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Tartan Ale | Port City Brewing

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Tartan AleTartan Ale

Brewed by:
Port City Brewing
Virginia, United States

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Chaney on 03-13-2012

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Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 89
Reviews by TechTriumph:
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3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes on 04/17/12:
Bottle code: 0412 A1 0238; Poured in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A - One inch off-white bubbly head with so-so retention; Dark oak brown color with a semi-hazy appearance; Minimal spots of lacing here and there

S - Notes of raspberry-like fruits, butterscotch, sugary malts, maple syrup, and subtle amounts of cherry, wood-like character, and alcohol

T - Raspberry-like fruits come through, just like the aroma, with herbal, sugary malt, rich thick caramel, and lots of sweet bready flavors; Detect a light smoky quality as well

M - A few notches below moderate carbonation; Medium bodied; Leaves a lingering sugary, syrupy sweet film on the tongue

O - This beer is a pretty solid seasonal offering from Port City. The flavor was pretty enjoyable, containing a good level of sweetness that didn't reach the point of being cloying. While this probably isn't a must-have for me, I do appreciate trying new Virginia seasonal brews, especially in a style that's less prevalent like this offering.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, cloudy, golden/amber color with three full fingers of off-white foam that slooooooooowly dissolved into a half of a finger of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Malty and bready up front, with some notes of black pepper, clover and brown sugar.

Taste: Big malt bomb! Tons of malt and freshly baked bread, like pretzels or rye bread, up front, flowed by strong notes of black pepper and clover. There’s some subtle hops at the finish, but overall, there is a hell of a lot of malt! Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very smooth. Hardly any carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 5.5%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: Damn good beer! Tons of malt which I’m a big fan of. Malt fans will love this beer!! I’d certainly get it again!!

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3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

5/24...pours a brownish copper with white foam. Light earthy peaty nose with malty tones. Caramel and earthy mild hop taste. Smooth mouthfeel. Tasty. Does the Scottish style well without overwhelming.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Off caramel/white head is produced with lots of snappy sounding foamy and bubbles. Fairly good three finger size there but settles rather quickly. Body color has lots of cola sized sticking bubbles to the glass and a dark red amber body.

Nose seems rather interesting. Kind of a woody malt, faint sweet backbone, a little bit of toast quality also.

A real good juicy mouthfeel on this and dense malt, but strangely flavor wise it doesn't seem to come forward. Nice rolling malts, a sense of sweet sticky breadiness, still can't get over the density on this low abv.

Overall though highly drinkable and worth trying. Certainly can enjoy it.

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3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy amber orange in color. It poured with a short white head that quickly died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of sweet malts are present in the nose along with some hints of toasted malts and toffee.
T: As in the smell, the taste is rather malty and has bits of sweetness accompanying the flavors of burnt caramel, smoke, toasted malts, and toffee.
M: It feels medium-bodied, a bit smooth, and slightly watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Despite all of the malty flavors, this beer isn't overly heavy on the palate, which makes this not that difficult to drink.

Serving type: bottle

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Tartan Ale from Port City Brewing
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