However, the taste could be ramped up a notch.

The mouth is well calibrated for the beer. Could work as a session beer as it is easy to drink, not overly filling and has enough taste elements to keep you mildly engaged.

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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of alleykatking
3.65/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Granite City. Review from phone notes.

A- Pours a dirty amber almost brownish color. One finger tan head sits for a second before it dies down to cap the beer. Light lacing left on the glass as I drank it down.

S- This actually has some aroma to it unlike a lot of their beers which seem to be muted. Light toffee and roasted malts come in with the first whiff. Some light caramel malts plays next with my nose turning into some darker fruits. Lastly some nutty mixture comes about and makes me smile as I figure this might be another drinkable beer from them. Last one being Batch 1000.

T- The first flavor to come out is sweet light roasted malts. The caramel malts follow through the entire beer. Some nutty flavors come in the middle along with a strange earthy taste Ican't put my finger on. The ending has a light bitter hop bite to it....nothing too much as this is Granite City of course.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little high for the style but fits their beer nicely. A little watery feeling in the mouth as Idrank it. Light drying on the palate. Some toffee sweet malts left on the palate with some nutty afterflavors in the backing. Flavors on this beer were actually crisp and blended together nicely.

D- Although I wouldn't really call this a Scottish Ale it was still good. Granite City brewed a beer that the craft drinker will find ok and a BMC drinker will really enjoy as well. They are a company who needs to find a happy medium and I think they did with this beer.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.68/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really like having beer at the mall. Nothing makes shopping with the girlfriend more of a passable experience than not shopping at all and instead parking my butt on a barstool for a couple hours.

This last trip to the mall meant Scottish Ale, Granite City's winter seasonal.

Poured ice cold into a frosted pint glass...even on a day with a 39 degree below zero wind chill...when are they going to learn?

Appearance: Reddish brown with a healthy tan head.

Aroma: Sweet dark malts, nuts, chocolate, and raison.

Taste: Sweet bready and chocolate malts, a speck of earth, with a nutty, mildly grassy hopped finish.

Mouthfeel: A touch on the sweet side but not cloying. Light bodied but well carbonated.

Drinkable: In spades.

Pretty decent brew considering the location.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.82/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: Free growler, thanks to the parents for the Christmas gift card.

Appearance: Nice ruddy amber beer with garnet highlights and a nice dense light tan head with good retention.

Smell: Rich, toasty, and roasty, with rich caramel and toffee notes with a little bit of smoke in the background.

Taste: Not quite what was expected from the aroma, this beer is quite fruity up front (almost a weird grape-iness) but this fades with a little breathing time. After that's gone, a mild fruitiness remains, backed by roasted and caramel malts. This is a bit simple but not bad; there's mild coffee at the end, and a great smokey finish.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin for the only major quibble with this beer.

Drinkability: Medium-high

Conclusion: This beer has GREAT aromas, nice flavors (after it gets a bit of oxygen); overall, this is a pretty solid offering from Granite City.

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2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of Nate
2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of ClintonRalston
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of pmorey
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Parker9000
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of cmeinz
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of bucko
3.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Granite City's menu info lists this as a Scottish Ale (probably somewhere between a 60/- and 80/-). In any case, this pours a med-dark mahogany color with a slight head that slowly dissipated to a small ring. The aroma is slightly sweet, earthy and a bit nutty. Some really mellow dark fruits come out in the flavor as well as more sweet malt, perhaps some brown sugar, caramel and just a slight, slight note of roast. Mouthfeel is light, smooth. Very drinkable - this goes down nicely.

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Photo of bhayle
4/5  rDev +21.2%

McK's Scottish Ale from Granite City Food & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.3 out of 5 with 24 ratings