Squatch Ale | Chaos Mountain Brewing

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Brewed by:
Chaos Mountain Brewing
Virginia, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This big, malty Scotch ale presents a wealth of complex flavors. Not too dark with a little bit of initial sweetness, it finishes dry. This beer will put hair on your chest and like our buddy Squatch, maybe all over!

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Reviews: 27 | Ratings: 86
Photo of BJB13
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

The clear medium dark copper, think bare copper wire with patina, body and creamy white head hint at the light nature of this example. The light malty aroma has an oak tannin character and some small esters coming through but lacks the rich and dextrinous malt the style is known for. Taste is well telegraphed by the nose, light, almost watery with light alcohol and some woodinesss, definately malt forward but as with the nose it has the same lack of big sweet malty character. The body medium has lowish carbonation and finishes with a slight astringency.

Overall, I would describe this a Scotch Ale/ Wee Heavy Light.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not the "big" scotch ale the brewers claim. Not a classic example of the style.

A beautiful clear dark amber but with little to no head. Malty aroma but not scotch ale heavy malt A bit hoppy for the style with low caramel taste. A smooth medium bodied beer with a semi-dry finish.

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Photo of jmcki13
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Kinda malty, kinda fruity, a little bit of a kick from the alcohol content. This is my first Scotch Ale but I’m a big fan of Belgian Ales and I was not disappointed. I’d highly recommend.

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Photo of JayQue
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

OK Wee Heavy. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Stone RIS tulip glass. Murky light brown color with a small bubbly off white head. Head retention is average, a little lacing on the glass. Aroma and flavor are mild. Some toasted malt, a little sweetness and toffee, but nothing really stands out. Mouthfeel is smooth and a little sweet, no bitterness or alcohol presence. Not bad, the elements of a Scotch Ale are here but the beer is nothing special.

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Photo of VABA
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a very dark amber color with a very slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has malt and toffee hints
T-The taste follows the nose with malty tones and a certain sweetness
M-A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A nicely made beer

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Photo of Apellonious
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle (unable to find a bottle date) poured into a pint glass, a dark amber with orange and brown mixed in, a slight sliver of head. Mild scotch ale aromas of malts, dark fruit and bready yeast. The taste is in line, but muted. The feel is good, a medium low amount of carbonation, a touch creamy. I would recommend this to Scotch Ale fans, not as bold as others, but seems to be well made.

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Photo of SoccerSeuss
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Poured a deep, clear amber with thin head. Notes of sweet malts and toffee with a hint of fruit, perhaps cherry. Taste followed nose though bitterness on the front with sweet boozy finish. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Overall a good breweries though seemed to have a lot going on. Though I've purchased a six pack on multiple occasions so I guess I would have to recommend.

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Photo of Blu_Hound
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

There's a lot going on in this beer. There's a slight sweetness in the taste. A little earthiness and a very slight burn. The finish was bitter. The color is a lighter brown. Overall the beer was very drinkable for a Scotch-Style Ale.

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Photo of kagee
4.21/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a very malt-forward and boozy ale with a strong malty finish. The caramel notes come through without a heavy aftertaste. It is a dark gold with some red tints to the color. I would characterize this as a fairly heavy-on-the-palate scotch ale with a mild carbonation that is also very drinkable at warmer temps. Almost no lacing. Pours to a half finger of head that quickly dissipates. After sitting in five minutes it has the look of dark cream soda. The taste is it's strong point and the look and smell are it's weak points. The strong ABV makes up for some of it's lack of complexity and so far it is priced around 11 dollars for six bottles in most major stores here in Virginia. I would probably add it to a mix of other styles kept in fridge if I could buy it on sale, but I wouldn't go out of my way to find this one again.

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Photo of lwcreasy
3.36/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown, slightly opaque clarity, with a half-inch of off-white head. Slow-moving, visible carbonation. Head collapses into a ring about the top of the body.

Bread and toffee the major aromas. Not too intense. Perhaps a little bit of licorice or cherry candy.

Boozy, bready impression from the start. Fairly pleasant, especially when the toffee character comes through. Slightly buttery and boozy + on the finish, with a touch of bitterness. Loses a bit of steam toward the end, and the aftertaste is fairly one-note. Maybe I can grab a little earthy hop character if I really go searching for it.

A crisp, medium body beer. More carbonation character than I am used to inside the style, but enjoyable. May seem lighter to some.

A fine brew. Lacking a bit in complexity and intensity of aromas, but overall agreeable. The lightness and booziness, when combined with the hints (not highlights) of those typical, darker Scotch ale flavors, create- to my taste- a little unbalance of experience. Good, for sure, but may leave you wishing for just a bit more.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On draft at Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival (hey - only two breweries present but definitely preferable to the 0.5 oz wine pours that required you to listen politely while vintage, provenance, weather, and soils were expounded upon ad nauseum). Pours a reddish brown with a solid off-white head. Initial impression is a nice blend of caramel, toffee, dark fruits with a noticeable but not objectionable alcohol presence. Despite the potential for sweetness, this is not a sticky-sweet Scotch Ale. Quite the opposite - the caramel was understated and the finish was pretty neutral. Mouthfeel was a bit on the thin side, IMHO. Overall, pretty good but not staggeringly great. Beat the crap out of the wines.

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Photo of mntlover
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a brown some red when held to the light. Small half finger tan head doesn't leave but the sparest of lace.

Aroma is caramel malts, toffee and licorice notes and some venous fruity hints. Some light earthy spice underneath it all perhaps. Pretty much a normal nose for this beer, no real peat notes that sometimes appear though.

Taste is like the nose malty with the toffee licorice hints some light fruit notes. Sporting a malty earthy finish, some light lingering earthy spice way into the finish.

Mouthfeel little knock feels lighter then it should not as heavy as some of the style not many free floating sugars i guess. Carbonation is nice little on the light side of medium.

Overall not a bad example of the style, of the 4 beers I picked up from this brewery I would say I enjoyed this one the most. Fairly average micro brewery nothing spectacular but their art work. But this one is fairly solid at least in my opinion.

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Photo of 88caprice
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber brown. No head after a gentle pour into a nonic pint.
Sweet caramel, malt, and black cherry ice cream in the nose.
Whoa. Taste is syrupy sweet, caramelized sugar. Sticky oatmeal raisin cookies.
Mouthfeel is somewhat slick, low carbonation. ABV shows up a little boozy.

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

Brown bottle poured into a nonic. Dark amber or light brown color with modest cream head. A little candy aspect to the nose, almost like a licorice-stick. Lean but sweet malt leads the flavor. Given the label... Sasquatch seems to be a more gentle beast than I imagined he'd be. This is almost like drinking a cola, quite caramelly. The mouthfeel is not cloying, though; it leaves a clean taste. Bottle is dated "3 2 16" but I am not sure if that's a drink-by or a bottled-on date. Interesting!

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Photo of oberon
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a lighter amber shade with a very thin minimal head atop.Mainly juicy fruitiness in the nose with a hint of caramel,no frills here.Fruity with some "cakiness" flavors,it actually gets quite sweet after awhile,the feel is thinner and oily.Hmm not a fan here other than the sweetness it's from from a wee heavy in my opinion.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Squatch Ale from Chaos was a tasty scotch ale. It poured a brownish amber with essentially no head or lace. The scent has a maple like sweetness. The taste was evenly balanced with good sweetness to help mask some of the abv. The mouthfeel was fuller in body with subtle carbonation. Overall it was a decent beer and worth a try.

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Photo of jadpsu
3.42/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Left at the house by a friend who stopped on their trip back North.
Pours a less but nearly clear amber orange with a off white head that displays better than average retention.
Not a lot in the aroma department. Some sweet bread, and a little orange rind.
Taste is sweet up front, with caramel the most prominent taste. Some dark fruit like flavors tool
Has a drying aftertaste.
Beer was OK.

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Photo of Osirus
4.64/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer and one I will ask for again. I had a 12 oz bottle pure into a room temperature mug.

A: Copper color which is what I expected form a scotch ale. Light, non persistent head.
S: Malt....that's all you get but it is all you need.
T: Raisins, fig newtons, caramel.
M: Medium. Carbonation is present but that's about it.
O: I enjoyed this beer. Dark fruit and unsweet caramel are dominant and I appreciate that in a world dominated by pine sol in a glass. What great beer.

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Photo of bwood06
3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

A - 1 finger off white head after a heavy pour. Head is frothy and dissipates moderately quickly. Lots of carbonation bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass with bubbles rising quickly. Beer itself is cloudy with visible sediment and is brown/amber in color (more brown than amber). 3.75/5

S - Big malty caramel sweetness right off the bat. Dates, raisins, dark stone fruit are major aroma notes as well which come after the maltiness. Hops seem to be floral in nature. 4/5

T - That same big malty caramel sweetness is the first note to show up immediately followed by dates and raisins. Maltiness reminds of an Oktoberfest except that it quickly transitions to the dark fruit notes. Notes of bread and yeast show up in the middle of the tasting followed by a earthy hop finish that is only somewhat bitter. Bitterness does not linger however floral notes do. 4/5

M - Decent carbonation burn which keeps the beer fairly light despite having the potential to be somewhat heavy. Medium bodied. Some drying astringency on the back end but not overly so. 4/5

O - Very nice balance between earthiness and sweetness. Very sweet on the front end but this quickly transitions to more of an earthy feel so that the beer doesn't overwhelm you with sweet. ABV is not really noticeable despite it being 7.5%. 4/5

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Photo of qchic
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Squatch just wasn't the scotch ale I was hoping for. Too bitter for the style. Still satisfies the malty itch and is just big enough for a one beer night.

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Photo of Zach136
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Mostly clear deep amber, off white head, good retention and lacing.

Aroma/Flavor: Dark fruit, melanoidin, and oatmeal cookie on the nose, more of the same plus some earthy hop character on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Medium plus body.

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Photo of willic
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

What a fantastic label and name! :) I have had this beer several times, It has great color and a strong, balance of maltiness. I would like to see more of the rich caramel and rich sugar flavors reminiscent of scotch ales. The carbonation is spot on for this type of beer that are so commonly overcarbonated. This is a bold attempt at a difficult beer to make! I'll enjoy a local scotch ale any day!

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Photo of chinchill
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

undated 12 oz bottle into a Belgian snifter at about 45-50F.

Pours clear ruby-brown with a fine and durable head and good lacing.

Near medium body with medium+ soft carbonation.

Aroma: a bit boozy for 7.5% ABV. Sweet with hints of dark dried fruits, vanilla and caramel.

Flavor: initial sweetness partly carries over to the finish. Alcohol and vanilla less pronounced than in the nose.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a light, ruby-amber coloring with no head. Nose of caramel, thistle, and sugary sweet notes. Flavors are heavily roasted caramel and toffee forward, with a subtle char and spice in the backbone. Smooth bodied, but light. The aftertaste is more of the roasted caramel notes, with a slick, clean, slightly weak finish. This beer needs a little more body, and a little more substance, and it would be solid.

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Photo of Cyrion
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled one month ago and poured into a nonic pint.

Appearance: Dark amber, almost cola-colored, with a 2 inch off-white head that fades reluctantly, leaving disorganized lacing. Slightly opaque.

Smell: Glazed doughnuts. I swear I smell doughnuts. Also traces of toffee or caramel.

Taste: An initial sweetness that follows the nose and provides the main character for the beer. A bitterness makes itself known that reminds me of tea leaves, similar to an ESB's bitterness. The alcohol flavor is hidden, although at over 7% ABV, you might feel its effect.

Mouthfeel: A tannic drying that reminds me of red wine, especially near the end. Gives a textural balance to the smooth sweetness of the malt. An attractive trait.

Overall: I agree with the previous posts- Squatch is quite representative of the style and I'd rather have my money going to a small brewer as long as the quality is competitive with a larger brewer. At a time when many Scotch ales are thinly-veiled alcohol bombs, this is a balanced and worthy addition to my refrigerator. Highly enjoyable.

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Squatch Ale from Chaos Mountain Brewing
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 86 ratings