Desert Select Scotch Ale | Moab Brewery

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Brewed by:
Moab Brewery
Utah, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.59%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Scotch ale or “Wee Heavy,” was included in this series to pay tribute to the hearty Scots who have enjoyed rich, full ales for centuries. This ale was traditionally made with malt dried in peat-fired ovens. This leaves a slightly smoky flavor adding to the malt character. “Wee Heavy” is made with fine Two Row barley and a portion of smoked malt, English hops, pure Moab water and Scottish yeast. It is aged in French oak and bottle conditioned. “Wee Heavy” is a brown-ruby rich color and has a sweet malt character.

Added by portia99 on 05-06-2011

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Ratings: 22 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by Zorro:
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3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Chill hazed brown colored beer with a thick tan colored head.

Smells strongly malty with a strong cake batter scent to it. Some chocolate caramel and coconut to this, it strongly reminds me of German Chocolate Cake. Smells boozy with a rum scent to it but not really finding any smoke in it.

Starts out sweet and strong and a little stingy from the alcohol level. Quite malty there is a smoke flavor here that didn't make it in to the smell and a slight taste of salt. Malty and tasty but it isn't as complex tasting as the scent suggests.

Mouthfeel is thick.

Overall it is tasty but I have had better.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.92/5  rDev +4.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of portia99
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful 750ml swingtop bottle wrapped in a very well designed parchment paper courtesy of my sister. Very nice presentation! Poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours a dirty, muddy brown color. A finger of thick tan colored foam with good staying power forms on top eventually leaving behind some sparse lacing on the glass.

S - Hmm, very low aroma profile. All I'm able to get is a whiff of higher alcohols - a bit solventy, sugary sweet, caramel...very subdued overall.

T - As expected, definitely a malt bomb here. Sweet, caramelly, a bit of alcohol. Very smooth and almost creamy...lightly boozy liquid caramelly.

M - Smooth, creamy, medium bodied, low creamy carbonation, buttery smooth. Goes down very easily.

O - Overall, very good. Not my favorite style (prefer the hoppy stuff), but this is very enjoyable...smooth, a bit dessert-like, caramel, light booze.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of mactrail
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear orange amber with beautiful foam in the New Belgium snifter. Lots of sudsy carbonation. More creamy, in fact, than most beers in this style. Lovely aroma of slightly smoky grain simmering with some toasted fruit cake.

Some sweetness and a malty body. Tangy roasted barley, just a little grainy, with a smooth caramel flavor like it's been melting by the campfire. Dark raisiny flavors with a bitter walnut note. Grilled mangos, maybe. Just slightly fruity, just sweet enough, and there is a touch of whiskey somewhere. Overall this is one of the better Scotch Ales I've had. Just the right balance of sweet and sharp, just a whiff of smoke and a long bitterish finish with some hoppy notes.

I think these Moab guys are doing some great things. From the swing-top bottle purchased at Wilbur's Total Beverage in Fort Collins, Colorado.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle
Swing Top

Poured into a chalice a very nice brown/amber color, very very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick creamy two-finger off-white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing and a huge oil slick in the middle of the glass. The nose is malty, fruity, with a slight yeast note. The taste is sweet, malty, nice fruit and yeast notes. Medium body. Overall I'm very impressed with this brew from MB, would recommend and buy again. Way to go MB!

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

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3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Rayek
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Desert Select pours a toffee brown, with a dense cream head that has great staying power. A good amount of lace is left behind. Easily the beer's strongest attribute.

Most of the requisite Wee Heavy properties are here. Toffee, caramel, black tea and a touch of peat. However, a weird sourness is at work too. It detracts from the overall picture quite a bit. The alcohol is well masked. A medium body with soft carbonation rounds out the picture.

Overall, this would be a nice beer if the sourness went away. With it, I came away unimpressed.

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Photo of EMV
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had in a bomber at the brewery in Moab, poured into a tulip glass.

L: Pours a dark amber with a thick creamy almost white head.

S: Roasted malts, a bit boozy, with dark fruits on the nose. It smells like wee heavy.

T/F: Very flavorful, toasty malts, again dark fruits, and a mild smokiness. Not overly sweet and very drinkable. Moderate carbonation and pretty smooth.

O: Probably the best beer I tasted at the Moab brewery. Very flavorful, and I love how they get around Utah's tap laws (less than 3.5% ABV on tap) by selling it in bottle at the brewery. Nicely done.

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2.56/5  rDev -31.9%

Desert Select Scotch Ale from Moab Brewery
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 22 ratings