Bold Coast Pemaquid Ale
Sheepscot Valley Brewing Company

Bold Coast Pemaquid AleBold Coast Pemaquid Ale
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Scottish Ale
Ranked #112
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Ranked #36,828
3.67 | pDev: 11.99%
Sheepscot Valley Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Bold Coast Pemaquid AleBold Coast Pemaquid Ale
Notes: A full-bodied Scottish Ale with a hoppy finish.
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Reviews by MuddyFeet:
Photo of MuddyFeet
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received it as a gift from the girlfriend's brother who is in Maine for the winter. Poured a dark copper in color. Lots of trouble for light to break through. Moderately thick fuzzy head that all but vanished down to a scuzzy layer. Essentially flat in appearance. Nose is simply malty.

Odd flavor. I get something sulphuric but not as if it was a spent match. It was more like a book of matches that got wet and were never struck. Also a bit of a tang. Are the flavors off? Through it all there is a strongly sweet, caramel presence. Slightly bitter towards the finish. Medium body that is a hair towards thin. Interesting beer but this may be more of a hybrid style with a pale ale I believe.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an off-white, one-finger head that goes quickly and leaves hardly any lace. Clear copper/amber color. Low carbonation and medium bodied. Caramel nose. Starts with a burnt caramel/smoked hickory flavor, hints of bitterness at finish. $9.24 for a 64oz growler from Treats Wiscasset, Me.

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Photo of beernut7
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very interesting and flavorful brew, the deep brown color and buttery aroma lead toward a smooth bodied ale. The buttery malty flavors come through the strongest with a nice light spice balance.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The 'Quid poured a medium brown color, with a fine, thin head, but not much lace to speak of. A mild nose of malt was present. Nice body, and good smoothness over the palate. Malt was present in the flavor profile, along with some toffee-like notes. There also was an unexpected sourish, hoppy-like flavor at the finish.

overall: 3.65
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3.5


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Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my trusty Red Oak pint glass a mixture of amber and brown good clarity and a tight formed 1/2 finger white head atop.Brown sugar and a touch roasty malt in the nose a lingering sharp herbal note as well,light to medium mouthfeel makes it glide down pretty easily the flavors dont hit hard more subtle malt notes light brown sugar and nut but not overly sweet a light but firm earthiness comes through late making it even more drinkable.Basic but very good its food friendly and has nice malt flavors,brewed with American and Belgian malts and hopped withKent Goldings.

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Photo of BillyBrew
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of lackenhauser
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very nice coppery color with a great off tan colored head that has some great lacing hanging around. Somewhat solvent like and rubbery aroma. Definate malty flavor upfront. Nice trace of caramel like and toffeeish sweetness. Again, like the aroma it is somewhat rubbery and that tends to detract from what would be an otherwise pleasant experience. Somewhat bready/biscuit like. Nice, soft mouthfeel to it. A nice Scottish ale. I had not realized this was on my wants. I tend to think this might just be a somewhat off bottle-the positives tend to come thru in the long run.

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Photo of yankeeheel
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the GLB. Pours a very dusky brown with a small light tan head. Quite a bit of toasted malt to the nose, perhaps a little estery too.

Lots of big brown malt here. Very flavorful and nutty with a hint of diacetyl and toffee. Medium body and lightly hopped. A good solid brown/scotch ale that could easily be drank over the course of an evening.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark, darker than I was expecting. Although I try not to have any preconceived notions with beer anymore. The head is off-white in color and except for the ring around the glass, it goes away quickly.

My first impression of the smell is that of pancake syrup. Its a very sweet smell. But it does have a boat load of malts so this isn't surprising. All l really smell is, sweet malt.

Taste is...malty! This is a very full bodied Scottish ale. Most of that body is all six of those malts! Its a very smooth drinking brew. . I guess that explains all that malt! Nonetheless, its a very drinkable beer.

Did I mention the malt?

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 64oz growler, sampled the day it was poured.

Pours a dark amber witha light tan head. Smells of sweet malt and a bit nutty.

Tastes of caramel and sweet malt. Nutty and smoky. Has a light hoppy finish. Medium bodied beer. Nice drinkable brown ale. Steve sure likes his brews bold and malty.

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Photo of Sammy
2.85/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On tap at the Great Lost Bear. Sourish spicy flaour. Cloudy red with a significant head. A tad of hop aroma. They said this is how it tastes,it came recommended by patrons, and that is only something I would if really pressed, and even then I cannot finish a glass.Mouthfeel is blah.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Great Lost Bear on 07.27.07.

Pours a deep amber in color beneath a creamy bone white head. Traces of patchy lacing with decent strength. Aromas of musty toffee, caramel, and earthen-floral hops. Toasted maltiness with a semi-sweet toffee and molasses creaminess. Lingering yeasty mustiness with a floral hop finish. Medium in body; airy and biscuity on the palate despite the sweetness. Easy drinking, lightly malted Scottish offering. A decent offering from Sheepscot; decent enough for me to try some of their other offerings.

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Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy caramel color with a thick head that delivers splashes of lacing and good retention

Smell: Plenty of caramel in the aroma with an interesting mineral twist

Taste: Opens with a malty caramel flavor that adds a bit of the mineral and hop elements by mid-palate; after the swallow, the sweeter malt flavors dominate but the mineral elements persist into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: An OK Scottish ale; some unusual elements but not something I would likely seek out again

Thanks, mikeale, for the opportunity

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Photo of stevecooks
5/5  rDev +36.2%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I can sometimes be a fan of Scottish ales, so I had to try this one.

Deep mahogany pour, a bit turbid. Off-white/tan head, light. Small, but I'm guessing due to the pour. This has some stickiness to it.

Aroma and flavors center on the malt. It's sweet and bold, some peat or smoke just in the background. Earthy, some fresh nut and caramel. A hint of in the middle. A bit slick or flat it seems. A solid offering

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Photo of mshallah
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark reddish amber, almost brown color. 1/2 inch creamy head. Smell is malty sweet with wonderful fresh wort aromas. Lots of malt upfront in taste and dominates until the middle when the hops kick in. Malt and hops continue to charge through together to the bittersweet finish. Very quaffable flavor profile that includes subtleties in the aroma bouquet. Aromas and flavors include burnt sugar cookies and sweet dried fruits with a hop spice and light smoke to add a little balance. Semi-creamy mouthfeel. Could drink this all night.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to deltatauhobbit and the Ugly Duckling BIF for the chance to try this local hidden gem.
Pours a hazy copper/amber in color with a massive fizzy 3 finger head with an agressive pour. Head slowly fades and holds and 1/4". Lace cascades down the sides of the glass with each sip.
Malty sweet aroma. Brown sugar and a bit Belgian smelling. I guess it's the Belgian malts.
Caramel and brown sugar flavored. A bit of spice and butter flavors in the finish. Also a short lived but pleasent sharp hop bite on the back-end.
Nice slick medium bodied mouthfeel which makes this a very quaffable beer.
I could drink another bomber and I'm one who hardly ever drinks more than a beer in a sitting. Yummy beer that I'm glad to have had the oppurtunity to sample.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well now, here's an obscure little brewery that managed to find its way to Oregon; so obscure, I guess, that it sat forgotten in a shipping box these past several months. 22 oz bottle with a small white lighthouse on the label, set atop rocky, surrounded by blue skies and crashing waves. Poured to a pint glass; thanks, Pamola (Kyle) for sending.

A: Hard to know if this is the 'correct' look or not...beautiful auburn-amber hue, crystal clear and cut by a multitude of cascading carbonation stream. All this occurs beneath a gigantic rocky head of ivory seafoam - over 3-fingers - which drops slowly, leaving plenty of sparkling lace. I don't know if it *should* have such a massive head (it has been at least 5 months since our trade), but I honestly don't care; it's quite pretty all the same.

A: Fairly quiet aroma of malty caramel and a deeper huskiness. Occasional whiffs of a meatier smoke, otherwise 'average'.

T: A bit hoppier than expected, PLENTY of spice amidst all that caramel sweetness. Not really picking up the 'smoke' I found (at times) in the aroma, but there is an earthy/peaty element that's pretty nice and true to the style. Good grainy huskiness; pretty nice balance, too

M: Carbonation seems higher, but feel mellows out to a smoother finish. Moderate malt stickiness, lingering 'roast'. a touch medicinally bitter in the end.

D: Tasty enough, not a terrific version of the style, but a serviceable one. Wouldn't mind having this again, though I'd say my chances are pretty slim of finding more, barring a trip to Maine.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was a beautiful dark red color without much head. It had a pleasant fruity odor, and an indefinable fruity taste. It seemed very carbonated to me, and had only average mouthfeel. Not a beer that I'd want to sit down for a long night with, but we could date casually.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Manosbeeroffate
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I may have to go over this beer again in the future. I've had this before and don't remember the beer to be how I'm tasting it now. Undated growler that I bought at the Puffin Stop in Damariscotta. Pours a dark brown, very cloudy and a nice head that stays for a couple of minutes. Tastes a somewhat malty/licorice flavor, not very strong, actually quite nice. For a scottish ale is actually a refreshing beer, which makes it a little weird for me. I might have gotten a old growler, I don't know because it doesn't taste old. It just not what I expected. I do recommend it though.

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Photo of dickroop
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled this at Sarah's Restaurant (co-located with Twin Schooners Pub) in Wiscasset. Served in a plastic :-( !?! ) mug with lunch.

Brown, nearly opaque, with reddish tint, modest head of brownish cast, reminiscent of the foam on espresso.

Good aroma, bready with hints of hops and sweetness. Tasted fairly complex with good malty sweetness, balanced by hoppy bitterness, coffee flavor notes. Good start, but finishes tangy to sourish with some good residual hop flavor.

Mouthfeel was almost watery, relatively low carbonation, some malty stickiness/chewiness.

Overall an interesting ale with authenticity and local freshness. I could drink a few, but it's not my preferred style. More hops and less sweet than some (boring) brown ales. Definitely worth a try when you see it offered.

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Photo of lehows
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at The Lobster Pound in Lincolnville. Poured a beautiful brown color with off-white head. Clean aromas of crisp malt and bread on nose with a super creamy malted caramel flavor. Highly drinkable for a scotch ale, I wish I could get my hands on this at home. Definitely recommend.

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Photo of brdc
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks cookin420 for this one. Contract brewed by Sebago brewing.
Large capped bottle, poured into a snifter.

Reddish brown, with a very large, but quite aerated and irregular tan head, with good retention, minimal lacing.
Faint caramel aroma, with a hint of grassy hops and cookie dough. Medium to thin in body, it has an underdeveloped taste predominantly of sweet malts, mostly cookie and caramel. A trace of alcohol, minimal hoppy bitterness.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
2.61/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Had this on tap at the great Lost Bear in Portland, and I have to say I didn't finish it. Poured an orange chestnut with a fine, tight head. Unfortunately, it went downhill from there. The smell was a weird combo of sweet malt and a light sourness. The two did not marry well. I don't know if the sourness was intentional or not, but as it was being served at a fairly well respected institution, I took it for what it was. The taste was sour as well- seemed infected. Light and watery. I hesitate to review such beers in the bottle, but on tap I think the brewery is often at fault- particularly if it is being served at a reasonable place. In such cases, I'll review them. Mouthfeel is watery and insipid. Yuck.

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Bold Coast Pemaquid Ale from Sheepscot Valley Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 65 ratings