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
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 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 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 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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4.1/5  rDev +25%

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 Shuvaxu
4/5  rDev +22%

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

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.87/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber obtained at The Lighthouse in Manchester, Maine. Pours a crystal-clear dark copper brown body with a half inch of short-lived light tan head. Smells a slightly peat-smoked dark chocolate nut banana with kind of a cola-like quality. Dark chocolate and nut dominate with some dry roastiness and just the slightest hint of peatiness. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall a rather well done Scottish ale, rubbing up against the Wee-heavy style. A bit of a sipper but one sip definitely invites another. A solid balanced malty brew. Good stuff. Impressed with this brewery thus far!

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

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 gueuzeonhigh
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 Bierliebhaber3
3.38/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This Scotch ale pours a dark reddish brown color with a big foamy tan head. The smell is very mild, but is obviously malt oriented with caramel and grains being the dominant contributors. The flavors are more grain heavy than caramel heavy, which is not typical for a scotch ale in my experience. The flavor has a distinctly German flair, which is kind of confusing in a scotch ale also. Yeast and toasted bread also combined with a mild hop bitterness, which seems fine. There is a slight metallic taste as well, which is a flaw here. The body is medium. Both the body and the alcohol presence seem a little light for me compared to my favorite scotch ales. The finish is quite dry. Not bad to drink besides a slight metallic flaw, but definitely a bit confused. It tastes more like a slightly sweetened German lager to me than it does a scotch ale.

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3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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 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 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 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 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 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 erlenmeyer
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of rab53
3/5  rDev -8.5%

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Old Factory Whistle Scottish Ale from Penobscot Bay Brewery
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