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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Added by AtLagerHeads on 03-29-2003

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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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Photo of magictrokini
3.35/5  rDev +1.5%
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 LXIXME
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of IntriqKen
3.55/5  rDev +7.6%
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 Sammy
2.66/5  rDev -19.4%
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 MiScusi
4.2/5  rDev +27.3%
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 Gmann
3.13/5  rDev -5.2%
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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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.8/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cask @ Real Ale Fest
The beer pulled a deep brown with a nice tan head, creamy in texture and the lace a decent sheet. Nice sweet malt nose, caramel, start was sweet and nicely malted with the top moderate in feel. Finish was mild in acidity, the hops purposeful in their spiciness, dry and a nice change of pace from those addictive California IPA’s.

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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sjmad23
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Thorpe429
1.93/5  rDev -41.5%
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 mytireisfat
1.65/5  rDev -50%
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 ReggieWeiss
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of charlzm
3.12/5  rDev -5.5%
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 womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev +11.5%
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 ralphw56
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of PunkFloyd
4/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of Zbeetleman
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of SteveO1231
3.7/5  rDev +12.1%
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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Photo of HopHead84
3.55/5  rDev +7.6%
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 beerpadawan
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of BrewMaster
3.43/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours with a burnt amber to brown color. Not much head on the beer but it delivers a sweet and sour aroma with a bit of cherry pit. The flavors is sweet and malty with distinct caramel malts up front. But otherwise it is uneventful. The sweetness does not hold form through the whole taste and the ending is a bit jumbled. It is light on the palate compated to Scottish Ales and would not be something I would order again becuase it is just not that great.

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