Blackberry Scottish-Style | O'Fallon Brewery

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Blackberry Scottish-StyleBlackberry Scottish-Style

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O'Fallon Brewery
Missouri, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Spring

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Added by MJR on 03-12-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 57 |  Reviews: 55
Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nicely blended beer. Blended a Scottish style with blackberry flavors. Pours a carbonated brown beer with redish colors intermitten. Nice aromas of caramel, malt, toffee, acohol, and dark fruits. Tastes nicely scottish, with the caramels and light chocolates. Figs, dates, and nut flavors accompany malt sweetness. Creamy body holds blackberry-like flavors. They are not overly dominant, but do add complexity and flavor. Lightly hopped for balance. Finishes sweet and mildly drying.

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Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a very hazy medium dark amber color (which I'll presume is impacted by the blackberry juice); the head is sturdy and retains well but it leaves only a few dots of lace

Smell: Very unusual, with alternative whiffs of blackberry juice and caramel malt; once I think I've pinned one side down, the other appears

Taste: Opens with a bit of biscuit and caramel with clear hints of blackberry; after the swallow, a powdery chocolate flavors appear to join the other flavors but the effect is not particularly long-lived; slightly phenolic on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to low carbonation

Drinkability: Oh, but what could have been here with this now retired beer (which, I understand, gets better with a bit of age) - imagine a Wee Heavy with subtle blackberry elements; as it is, the flavor is intriguing but somewhat less than satisfying; perhaps it will re-emerge at a later date in a bolder fashion

Thanks to esjaygee (from the other site), for the opportunity

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.83/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Iced tea with a large splash of orange juice. There's a generous amount of carbonation that's no help to the rather pathetic looking head. The foam is light beige in color, large-bubbled, soft and featureless. In other words, it looks like what one might see on a glass of soda pop. By the final pour, the beer becomes a much more attractive murky tawny.

Given the name, how is it possible that Blackberry Scottish-Style Ale doesn't smell like either blackberries or a Scottish ale? I can appreciate faint whiffs of caramel malt and very little else.

Things improve somewhat on the palate, but then only one direction was possible with such a lackluster nose. Believe it or not, I can appreciate what O'Fallon was trying to do with this beer. I taste blackberry essence (more artificial blackberry extract than the actual fruit) and the sketchy outlines of a wannabe Scottish ale. It still isn't great, though, and I question whether the target was worth aiming at.

The beer is unimpressively caramel malted. That flavor is quickly overcome by blackberry, which dominates through the finish. At this point in the bottle, I can appreciate little or nothing that is Scottish ale-like. I have a sneaking suspicion that my initial impressions along those lines were due to the power of suggestion.

The mouthfeel is closer to light than to medium. It also feels large-bubbled fizzy at the start of each mouthful and nearly flat on the swallow.

Even though Blackberry Scottish-Style Ale is only my third O'Fallon offering, I'm beginning to wonder if Smoked Porter isn't far and away their best beer. Having said that, I applaud the brewery's willingness to do something different. If done right, this could have been a pretty interesting beer. Unfortunately, it wasn't and it isn't.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a Dogfish Head snifter, the beer pours dark copper/mahogany color with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both OK. The aroma is blackberries, smoked malt, caramel, and some peat. Taste is the same as the aroma. The name of the beer fits, it does taste and smell like a Scottish Ale with some blackberries. Mouthfeel/body is medium, with average carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's easy enough to drink and goes down easy. Overall I think this is a decent beer, I could drink it now and again. It's not bad and worth a try.

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Photo of weeare138
3.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appears a dark crimson toned amber with a frothy, beige head that slowly fades into a mild cap of suds. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, toffee, berries, citrus, and mild grass.
Taste is toffee mixed with berries, along with a mild hop punch of cut grass and citrus notes coming through.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sweet, lacking balalnce, with a spritzy finish.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.86/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a brown translucent body with a creamy off-white head.

S- The smell of blackberry and biscuit malt is a bad combination. There is a note of chocolate malt and dark roasted malt that doesn't help the almost putrid smell.

T- The taste of dry biscuit malt and fresh grain has a faint blackberry extract note to it in the finish.

M- This beer has a medium light mouthfeel and a slight watery texture.

D- These flavors really don't taste good together but if the blackberry extract flavor was removed or replaced with a real fresh blackberry flavor there is some hope for this beer. It needs to go back to the drawing board.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.07/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a quick and fizzy head. Some bare lacing is noticed. color is dark tanned amber. Smell iis a of blackberries and chalky chocolate. The taste is the same mix mix, with the blackberries in the foreground and that chalky malt in the background. The blackberry flavor is too light in my opinion. The drinkability is pretty good and the mouthfeel is like a liquid ovaltein mixed with chalk dust.

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Photo of ZAP
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Crimson colored....looks good...nice mild tan head on top

S-Smells like some blackberry soft serve ice cream I used to enjoy as a kid up in the Boulder Junction area of Wisconsin...not a fresh blackberry smell but more of an artificial flavor....I still enjoy the aroma though...also some light toasted malts...

T-Blackberry is more subtle than I expected but it still leads the way along with a light toasted maltiness...

M-Thinner than expected...too thin for my tastes for this style....has more of a wheat beer body to it than a scotch ale....really more of a drinker than a sipper.

D-I'm split on this beer....I wanted it to be deeper and more of a sipping style beer....I like the use of blackberry and this drinks easy enough but a bigger, richer beer would be even better,

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Photo of Bighuge
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber/mahogany tone. Slightly hazed. Thin off white head. Lace is sporadic. Nose is dirty, grundgey malts and squashed blackberries. Interesting taste. Kind of an earthy and murky feel to it all. The blackberry flavor is duely noted in the background, complementing the earthy character of this beer. Almost get some porter like charcteristics like chocolate and roasted malts. Subdued traits. Decent enough beer.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear ruby color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is of blackberry and caramel. The taste is a lot more malty than the aroma. The blackberry is almost none existent. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is a decent beer. It would be more interesting if there were more going on in the aroma.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.38/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz single, Woodman's I think

All of these beers seem to suck but they all have wild ideas and funny bottles, so for a 1.39 I try them

appearance: deep clear mahogany-garnet poured into a notre dame pint glass, small beige head that actually has pretty good retention...a little too clear for a scotch, but well tinted

smell: cheap candy fruitness, sweet candy chocolate...not a whole lot more involved than that, light roastiness

taste: more cheap candy (seems to be a trend with o'fallon)...its almost like they brew most of their beers with reject halloween candy...sweet cheap chocolate, blackberry flavouring comes in stronger in the taste, very light roastiness, not very scotch-like...its not bad, its interesting, but its hard to call good

mouthfeel: medium-thin

drinkability: pretty good

mouthfeel: medium

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Photo of papat444
2.63/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Flashback #123

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Photo of Dogbrick
3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from Party Source. This beer pours a mostly clear ruby/brown color with a medium thin off-white head that has decent retention. Stringy lacing on the glass. Aroma similar to the packets of mixed berry jelly you find at finer restaurants. Touches of earthy malt in the nose as well. Medium-bodied with tart blueberry and peat flavors, along with some grainy malt. The finish is fruity and soft, with a mildly bitter aftertaste that lingers awhile. Overall this beer did not really do much for me.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine April 2007.

An intriguing mix: a Scottish-style Ale meets blackberries. There's a first for everything, we guess.

The fizzy lace lacks any real retention; the active carbonation is the only thing keeping it alive. Hazed, brownish burgundy color is borderline opaque. Toasted biscuit and sweet-tart blackberry aroma. Thick, viscous smoothness shows that the beer has a full body, yet enough crispness makes its way through. Toasted and mild caramel maltiness comes in layers as the blackberry flavor blankets the palate. Clean malt all around with a ghost-like nutty yeast in the middle. Kiss of hop bitterness is not sharp enough to rise above the berry flavor. Finishes slightly sweet, with a grainy and faded berry flavor.

This one is an oddball; nothing's really bad about it, it's just an odd mix of flavors. Regardless, it's worth a try. Thanks to Uncle Jimbo for the sample.

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Photo of cokes
2.77/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clouded tawny amber with a patchy bone-colored top.
Caramel is foremost with a toasted underbelly, nudged sweeter with a grape cola, and candied black- and blueberries.
Bready initially, all full of wet dough and yeast. Wheat-like in flavor. Caramel comes next, but cloaked with the soggy breadiness of it all. Blackberry hues are modest, but, even so, seem forced and artificial, carrying bubblegum and sugarbomb fruit soda. A stray clove ester wanders through near the close. Hops carry no weight.
Flat texture, over yeasty, novelty homebrew-esque mishmash. Scottish this ain't, if tasted blind I'd peg it as some sort of dark American Wheat.

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Photo of Brent
3.35/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, I'm not sure what makes this a Scottish-style beer - it was an okay, but pedestrian, fruit beer. Poured a ruddy caramel - I suppose I expected something purple. Some vague fruit aroma. Malty, a bit on the sweet side. Fruit flavoring is evident, but more of a general berry nature than a specific blackberry flavor. Not a bad fruit beer - reasonably drinkable, but I had hoped the blackberry would be more distinctive.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.58/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a clear, iced-tea brown color with light brown, pillowy foam that settled slowly, and with good, strong carbonation from the bottom of the glass. The smell was lightly sweet malt with a touch of caramel, plus a light blackberry aroma. The taste was malty with light blackberry fruitiness and mild hop bitterness in the finish. There was a light taste of yeast as well. Oddly, the flavor was less good as the beer warmed in the glass. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with medium body and good carbonation. The flavors lingered mildly in the finish. The was a decent beer, not overpowered by the fruit, and fairly easy-drinking.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.33/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This came as part of the mixed O'Fallon 8-pack. It's also likely the only Blackberry flavored Scottish Ale I've ever heard of, so it promises to be interesting. Unfiltered, pouring to a deep amber, forming a small off-yellow head with very poor retention and absent lacing, despite a vigorous pour. The aroma is delicious and quite unique...grainy and sweet amber grains, kinda like Fat Tire with that biscuity malt, with an overlying subtle blackberry note. Some herbal (but in a good way) hops round it out. Carbonation is mild to moderate. Mouthfeel is lightly creamy and medium bodied. The taste is also wonderful...there is a very pleasant biscuity malt body, but not what most would consider remotely sweet. The fruit is there, but is very contributory and not overwhelming. It leaves a subtle sweetness hanging on the tongue. Bitterness is mild and a pleasant earthiness balances the fruit. No particular peat or smoke is evident, though there is a mineral finish and a touch of roast barley (I think). Damn easy to slug back a few of these bad boys without having to worry about the alcohol, and it's so easy drinking, I could see my girlfriend sucking them down as well.

While this isn't a Scottish Ale in anyone's right mind, it's still damn delicious. This reminds me of a fruity Robert the Bruce (which is another take on the Scottish ale that is delicious, but not true to style). I could drink many of these and was pleasantly surprised. I would buy it again in a heartbeat.

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Photo of merlin48
3.7/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

You have to give some credit to this brewery for their playful innovations and experimentation with styles, even if they sometimes miss the mark. I wasn't expecting much from this bottle, but it exceeded my expectations even if it missed the style. Appearance: Pours a muddy, orange/brown body with a small beige head that eventually falls into a persistent film and collar. Some patchy lace is left on the glass.
Aroma: Somewhat subdued, with caramel and toffee malt dominating. Blackberry fruitiness is certainly apparent, but not overdone. Some earthiness is noticed, but not quite what I would call peat.
Mouthfeel: Light medium body with high carbonation that takes several minutes to settle down.
Taste: Caramel and toffee malt sweetness mirrors the nose, more apparent as it warms and the carbonation subsides. Minimal hop bitterness, but enough to prevent cloying sweetness from the berry infusion. The blackberry presence is actually quite tame and adds a nice touch to the dominant malty character. Not much here to suggest a Scotch ale or wee heavy, but pretty tasty nonetheless. Malty finish and aftertaste.
Drinkability: Not bad, overall, and much better than their Cherry Chocolate Ale that I didn't really care for. Some smoked character and a more aggressive blackberry component would elevate the scores on this one a few notches. Thanks to kmpitz2 for the opportunity to sample this interesting bottle.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.86/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - medium to dark amber pour. I see lots of bubbles churning around on the pour but the head forms up small, leaves quickly, and doesn't lace at all.

Aroma - a thin blackberry presence with a thin smokiness just behind it. Thanks for not going overboard with that. As it warms, the blackberry comes through much bettter. Very nice.

Taste - the smoked malts are easy to pick up even though they are soft and low-key. The blackberry is there just not as distinct of a flavor. Going conservative on these particular flavoring choices is not necessarily a bad thing. Too much to either side would create an overly sweet beer or a hopelessly unbalanced brew. Everyone gets along here, the only thing I don't taste is much of a hop element. A tasty beer anyway.

Mouthfeel - crisp, carbonated a little above average, slightly thinnish but it works.

Drinkability - not sure when I'd session this, but it's durable. If nothing else, it could be thrown in any night just for a change of pace.

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Photo of Redrover
3.53/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown longneck with no freshness dating.

Poured in my SA pint glass, the beer is a hazy brown with gold highlights. There is a huge beige head & decent lacing.

The aroma is of smoky malts, some berries and brown sugar.

First taste is berries followed rapidly by the peaty malts. The berries flavor is neither overwhelming or artificial. More berries in the aftertaste and the beer sweetens. I'd like a little more robust scotch ale as the base for this one.

The mouth is solid. Drinkablity is tougher. Would I drink all night, no. Would I drink occasionally, yes. Interesting combo is worth searching out.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.15/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer poured slightly hazy medium amber with an off-white head which lasted well to lace the glass.

The aroma was yeasty with a light fruitiness which was not readily recognizeable as blackberry. Some light caramel aroma was present as well with toffee character increasing as the beer warmed.

The flavor was malty with toffee, make that strong toffee character. The fruit was again present but not distinguishable as blueberry or blackberry.

The finish was just almost dry with lasting toffee and light blue/black berry flavors lasting into the aftertaste. The body was medium. Nothing to get excited about here, if it comes your way give it a whirl, if not, don't get overly upset.

12 ounce bottle. Thanks BIF20 and jimdkc.

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Photo of kmpitz2
2.73/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had to grab this when I saw it last week. Such a strange concept to me. It pours a slightly pinked brown color wtih a finger of head that falls to coat the beer. The nose has sweet berry tones that pretty well dominate much else that is there. The flavor is pretty mellow, starting with the sweetness of the berry and moving to more of a nutty maltyness. I'm not a big fan. The feel is moderate with a moderate carbonation. Overall, I don't think that berries belong in a scottish. I don't think this was a great scottish base beer either. It just seems lacking all around.

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Photo of bditty187
4/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, coppery-brown in hue with a peachy influence, especially when backlit. The color is mildly entertaining. The head was basically white in color; at its highest point the foam was only a half finger. Head retention was fair; it disappeared quickly to a thin cap and then a soapy collar. Subsequent lacing was very clump, unorganized but not widespread at all. The appearance, on the whole, is unimpressive but not flawed. The nose has great balance between blackberry aromas and standard Scottish qualities like sweet malt, peat, dried caramel candy, hints of well-rounded earthiness and a smattering of spiced wood. The blackberry is louder in the nose then I was expecting, that is not a bad thing and I have no fears that the palate will be too fruity. The overall potency is moderate but the smells are expressed crystal-clear. Inviting… very much so! The palate is fairly similar to the nose in the sense the blackberry qualities are loud but not overpowering. This is one of the best fruit beers I’ve ever tasted, mainly because the actual “beer” qualities are done so very well. There is no question this beer is actually a Scottish Ale. The maltiness is heavy on sweetness (even with the fruit it is far from cloying) with peat-like qualities and dried caramel candy. Hints of spiciness with some wood in the mix too. The finish is a beautiful blend of blackberry and Scottish maltiness. The palate is rich enough, deep enough, and flavorful enough to keep me interested. Medium in body, firm but natural carbonation, the mouthfeel is relaxing and very fitting for this beer. Pleasant. It is plenty drinkable, this would be a worthy match for pie or vanilla ice cream but it is definitely good enough to drink alone. It is tasty, easy going and likeable… a good combination for any beer. I purchased a six-pack in Parkville, MO. I’d buy more if I had the chance. Recommended.

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