Davey Murray's Best Scotch Ale
Lagunitas Brewing Company

Davey Murray's Best Scotch AleDavey Murray's Best Scotch Ale
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Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
3.78 | pDev: 11.11%
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Davey Murray's Best Scotch AleDavey Murray's Best Scotch Ale
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Photo of larryarms847
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brownish red/mahogany, clear, and minimal foam.

Caramel, molasses, oak, and some smokiness.

Caramel comes through strong in flavor, but everything else I was getting in aroma is overpowered in flavor. A bit thin.

Full-bodied, low carbonation, sweet, thin.

Overall, as a fan of the style, this was definitely a bit of a let down.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Amber hued with a sufficient amount of sediment within the body. There's a half inch of creamy beige on top. The aroma is of a heavy portion of sweet bready to caramel malt. I'm tasting plenty of marzipan and bready to caramel light malt. The mouth is sticky and chewy, which is true to style. This is a style that has pretty much fallen out of favor more recently.

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Photo of bibo_ergo_sum
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pretty looking beer. Ruddy brown, almost a pink tint when held to the light. Thin head with lots of lacing.
S: Marzipan, toffee, bbq smokiness.
T: Sweet toffee, roasted oats, lingering sweetness on the finish, despite 9.5%abv little alcohol taste.
F: Thin and drinkable, rather light-bodied for its style.
O: Agree with other reviews. Its too light bodied to be a scotch ale. It almost reminds me of a dunkel, but with some of the smokiness and cloying sweetness of a scotch ale. At $12 a six pack its a good deal.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip from the bottle.

Appearance: Thin brown almost opaque body with a white to tan head rising just over a finger's length with medium bubbles on the body with a very sticky lacing.

Smell: sweet citrus and toffee scent, dissipates quick right after first sniff.

Taste: Malty sweet consisting of toffee and dose of hops.

Mouth: Good after taste but definitely could be better.

Overall. Hybrid brew which crosses between an American strong ale and scotch ale. Worth grabbing just for the hell of it, salud!

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Photo of zeff80
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a slightly murky, brown color with a small, light brown head of foam. It smelled of roasted malt and a little smoke. Doesn't have enough peat/smoke/mossy flavor to really feel like a Scotch Ale. Malty and sweet.

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Photo of seedyone
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Here is a mellow, malty sweetish substantial mouthful. If that's sounds complicated, it's actually not. Maybe a tad rich for a summer's eve, but one that you should take when you can get it.

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Photo of Tone
3.22/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear mahogany color. 2/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong spicy hops, slight citrus hops, sweet malt, alcohol, slight yeast, hint of wood, and slight resin. Does not seem to fit the style of a Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp. with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong spicy hops, slight citrus hops, sweet malt, alcohol, slight yeast, hint of wood, and slight resin. Overall, an overly hoppy Scotch ... seems better suited as an Old or Strong Ale. Tasty, but not a Scotch.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.49/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: [4.50] The bottle lists the ABV (9.5%) and there is a bottled date (02/24/2017). Very pretty reddish brown colored beer. Forms a fat 2 finger head of dense offwhite cream.

S: [3.50] Straight up IPA (rereads bottle...) Citrus rind, floral hops, hints of caramelized sugar.

T: [3.25] Booze, melted sugar candy, light citrus and leather.

M: [3.75] Decent body and carbonation.

O: [3.50] I think this missed the mark. They went for 9.5% and there is a lot of potential for flavor in there - but it doesn't have it. Without the label there is no way I'd call this a Scotch Ale. It has no peat or smokiness. The nose presents as an IPA. I just don't like this beer.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had a 12oz pour today during Father's Day lunch with my ladies. $7.00 At The Grill Next Door.

A small tulip was filled with a deep, clear chestnut colored brew, with some ruby shining at the edges. Had a short, fine tan head with solid lacing. Aroma wad a tad mild, but I did discern some caramel and toffee. Feel was rather smooth but it was a touch thin

Taste also displayed caramel and toffee, with a touch of light peaty action. Also had hints of brown sugar and brown bread. Finish had a little earthy character to it. Not bad, but for 9.5% AVB I would think it would have more backbone and kick. Prosit!

3.81/5 rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75


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Photo of hoptualBrew
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cola brown in color with small light khaki head. Aroma is mixed nuts, caramel, toffee, and a strong herbal note with a roasted grain edge. Same characters on the palate with a touch of baker's chocolate. Decent amount of spicy, herbal hops in combination with the sweet grains make for a bitter-sweet drinking experience. Great hearty beer for a night cap.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear mahogany with a off white head that laces well. Smells of cotton candy sweetness, caramel malt, and a hint of peated malt which has faded over time. Taste follows with a cloying sweetness. Feel is thinner bodied than a typical Scottish ale, medium carbonation, and decent amount of alcohol presence. Overall, this beer is ok but hardly resembles a Strong Scottish ale. Slainte!

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
2.87/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a thistle, the appearance was a ruddy burnt brown transparent color with a sustaining finger’s worth of white to eggshell white foamy head gently dissipates. Speckled sticky lace. The aroma smelled like baked caramel nut cookies. Some grassy hops hit some cereal to toasty and earthy tones and then a touch of alcohol. The flavor seemed pretty much the same as the aroma with a stronger boozier sort of leathery dryness rubbing against my tongue. Blended grassy to leathery booziness hits in the aftertaste and rolls right on into the finish, semi-sticky. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium bodied with a good carbonation hitting all around. ABV felt appropriate for what the brewer projected. It’s smooth, I will give it that. Overall, me, I’m not quite sure about this scotch ale, seems like there’s a lot of potential here, but I see a couple things that could be changed up to make this one a stellar one of it’s style.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Deep red-orange. Good clarity. Head formation and retention is superb. Thick, chunky lacing.

S: Toffee, caramel, tasted crust. Redfruits. Broken pine needles. Smoke.

T: Big toffee sweetness. Toasted crust. Kiss of smoke. Somewhat jammy with a lot of redfruits. Earthy hops stick around right into the finish.

M: Huge body. Full, thick, chewy. Coating. Ample carbonation prickles sharply.

O: Just like most Lagunitas brews- it isn't perfectly to style, but it's still good. Somewhat bombastic in its approach. Too big for its own good (even for the style) and with a hefty dose of American hops. It exists in its own universe.

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Photo of arizcards
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single from TW Arrowhead 3-12-17 for $2.79. No bottling date visible but picked this up shortly after it became available.

Beer poured brown with a nice off white head that is leaving lacing.

Nose is citrusy and lightly smoked malts.

Taste is smoked malts, citrus, brown sugar, and baked bread - the citrus is the outlier. Finished is semi sweet.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth.

Overall not a bad beer nor great beer. Hats off to Lagunitas for having the gumption to release a slightly off beat brew to the mass market.

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Photo of jopezu
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours a murky, dark chestnut/tan with a thick head that hangs around for a bit. large chunky sediment floaters. nose; sweet bread, toffee, almond, & light herbal citrus zests. taste; big caramel malt, toffee, floral orange, cashew, mellowed citrus hops, lemon pith, & light resinous pine. medium carbonation & mouthfeel. decent & interesting beer, but it's not a wee heavy; this is very much a citrus-hopped red/amber ale by taste. cheers!

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Photo of q33jeff
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Uno, california no ipa day.

LOOK: dark brown, reddish hue,small off white head.
AROMA; hoppy, woody, floral.
TASTE: metallic, hops, wood, veggie.

FEEL: medium to full body. Below avg carbonation.

Good, but pales in comparison to the other offerings here tonight.


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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Form the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This nice scotch pours a deep brown tinged ruby
color with a nice head of off white foam that subsides to a thick ring, thin layer, and
showcases some nice lacing. Nose of grapefruit, dark malts, and rich sweet malts
with a touch of peat and earthy smoke. Flavors somewhat follow the nose with rich
brown sugars lightly earthy peat malts that are pounded by grapefruit and citrus notes
far outside of the style from the liquid hop addition with a nice shot of warming booze.
Excellent mouth feel; medium carbonation, medium full body, and a nice warming
finish appropriate to the style minus the citrus hop notes.

Overall, a decent take on a classic style that is a nice but outside of the boundaries, but
that said THAT is what makes it unique rather than a standard scotch ale.


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Photo of EMH73
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I really don't see this a a scotch ale/wee heavy. It is too light bodied and well hopped In my opinion. That being said it is a good but not great beer.

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Photo of Lucular
3.34/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not sure how this is supposed to be a Scotch Ale. It reminds me of an old DIPA that is approaching American barleywine territory. Too sweet and boozy, not to mention overly hopped.

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Photo of thebeers
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a ruby brown with an excessive three or more fingers of tan head that are a bit on the soupy side. It slowly dissipates to leave thick lacing.

Dark-roasted, almost caramelized malts stand out first in the nose with a hint of cherry and slight medicinal quality, then some earthy hops behind.

The taste is fairly similar. It's not quite at a peat smoke level, but has more of a roasted character, with definite caramel, a medicinal note and enough lingering hop bitterness to prevent it from being sweet. There's a nice alcohol bite on the back end, too.

It has a thick-bodied, somewhat-creamy and over-carbonated feel.

Aside from the carbonation level, this seems really solid to me. Definitely a sipper. It's more bitter than many examples, but the bitterness doesn't seem out of place. Unlike a lot of overly bitter beers, it seems very complementary here.

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Photo of DoubleMalt
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Full of large floaters. Not clear as others describe. Although it tasted good, I dumped after reading all the reviews that the look was a clear dark brown.

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Photo of tigg924
4.26/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap. Pours clear, chestnut brown in color with 3/4 inch head. Taste is heather, lavender, molasses, and a touch of bitter earthy hops towards the end. Light bodied for the style, medium-low carbonation, and sweet. Reminds me more of a really good gruit, than a typical Wee Heavy. One of the better Scotch ales I have had in a while. Well worth a shot.

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Photo of blackcompg
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours a quick finger of khaki foam, body is a translucent garnet amber, gentle carb rising within, leaves nice lace rings after each sip

Smell - brown sugar, molasses, dark toffee, and faint citrus and herbal hops

Taste - very much like the nose, starts with toffee, molasses and brown sugar, quickly joined by herbal hops of basil, anise, and some citrus pith. I get some faint roast and dried herbs at the back, and a bit of black licorice

Mouthfeel - This is a full medium, carb is on the lower side, allowing the sweetness to linger on the palate a bit. Carb seems to foam up just a bit along the back of the tongue, quite smooth, no sharp edges here

Overall - Definitely a "Lagunitas-ified" scotch ale. Starts out all scotch ale, then the hops profile kicks in. In some ways it reminds me of a stronger black ipa, but their other beer Nighttime does this much better. It's good, but I prefer many of their other offerings over this one.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a decent foamy off-white head that takes a long time to dissipate. The beer itself is a very nice looking brown that is unusually clear and not typical for the style. It isn't a bad look but it's not what you would expect from a scotch ale/wee heavy.

The smell is decent and better than the taste. It has nice mixture of caramel malt, burnt sugar, and an interesting smokiness.

The taste is disappointing but it has a decent flavor. The caramel malt note is fairly light and a moderate hop floral note with a bitter finish as well. The sweetness is a bit of honey that blends well and overpowers the caramel. The beer has a nice light smokiness to it and an earthy hop presence that work well together. The problem is that the taste lacks the kind of intensity normally found in this kind of beer.

The feel is just said. It's a heavy beer but seems to lack heft and gives the feeling of heavy water despite the tingling carbonation.

Overall, it was a decent beer but there are better versions.

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Photo of Skrumpy
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark copper, slightly hazy. Thin head that diminished quickly, minimal lacing. The aroma is caramel malt, tobacco, citrus and honey. The flavor is similar, sweet malt and orange blossom, slightly floral. Some earthy and smokey tones as well. A rather mild beer for the ABV. The beer's flavor improved as it warmed up. Dry finish, relatively smooth. A good beer overall.

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Davey Murray's Best Scotch Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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