Simple Malt Scotch Ale | Brasseurs Illimités

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Simple Malt Scotch AleSimple Malt Scotch Ale

Brewed by:
Brasseurs Illimités
Quebec, Canada

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by rodenbach99 on 01-07-2010

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Photo of biegaman
3.49/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Simple Malt Scotch Ale has a large head that's built like cotton candy and a lacing that paints the glass like silly spray. Despite these features, however, it's a very serious appearance; there's nothing light-hearted or "fun" about this dark, dense beer. Its liquid is virtually black and the foam brown - it looks like a very somber affair.

... but not a sobering one! This aroma has all kinds of fermentation-driven fruit esters and a not-so-subtle 8.2% alcohol presence. Like Scotch, it has a sharp, intense yet soothing presence (albeit with a kind of spiced milk chocolate-covered cranberry note that's never been present in any single malt I've tried). Hmm, what exactly are we getting into here?

This Wee Heavy is mighty thin and, while it does have some of the caramelly malt characteristic of the style, it lays in the shadow of roasted malt. And it's one big, overarching shadow. There's enough roasted barley to create a bold coffee-and-cream flavour as well as impressions of chocolate and smoke. It's far more like a London Porter than a Scottish Strong.

Even the raisiny, dried fruit esters seem to me to be more unintended by-products than calculated style markers. Seeing the head erupt as it did on the pour didn't sit right with me, then I started noticing all kinds of baking spices. The ultra-gunky layer of sediment in the bottle confirms it: yeast has a far bigger role than it should (or likely was intended to).

It'd be difficult to justify calling Simple Malt Scotch Ale unpleasant but it does have some major style deficiencies and definite technical flaws. This has been my experience with Brasseurs Illimités in a nutshell: hit and miss, and when they don't hit the mark poor bottle condition and/or quality control has likely had something to do with it. Be weary if buying.

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Photo of mademers
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MatChar
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.91/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Franck
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of SputnikMonroe
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Mr_Hoptimistic
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of VbolieuV
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I forgot to let it reach the ideal serving temperature, I drank it directly out of the fridge, maybe I should try it again at a higher temperature. Nonetheless I was quite satisfied by this beer.

From a 341 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a really dark brown, almost black beer. With almost no head, it's probably my glass' fault because, according to other reviews there should be a ~3 inches head.

Smell: Oh my god the smell! A really sweet smell that smells like black licorice , you can also smell some caramel aromas in there.

Taste: A really sweet taste too, really "caramel-y". The finish is really sweet too, a little fruity also. No alcohol is detectable.

Mouthfeel: Really feels good, almost no carbonation.

Overall: A pretty good beer, as it is with other beers from this brewery. A solid scotch ale, not the best out there but pretty solid. I'll have to try it again at a higher temperature and with a well cleaned glass.

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Photo of Whatup14
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of wizo
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Melomanemusher
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of KalanM
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Rutager
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Hoppypocket!

Appearance. Pours a deep red-brown with 3 fingers of light orangey-tan head that leaves some nice lacing.

Smell. Caramel with raisins and dark fruits. Some booze and a slight musty smell.

Taste. Sweet caramel and brown sugar with some sweet plums and raisins and a little bit of chocolate in the finish. Alcohol well hidden.

Mouthfeel. Falls short of full bodied with below medium carbonation. A little bit sticky.

Overall. A sweet, but good tasting and easy drinking beer. Having no problem finishing this glass.

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Photo of Molson2000
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of fostachild
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Photo of beerhunter13
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of bsuedekum
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of oldp0rt
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of clesius
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of papat444
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 341ml. bottle.

Appearance: A reddish-brown body with 2 fingers worth of foam that doesn't stick around long. Mild lacing.

Smell: Dash of smoke, spices, dates and spice bread.

Taste: Dried fruit with a sweet twinge. Wood, caramelized sugar and some herb bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, strong upfront but loses some in the finish.

Overall: A decent stab at the style. Worth a try.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this from my BA friend in Quebec so I feel very priledged to be the first U.S. BA'r to review this beer. THANKS, Patrick!

A - Pours a nice deep amber/mahogany/burgundy color into my snifter when held up to the light. When not held in the light, looks more like a dark chestnut color. Has no head at all and a very thin lacing ring around the top and very small, tight bubbled, mild carbonation. As the glass is swirled, it sticks to the sides like syrup and is viscous-like.

S - Has a roasted malt aroma that resembles toasted caramel. There's a slight booziness in the nose, it will be interesting to see how much of the ABV comes through on the palette. Also detect raisins, prunes, possibly some figs and definitely has some breadiness.

T - Has a big malt character (big surprise considering the style), raisins, some toffee caramel, and a touch of overripe cherry buried far beneath that's barely detectable.

M - Silky body, somewhat creamy on the tongue, lipsmacking stickiness coats the lips, medium body.

D - A little one dimensional and not overly bold in flavor.

I'm very glad to have had the opportunity to try this beer, it's right on for the style but would love to see more richness in aroma and taste. Overall, I still enjoyed it.

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Photo of flipper2gv
3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A: One of the most gorgeous color I've ever seen. Fully translucent with a dark red/orange color. Sadly, an aggressive pour didn't give much head and the retention was really bad. Also, only light lacing.

S: It's a scotch ale and it doesn't lie. Very sweet smell. There is a lot of caramel, molasses, licorice, brown sugar and maple syrup. Also a lot of biscuit malts and bread like malts. Dark fruits are present. A tiny bit of vanilla. Very straightforward.

T: Pretty much the same as the smell. Except it's more on the fruits side than on the malty side. And grape. Quite a good level of alcohol present.

F: Not there at all. Way too watery for a scotch ale and the carbonation is near non existant.

D: It's balanced and easy to drink.

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The whole thing poured almost silently into my tulip like some sort of syrup. Not a splash and very little head.

A- Seemed black but when held up to the light is much more of a dark brown with reddish highlights. Only a very thin ring around the glass as head.

S- Still a bit too cold so all I'm getting is dark dried fruit. Warming up allowed a bit of baker's chocolate to come through. Then butterscotch and alcohol.

T- Molasses and spices. Prune and raisin. Alcohol shows up as it warms but not much. A bit of dark chocolate with a black tea after-taste.

M- Thin yet a bit syrupy. Little carbonation.

D- Good but more body or carbonation could help.

I like it, but being only my third Scotch Ale to date, I'm sure there's much better out there.

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Photo of Viggo
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from Peluso.

Pours a clear dark reddish brown, some dark amber highlights, thin off white head forms and settles to a very thin ring around the glass, before disappearing completely, no lacing.

Smell is nice, some dark fruit and malts, caramel/toffee, some honey, bread, raisin, sherry, some wood, light vanilla, pretty plain.

Taste is similar, very malty and sweet, nice caramel notes, some vanilla, raisin and some dark fruit, biscuit and malty in the finish, some brown sugar, alcohol kicks in a bit.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Drinkable but not a whole lot going on.

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Photo of grub
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Viggo brought this one over. thanks eric!

12oz bottle. sampled march 14/2010.

pours crystal clear deep red that shows great ruby and garnet highlights when held to the light. a small fine light brown head forms, quickly dropping to a ring around the glass and leaving only a few spots of lace.

aroma is nice. caramel and toffee. hint of butterscotch. touch of smoke. rye bread and cracker. bit of biscuit. hint of alcohol. light earthy character.

taste is nice. light smoke. toffee and dark caramel. touch of alcohol. lightly toasted multi-grain bread. biscuit. bit of cracker. light earthy character. bit of dark fruit - date, raisin.

mouthfeel is good. just over medium body. medium-low carbonation level works well.

drinkability is great. great balance, hiding its alcohol quite well. nice depth and complexity. a tasty scotch ale.

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