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

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Added by Zorro on 11-25-2010

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Photo of DovaliHops
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
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 KingPuuChuu
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
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 dwilson01
3.79/5  rDev +7.7%
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 djeucalyptus
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
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 HalfFull
3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
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 Zorro
3.79/5  rDev +7.7%
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
3.52 out of 5 based on 73 ratings.
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