Loch Leech Monster | Leech Lake Brewing Company

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Leech Lake Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by ZAP on 12-08-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 26 |  Reviews: 14
Reviews by LXIXME:
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3/5  rDev -8.3%

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3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of lurpy1
3.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really excited to come across this brewery, not far from our cabin. Thanks, Beer Advocate.

Had a Loch Leech on tap just the other day, right on-premise in Walker. Pours a lovely amber, seem to be some particulates floating in it. The prevailing flavors are smoke, raisin, roasted tones, malt, low hop profile. Pretty well balanced. A somewhat frothy consistency.

Very good stuff, this is a style I like and Leech Lake held its own against offerings from bigger more established breweries. Mad props to Greg and Leech Lake.

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Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
3.67/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gatornation
3.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

from a fresh 22 oz bomber

A- pours a dark amber color with a tan 1 finger head thin lacing on glass

S- mild toffee and roasted malts, chocolate, hops

T- was roasted malts , chocolate and earthy taste some sweet toffee spice and hops

M- medium carbonation a little thin for a Scottish ale watered down a bit

O- drinkable and smooth ok tasty

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Photo of Drknight
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of TheFifthSun
2.3/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I'm all for drinking local, but this beer is not something I will be trying again. Tastes like a bad batch of homebrew, like one that should have been poured down the drain. I cannot find one redeeming quality in this brew and I hope for the sake of the new brewery, that the rest of the line up is much better than this.

Low carbonation, very thin for the style, poor balance, and just not a good experience. I want a refund.

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Photo of PokerGod
4.11/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was given a growler of this for my birthday. Poured into pint glass.

Appearance- Dark chocolate brown, very thin, fine head which dissipated quickly, but returned with a little agitation.

Smell- Toasty, smokey. Smells like a brown ale.

Taste- Delicious and smooth. Lightly roasted, bready malts. Very easy going down. Nice gradual finish.

Overall- I was told that my growler could be refilled at the brewery at a discount. Too bad, that was after I disposed of it. I will still pay full price for another. This was a real treat for a beer brewed locally in my backyard. We don't have a lot of brewers in rural central Minnesota!

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Photo of shadow1961
3.77/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Leech Lake Brewing's Scotch Ale pours a thin head over a dark brown brew. Carbonation seem on the low side, and the nose is mellow powdered cocoa and hint of molasses. The flavor is likewise mellowed out- toasty malt predominate with notes of mocha with mild herbaceous hops off the back for balance. Mouthfeel is round, but on the light side, with the barest suggestion of leather in the aftertaste, but very easy drinking. In a style that can be strongly flavored with leather, peat, and even iodine (Scotch Whisky after all, is Scotch Ale before it's distilled), this particular beer is definitely on the mellow end of things. I can't help but suspect the brewer was trying to keep this brew approachable, and he certainly succeeded!

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3.5/5  rDev +7%

Photo of JackieTH
3.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Appearance: Mahogany with an off-white thin head.

Smell: Biscuits and toasted malt.

Taste: Heaps of malt, toasted and caramelly, and a bit of roasted barley. Some slightly spicy, earthy hop presence is not assertive.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, slick and smooth.

Drinkability: I agree with what another reviewer said -- it's approachable.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.75/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of WallE89
3.5/5  rDev +7%

Photo of zeff80
3.47/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with a small, short lived khaki colored head that left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled earthy and spicy with malty notes.

T - Some peat, mossy and earthy flavors with a bready malt backbone.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a nice Scottish Ale with a fun label and story.

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Photo of laymansbeerfan
4/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of HuskerTornado
3.46/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz aluminum bottle poured into vintage Chimay glass. Pours a rich brown color with a small tan colored head that dissipates quickly.

Smell is of toasted toffee malt, a bit of chocolate, some dark fruit and smokiness as well.

Taste is of toasted malt and smoky peat up front, both flavors remain through the palate, some bitterness comes through towards the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, not a lot of carbonation to it.

Overall, a good Scotch Ale from northern Minnesota. The fresher you get this, the better it is.

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4/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.97/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at a local northern Minnesota establishment, the beer arrived in pint glass. A dark mahogany liquid was capped with modest foam. The aroma was light but pleasing with caramel malt and a hint of peaty smoke. A bit more carbonated than I would have expected when it hit the palate, more nimble as well. The flavor is similar to the aroma with caramel malt, but not overly sweet which is nice. Smoke carries it to the end and provides just a kiss, a peck really, of balance. This is a well crafted brew and a good local example of the Scottish style.

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Photo of maximum12
2.82/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Leech lake arrives in the Cities; picked this 22 oz. bomber a couple weeks back. Split into a pair of small tulips on Christmas Eve.

Weeeellll, not quite 22 ounces. The pour is flickering red, & about 3/4 of the way through, a mucus plug shakes loose & enters the liquid already poured with a distinctive splash. Uh. Ugh. The plug breaks up into 35,632 bits of junk scattering through the beer. Think I'll let is rest & settle out a bit...nose is much better. Very peaty & roasty. More peat than I've ever experienced in a beer to date.

Loch Leech Monster has been buried in a bog for a long time. A peat bog. Seriously, tastes like burning peat, almost head-on. Roast is mingled, with the similarities making it hard to find where one begins & the other ends. Black bread, dancing raisins, touch of misplaced sour on the finish that lingers, & really tarnishes the taste. A bit flat, & heavy for a 6% ABV brew. Half a bomber, well, wish I would have sampled this previous to buying it.

Disappointed. This is not quite mediocre brew with promise. The peat aspect is really nice, but the sourness, which can't be intended, really brings it down. I hope they can dial this one in.

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Photo of ZAP
4/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Dark Brown//off white whisp of a head..

S-Pretty fragrant..malty...roasty...a little smoky...

T-This has a lot of flavor...very rich..not quite a wee heavy but pretty intense flavors...smoky...nice rich earthy maltiness...

M-About perfect...smooth and creamy...almost velvet like...a little thin on the finish but probably about right for the style.

D-. I think this could gain quite a rep across the region if more had access to it. I like.

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Photo of budgood1
2.07/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

22 oz. bottle.

pours out a dark and murky mahoghany colour with little haead and little to no lace. muted aroma of wood, cocoa and nougat inspired malt, tart fruit and peat. taste is a mess of smoked malt, sour candy, choco/nougat maltiness with a touch of alcohol and earthy/ herbal hoppiness. some back end bitterness, but seems lost in the wash. flat mouthfeel, sparse carbonation and no body worth mentioning. poor drinkability.

overall this is a flat, sour mess of a malted beverage. obviously off and as close to a drain pour as i've had in a long time. i'll pour the rest of this down my throat to try to pick up any redeeming qualities. not recommended in this state.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.14/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, dark ruby appearance. Thin and bubbly light brown head. Lacing is basically absent. Very nice aroma of chocolate, peat and dark berries. Flavor follows with light chocolate, some anise/licorice, blackberries and raisin. Interesting melange and it works fairly well. Mouthfeel is rounded and smooth. Medium bodied. Very lightly carbonated. Could use a little bit more carbonation in my opinion. Overall, it's tasty and quite drinkable.

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Photo of jera1350
2.61/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Great deep amber look with a one finger head of creamy tan foam that leaves huge gobs of lacing on the glass.

A lightly peaty malt that is overshadowed by a sourness.

This is the second beer from these guys that has had a sourness to it. I am pretty sure they have an issue at the brewery that is causing infections. The taste is really dominated by a sweet and sour taste, with sour standing out more. Sad.

The feel is rather nice. Very smooth, soft and dry.

The IPA is really the only beer from these guys that I would buy again. Now with this sourness issue, I may think twice about purchasing anything from them. I love supporting local breweries, but it's hard to do when you have to dump their product down the drain after spending your money trying them out. I truly hope they can get the kinks worked out. Until then, buyer beware!

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1.25/5  rDev -61.8%

Photo of Kevin_Siqveland
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

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Loch Leech Monster from Leech Lake Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.27 out of 5 with 26 ratings