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Maxwell's Scottish Ale | Rivertowne Brewing

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Maxwell's Scottish AleMaxwell's Scottish Ale

Brewed by:
Rivertowne Brewing
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Maxwells have made the art of brewing a family tradition for centuries. This Scot comes alive, as five different varieties of malt create a deep, surprisingly smooth finish. Intrigued? Go ahead and lift its kilt!

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

My first try of this PA. breweries wares.Pours an amber/brown with a thinner light beige head atop.Toasted nuts and buttery aromas mingle with dark.A nice fuller feel with buttery caramel and toast flavors,some dark fruit wich is usually a bigger component for the style comes in the finish.A pretty decent malty offering here.

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Photo of GameOfBeers
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

32 oz. growler filled yesterday poured into a NB snifter.

A - Pours a shimmering golden copper brown. A one-finger head of very tight and soft light khaki brown foam dissipates rather quickly, leaving a fine sheen of lace across the surface. Held to a full spectrum light, the beer is a deep but luminous ruby red. While the beer is clear, it also swallows most of the light that's on the other side of the glass.

S - Soft caramels with notes of butterscotch. Hints of light floral hops in the background. Touches of toffee when it warms in the glass. The nose also acquires a peat quality mixed in with the toast of the malts.

T - Moderately toasted malts with somewhat dark, dense caramels. Darker, almost smokey molasses emerges in the finish. Straightforward taste profile that's true to the style.

M - Carbonation is on the light side. Pretty thin body that's almost a bit watery, but, surprisingly, warming in the glass pulls it together better. Structure is integrated but simple and rather two-dimensional. Finish is a distinct end-stage that slowly fades away.

O - I really enjoy Scotch-style ales, especially those with a rich grain bill, high-ABV, and barrel-aging that attempt to capture the flavor profiles of their 18 year-old big brothers. While this isn't one of them, it is a pretty tasty and true take on the style that you can enjoy several pints of in an evening. Recommended.

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Photo of dankjohn
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of chinchill
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can at the Dublin Irish festival.
Medium body with excellent soft mouthful. The head initially looks fine but has weak retention.
Lightly Smokey aroma is dominated by dark roasted grains with a faint trace of hops at most.
The flavor is not as appealing but certainly good.
O: average flavor but very appealing aroma ... In a can.

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Photo of acurtis
3.37/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of McNealc31
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Pours a deep amber that you can see through if you hold it up to the light. Not much in the way of aroma, but there are obviously some different malts going on. Starts out with a sweet caramel flavor with just a hint of smoke and wood at the finish. Almost no hop presence, as it should be. Good balance.

Smooth, good flavor. Quite nice.

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Photo of Rymish
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of cyrushire
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark bronze color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, slightly sweet. Taste is mild, malty, a touch sweet, a little light on flavor for the style. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can, no canning date that I could find but I'm pretty sure this was a new arrival at my local beer store so I'm assuming it's a somewhat fresh can. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a clear reddish/amber color with about an inch off-white head that stuck around a little while. There's also a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like nuts, grainy/bready malt, toffee and some eathiness. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some light peaty smokiness and fruitness (apple, pear) noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth with a moderate amount of carbonation. Truthfully, I only bought this because Maxwell is my last name. But this is a nice Scottish Ale, it's certainly worth a try! If you like malty Scottish Style Ales, might as well try this one. $2.79 a can.

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Photo of Griggsy
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can courtesy of tommyguz pours a beautifully clear garnet hue with a modest off-white head. Not much for retention and lace.

Nose smells pretty good - malty with notes of coconut husk, caramel, baking cocoa and nuts. I like it...probably would have guessed nut brown ale before scottish though.

Taste is more of the same..really nutty, hazelnuts to be precise. Caramely and maybe even a little bit of buttered popcorn. Its light and malty with just a hint of bitterness on the finish. Its an enjoyable brew...all 3 from Rivertowne I have had are - though they wont wow you with complexity. Mouthfeel is a bit watery, but not too bad. This would be a good candidate for tailgating.

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Photo of FreshButterbeer
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Drknight
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear though almost opaque deep reddish brown in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and moderate crimson red highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy light tan head that quickly reduces to a mottled thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark + caramel malts with a moderate amount of brown sugar + light fruit (apple + pear) sweetness. Hints of smokiness (like from peat).

T: Upfront there is a moderate to slightly stronger than moderate flavor of dark + caramel malts with a moderate amount of brown sugar, caramel, and light fruit (apple + pear) sweetness. That is followed by light flavors of peat smokiness and a light flavor of earthy + spicy hops which contribute a light amount of bitterness to the finish which fades away pretty quickly.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Definitely a malt bomb but in a good way - enjoyable and easy to drink.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On my last trip to Da Burgh, I met up with a couple of my buddies at Rivertowne Pour House and the staff was kind enough to assemble a mixed case of four (4) six-packs of each of their six (6) CANned beers in support of The CANQuest (TM)! If that is not customer service, then I do not know what is!

From the CAN: "Scottish Ale"; The Malty/Hoppy Meter pegs this one at the bottom of the Malty end of the spectrum; "The Maxwells have made the art of brewing a family tradition for centuries. This Scot comes alive, as five different varieties of malt create a deep, surprisingly smooth finish. Intrigued? Go ahead and lift its kilt!"; "Cheers and thanks, [undersigned] Andrew T. [?] Maxwell Brew Master".

I think that I will pass on lifting kilts and go for the Crack, instead. I am getting better at opening these brimful CANs, but caveat emptor. Once again, an inverted Glug created a visible pseudo-cascading action against the background of a dark beer. I initially had two fingers of foamy, deep-tan head, but it began falling almost as soon as I had completed the pour. Color evidenced a ruby-red shade when held up to the light, along with NE-quality clarity. If you have not done so already, mark the weekend of 28 February 2015 on your calendar. I will be returning to Lincoln, NE to jointly celebrate my 50th birthday and her 21st with the lovely Val MidWest and all are welcome to join the party! Nose was, as expected, quite sweet in a maple syrup vein. There was a light smokiness to it, but it was definitely a malt bomb. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was not as sweet as the nose had led me to expect. In fact, it was kind of muted for the style, with a cracker-y kind of sweetness. Interesting. Finish was semi-sweet with the potential to be much sweeter. I wonder if this is what was intended or if I just got lucky. Me likee.

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Photo of ScottyDuzntNo
5/5  rDev +35.5%

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.19/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber to brown-ish in color with a light tan head. In the aroma, faint and a small sweet caramel like malt. In the taste, sweet caramel malt, yet somewhat mellow. A small bite, but mainly smooth, with a medium bodied mouthfeel, and a dryer caramel like malt in the aftertaste. Not much in the nose, big maltiness, and a small stickiness all the way through.

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Photo of Josh24
5/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite beer by far right now.

Dark color yet fairly light in abv and easy to drink all night.

Malty chocolate flavor and so smooth!

I have had this beer on tap and in a can and both are still my goto beer...

I enjoy all Rivertowne beers but this one takes the cake for me...give it a shot

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Photo of wac9
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

love this beer its dark its a scottish ale one of the better scottish ales hints of chocolate and butterscotch cant go wrong pouring this in a glass enjoy

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Photo of InspectorBob
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of hinemk76
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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