Nate's Dog | McKenzie Brew House

5 Ratings

Brewed by:
McKenzie Brew House
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by yourefragile on 03-24-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of MasterSki
2.84/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thank to yourefragile for this rarity. Served in a tulip.

A - Quick-dissolving lightly tan foam settles to some wisps, thin collar, and tiny spots of lace. Transparent ruby red-brown body.

S - Massive apply brandy aroma, with some acetone and mild vegetal character. Gets better as it warms up, revealing more of the scotch ale base imparting caramel-covered apples and toffee. Oak is sharp and moderately harsh.

T - Taste is an improvement, with more Scotch Ale flavors like treacle, caramel apples, and a hint of smoke. Still, the barrel-aging imparts a green Jolly Rancher flavor over top of what would probably be a moderately enjoyable base beer. Finishes surprisingly clean somehow.

M - Puzzling medium-light body - think the barrel thinned this out a fair bit. Lower carbonation, and some light warming alcohol.

D - My first non-Saison encounter with McKenzie was quite underwhelming. I couldn't be bothered to finish my glass of this one. The concept of an Apple Brandy Scotch Ale seems sound, but this seems like it was in the barrels far too long.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Michael, beer is served in a snifter. Beer is brown / dark, mostly clear, thin off white wispy head of small bubbles, some lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is a little boozy, a little scotchy. Fine.

Beer is medium and light in body, sweet and slightly oaky, slightly boozy, a little caramel, nice finish, a decent beer but not great. Not a repeat.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.57/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From 03/30/12 notes. Growler shared by yourefragile; thanks Michael! Poured into a tulip.

a - Pours a dark reddish amber color with a few white bubbles and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sweet dark fruits, apple brandy, fruity malts, caramel malts, toasted malts, nuts. Pretty nice; a tiny bit boozy but I like the apple brandy smell quite a bit.

t - Tastes of sweet fruity malts, dark fruits, caramel malts, alcohol, brandy, apples, bready malts. Sweeter then the nose and a little boozier. A step down for me.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Undercarbonated, most likely due to the growler.

o - Overall a pretty ncie beer...I think I liked this one more than most people at the tasting. I liked the nose, though the taste was a tiny bit boozy. Would try again on tap at the brewpub.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Growler courtesy of yourefragile. Served in McKenzie stemware.

Pours a moderately-dark brown-amber color with a thin white head that quickly goes away, leaving only a few bubbles atop the brew.

The nose carries a fair amount of the Laird's brandy alongside some oak and some caramel and toffee notes behind that. There's a bit of fruit as well. Flavor has too much booze and barrel character, but does round out through the malty finish. Medium body with light-medium carbonation. A bit of booze.

Pretty good, but I prefer McKenzie's Belgian-style brews.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft at Glen Mills. It is their Wee Heavy aged in Laird's Aplle Brandy barrels for a year. I assume these are the same barrels used for blending Irma Extra and their Apple Brandy Brown from a year and a half ago. Served in a mini goblet.

Pours a dark mahogany brown with a quickly fading sense cream head; light lacing. Aroma is sweet and malty, dominated mostly by the barrel with apple, dark fruit and raisin. Flavor is more balanced with a stronger caramel and toffee malt presence smoothly blending with the brandy barrel. Not overly complex, with a light crisp, well carbonated body. Lacking depth expected for the style but enjoyable regardless.

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Nate's Dog from McKenzie Brew House
Beer rating: 3.33 out of 5 with 5 ratings
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