Old Factory Whistle Scottish Ale | Penobscot Bay Brewery

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Old Factory Whistle Scottish AleOld Factory Whistle Scottish Ale
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Old Factory Whistle Scottish AleOld Factory Whistle Scottish Ale

Brewed by:
Penobscot Bay Brewery
Maine, United States

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

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Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 21
Reviews by cufarley:
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 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 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 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 lzepplin01
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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 u2carew
4.03/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A) Pours with a tan creamy head. Settles to thin sticky lacing. Mahogany in color. Very good clarity when held to the light.
S) Butterscotch. Caramel. Toffee. Grainy. Bread.
T) Toffee. Sweet nose then moves to earthy tones. The hops are very mellow in the finish.
M) Smooth. Light fizzyness. Medium bodied. Light grittiness.
D) Very delicious. I would recommend this and I'd drink another.

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Photo of PEBKAC
2.41/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle shared around the table at a tasting this past weekend.

Poured into my Yards mug.

Dreary rust brown color. Minuscule amount of head.

Smell is of old leather, band aids & something like fruit punch. I'm a bit weirded out by this one, but curious enough to keep going. (Hears the move theater yell, "Run you idiot, run!") :o

Tastes of hairy/stale bread, more leather, more plastic, acrid smoke, burnt caramel, cream, & a fresh(wha?) note of grassy hops. I feel lost.

Mouthfeel was actually alright, with mellow carbonation & it not being very sticky, but I obviously had other concerns.

Bad dog. :|

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Photo of Shuvaxu
4/5  rDev +22%

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

Pours an dark amber brown color with a thin head, fades fast and leaves no lacing, the color is intensely murky.

Smell is very weak although I can make out some grainy malt and some grassy hops.

Taste is a bit too assertive in the carbonation, mostly caramel malt with a weird grassy aftertaste, rather thin as well, that aftertaste is really score killer though.

This is the first beer from a new brewery, hopefully things only get better from here on out. I've read that they're hoping to open a distillery as well (other than the current winery and new brewery), which opens the door for many interesting barrel-aged beers. There's definitely potential if that's the case, they already have the wine down pat, give it time for the beer.

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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 papollo
3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I rate everything average. This is an "average" micro. Not especially off-putting, but not very exciting either. It beats the BMC, but isn't my first choice with lots to choose from.

It's a typical pale ale, certainly not approaching a Scottish Ale.

I'll support a local brewery. My next taste will be in 3-4 months. Til then, I'll not be repurchasing this with so much better on the shelf.

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Photo of CSeavey64
2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

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 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 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 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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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 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 ToasterChef
4.25/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass from a cellar temperature 22oz bottle. Pours a dark, opaque copper color; this is a cloudy beer that you can't see a light source through. The head is thick and full of bubbles of many sizes, small to large. The first thing about the aroma I noticed was its malty sweetness. There is also another scent that is hard to describe, the best my wife and I could come up with is that it reminds us of marshmallows; not what you'd expect in a beer, but it is pleasing. The taste reminds me of well-made candy, with flavors of chocolate and caramel and a warm, creamy mouthfeel. The warmth to the flavor is very nice, and I don't think it is caused by the amount of alcohol (it's not a burning warmth, but something more comforting). The Old Factory Whistle has a heavy mouthfeel that fully coats your mouth. There is a sharpness form the carbonation, but I don't feel that it is over carbonated at all. For being a new brewery offering up my favorite style of beer, I'm quite impressed. I will definitely drink this one again.

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Photo of psdriscoll
2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

Photo of erlenmeyer
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Yeastcakes
4.13/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving notes - Sam Adams glass, cellar temp
A - Carmel malt, yeast.
A - Very cloudy, dark reddish-brown with some light coming through around the edges. Thin quarter inch head that quickly disappears.
M - Nice thick body, low carbonation. Just a hint of alcohol warmth.
T - Caramel malt sweetness, then yeast and some light roast bitterness. Hops very mild and in the background.
D - This is a nice thick full bodied beer with some nice flavors happening.

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Photo of brewnme
4/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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


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