Maltopia Double Scotch Ale | Hermitage Brewing

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Maltopia Double Scotch AleMaltopia Double Scotch Ale
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Maltopia Double Scotch AleMaltopia Double Scotch Ale

Brewed by:
Hermitage Brewing
California, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Zorro on 11-25-2010

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Ratings: 73 |  Reviews: 32
Reviews by philerman:
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2.86/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a first-time using Great Divide Brewery chalice. Pours a medium to dark caramel brown with little discernible head. Sweet malty smell with some alcohol notes. Doesn't hit very strong in taste at first with carbonation being on the low end. Mouthfeel is initially watered-down syrupy in texture but leaves a slightly medicinal aftertaste. Picked up for only $3.39 for a bomber at the Scottsdale BevMo so price-dependent, the scores would obviously be higher.

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Photo of boyntonliquors
5/5  rDev +41.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a local favorite right from the brewery in San Jose. Suprisingly malty without being too alcoholic in taste. The right blend of hops and malt. Delicious.

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Photo of Mazer88
4.54/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to a 12oz tulip glass 07/14/16.

Color: Dark Brown with Ruby red highlights. Poured a thick, tan-beige, fluffy head.

Aroma: Rich toffee, dried fruits, BIG malt. Also a good dose of alcohol as it warms up; almost
a bourbon barrel aroma.

Taste: Same as above: toffee, caramelized, figs, dried cherries. Rich body. Slow burn. Sweet
finish. Pleasant.

Overall: I would put this beer up against some of the Doppelbocks and/or Eisbocks I’ve had.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.42/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown in color with a murky complexion. There's a fingernail of beige resting on top. The aroma is of sweet caramel malt. I taste plenty of sweet, dark, caramel malt. The mouth is warm with alcohol, moderately chewy and sticky.

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Photo of chinchill
2.32/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Maltopia wee heavy. 9% ABV. Just purchased, nearly 2 year old bottle

Cloudy copper-brown body topped by a semi-durable foamy head.

Smells sweet, boozy, and a little off.
Likewise for flavor which seems to confirm an assessment of at least. starting to go bad. Rated with a slight tolerance (boost) for age.

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Photo of russpowell
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown/tea colored with 2+ fingers of quickly dropping tan head, very noisy! Decent head retention & lacing

S: Plums, bready notes & toffee, where's the peatyness?

T: Caramel; some tobacco, toffee, peatyness & dryness up front. Big-time malty sweetness as this warms, dry & warming, peat/woodyness as well. Finishes dry, warming, somewhat figgy, a bit of peatyness with much toffee sweetness, but in balance. Almost pulled a 4.0

MF: Fairly chewy, slight over-carbonation, warming with a bit of smooth out on the carbonation as it warms

I like/love this style & in my neck of the woods, there aren't enough on offer. This fills a void & will buys this again if I see 4-6 packs of this ( this was part of a mix sixer, for a change a pleasant suprise! ). Not one to stay on, but a nice night cap brew to be sure. Only tried 2 from these guys, so far both are winners

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Photo of HalfFull
3.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a wine glass from a 22 oz. bomber. The Maltopia pours a ruby brown with a thin ring of foam. Cap is short lived.

Nose is endearing of brown sugar and some alcohol.

Flavor is sweet and of black cherry.

A Scotch Ale that drinks more like an Oktoberfest with a bit of smoke. Not bad..Yet...

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours to a nice thick beige head that falls to a thin ring of foam and no lacing (too much alcohol and not enough hops?). Color is a textbook caramelized amber-brown. Hazy. Aroma is vanilla, molasses, caramel, Southern Comfort, triple-sec, fruity ale esters and some "spice". Flavor is very much malty and alcoholic, a true sipping beer if there ever was one. It drinks like a brandy or liqueur. It is malty sweet and pleasantly boozy--the alcohol is in your face, but tastes clean and refined and not "hot". It has no detectable hop character so the balance comes in the form of a nondescript tannic acid bite. Mouthfeel is full and slick with notable alcohol perception. Overall, I like this, but as for malty beers, this goes way beyond what I am looking for in an everyday quaff. The flavors are loud and bold and it has such a long finish that it ruins your palate for anything else for a while. End of flight or session only. A dessert beer. Extreme malt can be as distracting as extreme hops.

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Photo of tone77
3.76/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a pretty dark amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, sugar. Taste is malty, sugar, alcohol, some dark fruits. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

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Photo of leprakhan
2/5  rDev -43.5%

Photo of djeucalyptus
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 22 into a standard tulip. Pours a glistening ruby tinged amber. almost cranberry. The head, about a finger thick, is the color of cola, and leaves behind a solid collar of froth that drops little bits of lacing.

aroma is certainly malt-forward. toasty, bready and earthy. red cherries, a bit of maple sweetness. A touch of peat and maybe smoke? Not outstanding, but not off-putting.

Taste is all malt. earthy, nutty. bready. walnut bitterness. Hints of phenols... maybe a hint metallic. A bit musty... I'm not sure what's going on, but something seems a bit funky. maybe it's just me. But this one, while definitely malt forward, isn't quite hitting the right notes.

mouthfeel is great for the style. full, bright, ample carbonation. doesn't feel anywhere near 9%... not slick or syrupy. Digging the mouthfeel... maybe it's salvation?

All in all, I really want to like this one. but the funky off flavors just kind of make it a bit lackluster. A bit of tweaking and it could be great. One of the more drinkable 9% brews out there... but not one I'd want again.

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Photo of Tseaman7
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Excellent Scotch Ale. Would rate it a single, not double as advertised here at the new taproom at Whole Foods Santa Clara. Nice 9% ABV.

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Photo of dcotom
4.19/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into thistle glass. Beautiful deep bron color with ruby highlights and a long-lasting light tan head. Some similarities to a doppelbock on the nose and palate, with dark fruits, dark bread, and roasted malts predominant. A little bit of alcohol bite, but not much. Finishes clean, with some faint malt sweetness and a little bitterness on the finish. This is by far the easiest-drinking wee heavy I've ever had, smooth and delicious. Well done!

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Photo of largadeer
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of TerryB
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of Zorro
3.79/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear reddish brown colored beer with a very slight tan colored head.

Smells of malt, smoke and grain. There is some caramel and green apple in the scent. Faint scent of grape and raisin, smells something like Raisin Bran.

Starts out sweet with a strong smoke flavor. Fair amount of raisin flavor. Smoke stays with all the other flavors and doesn't go away. Pretty malty with lots of smoke.

Mouthfeel is good.

Not a bad Wee Heavy at all. If this beer had a bad point it is it isn't thick enough.

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Photo of Peter_Marinelli
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of DaveHS
2.95/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours clear ruby/burgundy with a 1/2 inch of fluffy sickly yellow head. Leaves a web of soapy lace down the glass.

S-Cinnamon, hand soap, chocolate malt.

T/M-Calling this a Double Scotch Ale is a big misnomer. It's an average scotch ale,marred with a sharp metallic flavor on the backpalate. Like the other Tied House/Hermitage stuff I've tasted, this one isn't terribly cohesive. Flavors are alternately sharp and soft, harsh and mellow.

O-One of the better beers I've had from Hermitage, but that's not saying much.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.22/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Well, not sure why this beer is getting crushed. Decent appearance, nice malty caramel aroma with a sweet malt taste and light to medium mouthfeel. Overall a pretty good Wee Heavy. Very tasty and easy to drink for a beer that is 9% ABV. Underrated!

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Photo of Eric908
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of Megahertz
3.89/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a Hoffman House chalice.

A - Deep red to brown, hazy, with a good off-white head that falls into a thin crown. Carbonation appears mild.

S - Toffee, plum, caramel. Slight alcohol.

T - No joke about this being a malt bomb. Massive bread and toffee with strong plumb, cherry in the background. Boozy.

M - Heavy body with mild carbonation.

O - A malt bomb promised, a malt bomb delivered. No sour, vinegar or barnyard notes as earlier reviewed - suggests potential QC issues on early batches.

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Photo of robbee
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of MPSTARR
3.92/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MadeInOregon
4.02/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Oh boy, the Maltopia. The last offering from Hermitage that I had, Wheatopia, was quite simply the worst beer I’ve ever tasted. So, this could be disastrous and I am prepared for the worst. Hoping for the best (i.e. enjoying it and not pouring it out), but preparing for the worst. This one says it’s a “Wee Heavy 2”. I really like a good wee heavy but, well, this is Hermitage so we’ll see how it goes…

THE APPEARANCE when poured into a wide-mouth stemless wineglass was surprisingly nice. The color is a dark maroon with a bit of a cola-brown tint to it. It looks a little lighter in color than what I’m used to seeing in a Scotch ale, but it is certainly appropriate. There is a nice amount of malty, near-white foam that quickly rises about half an inch but then disappointingly recedes about as quickly. The requisite sudsy, malty lacing is also there but it is a little on the thin side. This beer looks more oily than malty. No sediment whatsoever left in the bottle or at the bottom of the glass. Overall, a nice looking beer.

THE SMELL is also well within the bounds of what a wee heavy should smell like, in my opinion. Dominant aroma is sweetness, but not cloying. You have cherry, vanilla, bourbon, banana, and a faint vinegary alcohol smell all present. So far everything seems to be in order. The smell, as it turns out, is the most bold and well-balanced aspect of this beer.

THE TASTE of the Maltopia is slightly smoky yet astringent, with strong sour and sweet fruit flavors reminiscent of a Flemish red ale. There is a slight vinegar quality which I don’t find pleasant and even a very faint amount of that same aged-cheese flavor that ruined the Wheatopia. This is very fruity for a wee heavy and while I enjoy that, I’m not sure how well it fits in the style. The sweet cherry element is very intense as is a tartness that is similar to green apple. I would expect a bit more hoppiness and caramel for this style (there is only a little), but instead what Hermitage has made falls somewhere between a Flemish red and a barleywine. There is a fair amount of candy syrupyness to this as well. Aftertaste is cherry cola (secret ingredient?) with the tiniest bit of dryness and hops.

THE FEEL is odd, but not bad. It’s too highly carbonated for a “big” beer and this cuts down on the drinkability. The body is also strangely thin for a beer that is supposedly created with double the amount of malt; it actually feels quite filtered. The alcohol content is listed as 9% but you’d never know; despite carbonation it’s very smooth. It would be easy to drink way too much of this way too quickly. (I suppose that’s a compliment)

CONCLUSION: 100X better than Wheatopia, but still left me wanting more. This beer just seems to lacking something. There is much to it that is very good, but it is not a full or well-rounded beer. It’s as if there is a nakedness to it, if that makes sense. Regardless, it’s a nice, easy drinking beer and is good for a cold, winter night. Perhaps Hermitage should scrap their other brews and just focus on perfecting this one. (Start by not filtering it so much!)

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Maltopia Double Scotch Ale from Hermitage Brewing
Beer rating: 3.54 out of 5 with 73 ratings