Maltopia Double Scotch Ale | Hermitage Brewing

Maltopia Double Scotch AleMaltopia Double Scotch Ale
73 Ratings
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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Added by Zorro on 11-25-2010

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Ratings: 73 |  Reviews: 32
Photo of xhuskr
1.51/5  rDev -57.3%
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 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 -46.3%
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 leprakhan
2/5  rDev -43.5%

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 ely2000k
2.58/5  rDev -27.1%
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 largadeer
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of Mosul
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of philerman
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 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 codynevels
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of beerpadawan
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of tbeq00
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.06/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bcsbeer
3.22/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 Eric908
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of dalahodson
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of Benvarine
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of jplopez21
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of 1Nrwyscotch
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of zeff80
3.36/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a dark, dark brown color with a small, foamy, khaki-colored head. It smelled very malty and somewhat earthy. Notes of caramel and toffee were present. A little too rich and sweet with caramel and toffee flavors. Some grassy bitterness helps.

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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 srandycarter
3.44/5  rDev -2.8%
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 dmorgan310
3.44/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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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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