Charles II Scotch Ale | Wormtown Brewery

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Brewed by:
Wormtown Brewery
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by rudzud on 02-04-2011

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by feylure:
Photo of feylure
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried a sample of this and had to order a glass!

It pours a great, dark amber color with a decent amount of carbonation.

Smell is filled with sweetness characterized by barely and caramel.

Taste is quite great. It reinforces the smell with it's taste as they are a bit the same. Deep, rich caramel and barely notes permeate the flavor. It has a nice, bitter spike at the end.

Mouthfeel is well balanced and full the whole way.

I'll probably have this again as I thought it was quite a good brew!


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More User Reviews:
Photo of ExtraStout
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Perrercorn's next to the brewery. It's 7.3% A.B.V. and 25 I.B.U.'s.

The Scotch ale is deep copper in color with ruby highlights. Deep malty aroma from 8 different malts and background traces of alcohol. Full bodied with rich malt flavor that turns to smooth alcohol and hints of tree fruits. Very smooth from the prolonged cold fermentation by 3 different yeast strains.

Very tasty, smooth, creamy, slightly smokey, with a long lasting head. I am becoming a big fan of this wee heavy stuff. One of the best representations of the style I've had. On par with Founder's.

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Photo of jmerloni
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Light brown/amber coloration with big airy head that recedes fairly quickly and laces fairly well. Appears quite thin.

S - Very very yeasty and bready with some caramel malt.

T - Fruitier than I expected. Floral taste with a nice tangy scotchy aftertaste with a big molasses malt backbone.

M - Mouthfeel is kind of dead. Continues to be Wormtown's downfall. I'm sure it's a matter of equipment because I think they'd have remedied the issue by now. Has the feel of soda like a lot of their beers. There's no reason why this beer should have only 25 IBUs. Should be in the 50-70 range. Medium to light but feels like cough syrup because the carbonation/IBU mix is very off.

D - This beer is solid, like all of their beers, except for the mouthfeel. I feel like I'm drinking cream soda. They'll get it down and I'll keep buying from them. Once they settle down on 5-6 solid brews that they produce year-round, they'll get that shit perfected. Dark Day was the best I've tried from them and they should go in that direction. Haven't tried Coconut Porter or Pro Am and I hear those are great, too. Should definitely be moving in the direction of Dark Day. Black IPAs are a rare and underappreciated breed and that brew does it well. Keep at it, Wormtown.

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Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dammit rudzud, stop adding these before me (j/k).

Tap at peppercorns,
Rich 1 finger head fades at a med pace with lots of lacing, very dark molasses brown color.

Nose of darker rich malts, a winter ale nutty malt and light spice, rich dark malts, caramel and light brown sugar.

Taste is decent, some dark malts, dark crystal and bit of roast, creamy and a bit of an earthy herbal hop taste, light bitterness, toasty malts, light nutty malts and bitty of winter like spices, semi sweet with a drier finish, lingering bitter earthy herbal hops, light dark malts.

Mouth is a bit heavier with decent carb.

Drink is decent, not much for abv hit, fairly smooth and decent dry finish, but I'm not a huge fan off the herbal earthy UK style hop addition, but that's opinion.

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Photo of bpk59
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of FluffyMcTingle
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have been looking forward to this one for quite some time and finally had this on tap last night at Wormtown/Peppercorns.

This was poured into a snifter with a faint head and nice deep brown color.

The nose wis nice and sort of mellow with light caramel and slightly sweet aroma.

The flavor of this brew is exactly what I expected for the style. Malty, caramel, slightly sweet with mild hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel was good with light carbonation.

I could drink this all the time. It drinks really well and I would not have expected a 7.3% abv. Overall, I am happy this is now available and will definitely stop in for more.

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Photo of Durge
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Scotch ale is a very dense/opaque black with brown edges sporting a weak light tan ring on top and modest lacing. The nose hit brings deep milk chocolate and oatmeal malt. Smooth and pleasing. The flavor delivers a very nice wave of chocolate with smoked vegetable, unique and enjoyable. It's grassy but the chocolate and smoke work to mellow it out into a pretty drinkable brew. It has a silky feeling, a medium bodied ale with very subtle carbonation. This is a very credible Scotch ale, very much recommended.

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Photo of rudzud
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Named after the British "Merrie Monarch" who lost the Civil War to Oliver Cromwell in the Battle of Worcester in 1651. This uses 8 different malts and has a ABU of 25.

A - Poured into a standard pint glass. A deep, rich dark copper pour nice and crystal clear. Atop it sits a massive, fluffy two finger head of a dark cream colour which receeds very slowly leaving heavy side lacing. Just wonderful.

S - There are some nice sweet, carmel malts and a little bit of alcohol. Not picking much else up unfortunately.

T - Very nice malt flavours here. An almost dark sweetness here. There is a slight fruitiness to it as well as a nice warm alcohol presence. Its not too strong, but does assert itself nicely. Theres a good malt aftertaste as well.

M - Low carbonation to the point of being almost nonexistant, but somehow this is dry and crisp. Doesn't have that nice creamy mouthfeel.

D - Great appearance and a really solid flavour. This is another winner from Wormtown. Solid take on a classic brew.

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Photo of sentomaster
3.46/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Light brown/amber with a decent head that recedes quickly and laces fairly well. Almost a black and tan look to it.

S - Roasted malts and caramel. Sweet alcohol and an earthy herbal tea like quality.

T/M/D - Light, toasty, malty sweetness of caramel and a tinge of light fruit. Some light floral notes also. A small bit of sweet, scotch-like alcohol rises up. All wrapped up in a light herbal and earthy hop character. Decently carbonated but not quite there; a bit thin and it sits a bit too delicate on your palate, not enough umphh in the body. This presents a problem in the finish as it just kinda goes away without saying goodbye.

An ok Scotch ale. Very drinkable in terms of accessibility, but not something that would pull me back again and again. Just ok. It has potential but they really need to up the body and give it some more character.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

64OZ GROWLER into pint.

This is a damn good beer. Pours a dark red/brrown with a creamy sandy tan head. Nose is sweet and simple, a bit of smoke/toasty grain. Strong yet smooth malt body, pretty robust. Flavor is spot-on. The earthy bitterness makes this stand apart from others in the style, and makes me really dig it. Good body, no sign of the ABV, goes down well and I blow through the growler pretty quickly. I could groove on this one all day. I will be buying more o' this whenever I am in the Worcester area- this is a stellar beer.

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Charles II Scotch Ale from Wormtown Brewery
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 11 ratings
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