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
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 Gumerman
4.87/5  rDev +37.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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 leprechaunandfatman
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

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 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 RuckusDu
4.15/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured about a one finger head of beige like off-white color. Body has a slight haze but is a deep amber that has only a slight redishness to it.

S - Yes, malts. Some sugar and caramel. Really reminds me of a good coffecake baking. Reminds me of home.

T - A sourness that I was not expecting. It is good. Taste like raspberry and cherries. Don't know where this came from. If it is on purpose, this is a very good beer, but it could also be some infection. I really don't know how to rate it. There are also some good malt flavors.

M - Medium body and solid carbonation make this above average.

O - I will have to check other reviews to see if they are picking up this sourness like I did. Can't complain about the beer but the complete opposite of what I was expecting so I don't know what is going one.

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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 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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Photo of TerryB
4/5  rDev +13%

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4/5  rDev +13%

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4/5  rDev +13%

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4/5  rDev +13%

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4/5  rDev +13%

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4/5  rDev +13%

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4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of That_One_Guy
3.99/5  rDev +12.7%

Good beer, started off with the flavors a little muted. The longer I let it rest in the glass the more defined the flavors. The standout taste if the oatmeal and the sweet alcohol taste. I'd dance with it again, but not get to serious.

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Photo of Tone
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy, brown color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, slight dry hop, hint of pale malt, hint of alcohol, and a hint of oatmeal. Fits the style of a Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, hint of alcohol, slight dry hop, hint of oatmeal, and slight hop. Overall, good appearance, aroma, feel, and body.

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Photo of KingPuuChuu
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: A nice red-brown, slight tan head that goes away. No lacing really.

S: Sweet. Almost a grape-like character to it, really smells like a belgium brew, which is super surprising.

T: This is great, really great. A super sweet raisin flavor, with a smokiness in the back end.

M: Solid. The carbonation is perfect. It's not too thick feeling either. I feel I could easily drink a few bombers of this, no problem. A slight, very slight alcohol burn on the end goes away with subsequent sips.

D: Once again, solid. I could drink a bunch of these. Highly recommend.

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

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 furballkazoo
3.84/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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