McGarvey's Scottish Ale | Oggi's Pizza & Brewing Co.

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McGarvey's Scottish AleMcGarvey's Scottish Ale

Brewed by:
Oggi's Pizza & Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.41/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Oggi's Pizza and Brewing Company in Santa Clarita, CA.

Pours a clear brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt and some slight caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with a slight bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the smell is pretty mild.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a draft into a pint glass at Oggi’s in Santee, Calif. About a finger of head. Color was brownish red. Hardly any white lacing on the top. Minimal film on the sides.

Smelled dark chocolate and coffee malts mainly. Also caramel, toffee and some toasty notes.

Tasted fairly close to the nose. Got coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, toffee and toast. Also tasted a little rum, maybe Captain Morgan’s.

Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Smooth finish but still got that Captain Morgan taste.

An OK beer overall. Pretty much what I expected. I’d probably try it again.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


On tap at Oggi's Carmel Mountain.

A: Dark crimson with a frothy beige head. Good retention, and residual web-like lacing is left behind.

S: Bread and caramelized notes with a little peat and earth. Malt is rich and dominant.

T: Rich caramel melds with baked bread and toffee. There's a low bitterness accompanying earth and light smoke notes.

M: Upper medium body with a creamy moderate carbonation.

Overall: A pretty good Scottish Ale. Definitely the best beer I've has from Oggi's today thus far.

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Photo of snpub540
2.75/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Oggi's Garden Grove.

Poured a dark brown hue but it had some burgundy highlights to it. Almost no head at all. Very little carbonation.

Smell is bready and yeasty. A little toast is there as well.

Taste is slightly smokey and got some bready malt. That's about it. Not a lot goin on.

Mouthfeel is too thin and its almost flat. Hard to finish just because its not that good.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Oggi's Tustin

A: The beer pours an amber color with a small off-white/khaki colored head.

S: Amazingly, the expected aromas of toffee, toast, and bread are there with a moderate caramel sweetness to it. Minimal hop aroma and a hint of stone fruits.

T: Pleasant flavors of toffee and toasted bread are most of what you're going to get here. Some caramel sweetness to the beer with a hint of earthy hops and a mild spice flavor.

M: Medium in body with a moderate carbonation.

O: An Oggi's beer that isn't horribly offensive? Sign me up.

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Photo of mytireisfat
1.65/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

P: 22oz brown bottle. no best by date. Back of bottle says: Gold award winner, 2008 world beer cup.

A: No head. Dark red in color. no lacing.

S: Toffee smell, roasted malt.

T: First of it is really light. almost like water. very weak. some malt flavors, but very little. a flat taste for a finish. it taste like unfinished beer.

M: Light body. and no carbonation.

D: will never buy again. its not a good beer. its almost like they started it, and for got to condition and carbonate it... i would pour it down the drain. but i have no other beer... maybe i got a bad beer?

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Photo of taxguyjase
2.42/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance - Well, first off - this is one foamy beer. I had to let it sit for about 10 minutes so I can actually pour the other half of the beer. Cloudy, copper colored. Ridiciously foamy tan head. Like...making it hard to drink this sucker foamy. 2.0/5.0

Smell - Alcohol - some sweetness from the malt. Tart fruit, maybe cherry.. 2.5/5.0

Taste - Bitter, sweet alcohol. Sharp malt taste...kinda sweet bready. Other than that, not a whole lot to speak of. 2.5/5.0

Feel - Bubbly initially, then smooths out. Aftertaste is slightly sweet and bready. 3.0/5.0

Drinkability - Had way better Scottish Ales...I've got a number of other ones that I'd rather drink. 2.0/5.0

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Photo of Gmann
3.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice honey/ruby brown color with a dense khaki colored head that had a nice creamy texture and settled into a nice cap. The aroma is quite faint, some lightly toasted malt and some grains, that is about it. The taste is quite watery but does have a touch of roasted malt qualities, a bit metallic with a tin like bitterness, and some light lemon. The feel is light to moderate with soft to tingly carbonation; finishes dry and astringent, not that pleasant. For a style that should be malty and smooth, this is anything but. The flavors are ok, but the feel is very atringent. Much better samples of the style out there.

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Photo of mithrascruor
2.04/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear dark red-amber color. Off-white head dissipates to a film rather fast, but leaves nice lacing along the glass.

Smell: Decent malty aroma, slightly sweet, but I am also getting hints of corn.

Taste: A bit watery and what seems like roasted malted corn. A very bitter astringent flavor (think cleaning agent) in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and pretty smooth. Very minimal carbonation.

Drinkability: The flavor sucks.

Big disappointment... not even worth trying... maybe not even worth finishing. Too bad!

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Photo of Thorpe429
1.93/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: dark cola-molasses color. Minimal head and no lacing.

S: caramel malts and some of the molasses sweetness.

T: strange. None of the caramel from the nose. Slightly sweet.

M: again, dry. Light body and moderate carbonation.

D: not good. Too dry and not very flavorful.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.88/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 12/28/2007 (Sampler @ Oggi's Peoria, AZ):

Pours a medium-brown colored body, with a small tannish colored head. Has a malty aroma, but a very light amount of total aroma. Scotchy smelling. Has a coffee, malty taste, somewhat porterish. Not bad, drinkable.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Oggis Scottsdale
Poured a nice copper color with decent carbonation, off white head. Nose was kind of sweet but that was about it. Taste was with some syrup, good mlats and well balanced. Taste was not to apprent though, still seemed tasteless other than the syrup. It could have have had more. Mouthfeel was average and not to creamy or impressive. Just malts, grain and some syrup.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad. Pours clear brown with red highlights and a short off-white head. Caramel and molasses in the aroma, with some smoke. Nutty taste with a fair amount of caramel and toffee. Earthy malt and roasty finish. One of their better non-IPA regulars, but nothing special.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sample at the Santa Clarita location. This beer pours a dark brown-amber color with a thin beige head that diminishes slowly. Patches of lacing. Pale malt, smoke and mild hops in the nose. Medium-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel that coats the tongue. Flavors of smoked malt, caramel and touches of coffee and chocolate. The finish is smoky and leaves an earthy malt aftertaste. Decent overall.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Rich chestnut color with some lighter orange tones. Lightly tanned head is about one inch initially, dissipates rather quickly, and would be hugely disappointing if it weren't for the halfway decent lacing. Doesn't look quite as lush as a great Scottish.

The aroma and flavor are two side of one coin; with lightly toasted caramel/toffee malt sweetness on one side and a hint of herbal, slightly floral hopping on the other. Nothing exciting, but a pretty decent stab at the style; that is to say, native Scottish ales are not much more adventurous, so super-hopping or something would have been weird and wrong.

I'm mostly disappointed with the mouthfeel - there's just not much to go on, and it feels like an American amber ale overall (nothing but love, amber ales!). Maybe from the tap (or cask, I imagine that to be a nice experience) it's a little lusher and fuller, but bottled it's pretty bland.

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Photo of Overlord
2.48/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear dark brown. Small white, soapy head.

Smells like a whiff of malt ... that's about it. Taste is ... more malt. Just, plain caramel malt. Maybe a bit of peatiness/herbaliness. Really not too much going on here. Thin mouthfeel.

Very disappointed.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep amber, slight borwn, with off tan head. Nose is light caramel, sweet, faint molasses, and clean.

Palate is caramel sweet, malty, but not very hearty. It's as if this is a "Scottish-style-light".

Easy drinking. Could easily be mistaken for an A-B product due to it's tepid flavor and weak attempt at the style.

Not recommended.

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Photo of charlzm
3.12/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 11/05/07 at Oggi's Santa Clarita, CA.

Caramel brown color, good carbonation and proper modest head. No aroma (what's with Oggi's beers with no smell?). Sweet, grainy malt with brown sugar/molasses notes. Clean finish. No detectable hop character. A small, unremarkable Scottish Ale.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

At $2.50 a pint during Happy hour, I had to try it. On to the beer:

Served in a pint glass, it's dark orange to amber in color. The scent is semi-sweet, with biscuit and smoke dancing around the more dominaating caramel. Now we move on to the taste, and get more of the same, with a brush of grain and a bready dryness at the end of each sip. Pretty good example of a Scottish Ale.

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Photo of MiScusi
4.2/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Oggi's Corona, CA location. Poured a light shade of brown with reddish tint to it, and the smell and taste had a nice toasty character to it. The mouthfeel was lighter medium with light carbonation. Not overly complex but delivered a nice malt character.

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Photo of Sammy
2.66/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Carmel County Road. no aromas detected. A bit of head and some lace on mahogoney amber body. Molasses and sweet and drinkable, a little bitterness. Carbonation is above average as is most of the line.Did not get much in the way of toast or smoke.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown (low lighting in Pub made it difficult to see tones).
Small head that disappated quickly but lacing remained.
Aroma was weak (due to beer being too cold<?>) but scents of toasted malts, light coffee, and nuts.
Mouthfeel was rich and rewarding....tiny carbonation on the tongue and light alcohol burn.
Tastes like sweet malts, coffee, and very nutty.
Nice with pizza!

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brewed & sampled on tap at Oggi's Scottsdale, AZ
This beer is a brilliantly clear, deep ruby-red color. The head is pretty good for a draught beer; it is tan in color and almost covers the entire top of the beer. The aroma has a distinct roast note to it that is characteristic of heavily kilned malt / barley. There are aromatic notes of sweet toffee / caramel which combine with a raisin fruit note, both of these help to balance out the roast note. This has a nice, enjoyable aroma to it.

The taste of this beer is lightly sweet up front, which leads to a fruity note that lingers through to the end; I get notes of raisins and a hint of cherries. There is a touch of hops throughout; light herbal notes in the flavor and a touch of bitterness that lingers just a bit in the finish. This beer has a soft creamy mouthfeel, despite the slight prickly carbonation. There is a definite toffee note here that is quite nice and a welcome addition to the flavor profile. There is also a light toasted malt note here that seems to be all that is left of the roasted note in the aroma. The beer is light enough to be quaffable, but has just enough heft to it to remain quite interesting. This is a really nice beer that I am definitely appreciating right now.

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Photo of arizcards
3.57/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had dinner with Da Boss at Oggi's several nights ago.

Beer was served ice cold unfortunately, reddish-brown, with very little head. Nose was of sweet caramel malts. Taste was very malty and somewhat nutty and sweet. Mouthfeel was medium bodied. Overall drinkability was good. This beer is worth a shot at least once.

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Photo of SteveO1231
3.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark reddish/brown little head. Served a bit too cold. Nice malty sweetness. Kind of a dry roasted barley finish. This brew tasted pretty good on this night. Nothing outstanding. Pretty safe brew. I enjoyed this brew with the Italian Stallion pizza. Complimented my pizza well.

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