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Squatch Ale | Chaos Mountain Brewing

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Squatch AleSquatch Ale

Brewed by:
Chaos Mountain Brewing
Virginia, United States | website

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!

Added by slusk on 05-18-2014

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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 48
Reviews by slusk:
Photo of slusk
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours a bright, clear copper with an off white head. Good retention and fair amount of lacing.

S:Bright and malty with a spicy, woody note coming through. It's hard to pinpoint this aroma, but its warm and almost citrus like, and leans a bit towards a wheat aroma... although it's anything but a wheat beer. The caramel sweetness comes through well with a pleasant spicy hop background.

T: Taste is pretty much spot on with the aroma. It leans to the malty side with a nice caramel sweetness but has a well balanced hop bitterness supported by a spicy, woodsy hop aroma. It finishes semi-dry with a pleasant, mild pine note. The ABV is well hidden in a superbly balanced flavor profile.

M: light to medium light body. Not overly carbonated.

O: This beer is exceptional in my opinion. There's a flavor balance going on here that is unique. The spicy flavor is familiar but hard to put a label on. The alcohol is hidden well amidst a multi-level flavor profile. This beer is somewhat reminiscent of an ESB with a bit more hop bitterness, but the brewer crafted this beer to be balanced and complex. Well done.

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Photo of oberon
3.33/5  rDev -10%
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 chinchill
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
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 MrMegaton
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of WickedBeer
3.37/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of WoodBrew
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
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 VAbrookiechaser
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OldSwampy
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
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 Kegatron
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bwood06
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
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 VeganUndead
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of jeffdillon
4.36/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of robebo44
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Cyrion
3.96/5  rDev +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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Photo of JasonTaverner
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of obywan59
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brownish orange with a 1 1/2 finger head that recedes quickly with little lacing, leaving at first a film over the surface of the beer and a ring around the glass before disappearing completely.

Sweet caramel and toasted malt meld perfectly together on the nose. Spicy at first, reminiscent of a Belgian holiday brew.

Sweet again on the tongue with a caramelly roasted malt evident here as well. Add a light tea-like bitterness, and it's pretty much spot on for the style. I get a light citric tartness, perhaps lemon peel or maybe grapefruit.

It seems thinner than the other Scotch Ales I've reviewed. Call it medium light. Smooth and slightly sticky at the same time. Some light carbonation early on. Barely a hint of warmth.

It doesn't really seem like a 7.5 ABV It goes down easy, and I've finished two already but hardly feel it. But that, plus the citric quality make it appropriate for this hot summer like evening. It's a pleasing brew from a new brewery just a short distance from where I live. Chaos Mountain in Callaway and Parkway Brewing in Salem have brought good beer closer to home.

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Photo of 88caprice
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
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 bubseymour
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Osirus
4.64/5  rDev +25.4%
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 JamieDuncan
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
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 ZachKelly
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jaswilson2
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jadpsu
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
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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Squatch Ale from Chaos Mountain Brewing
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