Royal Standard
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Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #95
Ranked #14,569
3.92 | pDev: 9.18%
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
Very Good
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Notes: Malty, creamy, and moderately sweet, we brewed this Wee Heavy with Scottish Golden Promise barley malt to add a deep fullness and a hint herbal/floral tenderness.
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dsa7783 from New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Twelve ounce can copped from Ridgedale Liquors in East Hanover. Pours a candy apple red hue with moderate frothing. Assertive aroma replete with notes of caramel and apple cider. Similar overall flavor profile. Recommended.

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damndirtyape from Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can, best before 01/31/22. Date stamp 254 19:19. Served in a Gordon's Highland Scotch Ale thistle glass.

Appearance: Mostly clear amber with some suspended sediment that gives a bit of haze. Thin white head/skin across the top. Some sheets and islands of lacing that slowly slide back down the glass.

Smell: Malty and more than a bit floral.

Taste: Sweet. Definite caramel flavors and lots of sweet malt. A mild bitter finish that has a tiny bit of a metallic tang mixed in with some herbal bitterness. This metallic tang sort of works with everything, so I don't mind it.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, nicely thick, approaching creamy. Quite sticky on the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: The smell and appearance is not as great as I have seen in this style, but otherwise it's a good beer.

Jan 31, 2021
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mushroomcloud from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can with a best by date of 1/31/22, opened 1/23/21.
1/2" off white head that falls quickly to a thin cap.
Orange-amber and opaque. No lace.
Caramel sweet, fruit (apple/cherry), honey, bubble gum, and yeast aromas.
Malty sweet, with more caramel. Simple but happily clean given the amount of sweetness.
Medium + body, lower carbonation, and round mouthfeel. Sweet finish but stays away from being cloying.

Jan 24, 2021
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Best by 1/31/22. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy glowing orange; light khaki head that fades leaving okay retention and lacing. The aromas are malt forward. There's a nice amount of caramel coming through. Some breads, grains and crackers. The flavors follow the nose. More caramel leading the way. Lots of toast. Hints of toffee. Mild hints of vanilla and cherry in the mix. Solid malt backbone. Moderate to low bitterness. It's not that sweet. Mild and subtle warmth in the finish, but the alcohol is still well hidden. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's full-bodied with active carbonation. It's sharp, fluffy, slick and smooth.

This is a nice Wee Heavy. It stays true to the style, more or less. They did a pretty solid job with this one. It's enjoyable and fun to drink. I like it.

Jan 10, 2021
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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Day 5 of the 12 Beers of Christmas. Poured from a can into a snifter. Pours orange red with a fluffy white head. Smells of caramelized grain, inviting. Tastes of caramelized grain with nice creamy finish. Beer is medium to full bodied with good carbonation and is between easy drinking and a sipper. Overall, a very good beer.

Jan 06, 2021
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can. Poured out a clear, dark burgundy color with a small, khaki-colored head of foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass. It smelled of roasted malt, rich toffee, smokey notes and earthy notes. Sweet caramel and toffee with a good deal of maltiness and earthy spices.

Jan 02, 2021
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 2020 Clown Shoes Christmas Pack (Number 05), it pours a hazy amber with a modest head, soon diminishing to a thin reing with a thin layer over the brew. In the nose, it is seriously malty, with caramel coming through. Taste is similar to the scent, with caramel malts coming through, with a slight aftertaste of malt. Interesting.

Dec 30, 2020
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Steve_Studnuts from Pennsylvania

3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My can reads 8% ABV, for whatever that's worth. Pours a deep(ish) copper with some floaters hanging about. Giant head quickly recedes with little fanfare. Smells pretty nice, however, with lots and lots of sweet malty goodness. Tastes almost exactly as it smells with an added herbal element. Mildly boozy and too damn carbonated, which is an oft-uttered complaint in my household. Ultimately, this is a perfectly fine scotch ale, but not one that's going to be challenging for 'Ol Chubby's crown anytime soon.

Dec 19, 2020
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Pegasus from Texas

3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy medium golden orange body, with a large, somewhat coarse tan head, which soon collapses to a dusting of foam. The lacing is finely beaded, and largely coats the glass wall.

Aroma: The aroma offers a very substantial presence of lightly toasted malt. As well, there are notes of light caramel, rustic brown bread, honey, and a faint bit of grassy hops.

Taste: The taste begins with toasted malt, caramel, honey, and soon after, sweet alcohol. The malt base is rather bread-like, reminiscent of lightly toasted homemade rustic bread. Later in the taste, there is a notable presence of ripe dark fruit, plums, and raisins. The alcohol offers a gracious warmth, and a mild spiciness. Late in the taste is a very mild, lingering leafy hop bitterness, which carries on long after the end of the taste, but mildly.

Mouth feel: Full, rich, soft; quite pleasant, with a pleasing zest of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Very well done, quite drinkable, would be a gracious accompaniment to venison or beef. This is the fifth beer in the Clown Shoes "Twelve Days of Christmas" package.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce aluminum can, served in a Duvel tulip.

Dec 18, 2020
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CodyBasden from Texas

4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

L: a little darker amber with a thick off white bubbly head that disappears a little hazy i was expecting a darker beer being a heavy ale
S: very bready yeasty smell that a little tart and like sour dough bread
T: goes in tasting like apples that slowly mellows out to a bready after taste semi low on bitterness that fades quickly and doesnt linger
F: full bodied creamy with no stickiness or oily tongue
O: a little better than average heavy ale im used to dark heavies this one is lighter with a better mellow taste and full bodied like a heavy should be

Dec 12, 2020
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brewme from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked-up a can as part of a mixed twelve-pack at Bradford's in Plymouth for about fifteen dollars. Have had many brews from these guys before. Would get again

Nov 07, 2020
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a lightly hazed orange amber color with a one finger head of creme colored foam. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell -The aroma of the brew is heavy of sweet and malt with a rather decent showing of a bready and doughy smell mixed with lots of caramel and honey sweetness. There is a little bit of a corn syrup like sweetness as well as some apricot and pear in there as well. Along with the malt and the sweet also comes a little bit of a musty smell, giving a rather nice heavy and sweet aroma to the brew overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a heavy bready malt flavor that is matched by other flavors of caramel, honey, and corn sweetness. These tastes create the bulk flavor of the brew and persist throughout the flavor profile, with only a slight loss of the caramel toward the end of the taste. While lighter upfront, some apricot develops as the taste advances, and is accompanied by some flavors of a light earthiness and some light graininess. Toward the very end, the corn sweetness seems to surge a bit, all while some more earthiness comes to the tongue as well, leaving one with a rather pleasant and malt heavy flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is thick and chewy with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. For the big rich malt and sweet tastes of the brew the feel is rather well done and makes for a nice robust slow sipper.

Overall – This is actually really good!! It is somewhat akin, in my mind at least, to a very high-end malt liquor. It has many of the same taste attributes, but eliminates most of the negative taste components that often are synonymous with traditional malt liquor, and replaces them with more positive taste attributes, like fruit/honey/grain.

Nov 06, 2020
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BenHoppy from Michigan

5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Aged 4 & a half years. This beer held up well and is totally delicious. Poured into snifter @ cellar temp:

L: amber, scotch like, thin head around the sides. Definitely intriguing

A: malt, caramel, smoke, barley wine

F: smooth

T: Carmel, malt, bread, chocolate covered carmel, sweet, and delicious

O: i'd love a bourbon version of this but other than that it belongs in top 250 as it excels in it's style. Aged 4 & a half years I should've tasted oxidation but far from it. Could ahe another 4 & a half years and for the $4 I paid for a bomber of this, wow what a fantastic beer. Not harsh, super smooth, and delicious. Wish I had another bottle.

May 13, 2018
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Franziskaner from Missouri

4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown in color and very murky (is this river water?). There's a trace of brown around half of the top and just a wisp of it in the middle. The aroma is purely of sweet malt. I'm tasting plenty of sweet malt, but it seems much more restrained than the nose was indicating. The mouth is chewy and lightly sticky.

May 27, 2017
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darktronica from Indiana

4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled January 2015. Smells sweet and sticky, with gumdrops, burnt caramel, some black tea hinting at oxidation, and some mixed black cherries and plums. Some mild herbal bitterness on the tongue from the heather, along with a honeyed sweetness that, along with the strong malt presence and caramel, is suggestive of graham crackers. Also a bit of lemongrass.

Mar 12, 2017
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

$ 7.19/bomber ($ 0.327/oz) at Oppermann’s Cork-N-Ale, Saginaw, MI
Bottled 10/6/14 at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma - malty
Head – small (Maximum <2 cm, aggressive pour), off white, creamy, diminishing to 5 mm ring and partial layer
Lacing – excellent – nearly complete rings of tiny bubbles
Body – dark brown, opaque, slight effervescence
Flavor – malty, slightly sweet. An odd and not unpleasant taste that might be heather. No hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate – medium, creamy, aggressive carbonation

Not a bad wee heavy – malty, creamy, and moderately sweet. Is that unidentifiable flavor heather? Dunno – it’s been a long time since I had a heather brew and I just don’t remember. Still, not at all bad. For an 18 month old shelf beer, really not bad at all.

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 4, Palate 4.25, Overall 4

May 28, 2016
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stingray from Wisconsin

2.62/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle poured at cellar temperature into a snifter. Bottle dated "10/14/14", drank on 2016-04-05.

L: Pours a nice healthy head but with little color. Dull red color, looks appetizing. Little remnant lacing.

S: Nothing attractive here. Super sweet, with a rough malty edge, maybe the heather tips? I'm not familiar with that smell or taste but I'm guessing it has an herb-y pine-ish quality.

T: Recognizable as a scotch ale but too sweet. 10% is a fairly high ABV but not unusual, very apparent here. Some pleasant caramel flavors and surprising depth for how much I didn't like the smell. All the aroma notes are present in the taste, but not as offensive. Unfortunately everything gets washed out by the sweetness.

F: Pleasant carbonation, not too thin. No complaints here.

O: Maybe this one doesn't age well. It was a little over a year old when I bought it so I'll take part of the blame. Interesting idea to add the heather tips, a nod to the Scottish heritage, I guess. Can't tell if it works, though. I put the bottle in the fridge after opening so when I refilled my glass it was a little colder which cut the sweetness a bit but didn't help much. I didn't care for this beer. Wish I could have tried it fresh. Also wish I had gotten my hands on a bottle of Ride the Lion, that's the one I really wanted!

Apr 06, 2016
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ThickNStout from Georgia

4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from HopSynonomous (thanks man). Bottled 10/22/14. Served in a Clown Shoes snifter.

Pours a rosey chestnut with a finger and a half ecrue head. The dense froth fades to some surface haze and a full halo that leaves large trails of lacing.

Strong, sweet aromas of caramel, sweetened bread, brown sugar, vague dark fruit and a hint of subtle toffee.

Taste expounds upon the promise of the nose. Smooth, flavorful layers of caramel, wheat bread, toffee, raisins and brown sugar. The alcohol is very subtle. I know smoke and peat are often associated with the style but I appreciate their absence here.

Rich, satiny, medium full feel with softish carbonation. The theme of caramel and bread continues in the finish.

As it nears 18 months old, Royal Standard presents itself as a damn fine wee heavy. All the malty caramel and bready goodness you could hope for in a rich, smooth, creamy and all around attractive package. This never made it to Georgia so it was nice to have a chance to enjoy the base that is responsible for both Ride the Lion and Ride the Wendingo. Perhaps not the most complex but still good stuff that ages beautifully.

Mar 16, 2016
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DMarlinJ from Michigan

4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very drinkable. Not complex but very pleasant and a nice wee heavy. Alcohol well hidden for ten percent. Doesn't stand out from others but it is well done and I could drink without getting tired of it.

Mar 07, 2016
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep brown topped by a finger and a half of dense off white head that retains well and leaves a decent amount of lacing
S: Smells of caramel, toffee and some light dark fruits
T: Taste is caramel and toffee with some slight dark fruits with some notes of plums and cherries. Slight floral bitterness as well but mostly a sweet and malty beer. Swallow is toasted malt and toffee.
M: Pretty full and slightly oily in the palate with slightly prickly carbonation and a semi-dry finish
O: I don't drink scotch ales very often but this is a beer that I can appreciate. It's like a belgian strong dark without the candi sugar and spicy yeast notes.

Feb 05, 2016
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tekstr1der from New Hampshire

4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oh malty goodness. Pours a murky dark amber with nonexistent head. Aroma is rich malt, bread, dark fruits, a slight sweetness, and some booze. Flavor is almost a direct translation of the smell, though not as boozy as I'd expected. Finish is sweet, and slightly cloying. Which I like. Good stuff... must go get more if it was a one-timer!

Dec 22, 2015
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57md from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy muddy copper with a finger of head. The nose is malty and bready but relatively mild for the style. The flavor profile follows the nose. The body is hearty and the finish is semi-dry.

Oct 29, 2015
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keithmurray from Connecticut

4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bomber bottled on 10.14.2014

Appearance - reddish copper body with tan head

Smell - cherries, plums, raisins, caramel,

Taste - no real departure from the aroma, raisin, plum, caramel, cherry

Mouthfeel - full bodied, medium carbonation, malty sweetness upfront from the caramel/dark fruits, not much booze is picked up even though it clocks in at 10% ABV

Overall - very well constructed scotch ale that I enjoyed

Price Point - $5.99/22oz bottle

Aug 15, 2015
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stortore from Illinois

3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into a snifter.

Pours a good looking caramel color, somewhat hazy and a little opaque. Small head, a little cling. Smells of malt, caramel, brown sugar. A little fruity, maybe berries- or maybe I'm not good at picking out a heather aroma. Taste is pretty malt forward, still a solid caramel presence, cherries, raisins, a little floral. Seems a little bit more bitter than the typical Wee Heavy. Smooth, good body, could use a little more carbonation.

Good, flavorful beer. Enjoyable to drink. Worth a purchase.

Jul 31, 2015
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Blu Wolf Bistro in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a dark, slightly opaque ruby brown, with no head or lacing.

This one smells caramel, dark fruits, honey.

This is ok, but just feels a little bit flat and oily. The typical aspects of a good scotch ale are there- caramel, a little bit of smoke, and dark fruits, but they just feel just slightly muted. Not bold or evocative at all.

This has an oily mouthfeel, as described above, with a lower level of carbonation.

This certainly didn't taste bad, it just wasn't particularly complex or interesting enough to hold my attention.

Jun 18, 2015
Royal Standard from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 237 ratings