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Maltopia Double Scotch Ale | Hermitage Brewing

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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 31 | Ratings: 71
Photo of xhuskr
1.51/5  rDev -57%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I had high hopes for this Scotch Ale. I did have it direct from the bottle (a nono) so take it for what it's worth.
Smell-no smokey/peaty aroma I was looking for. Bland
Taste-never got the scotch ale flavor not the alcohol...as it got warmer it developed a 'pickly' flavor. Spilled some and didn't care. 3 of us sharing the bottle and nobody wanted to finish it.
Mouthfeel-as above worsened over time.

Overall...took it back to the store and got store credit.

Perhaps it was past it's prime, stored wrong before purchase?? I don't know, and hate to give bad reports, but if I had to take it back, I felt it my beer need to let others know.

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Photo of SpenCycle
1.9/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Laughably undrinkable. Tasted like a homebrew experiment gone wrong. If I didn't get this beer for so cheap, it would be a 1 star. I got a bomber for $1.99. Literally the worst craft beer I've ever had.

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Photo of chinchill
2.32/5  rDev -33.9%
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 ely2000k
2.58/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Thin head, pours a nut brown, dark amber color. Could see a lot of carbonation in the glass. Not great to look at.

S- Very boozy smelling... almost smells like whiskey. Booze smell seems to overpower the faint hint of malt. Really it just smells like some weaker whiskey.

T- All I can say is... raisin taste. Which I like. Oddly you can't taste the presence of alcohol that much, despite the 9%. Tastes better then it looks or smells, but still on the more average side. Only thing that distinguishes it is the raisin taste, which probably makes me rank it higher taste wise.

M- Slightly overcarbonated for my taste, it has some bite to it, that is nice at times, but also feels a bit overdone. The alcohol is present but kind of disguised. I would not describe this has smooth, for the reason that it has a metallic bite that keeps coming back every few sips.

O- The best part of this is the taste, which is okay, but everything else is lackluster. The smell was a bit turn off to me. I think if this beer tried to even out the taste a little bit more, and tone down the smell of drinking a shot of whiskey, I would enjoy it more.

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Photo of philerman
2.86/5  rDev -18.5%
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 DaveHS
2.95/5  rDev -16%
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 djeucalyptus
3.23/5  rDev -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 Franziskaner
3.42/5  rDev -2.6%
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 srandycarter
3.44/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ok, here is the thing about this one. The malt is big enough, the smell is pretty good, but the peat thing - I am just not into it. I know that CAN be a component in a Scotch Ale and that is just the way it is. I would grade this even lower due to my own taste, but I am trying to be as unbiased as possible. Thin and sour at the end. Won't be trying again. Won't even finish this one.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.47/5  rDev -1.1%
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 DovaliHops
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is an amber/ruby, clear, and small off-white head. Scent is lots of malts, a bit of booze, green apples, and raisins. Taste is kinda an off-putting sour (not the good sour you get from lambics and wild ales), then is saved by some better flavors. I get maple syrup and candied raisins or dates. It finishes with some awesome malt flavors. Alcohol is well hidden. Mouthfeel is nice and silky. Not overly carbonated and not too syrupy.

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Photo of Offa
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep red, medium tan head soon thins to foamy ring.

Aroma is darkly toasted, slightly caramelized, winey barley and winey whole wheat bread, a bit meaty, with dusty pine bark. It’ not great, but pretty good and full-bodied.

Taste is sweet dark toast and raisins, slightly winey with a hint of corn in the finish. It’s light in body and alcohol is evident but not overly boozy or rough. It’s a bit simple and one-dimensional.

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Photo of russpowell
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
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 DrMullet
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark reddish brown.
Smell is a sweet malt with a mild peat aroma.
Strong malt taste and a mild fruit and earthy profile
Typical scotch ale.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.61/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Surf 'N' Suds Beer Festival held at Carpenteria State Beach in Carpenteria, CA.

Pours a clear dark orange-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, and dark fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, caramel, fruit, and earth flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that that is tasty, but the mix of aromas is much better in my opinion.

Serving type: on tap.

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Photo of impending
3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz into a tulip. Pours a wonderful clear deep garnet, little head even with an encouraging pour, little lacing.

Aroma is full of . . . . malts, plus some peat moss for good measure, quite nice. Dirt without funk.

Taste is rich with the charred malts, a pleasant minor smokiness shapes the flavor. Low in sweetness, nearly zero bitter. Alcohol is no where to be found. The aftertaste is long lived and evolves significantly. Medium bodied mouthfeel. Warms well.

This would improve greatly for me if the sweetness was upped a notch.

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Photo of tone77
3.76/5  rDev +7.1%
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 TMoney2591
3.76/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a snifter at Beer Market - Vernon Hills.

Finishing the visit the BMVH off with my first taste of a relatively new brewery to this distribution area. It pours a clear sunrise bronze-copper topped by a finger of glowing off-white foam. The nose comprises maple syrup, lightly-toasted biscuit, sweet flowers, and buttery toffee. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some candied orange peel and a drier sense to the syrup and biscuit. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying-ish finish. Overall, a nice little Scotch ale, something that makes me curious about the rest of this brewery's offerings...

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Photo of Zorro
3.79/5  rDev +8%
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 dwilson01
3.79/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a bomber into my arrogant bastard pint glass. The body is a deep caramel red color topped by a thin tan mocha colored head which dissipates quickly.

It's tough to discern much from the smell, I smell an almost white wine grape thing goin on with a caramel malt background.

The flavor is all there, it reminds me greatly of a belgian abbey ale without the excess carbonation which they contain. A slight raisin flavor comes through along with sweeter brown sugar and cinnamon in the background. The hopping is mellow and refreshing, no aroma hops for sure and a good balance of bittering and flavor.

The mouthfeel is solid, not too creamy and thick and not too overcarbonated and light/airy, I like the overall impartation it gives. The alcohol leaves a slightly hot feeling in the end but it's nothing to speak of especially for a 9% brew.

The drinkability is good, the not to thick/not too thin mouthfeel leaves me always wanting more because it doesn't fill you up yet leaves your palate refreshed enough for seconds.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
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 Megahertz
3.89/5  rDev +10.8%
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 Tone
3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
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 +12.5%
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 That_One_Guy
3.99/5  rDev +13.7%

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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Maltopia Double Scotch Ale from Hermitage Brewing
3.51 out of 5 based on 71 ratings.
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