Wallace Tavern Scotch Ale | Market Garden Brewery

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3.65 w/ 37 ratings

Brewed by:
Market Garden Brewery
Ohio, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Hoptometrist on 07-05-2011

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Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by WoodBrew:
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3.31/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Visited the Market Garden for a wintery taster with a high school buddy. The beer poured a dark amber/brown color with off white head and no lace. The smell was very weak...with subtle caramel malt. The taste is mostly caramel malt The mouthfeel is medium body with good carbonation. Overall it was a decent beer, no the best scotch ale i've had.

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Photo of Brenden
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looking like a Scotch ale, this beer is the reddish-brown color I expect from most. The off-white head is small and tight, fading away somewhat quickly and leaving spotty lacing as it goes.
This isn't a weak beer, but I think some are thrown off with it; it's more like a traditional Scottish ale in strength, but the profile is more like a Wee Heavy. The 6.5% ABV is telling, as it's also in the high range for a traditional Scotch but lower for a Wee Heavy. Anyway, it offers the usual caramel and toffee, bit of sugar and dark fruits without the cloying sweetness, or at least a sweetness that comes very close to cloying, typical to the heavier ones. There's a light note of breadiness with a very slightly nutty something and a nice addition of something woody and dry that further draws away from the sweetness.
The mouthfeel is good, fairly smooth off a light but brisk crispness. Again, this isn't as heavy a beer as some might expect. it works pretty well altogether, though.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of AJmon13
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Maltyduo
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BB1313
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a dark auburn with some ruby hues when in the light; small light khaki head that fades leaving decent retention and okay lacing. The aromas are malt forward and somewhat faint. Hints of caramel and toffee. Some dark fruit aromas as well. The flavors basically follow the nose. Some raisins and plum in the mix. More hints of caramel and toffee. Some subtle cocoa notes. Malts do their thing. Finishes clean for the most part. Alcohol goes unnoticed for the most part. Mouthfeel is on the fuller side of medium-bodied or the lighter side of full-bodied with moderate to active carbonation. It's very fluffy and smooth. Easy drinking stuff.

This is a solid scotch ale. It's not flashy and stays true to the style, which works. It becomes more enjoyable as it warms. Not bad at all.

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Photo of xzqrut
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours out a very nice deep, rich dark brown to black, coffee esque appearance. This is a very nice roasted malt beer, and that dominates the smell and taste. Mouthfeel is not too much or little of anything, not too heavy or too light, not too crisp. Overall a nice scotch.

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Photo of neenerzig
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Went to Market Garden Brewery last night with my wife and my parents for my mom's birthday dinner and I ordered this beer. They must have revamped this one from what it originally was, because this one boasted an AVB of 8%. Served to me from on-tap in an oval shaped glass. Not sure exactly what the name of the type/style of glass it was. This beer is a clear, medium to dark amber/copper color with a just slightly off-white head that is about 1/3 of an inch thick when first served to me that dissipates to a medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass. A little bit of lacing but not too much. Big roasted, smoked caramel malt aromas were certainly present along with fruity notes of plums and pears along with a nice molasses and brown sugar. Also a bit of toffee. Taste pretty much the same, with big toasted, smoked caramel malt sweetness that gives way to the plum and pear notes followed by the molasses and brown sugar notes. Has a slight hint of spice too. Has a slightly crisp, mainly smooth and frothy, medium bodied mouthfeel with light to moderate carbonation. I thought the mouthfeel and body seemed just a little bit too light for this style of beer, especially for one that boasts an AVB of 8%.


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Photo of Doodlesby
3.01/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got a Growler for the Pops on a recent trip to Cleveland, the brewery/brewpub is located right next to the West Side Market. While in the brewpub sampled 6 for $15.

Poured into a Sam Adams Pint glass.

Pours a nice Mahogany Red, head dissipates very quickly into only a rim of foam around the glass.

Its very hard to get a scent out of this beer other than the oak smell, I can also pick up on a sugary and caramel scent with some lingering malt.

The taste is malty, a bit light. Malts, oak, almonds and honey.

Mouthfeel is somewhat watery, but simple which can be a good thing especially for a scotch ale. It doesn't leave the mouth dry, and slides over the tongue nicely.

Overall: I didn't care for this beer much when I first tried it at the brewpub. I actually enjoyed the Centennial and the stout the most. On second tasting though I have a new found respect for this scotch ale as it does have a decent flavor for being a new start-up.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of TheBrewo
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This brew was served on tap at the Market Garden Brewery taproom in Cleveland, Ohio. It arrived in a generic chalice and showed a deep golden caramel coloring. It held a half finger tall head of cream colored bubbles, and this retained nicely. Haze was moderate, although no sediment was present. Carbonation appeared to be lightly moderate. The aroma spoke of raw brown sugar, fruity esters, plum and pear fruitiness, soaked amber and caramel malts, light soapy hoppiness, roasted walnuts, candied almonds, light cinnamon and nutmeg spiciness, cherry cough syrup, bile and lactic acidity, and powdery ale yeastiness. The taste revealed notes of wet brown and caramel malts, toffee sweetness, cooked and singed brown sugar, molasses, light plum and dark cherry flesh, airy and bittering soapy hop, dank figgy organic bite, dried raisins, light cinnamon, gingerbread, and nutmeg spiciness, fresh honey brushed and buttered biscuits, and candy corn sugars. Through the end and aftertaste came a big wash of mildly bittering, but stark, phenolic character. The body was light to medium, but syrupy and silky in feel. Carbonation came across as high, with especial frothy build on the swirl around the mouth. Otherwise, cream, slurp, and smack were all nice, with excellent glug on the swallow. The abv was appropriate and well hidden, and the beer remained easy to drink throughout.

Overall, although this was a nice beer, it didn’t really drink much like a Scotch ale. For the most part through the flavoring, there were highly sweet fruity inclusions, but tons of caramel and malty residual sugars, but with a lack of any great balancing smokiness or big bitterness to counter. Sure, we noted some phenolic wash through the end, but this was hardly enough to meet the Quad-esque level of malty sweetness. A drier, more tannic side of the malts could have helped this, and perhaps a longer boil was in order here. Finally, the mouthfeel was particularly light for the style, making it seemingly more of a Scottish ale than many of your monster Wee heavies. As with all new beers and breweries we were excited for the opportunity to sample this one, but this is not our new favorite. If you’re looking for something darker, more bitter, and more definitely Scotch, look elsewhere.

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Photo of Bonis
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of goblue3509
2.91/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown color with hints of red along the edges and a off white head with no lace. The aroma is of caramel malts and toffee it is very faint and hard to get a good whiff. The taste is a caramel malt backbone there is hints of toffee and a slight sweetness to the beer. The taste is enjoybable but not very big. The mouthfeel is moderatley carbonated. Overall it was a decent beer, its not one of the big bold scotch ales that you can come across. It is enjoyable and a very easy drink.

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3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap into a short stemmed ale glass at Market Garden.

A- Poured a nice dark brown and reddish color with a one finger frothy head.

S- Butterscotch and caramel, not a strong aroma, but you get a nice whiff of what you would expect from a Scotch Ale

T- Butterscotch, caramel, and some light toffee. A little on the mild side as far as flavor.

M- A little bit of prickly carbonation with a slightly watery mouthfeel

O- Overall this was a little bland for the style, but nothing off-putting about the beer. I had a pint of the Scotch Ale as well as a few samples of the other beers. This was my favorite out of the bunch. It was a drinkable beer, but not all that complex. Seems like they are playing it pretty safe with their beers, but not a single bad beer in the bunch, just not anything that will knock your socks off.

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3.55/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of mikepcarney
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Wallace Tavern Scotch Ale from Market Garden Brewery
Beer rating: 45.9% out of 100 with 37 ratings
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