Sweetwater Ron Burgundy Scotch Ale | SweetWater Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company
Georgia, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Dank Tank #2

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-21-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 8
Photo of GABrew
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of UltimateLivewire
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of jophish17
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of shivtim
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared an extra-special bottle of this with Firkinhophead and Vince at Taco Mac Metropolis. Huge thanks to Jeff and the people at Taco Mac.

Poured from the bottle into a wine glass / snifter. Deep brown with slight red hints. Small lacing of a head. Looks good in the glass.

Nose is complex and great. Windmill cookies (almond liqueur, sugar cookie) with Christmas ale notes... cinnamon, potpourri. Slight undercurrent of complex peat moss and sweat.

Taste is heavy on the toasted malts. More of the almond comes through. Bit of alcohol. Nice overall.

Decent mouthfeel. Not sure of the ABV on this one, but it maintains drinkability.

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Photo of firkinhophead
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

rosewood brown with some red tint
spicy nose of cinnamon, almond cookie, a bit of funk maybe.
dry toast, malt, nutty, earth, a hint of spruce.
lean carbonation, dry and relatively clean.
excellent drinkability, but becomes a bit dullish.
this was one of only a few 1-liter swing-top bottles of this 30th anniversary ale.

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Photo of gford217
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Taco Mac Metropolis.

Pours dark, clear amber brown with a big creamy tan head that lingers as a cap and leaves decent lacing.

The aroma is dominated by sweet caramel malts that have a slightly smoky character to them. There is also a dark sugary fruit sweetness that adds to the malts.

Sweet malts dominate the taste as well with lots of sweet, sugary fruit tastes, everything from apples to maybe some raisins. There is a bit of alcohol burn in the finish, which is slightly dry and smoky.

The mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy with good carbonation and goes down easy, in fact, one of the most drinkable scotch ales I've had.

This is a very good scotch ale from Sweetwater and another sign that they're branching out into some new styles and hopefully bodes well for the future.

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery.

Pours a clear brownish-amber color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of caramelized malt with hints of peat and sweet fruits. The fruit aromas really don't smell like any single fruit, but if I had to pick I'd say pears. There's also a mild amount of spice aromas that waft out every now and then.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Earthy caramel malt flavors kick things off and carry on until the end where a mild spiciness comes in before a sweet ending. The fruit flavors lurk in the background but like the smell it's hard to pick any single fruit out.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with solid carbonation that goes down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I could drink a few of these, although the muddled fruit flavors may get to be a bit much after that.

Overall this is a solid attempt at a scotch ale, though I don't think they were as on as they were with the Creeper. Still, worth a shot and I'm glad Sweetwater is continuing the Dank Tank.

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Photo of everetends
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally had a chance to try this one this weekend. The word on the street is that this beer was brewed solely for the anniversary of Taco Mac and that is just where I had it (Douglassville locale). Once I heard the name I was sold, ordered a pint, and the rest was history. I believe the pint ran me $4.50.

A: Poured a very nice dark brown in color that was pretty clear and allowed a really nice, ruddy ruby light to come through the body. This just has that nice shine to it as the light hits it. A top the body rests a pretty nice (little more than) a finger of off white head. That head had some great retention and a nice creaminess to it. Suds were tight and clingy to my beard. Said foam left a really nice notch in the glass all the way down. Proved to be pretty nice and sticky. Good looking brew.

S: Smell is of mostly that malt profile. Tons of caramelized malt here. It just smells nice and sweet. There is a bit of toffee here as well. There is a nice earthiness coming out as well that I couldn't tell whether it was coming from the hops or that Johnnie Walker cask treatment. There is absolutely just a touch of that JW spiciness in the aroma. Nothing too overwhelming, just enough to keep you in the game.

T: Taste is malty and fantastic. The caramel malts really come out and this is tasty. The toffee is a bit more pronounced in the flavor than in the nose. You can also find a bit of brown sugar and cherries hiding in the malts. Yet again you get a touch of that peaty earthiness and the Scotch spicy bite on the back end. There isn't so much scotch it over takes the malts, which tends to happen in some Scotch Ales such as this. Still the Scotch comes in to compliment the malts and give it a little nudge but still allowing it to taste like beer. The finish is some slightly bittering hops but just a tad. Just enough I say.

M: Medium bodied but with some weight to it. This has a somewhat slick and sticky feel from that malt presence. ABV is slightly warming on the palate but really gives you a nice soothing warmth in the belly. Carbonation is just enough to keep this from being too sticky. This beer is refreshing as well, not cloying in sweetness or too much. Aftertaste is that Scotch spiciness and earth.

D: Absolutely drinkable. Could have easily had one or two more but we had to hit the road and the soccer game was over. That warmth really was soothing on the car ride home and actually put a smile on my face. This beer really helps me realize I am malt head. Hops are fantastic, but sometimes I just want a big malty brew to down and enjoy. Something I can sip and savor. This was one of those beers. Kudos to Sweetwater. A fine brew for sure.

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Photo of MMAJYK
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Deep rusty brown color with soft fluffy 1" head. Quite clear with red hues.

S. Oak, scotch, vanilla, smoke, and roast. Just a hint of booze.

T. Rich caramelized malts with balanced earthy bitterness. Dark fruits mixed with alcohol round it out. Pleasant touch of chocolate in the aftertaste.

M. Medium in the mouth with good carbonation.

D. Not my favorite style, but SW really done a great job on this one! 2 for 2 from the Dank Tank, boys!

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Photo of GatorBeerNerd
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 20 oz dimpled mug at the Old Milton Taco Mac location. I got the end of one keg and the beginning of another in my pour. Notes taken when consumed at lunch on 3/28/09.

A: Pours a dark brown with a lot of ruby highlights. So the burgundy name makes sense. Half a finger head that disappears to a haze of bubbles half way down the glass. Most of those bubbles were left behind as lacing. Its a nice looking brew.

S: Not really getting a lot in the way of aroma from this one. There is a sweet malty aroma that is appealing, but it is not really special in any way that I can pick up.

T: Nice sweet malty flavor. There is a little bit of bitterness in the finish unlike others I have had in the style. I assume there are some hops in there causing it, but I can't put my finger on any of the hop flavors that I have gotten used to from other beers. With the exception of their IPA, this might be my favorite of all the Sweetwater beers I have tasted.

M: Medium thickness. Nice and smooth from a nice carbonation level.

D: I do not know what the ABV is, but I assume based on flavor its definitely too high to be considered a session beer. However, my 20 oz pour disappeared pretty quickly.

If you live in the metro area go out and give this one a try before it disappears.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served up on tap at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Arrived at my perch along the bar a clear, chestnut brown body with a creamy-looking, ivory-colored head. Nice coating of lace on the way down, too.

Smell: Earthy peat-scented nose with a fine mix of hearty malts, a tad sweetish, and some fairly pungent fruity esters. It's a formidable scent. It stings the nostrils. In a good way!

Taste: Sweet robust maltiness with tastes of dark brown sugar, molasses, dark caramel, and a small splash of treacle. As with the nose, there's that punchy fruit character again. Vaguely earthy hop character with a medium bitterness, though, don't worry, the sweet malts maintain dominance. Peppery alcohol near the end. Finishes sweetish, fruity, and with a bit of alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. It's certainly a bit sticky on the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A quality scotch ale from Sweetwater. Recommended, so grab a pint before it runs out... forever. Happy 30th, Taco Mac.

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Sweetwater Ron Burgundy Scotch Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
4.04 out of 5 based on 11 ratings.
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