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Scot-Irish | Bridge Brew Works LLC

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Brewed by:
Bridge Brew Works LLC
West Virginia, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by RonfromJersey on 08-06-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by Treyliff:
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3.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- poured into a snifter. Pours dark and cloudy amber brown with a huge light tan foamy head that retains long after the pour, eventually leaving a small layer of foam on top with a bit of sticky lace

S- lots of barrel notes up front, woodsy and earthy, dark fruit notes of raisin and fig, brown apple core. Bourbon juice is noticeable but not overpowering. Some sweet and malty notes but predominantly barrel

T- the barel flavors are nice up front, notes of vanilla & oak, very woodsy. Beyond that the amber ale tries to tries to come through, light sweet malty notes with a bit of tartness. Barrel flavors continue to dominate though giving a bit of fig flavor on the back end with some tobacco leaf

M- medium body with high carbonation leads to an extremely foamy mouthfeel and finish, tannic bitterness costs the palate upon finish

O- the barrel notes from this beer were great, but I don't think the style of beer could quite hold up to the complexity from the bourbon barrel. Still an enjoyable brew and great to see something like this coming out of WV. Keep them coming!

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of apasternak
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy dark brownish red in color. It poured with a finger high tan head that died down but has very good retention properties and consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of bourbon are present in the nose along with hints of caramel malts.
T: Like the smell, the taste has lots of bourbon flavors but the underlying caramel malts are a little more prominent.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The oak bourbon barrel aging really kicks this up from being an ordinary red ale to a beer that can be sipped and savored, but something that is still relatively easy to drink.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.76/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I got a bottle of Bridge Brew Works Scot Irish about a month ago from my cousin Nathan. It's nice to see brewers explore different styles of beer when it comes to barrel aging, Stouts aren't the only style that can benefit from being barrel aged and since I'm in the mood for something barrel aged I thought I would give this one a try so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a snifter.

A- I really like the label, it's pretty well done and the information on the bottle is nice. It poured a nice and cloudy mahogany color that took on some dark amber and ruby hues when held to the light with three and a half fingers worth of fluffy tan head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and left some nice lacing behind. This is a pretty good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by a pretty big bourbon barrel aroma with some nice woody, bourbon and vanilla like aromas with a slight boozy aroma. Up next comes some sweet and slightly grainy malts with a little bit of caramel malt like aromas coming through with a little bit of doughy yeast in the background. The aroma is nice, but I think the bourbon barrel aspect is a little too dominating and I wish the base beer showed up a little more.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by a big bourbon barrel aspect with some nice woody oak flavors coming through along with some vanilla and lighter bourbon flavors with the oak seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes the malts that seems to stick out more than it did in the aroma and it imparts some nice sweet caramel and toffee like flavors. On the finish there's a lower amount of bitterness with a very bourbon barrel like aftertaste. This is a pretty good tasting beer, the malts show up just enough to provide balance to the bourbon barrel flavors.

M- Pretty smooth, very crisp, clean, fizzy, a little prickly, on the slightly lighter side of being medium bodied with a pretty high amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was going in the right direction, but I thought that the carbonation was a little out of control especially for the style.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer, I haven had any beers of this style that were barrel aged that I can compare it to, but I would say that as far as Bourbon Barrel aged beers goes this ones pretty on par for the style with the barrel aspect showing up nicely. This beer had nice drinkability, it was pretty smooth, not filling, and the flavors did a good job at holding my attention but I think the higher carbonation would start to wear on me after a while and one bottle is enough for me. What I liked the most about this beer was the taste and appearance, I liked the balance in the taste and I thought this was a pretty good looking beer. What I liked the least about this beer was high amount of carbonation, it just felt a little too fizzy, especially for the style. I would buy this beer if I had access to it, it really delivers when it comes to the Bourbon Barrel aspect. I would recommend this to pretty much anyone who enjoys Bourbon Barrel aged beers. All in all I enjoyed this beer, I thought it was a little rough around the edges with the higher fizzy carbonation, but the taste was pretty good and I thought both the base beer and the bourbon barrel showed up nicely in the taste. Nice work Nate, this is a pretty nice first attempt at a barrel aged beer and I hope to see a few more barrel aged beers in the future, I think that the Barleywine might hold up pretty well in some barrels. Thanks for giving me a chance to try this Nate.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a . relatively clear medium deep reddish-brown in color with moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass. The beer has a three finger tall foamy light tan head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of bourbon barrels with notes of oak and vanilla with light aromas of caramel malts.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of caramel malts with a light to moderate amount of sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of bourbon and bourbon barrels with moderate notes of oak and vanilla. Light flavors of tannins and just a touch of bitterness in the finish which fades almost immediately.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: Interesting because it is one of the lightest bodied barrel aged beers that I have enjoyed. I found this beer to have an enjoyable complexity and good flavor and it was much better than I expected, and I was surprised that it was so poorly related - I do have to note that I aged this one for about a year waiting to share it with a friend. Definitely a sipping beer.

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Photo of Shawnspl
2/5  rDev -42.9%

Photo of matt_duthie
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of wvbrewcrew
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of RonfromJersey
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I see a beer named Scot-Irish, and I think it might be an Irish Dry Stout aged in Scotch barrels. Or maybe that Irish Stout blended with a Wee Heavy. What this is though, is an American Red Ale aged in Bourbon barrels.

Dark brown with indirect light, blood red when held to direct. Five fingers plus of dirty beige foam.

Aroma of bourbon and water, with hint of vanilla. Some malt sweetness.

The malt of the American Red Ale makes a most fleeting appearance. The bourbon lacks depth. Best part of the taste is the delicate oak and vanilla near the end. Bit of belly burn in the afterglow.

Surprisingly light mouthfeel.

Overall, this beer is rather superficial when measured against he expectations that arise when a label refers to barrel age. Probably not a good idea to use an American Red as your base, because it just got lost.

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Scot-Irish from Bridge Brew Works LLC
Beer rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 10 ratings
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