Tartan Ale | Port City Brewing

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Tartan AleTartan Ale

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Port City Brewing
Virginia, United States

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Spring

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Added by Chaney on 03-13-2012

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.53/5  rDev +23.1%
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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Photo of biteme398
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of brokenbranches
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of Ig0r
4.27/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle marked as a limited release at a local beer store.

The pour gives a clear dark amber with a thin head which quickly dissipates. The smell is a dark caramel with some spiciness.

The mouthfeel is smooth, light, and with a good amount of carbonation. The flavors are sweet maltiness and slight caramel that leads to a long-lasting, almost sticky hop finish.

This is a very drinkable beer, and is a great balance of scotch-ale flavor with lightness of feel.

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Photo of maketheheartglad
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of KTCamm
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
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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Photo of WMEugene
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a brownish amber with a decent sized head (good retention) and very nice lacing.

S - Sweet malt notes. Caramel notes. A little earthy as well. A bit of a roasted character. Nice, but not particularly strong.

T - Much like the nose, it has a strong malty and caramel presence. A bit of dark fruits and toffee as well. Has just a bit of earthy notes in the finish.

M - Very smooth, just a tad over medium bodied. Very drinkable.

O - The Tartan Ale is another solid offering from Port City. A great, very drinkable offering that most everyone should enjoy.

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Photo of delta490
4.04/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy deep brown with reddish tint. There's about a finger of creamy light tan head that doesn't last too long, but does linger on and leaves a wee bit of lacing. The aroma is pretty mild, with just some slight malt hints but nothing definitive. The flavor makes up for it, though. There's a robust roasted malt flavor with some nice dark caramel and little earthy hops on the finish. It's got a nice full fulling on the palate and a little bit of carbonation. Overall, a good to very good Scottish ale.

Update: they must have tweaked the recipe. The head lasts a good long while and the aroma has a little more oomph, as does the taste.

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Photo of dieBlume
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of DOCRW
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of zp6167a
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of NickyBox
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of lillitnn92
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of razorsdescent
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of thewilliamhart
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of pmarlowe
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of xylomaniac
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really like this ale. Full malty flavor with so many breweries throwing in hops its nice to have a great tasting beer which quenches the thirst with some great beer flavor. Though the hops are ever so alightly sensed on the nose you don't really catch them on the tongue. This would pare well with a good burger.

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Photo of TAClare
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jimmys
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip.

A: dark mahogany. frothy head has pink tints to it. retention is good. pretty clear.

S: a little smoky wisps. crystalized sugars. brown and in the raw.

T: tons of caramel sweet flavors start things off. similar to the nose there are little wisps of smoke on the palate. they actually linger a little into the finish.

M: moderate amount of fizz on a lightish/medium body.

D: a well-made scottish ale from port city. the minor smokey notes add an appreciated layer of complexity. certainly worth trying.

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Photo of MisledTitan
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chaney
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a FFF shaped glass.

A: Poured a clear, reddish-caramel color, with a whopping 2 finger + head that stayed frothy throughout the session.

S: This was very bready and almost resembled an Octoberfest. Some nuttiness and fresh grains also poked through with the grains winning out by a nose (pun intended).

T: Like I mention on the nose, the taste was very much a grain-fest, with the malt playing second fiddle. Personally though, I prefer that. Along with a mild sweetbready quality, this also packed quite a wallop in terms of bitterness on the finish.

M: This was substantially carbonated and none of the sweetness lingered, but I can't say the same about the bitterness. The lacing was quite substantial.

O: While I probably won't be running down the road to Alexandria to get any growler fills of this stuff, I could easily pop a couple of these. This was a Scottish Ale to my liking.

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Photo of siege06nd
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From bottle to Great Lakes British pint glass...

A: The first thing I notice on this is the color. What a wonderful, vibrant ruby tone this one has. Mostly clear with just a touch of haze. Half finger of off-white head that dwindles to a quarter finger. Lacing is thick and gobby. Looks really good.

S: I'm detecting baked bread and caramel, with subtle floral and fruity hints. Nice.

T: Baked biscuit, charred grains, hints of caramel and fruit. Not very complex, but when the flavors are on point (as they are here), that's not a problem.

M: A touch thin. Medium bodied, but fairly agressive carbonation covers up a lot of the flavors. Finish leaves something to be desired.

O: A decent Scottish Ale here. Very light-drinking for the style, but the malt profile could use a little bit more depth and complexity. Definitely one to try, but not one I would want to have multiples of in a sitting. This would be a great six-pack to bring along to a party where you are looking to introduce folks to craft beer.

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Photo of MUTINY
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a solo cup.

A: Clear medium-amber with an inch of white head that recedes pretty quickly. Not much retention or lacing.

S: Caramel & a bit of a fruitiness. Multigrain bread. Maybe honey.

T: More of that multigrain bread, some raisin & kind of a honeysuckle thing. Hop-bittering is mild but present.

M: Light & high-carb for the style. Unique.

O: Kind of a cool scotch ale, not as assertive or filling as it's kin. I'm sure I could put a few of these back no problem.

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Photo of Bike2work
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of whitecluster69
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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