Scottish Ale | Columbus Brewing Company

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Scottish AleScottish Ale

Brewed by:
Columbus Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by wingman14 on 08-12-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 71 |  Reviews: 52
Reviews by tat2dhllblly:
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3/5  rDev -16%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Osiris9588
4.02/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours brown with plenty of ruby accents. out of a 12oz bottle, sans freshness date. The head is off-white and thin, dissipating quickly.

The aroma is very malty and toasty, full of oats and barley--almost like sticking your nose into a box of Cheerios.

The flavor is all full oats, barley, and toasted malt, a hint of cherry brightening it up. The mouth is medium body, with a semi-dry finish, but could stand a little more carbonation.

The drinkability is high, as it is well balanced overall. It might not be the most represetative example of the style, but it is a solid brew.

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Photo of chinchill
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at brewery in Columbus.

This beer with dark, reddish amber with a head that has, at best, moderate retention.

The beer lacks the smokiness of some Scottish ales (a plus in my book). The aroma is a light malt with hints of whisky (but not due to alcohol effects). The taste is rather mild for style, a seems
a bit more refreshing than usual.

Good, but hard to recommend if you are able to pick from the other CBC brews.

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Photo of McNealc31
4.06/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is gorgeous! Deep ruby with a rocky off white head. The smell, though, is full of something I don’t want in a Scottish Ale, hops.

I like the round flavor from the caramel malt, there’s a bit of black pepper and spice, bread dough, and a noticeable hop kick at the end leading to a long, dry, bitter, slightly woody finish.

Maybe a bit too hoppy for a Scottish Ale

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Photo of mdvatab
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received bottle as a trade extra from cosmonick. (Cheers!)

Aroma: Smooth, aged scotch. Sweet, bready caramel malt. Light floral hops.

Appearance: Amber body with decent clarity. One finger of sticky light tan head has good retention, and leaves rings of foam on the inside of the glass.

Flavor: Nice toffee sweetness. Malt also comes through with a delicious note of crusty french bread. Bittering hops provide great balance leading up to a crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-low carbonation and medium-full mouthfeel lend to a decent "chewiness" that's in-line w/ the style.

Overall: A delicious, drinkable Scottish ale with no real flaws. I love this style, and was really impressed with Columbus Brewing Co's version of it. Try it if you can find it in your neck of the woods!

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Photo of zimm421
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep brown with a ruby red accent to it, just like the bottle claims. Has a nice thick, foamy white head that dissipates at an average rate, leaving average lacing.

S - Has a soft, sweet, warming smell coming from the malts, but there's not a whole lot that stands out. A little bit of a toasty and nutty scent.

T - Taste follows the nose fairly well. The malts make it start out sweet, but it finished with a small amount of bitterness. The nutty flavor is there, just as the nose suggests. The toasty malts and the bitterness balance well together, pretty tasty.

M - There is an above average amount of carbonation, but there is definitely still a creamy feel to the beer. Medium-bodied, and overall pretty good.

D - Definitely something that's not too strong, and has a good amount of flavor and would be fairly session-able.
Overall, a good beer, something I've come to expect from Columbus Brewing.

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Photo of benmiliron
4.38/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks great in the glass. Deep red brown, filtered well as it's crystal clear. Not much head retention after a weak pour. Aroma of malt creeps out as soon as the bottle is opened. Taste is excellent - malty, caramelly, whisky & smoke. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is also good. Soft bubble, just enough carbonation to carry things along.

Overall a great scottish ale, probably one of the best out there.

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Photo of beveritt
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. There is some code on the bottom of the nottom, but I am not sure how to read it. I got this 6 pack from a Kroger, so I am betting it is pretty fresh. The crown cap on this one is a plain cap, no logo. I like that. I don't know why, it just seems that I can picture someone like me making this in their kitchen and slapping a label on it.

Appearance: A nice, clear mahogany color. Initially has a half inch head, but that falls pretty quickly to just some spotting on top of the brew. There is a steady stream of bubbles coming up.

Smell: Caramel and malt. Not a real strong smell.

Taste: No one flavor sticks out, You can taste the maltiness and pick up flavors of caramel, but nothing comes to the front. The finish is a little hint of hops and some residual sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Decnt body, not as much as I expected from this style. Carbonation could be toned down a bit.

Drinkability: Despite some characteristics of th style that I think are missing, I think this is a very drinkable brew.

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Photo of wingman14
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark rich redish brown with a tan head. Smell is mostly malt with burnt characters. A very strong and inviting smell. The taste is the most roasted flavor I have found, very deep and rich, extremely malty, a great brew. Not as sweet as other scottish ales I have had, but the flavor is very strong leaving a long burnt and slightly bitter aftertaste. A decent mouthfeel, not a whole lot of carbonation, could use a little more bite. I really enjoyed this beer, it is packed full of as much flavor as they could jam into this brew, a great scottish ale. Check this out if you are in Ohio.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.19/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle. Dark ruby red in color, with a thick off-white foamy head. Dark bread, malty nose. A hint of smoke, and what seems to be soapy aroma. Great head retention, along with nice patches of lace. Toasty dark maly, slightly smoky. What follows is a mess of astringent and soap flavors. Not much bitterness, but then again, this is not overly sweet, particularly for a 90 Shilling. Medium body, and appropriate lower carbonation. This one just didn't do it for me.

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Photo of huadog
2/5  rDev -44%

Photo of scottyshades
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Ryan011235 for including this extra in our trade! Columbus IPA was awesome, so lets hope this is on par.

A: Pours an opaque mahogany color with a small, dense white cap. Retention is decent, not great.

S: Caramel, burnt sugar, molasses, brown sugar, and berries?

T: Very similar to the nose with a few exceptions. Caramel really shines in the flavor, as well as the burnt sugar. There is a slight metallic note and also a little sourness. The hops are not necessarily noticeable in the flavor, but you do get a tiny bit of bitterness. Slight smokiness and bandaid on the end palate.

MF/D: Medium in body for the style, and carbonation is spot on. Definitely not as viscous as Old Chub, for example, but this has a really good feel to it. Although the ABV is unknown, I do not detect any traces of alcohol, but I do feel it a little. Easy to drink either way, and I imagine that this would pair very well with a dry meat like turkey

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Photo of ohiohophead
5/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Nice, clear, deep ruby red color with a medium, lacy white head that retained a small amount the whole way down

Aroma: Has a rich, malty, toasted aroma to it that hits your nose well before the glass approaches.

Taste: Full malty flavor with just the right amount of hops to balance out the flavor. Hint of caramel mixes in nicely with the bready flavor and the roasted flavor.

Mouthfeel: This Scottish Ale has a nice medium mouthfeel, a little bit more than others I have tried in the style. Finishes nice and leaves a fantastic, warm, almost nutty aftertaste.

Drinkability: Extremely high drinkability. This beer would be great any day of the week for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Serving Type: Bottle poured into imperial pint glass

Overall: I gave this beer 5s in all categories. This is my #1, all-time favorite beer. I can't begin to describe how excited I am when I crack one of these open. I consider myself fortunate to live in Columbus, OH and to get this beer whenever I want.

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Photo of selecter70
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good decent ale from the folks at Columbus Brewery; one that does not remind you of what you are drinking. A good ale for watching tv, hanging out with friends and the like. A decent dark amber pour with nice fluffy head that sticks around like a puppy. A mild malt aroma with hints of lemon. The flavor leans more towards the malt than hops and sits nicely & mild in your mouth. Drinkable, just not thought-provoking.

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Photo of theTRS
5/5  rDev +40.1%

Photo of ChrisPro
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of GbVDave
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist. Extra special thanks to brokenleadedcask for the trade and hook-up!

A: Pours a dark amber with a very small off-white head that left a few layers of lace in the glass.

S: Hard to get much of an aroma out of this but I picked out faint aromas of chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee.

T: See above. Dark chocolate covered coffee beans, roasty malt, smoky toffee, and pan roasted nuts.

M: Sticky with a dry edge to it.

D: A pretty nice session beer. I could see bringing this to a party and having a lot of people enjoying it.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
2.86/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle thanks to jhammerly

Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. A giant tan head forms and expands beyond the confines of the glass. Slowly recedes and maintains. No real lacing for such a boisterous head.

Aroma is very yeasty, which makes me deduce that this beer was bottle conditioned and over-carbonated in the process.

Taste is yeasty upfront, but gives way to a nice caramel maltiness and lightly toasted nuttiness. Finishes rather clean with a bland aftertaste.

Medium-light body, over-carbonated.

Not a great Scottish Ale (at least in bottle form), but ended up being drinkable after the smell left me with very low expectations. I'd be interested to try this on tap or even a super fresh bottled sample to see how it compares.

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Photo of hopdog
3.91/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle acquired in trade with ogglethorp (thanks!).

Poured a medium and clear mahogany color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of earthiness, light smoke, leaves, roast, and caramel. Tastes of lighter earthiness, toffee, and roast.

Notes from: 1/17/08

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Photo of crashdavisinoh
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-nice ruby red appearance with small head...some retention

S-Malts and caramel scents lead the way

T-Caramel, malt flavors persist (like the nose)...some bitterness...which is enjoyable...some fruit as well

M-good carbonation and nice medium body

D-while I enjoy the beer...and normally have one when visiting CBC...other things on their menu are more appealing to me...moderate D level

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Photo of MuscleConfusion
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of PDXHops
2.79/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle courtesy of Ryan011235, poured into a Duvel tulip. Hazy dark amber topped with 2 fingers of creamy off-white head. Thick ring of soapy lacing up top, scattered specks and patches below.

Sorghum and corn syrup pile on top of caramel for quite a sweet nose. Tastes just as sweet as it smells. Not that there's anything wrong with that; the style of course demands a heaping helping of malty sweetness. Having said that, there's a distinct corn syrup character I can't seem to get past. Not particularly complex. A touch of toast and booze in the finish.

Overall impression: A rare miss from CBC. Perhaps hoppier brews are more in their wheelhouse. I doubt I'd revisit this one.

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Photo of JayQue
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad Scottish Ale, but not nearly the best Columbus beer. Their IPA and APA are fantastic. Pours a slightly hazy reddish copper color into a pint glass. Medium size antique white head. Average retention and minimal lacing.

Smell is mild but pleasant, sweet malts with a little floral aspect.

Taste is pretty solid. Sweet malts, some caramel and a mild hoppiness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp. Rich enough, no hint of alcohol. Don't know what the abv is but it is probably fairly low

Nice refreshing beer, Good with food, probably light enough for a session.

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Photo of projectflam86
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark ruby color with a thick white foam head that leaves nice lacing.

S- Huge caramel malt aroma with some spice and nutmeg.

T- Low bitterness initially with a very rich sweet caramel flavor. The alcohol is nowhere to be found leaving me to guess the ABV at 5.5% or less. Some dark fruits and spice in the finish.

M- Medium bodied with low carbonation. Smooth feel.

O- Overall a very enjoyable brew. Easy to drink and flavorful.

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Scottish Ale from Columbus Brewing Company
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