Tartan Ale | Port City Brewing

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Tartan AleTartan Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Port City Brewing
Virginia, United States
portcitybrewing.com

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Spring

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Added by Chaney on 03-13-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
93
Reviews:
25
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
13.04%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
11
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 93 |  Reviews: 25
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 RBorsato
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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2.25/5  rDev -38.9%

Photo of lillitnn92
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of clayrock81
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a reddish brown body with an aroma that was rather low-key and somewhat disappointing with minimal sweet and bread malts and hardly any dark fruits at all. Beer is smooth and easy to drink, light bodied for style, like the hop crispness on backend and this beer isn't bad but it isn't great, either. Has a little bit of sweet malt and dark fruit taste but for most part they are subdued flavors that don't really grab my attention.

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of thewilliamhart
4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a murky dark chestnut color with some ugly sediment. The head is a finger high, with a shade somewhere between off-white and mocha (so sue me, I'm indecisive...) I like how soft and creamy the head's texture is, and the retention - while not fantastic - is acceptable enough. Some lacing is left behind.

S: My first thought whiffing this beer is "gingerbread". Aside from ginger, I'm also getting heavy caramel, brown sugar, molasses, cinnamon, and perhaps even some chocolate. My only objection is that the nose doesn't have much in the way of bitter hints. Still, I like the well-defined aroma of this brew.

T: It actually follows the nose fairly well. While the primary flavor is caramel (expected), I enjoy the gingery hints I'm getting. It finishes with some brown sugar, molasses, and chocolate. There are also wisps of leafy, tobacco-like bitterness at times. Seems a bit simple and unexciting, but there is some enjoyment to be found.

M: Despite the moderate level of sweetness, it's fairly well attenuated. Ergo, it's not cloying. It still has a full body and a lush (not dry) finish - which means it obviously isn't the most crushable beer. Yeastiness (in spite of the huge amount of dregs poured into the glass) is actually well restrained. Also restrained is the carbonation.

O: Port City's beers (barring their damn good porter) always seem to be somewhat forgettable - there's nothing wrong with any of them, they're just usually devoid of excitement. This is much of the same. It's a decent brew, but a bit dull. I wouldn't seek it out, personally.

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Photo of atrocity
3/5  rDev -18.5%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Wattie
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Tartan Ale from Port City Brewing
3.68 out of 5 based on 93 ratings.
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