Queen City Brewery

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Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #156
Ranked #22,693
3.89 | pDev: 10.03%
Queen City Brewery
Vermont, United States
Very Good
Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 31 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Bierman9 from New Hampshire

4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alewife and I made a 2nd stop at QCB during our recent VT vacation. This was on 23SEP20, and I started with a pint of this Greg Noonan inspired offering.

A standard shaker pint glass held a clear, medium copper colored brew. Had sparse carbo and a thin, light tan head. A light layer held up, with good lacing. Aroma was of caramel and toasty malt, with a hint of peat. Had a solid medium body, with minimal prickle on the tongue.

Flavor has more caramel, with nice toasty action and rich maltiness. Had some subtle smoke in the finish, which was dry and clean, and very light on hopping. Prosit!!

4.02/5 rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Oct 04, 2020
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I tried this beer at the brewery. It poured a clear amber with thin white head that left some lace. The scent had earth and peat notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with malt base and earthen finish. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a good beer.

Oct 11, 2019
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

2.77/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This was poured into a thistle. The appearance was a thin looking hazy brown color with a big transparency about it. Carbonation could be seen rising to hit a one finger white foamy head that dissipated extremely quickly. The smell has a light sweet peaty to light caramel malt rushing over a peanut butter flavor, not sure where that came from, but I kept this at proper temps. The taste was malty sweet through all of the previously mentioned flavors. A lingering malty sweet aftertaste runs into a deep sweet finish. On the palate, this one sat pretty light on the body, for a wee heavy/scotch, the sessionability is super scary. And this is supposed to be an imperial? Overall, well, this will stand for now, but am hoping I can get some feedback from this brewery on their true intentions on this one. Personally, if you’re looking for a scotch ale in Vermont, I’d tell you to go after Founder’s Dirty Bastard before this, better body and more flavor in that one before this.

Jun 07, 2017
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap 2/25/2017 at Natty Greene’s Tavern served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, vanilla, butterscotch, dark fruit and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, butterscotch, vanilla and dark fruit. Then a hearty malt character comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

Feb 26, 2017
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jjboesen from Maryland

3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a heavy head that quickly subsides. The body is a deep copper color void of carbonation; the head is flimsy. There is a semi-sweet maltiness that tickles the palate. There is absolutely no bitterness. Light body with a subtle crispiness. Not a bad beer. Nice and easy and highly quaffable. Great Burlington brewer.

Jan 27, 2017
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brureview from Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a a caramel-amber color in a Gordon thistle.

Aroma: bubblegum, fruit, malt. Not the typical Scotch ale aroma, which is usually more fruit, caramel, often sweet-malty.

MF- a good bitterness to this beer. Also, not common with a lot of scotch ales, which can be quite malty. The bitterness mellows with warming.

The aroma transitions to the taste-fruity, bubblegum

Overall. A very good beer. Is this a Scotch ale? Not sure. An ale, close to an Amber ale without the bitterness. The beer is much better with warming.

Dec 12, 2016
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on September 4, 2016.

The pour is reddish-amber with a quick fizzy head that dissipates in no time. Good clarity.

The aroma is sweet toffee malts with a kind of marshy pond ester. No to low hops.

Medium body. Smooth.

The sweetness in the malts on this beer is a bit too much for me. I love the malty characters of a Scotch Ale but this is far too sweet. Mild bitterness to end.

Sep 05, 2016
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Brewsed from North Carolina

3.29/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle given to me by a dear friend from VT.

L- very small off white head that dissipated quickly with obvious signs of low carbonation. High clarity and a beautiful dark amber hue.

S- Notes of rich malts, dried fruit, and caramel sweetness hits the nose, but also a hint of oxidized malt

T- Malt sweetness hits the palette immediately, caramel, followed by black licorice, dried cherries/figs, toast, and finally oxidized/stale malt.

F- I'm not sure if the low carbonation was intentional, but it brought out a syrupy sweet mouthfeel with little bitterness

O- I'm a big fan of Scotch Ales, and also a big fan on Greg Noonan (RIP) whom this beer was honoring, but it just misses the mark in terms of quality. Perhaps it was a good beer when it hit the bottle, but this guy was a drain pour. It was just too sweet and too oxidized for me to put through my liver.

Oh well, but cheers to Greg!

Jul 01, 2016
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CTHomer from Connecticut

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; deep amber in color; - a reddish bronze; with a fairly aggressive pour, <1 finger off white head that receded quickly to a thin collar; no lacing;

S: malt sweetness; caramel; a little maple;

T: deep caramel; a hint of nondescript fruit; sweet malt; a touch of bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; light carbonation; very dry finish; a little alcohol;

O: very nice;

Apr 17, 2016
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bluehende from Delaware

4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had in a small sample at the brewery. This was the star of the 8 beers I had at the brewery. Very subtle peat flavor and aroma with a very nice malt flavor. Lots of the traditional caramel notes. This was very nice.

Oct 10, 2015
Gregarious from Queen City Brewery
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 31 ratings