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Old Factory Whistle Scottish Ale | Penobscot Bay Brewery

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Old Factory Whistle Scottish AleOld Factory Whistle Scottish Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Penobscot Bay Brewery
Maine, United States
winterportwinery.com

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Old Factory Whistle, our signature ale, is patterned after red ales that have a rich Scottish heritage.

This ale utilizes crystal, pale, chocolate and Munich malts with a dose of roasted barley resulting in a complex mixture of the toasty flavors of caramel malt and sweetness, and a classic rich red color.

English Kent Golding hops add to the depth and help produce that pleasing balance.

Added by Yeastcakes on 05-01-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#40,998
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
34
pDev:
18.6%
Bros Score:
3.2
 
 
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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 20
Photo of brewnme
4/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Fitzy01
3.69/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ChipChaight
3.61/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cufarley
4.21/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Doesn't have the smokey, peaty taste of most Scottish Ales. It's more like an Imperial Red to me.

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Photo of CSeavey64
2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of morebeergood
4.1/5  rDev +25%

Photo of Shuvaxu
4/5  rDev +22%

Photo of psdriscoll
2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

Photo of lzepplin01
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of Satchboogie
2/5  rDev -39%

Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.08/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Into my nonic:

A: deep rich dark brown body that leaves a half finger creamy tan head, it lasts for about thirty seconds. Some spotty, spider webbed lacing appears. No carbonation is seen rising.

S: toasty breadiness with a caramel buttery background.

T: has the previously stated smells combined evenly.

M: medium, pretty watery, but not a bad watery, perhaps slightly expected. This is fairly drinkable.

O: I've had better Scottish ales and probably wouldn't seek this one out again at least from the bottle. However, I am interested in more beers from Penobscot Bay Brewery.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.55/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a clean, vibrant, ruby-copper coloring with a filmy ring of head. Aromas of rich malt and nut, with caramel and booze highlights. Flavors are rich and roasted, with a caramel tang overtone. Floral and syrupy sweet highlights over the palate, also. Decent cling while you drink, with a sugar sweet and thistle aftertaste. The finish is rich and slick. Different twist on a solid style. Interesting brew.

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Photo of rderedin
2.25/5  rDev -31.4%

Photo of Jason
3.2/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Nearly clear brassy color, quick to froth to the top ... almost a gusher when poured in the glass.

SMELL: Yeast, toasted bread, caramel, hay, herbal hop, fallen apples, buttery

TASTE: Smooth, sweet caramel, very grassy, toasted husk, minimal hopping, estery, yeast, vegtal, broth, bone dry

Not much depth at all and a bit messy, if it was cleaned up and not so dry it would be a damn good beer.

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Photo of erlenmeyer
3/5  rDev -8.5%

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3/5  rDev -8.5%

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3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of mainlyale
4.2/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I visited the brewery and tasted it there. I was very impressed with this beer. Not much of a head, but the flavor makes up for it. It is dangerously easy to drink. My all time favorite for just drinking on a rainy afternoon. Really smooth, not hoppy - or perhaps well balanced. No hint of overly roasted barley - like so many dark beers. I believe this is a winner. I bought 2 22 oz bottles and later found them for sale in a Rockport speciality store and also at a Belfast store. I stock up whenever I find it.

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Photo of jsled
2.83/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thin is the word for this beer. It's a bit too light, a bit too watery, a bit not caramel-y enough, a bit not as malty as I'd like, a bit too ... meh. There's no hop presence, which is to be expected, of course.

There's nothing particularly bad about it, but the characteristics of the style don't really stand out, either.

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Photo of oregonskibum
2.92/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Color is a coca-cola brown. Pours with a 1 1/2 inch noticeable fizzy head that drops off very quickly to a flat appearance.

S: Faint caramel malts along with a flavor I can't quite identify (not really a good flavor either). Overall, smell is not very remarkable and pretty bland.

T: Lots of caramel, toffee sweetness up front. Some wet breadiness in mid taste. The finish dies quickly and without much fanfare.

M: Medium body with limited carbonation.

D: This is fairly light and easy to drink, but not very enjoyable. Would not seek this out again.

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3.43/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a caramel color reddish brown. Produced a short lived frothy head.

Slight nose with a slightly flowery aroma and a tad of hops.

When I see the term "scottish ale" I'm accustomed to a rather hearty flavor and a brawny mouthfeel.

This beer as a scottish ale is a rather meek and mild flavor.
The flavor is a mild hops bitterness and not much else.

The flavor continues and the bitterness remains as it traverses into a finish.

The mouthfeel is thin and light weight with a touch of effervescence..

Drinkability is good-- the beer is not heavily alcoholic and while it's a light bodied beer (when I expected a much more robust flavor) it's still quite enjoyable.

Now whether it's was worth it's $6+ for a 1pt 6oz bottle is another question. There are a lot of wonderful beers out there...

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.64/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good dark amber color with a thick head. There is little aroma with the beer a slight sweet smell. The taste starts sweet but quickly turns to a roasted caramel and it finishes with a nice bitterness. This is a refreshing beer with a variety of flavors that come in.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.11/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a two finger off-white head that fades slowly, leaving some lace. Crystal clear deep amber/garnet color. Malt/hop nose. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor has some maltiness with the hops close by. Lingering hop aftertaste. Not my idea of a scotch ale. There are better like Great Divide's Claymore Scotch Ale. Pricey for what we are getting at $6.70 for a 22oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I liked this beer, even though it didn't have all the attributes of a Scottish ale. Garnet color, medium-sized off white head. Sweet fruit aroma, a little bit of caramel. It tasted a little bit like a caramel apple, with some bittering hops coming in late. A little thin in the mouth. Despite the tepid review, I'll probably try it again.

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Photo of Bierman9
2.81/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

My "Bro", Artied2, picked up a bomber of this last week during a foray through Maine, and we shared it last evening. Label has a fairly detailed description of the ingredients.

Poured into a pint glass, the bier was a clear, deep mahogany hue, with a thin, wispy beige head. Left minimal lacing in the glass. Nose was light, with a bit of floral hops but not much in the way of malt. Body was near-medium, and the feel had some carbo prickliness present.

Flavor? Well... It was supremely dry right off the bat. Where's the malty sweetness? Also has nothing in the way of peaty or smoky attributes. There was a distinct bitterness up front, likely from the roasted barley. There's some hoppiness, with earthy, floral hops lending more bitterness to the proceedings. I hope this was an off bottle, otherwise, Yikes! Neither of us cared for it, and we both poured something different to get a better taste in our mouths. Nowhere near what a Scottish Ale should be.

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | drink: 2.5

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Old Factory Whistle Scottish Ale from Penobscot Bay Brewery
Beer rating: 3.28 out of 5 with 34 ratings
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