Burns' Scottish Ale | Sly Fox Brewing Company

very good
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Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by NeroFiddled on 04-06-2003

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4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just another masterful job by the people at Sly Fox,pours a copper color with a nice well retained sticky head aroma is malty and slightly sweet.Taste is a great malt attack with a light caramel sweetness but not overpowering by any means there is a slight toastiness in the finish to make this even more appetizing.Low in alcohol like it should be makes it extremely easy to drink,a big winner in my books.

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4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Falling somewhere between an 80 & 90 -/- ale with a starting gravity of 13 degrees Plato, this is a rich but still very drinkable brew. The body is a deep chestnut brown with some orange highlights; and the creamy head that caps it is bone-white. The head holds fairly well at the outset, but soon drops to a creamy collar and very minor surface foam. It does, however, leave some limited lace throughout the glass. The nose is quite clean (as might be expected), and reveals only a very mild fruitiness amongst a gently caramelized and slightly roast/peat-tinged maltiness. As you progress through the glass and it warms, however, a mildy smoky roastiness becomes more apparent in the bouquet. It's subdued, as the style dictates, but reveals more of its pleasing character as it warms beyond the halfway point. I'd love to try this from a cask! The body is medium; and it's somewhat creamy and nicely smooth in the mouth due to a fine and moderate carbonation. The flavor follows the aroma with a maltiness that's gently caramelized and laced with roastiness. There's a touch of dark malt acidity at the outset, and it re-appears in the finsh, but it softens overall with a rounded maltiness in the middle; and ends with a moderate lingering bitterness. Although the BU's are listed at only 13, it appears to fall more in the 20-25 range; possibly due to the composition of the water. There's no butteriness here (which is proper, although sometimes present within the style), but there is a mild fruitiness that accentuates the malt. It finishes dry with a touch of acidity, some dark fruit, and a cusp of roastiness. Overall it's a pretty decent rendition of the Scottish style. I can easily imagine receiving a pint of this in Edinburgh. Well done, and worth trying.

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Burns' Scottish Ale from Sly Fox Brewing Company
3.91 out of 5 based on 21 ratings.
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