Burning Skye Scottish Style Ale | Empyrean Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Empyrean Brewing Company
Nebraska, United States
empyreanbrewingco.com

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed in the tradition of Scotland's malty-sweet beers. Sweet and smooth with a wee hint of smoked character. Brewed with American, English & German grown barley and American hops.

13 IBU

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,812
Reviews:
83
Ratings:
183
pDev:
14.12%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
33
Trade:
0
 
User Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 83 | Ratings: 183
Reviews by BadRockBeer:
Photo of BadRockBeer
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type Sampled: 12 fl. oz. stubby brown twist top bottle. No real bottle features except the neat artistic label.

Appearance: Brilliant amber in color, crystal clear. Very small ½ finger head. Zero retention but still a little lingering lace.

Smell: Malty, sweet smell of caramel.

Taste: This beer is pretty complex. Strong malty back bone. I taste caramel and toffee notes. I also sense a ting of smokiness. I also taste a hint of diacetyl.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body. Moderate carbonation, very small smoothing bubbles.

Drinkability: Good. This is a great example of a 90 schilling ale. Very clean and complex.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #71 (December 2012):

Although it’s a bit too sweet and could use more malt backbone, what we have here is an average Scottish Ale. There’s not enough examples of the style in the US, so fans of the style should give it a try, as should those who enjoy beers brewed with smoked malts.

STYLE: Scottish Ale
ABV: 5.3%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

LOOK: Hazy, dirty blonde with a thin creamy lace

SMELL: Cereal grains, tea, mild smoke

TASTE: Light-bodied, smooth, crackery, nutty malts, golden syrup, tea leaves, golden fruits, gum, faint watery smokiness, bone dry finish, lingering smoke

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Photo of troyvar
2.71/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Addams glass. Copper colored with nice creamy head, beautiful look. Smell is light, as are taste and mouthfeel. As I'm used to a heavier Scottish Ale, I find this way to light.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours amber with a one-finger white creamy white head. The head lingers to a thin ring leaving cascading soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is malty sweetness, toasted bread, and scotch.

T - The taste is caramel malts, toasted bread, apple, pear, and light scotch on the finish.

M - Light bodied with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Dry finish.

O - A decent very easy drinking Scotch Ale.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Buzzard Billy's Lincoln, Ne. Pours a one finger white head that fades quickly no lace. Clear amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Sweet smokey nose. Starts sweet, clean finish, malt comes through late, hops in background. $3.75 for a 16oz glass.

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Photo of ZAP
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First whiff and not much for smoked malts...not expected much but I am surpised...really a full flavored beer for a scottish style ale (this is not a wee heavy)...there is mild light smokiness on the taste along with some sweet caramel biscuit like maltiness...hop impression is not impressionable :) which is fine for this style..

Good solid scottish style ale....don't expect a wee heavy...a lot of people get confused on this....this actually has more of a malt impression than a lot of scottish style ales I've had but is much short of a wee heavy.

Would I buy a sixer of this? Sure

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Photo of Bierman9
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Burning Skye possesses a medium golden color, clear throughout, with a creamy white head which recedes rapidly, leaving a fine, thin layer, but no lacing. Nose was a bit bready and slightly toasty on the malt side, with vague whisky-ish notes as well. Body was a nudge less than medium, and though fairly smooth, it had a little bit of a rough edge on the tongue. Taste has bready malt here, too, with a touch of sweetness. Has a mild, floral hoppiness, though well understated, with a finish on the dry side. Decent bier, though no one thing really comes to the fore and stands out. Thnx to bditty187! Prosit!!

overall: 3.5
appearance: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5

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Photo of BeerBob
2.65/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Burning Skye “Scottish Style” Scottish Style Ale from Empyrean Brewing Co. pours a bright crystal clear amber from a 12 oz dark brown glass bottle with a twistoff cap. Head went to less than one finger before going flat out gone... POOF! no foam or for that matter any trace of foam at all.

Nose is a citrus sour with a malt sweetness. Palate is a light grapefruit zest with a backing of barely malt sugars and a finish of carbonation bight.

Nothing is saying, take me home and I will be your significant other. A not unpleasant brew this Burning Skye “Scottish Style” Scottish Style Ale from Empyrean Brewing Co. but it’s not blowing up my skirt either because in my humble opinion... this is no Scottish Style Ale.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.98/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A rough pour brings up a good sized head of frothy off-white foam. It drops shortly to a half inch or so, but holds well from that point on and leaves some minor lace. The amber body is just slightly hazy, and fine bubbles can be seen slowly rising towards the surface. A touch of smoke and a gently toasty malt are present in the nose. The smokiness is far from overwhelming, and accentuates the malt nicely. The body is medium, and the soft carbonation gently caresses the tongue - it's smooth and lightly creamy across the palate. A softly sweet and mildly biscuity/toasty malt carries through the majority of the flavor, only truly revealing it's subtly smoky side in the finish. Well balanced. Well brewed. Satisfying and very drinkable!

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Photo of bditty187
3.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear coppery-bronze hue, slight tawny influences too, it is a pleasant color but I can’t help but think it is going to be thin tasting. This is not a good first impression. A very hard pour is required to produce a head of a finger in height; it faded quickly to a very sparse soapy collar. Subsequent lacing was absent. This is my number one grievance with Empyrean, the head retention of all of their core beers are lousy! The nose is unique with a mix of chocolate malt, honey-like sweetness, and a trace of faint hops spice. The potency is very limited; it seems more inadequate on this sample that I am reviewing than others I’ve had over the years. I’ll still review it, as I smell it. The palate reminds of an Oktoberfest-style lager with smoked peat/barley and chocolate malts added, the hoppiness is a little strong for a Scottish Ale, which this beer is trying to be. On the other hand the maltiness is a touch thin. But with both of those negatives stated I find Burning Skye to be a tasty beverage, it works well with BBQ. It is on the simple side but I find it tasty. Medium in body, the carbonation is low and typical for the brewery. It is also plenty drinkable. It is a solid offering from Empyrean and a beer worth trying if you are visiting the Cornhusker state.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.05/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a beautiful tawny gold color, perfectly clear, with the occassional slowly rising carbonation bubble. A short, antiqued white head forms with a vigorous pour, quickly diminishing into a patched mist surrounded by a healthy collar. Good retention, a swirl of the glass bringing up a filmy coating that keeps for a while, a healthy collar bordering the rim all the way down. Not much in the way of lace, just a couple scattered flecks that die away quickly.
The aroma is very nice, pretty much spot on for an 80 schilling scottish ale. Rather malty, with a sweet biscuity, caramel texture accompanied by just a touch of wood smoked malt, probably a german variety, reminiscent of that smoked cheddar aroma in rauchbier. Vague appley esters fade through the background, with a gentle brush of floral hopping. Very light carob cmes through with some warmth, probably from the chocolate malt.
The flavor starts with a warm, mellowed maltiness, carob-like chocolate malt adding dimension to a sweetish biscuity framework. Plenty of caramel. Gentle pear and floral esters creep through the middle, a touch of smokiness leading the way into the finish. A rather light hop presence in the finish, mostly a soft floral flavor without much in the way of bitterness. Certainly nothing the malt can't handle, the biscuity caramel flavor easily carrying the finish with the hops keeping the sweetness in check. A suggestion of prune in the aftertaste, along with a lingering maltiness, and a touch of chocolate. The aftertaste sticks around for a while, creating a film on the tongue. The estery fruitiness grows with warmth, adding some pear and plum. A lightish body, leaning towards medium, gently pushed across the palate by a soft spoken, small bubbled carbonation. Very drinkable, with a smoothened british style mouthfeel. Session ale to the hilt.
A very credible scottish ale. Maybe a bit light in body for an 80/-, but robust enough in flavor. The gentle addition of smokiness was a nice touch, adding some complexity. Definitely something I could spend a week or two drinking exclusively. One of my favorites from this brewery, so far.
Thanks to Bditty for the bottle!

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.92/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dark amber color, some light carbonation, little head. Some roasted malts and a tender smokey aroma. Crisp, bready, roasted malts noted up front. A nice mix of chocolate malts and slightly smokey, well balanced, medium bodied. Slightly creamy and at the same time crisp and satisfying, simple, yet tasty, highly drinkable.
Props to my friend bditty187 for this one.

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Photo of Morris729
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium amber color with a thin and creamy white head that quickly fades into a collar of lace. Nose is sweet with notes of dark malts and honey. Light to medium in body and thinner than I was expecting. Taste is sweet toasted malts and grains blended some notes of honey followed by some mildly bitter hops, but the sweetness wins out. Not great but certainly something I’d drink again if I had the opportunity. Thanks to bditty187 for the sample!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.09/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color a tawny brown, orange around the edge. Head: short, small, white. Aroma: Deep and rich, smoky and peaty, full of earthy notes, some dark fruit, and a touch of caramel sweetness.
Good initial hop feeling, nice buzz on the tongue, softly fades away into a roasty, toasty, even burnt feeling on the palate.
Malt is very big here, too, and contributes significantly, giving off even more caramel character. Body is full, texture is good, and the beer is rewarding and easily and happily drinkable.
All in all, a complex and very tasty Scottish ale from Nebraska. Thanks to bditty for sending it up here!

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Minimal off-white head sits atop a clear, orange hued golden beer.
Aroma of toasty malt and fruity, floral hops.

Taste shows a toasty, biscuity, toffee malt backbone. Malt backbone seems a bit lacking in size and depth for the style. Solid hop balance is somewhat fruity. Crisp and clean. Finishes well.

Mouthfeel is just a bit thin for the style.
Very drinkable: tastey and easy-going.

Overall, a solid beer, but it's not what I expect from a Scottish style ale. Big thanks to bditty187 for the bottle!

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Photo of stegmakk
3.72/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a light amber with little head that went away quick. Not much to look at.
Aroma had sweet honey and sweet and roasted malt.
Taste was very mixed but muted. This made it easy to drink. There was a TINY hint of smoke, mild earthy hops bitterness, but more of the sweet and roasty malt.
Felt a little thin, but with the mix of flavor, and the mildness of the flavor, I could drink many of these.

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Photo of SheepNutz
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a slightly hazy deep apricot color with two fingers of head that die off quickly. There is no lacing on the glass. The smell is sweet and malty. Some orange and white grape aromas. A little bit of a yeasty character as well. The taste is also sweet and fruity. Pear and grape flavors and a little bit of caramel sweetness. Certainly doesn't taste like a Scottish Ale. The mouthfeel is just a little watered down. The drinkability is good though. A good beer, but definately not a Scottish Ale.

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Photo of sulldaddy
2.73/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I am sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a pint glass. The beer pours much lighter color than expected with a clear golden orange color and a creamy off-white head of .5 cm foaming up and fading slowly. Eventually becomes a thin surface layer..
Aroma is a grainy and malty with some caramel and just a hint of herbal hops.
First sip reveals a lite to average body with mild yet tingly carbonation. The texture is a little watery, which is a downer.
Flavor is decent with some caramel and toffee and just a bit of grain again. Some general sugary sweetness too. No hops or alcohol anywhere on the flavor. The beer drinks very easy but isnt the most enjoyable flavor. Decent but certainly not great.

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Photo of whynot44
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear light copper color with a small off-white head that turns to just a skin quickly but hangs around and leaves some decent lacing.

The Aroma is caramel malt with a hint of warm bread.

The taste is also light caramel malt with hints of peat smoke and a bit of fruitiness - apple, I think.

Light-medium bodied, smooth and easily drinkable.

Altogether a bit light on the "Scottish" style but a nice enjoyable brew on it's own merits.

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Photo of katan
3.41/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a light brown color, with just a few golden highlights. Off white head formation, about 2mm in size. Seems to be a bit hazy.

S - Light amount of peat malts, some off sweetness. Otherwise, a very muted beer.

T - Starts off with a lightly astringent, husky, grainy note. Mid-stream gets a bit of the smoked peat malts, but little hopping. Slightly malt forward. Finishes clean.

M - Moderate to light beer body. Carbonation is also very restrained. Finishes clean on the tongue. No sting to the tongue.

D - Very easy drinking, especially for a scottish ale. ABV is low, very sessionable. Not filling.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.07/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another beer I picked up on my last trip to the midwest.

It pours a crystal clear coppery brown with a thin ivory head. It smells of sweet earthy malt, lightly smoky and lightly sweet.

The taste is no surprise as it mirrors the smell. Earthy and sweetish, hops way in the background here. I like the smoky flavor that they get in this beer, a lot of brewer's downplay that aspect of Scottish ales. (I find later that they do use Rauch malt.)

Body is a touch light but it's plenty drinkable. I've had better but it's still a fine Scottish ale.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hyper-clear copper and gold hue. Color seems way too light for a Scottish Ale. Small thin dull whie head forms and immediately evaporates.
Aroma has notes of honey sweetness, some caramel and just a faint hint of smoky tones.
Flavor is a light molasses or brown sugar hit with soem residual light hop cone bittering. Scottish Ale this isn't.
Mouthfeel is fairly thin, not unpleasant just does not have underlying characteristics of the style. Good easily be mistaken for a marzen or even a light brown ale.
Drinkability is slightly above average, its a decent beer taste wise. Very one-dimensional and simple but works for a drink. Can't say I'd wholeheartedly recommend but pleasant enough.
Special to Brent (Bditty) for sending in the package of NE beers.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Radiant pumpkin orange with banana colored edges and a thick slice of putty colored foam up top. The head has a decent look, lasts for a spell, and does an okay job with respect to lace deposition.

There isn't much going on in the nose. Maybe hints of toasted malt with a light earthiness, but that's about it. Also, there's no 'wee hint' of the smoked malt that the brewery says is present. Looks like there's some work to be done on the palate.

Burning Skye is an okay little Scottish ale that tries so hard not to offend that it forgets to impress. Like the color and the aroma, the flavor is on the light side. I wasn't expecting a wee heavy, but I was expecting more than this.

Specifics include lightly toasted bread, a faint nuttiness, a faint earthiness, a faint fruity sourness, and a (very) faint smokiness. Sorry, but this offering screams 'average' at the top of its American-brewed Scottish ale lungs. Warming helps a little, just not enough.

The mouthfeel is a little lacking at 5.3%. What body is present on contact dissipates quickly. The bubbles are slightly too sharp-edged and don't inject any creaminess whatsoever.

Even though the ABVs on most their lineup are low enough to have been legal in Iowa prior to the recent change in the alcohol laws, Empyrean beer only started appearing on local stores in the past several months. After trying Third Stone Brown and now Burning Skye Scottish Ale... we weren't missing much.

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Photo of BigRedN
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From scribble notes.

Appearance: Poured for me into a pint glass. The beer is poured with a thin 1/4 inch head and is clear, orangy. What head there is fades to a cloud with some lace.

Smell: Some sweet caramelly malt. Touch smokey when it warms. Any aromas commonly associated with hops are not present.

Taste: This has got a little sweetness to it. The beer is also a touch citrusy. As the scent indicated, there is little in the way of hops here.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light in body with just enough carbonation. Not fizzy, not watery, crisp.

Drinkability: Good easy drinker. Not sure how representative of the style this one is though. Pairs well with certain foods as suggested foods in the menu.

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Photo of Bdc
3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled from bottle, traded with bditty187 from NE. Pours a clear copper with a collared white head and minimal lacing. Aroma is very subtle with just a hint of crystal malt and a floral/candy sweetness. Flavor is semi-sweet, smokey with a small floral, pine and spice hop flavor addition. Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated. An interesting interpretation of the style.

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Burning Skye Scottish Style Ale from Empyrean Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.47 out of 5 with 183 ratings