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
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
1.09/5  rDev -69.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Reviewed on 7/27/08. Bottle shared by goldtwins. This is possibly one of the worst beers I have ever tasted. Pours a dark amber with a thick tan head. Aroma of cigarette smoke. Flavor is sharp and biting and tastes like cigarette-liquid. Just really really nasty stuff. How this beer gets decent ratings, I have no idea. Absolutely foul beer.
1/3/1/1/1 (0.7/5)

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2/5  rDev -44%

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2.5/5  rDev -30%

Photo of joepais
2.68/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Csmiley for sending this one out to me. I poured the bottle into a small snifter and it produced a small cream colored head that faded fast with no lace after it left. The body of the brew was a nice shade of orange.

The beer started to fall apart from here. The aroma was more roast than malty not what I expect at all, and I got no peat note from this at all. The flavors were more roasted malts than sweet caramel. It was more bitter than earthy as well so the bittering just didn't work. The feel was ok for the style with good carbonation for your tongue.

I finished the bottle but it was nothing close to what I wanted to see for the style.

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Photo of nlmartin
2.7/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The beer was served in a Imperial Pint glass.

A- The body of the beer is a deep orange nearing scarlet coloration. The head was thick and creamy intially but quickly fell down.

S- The aroma is mildly smokey with sweet caramel malt.

T- The flavor of the beer has an almost smokey caramel maltyness. A suggestion of peat and herbal tones. The beer is ok but is bland.

M- The body of the beer is almost medium lightly carbonated.

O- Not a bad beer by any strech but its a little bland for my taste.

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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 jjayjaye
2.84/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a slightly hazy dark amber color with a huge foamy head that resisted fading. Head kept alive by visible carbonation. Tiny 'bits' suspended throughout.

A full malty nose that is slightly smokey and astringent.

Predominantly bubbly mouth tends to lightened up the medium, darker perception.

The mellow malty flavor is interrupted by the nose. I don't particularly care to watch the 'bits' in perpetual motion. Glad that i had the opportunity to try it though.

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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 Risser09
2.88/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: This Scottish ale pours a dark brown color that has some ruby red highlights to it. The head is tan with plenty of lacing for the glass to be friends with. No carbonation is coming from the bottom, but I am eager to try this thang.

Smell: Malty and sweet. Figs, and heavy raisin aroma. Malty, probably from the roasted malts. Not much smokiness from a Scottish Ale?

Taste: Sugary with a malt build. There isn’t much complexity to this beer. Some smokiness comes through and the alcohol is quite present. It feels a little young and probably could have been kegged after a few more weeks.

Mouthfeel: Alcohol is present and up front. More smokiness and flavor complexity would be a great addition to this ale. It was promising, but comes a little short. The sugar lasts a short while and gives way to a dry finish.

Drinkability: Not the best Scottish Ale I’ve ever experienced, but I haven’t experienced many EXCELLENT ones. They must be a hard breed to harness. Overall, a decent try.

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3/5  rDev -16%

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3/5  rDev -16%

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3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of sholland119
3.06/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-pours a clear amber with a foamy off-white head and great lacing.

S-sweet caramel malt. Not much else.

T-malty sweet a little bland even for the style. Nothing special.

M-medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O-kind of a disappointment given how much I usually enjoy Columbus beers.


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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.06/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark mahogany body with a small, wispy, white head.

Smell: Aroma of toasted nuts and toasted grains with a note of non-toasted fruits underneath.

Taste: Middling maltiness tasting of caramel and nuts with a mild sweetness. Light smoke component. Not really much hoppiness in this thing. Altogether nutty finish. It's all very simple, folks.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Decent enough for a Scottish Ale, I suppose, though I certainly wouldn't race back to try another.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.11/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful rust color that is extremely clear - not much head with average lacing and below average carbonation. The dominate smell is rich malts. First taste is light, sweet, with a not much body at all. It is followed by a light bitterness...not too bad.

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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 Lolli1315
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- A deep amber color that is accompanied with ruby highlights when held to the light. Around a finger of thick creamy eggshell colored head that is quite persistent as it also sticks to the glass. Moderate haziness, too much it seems for the style.

S- Medium to medium high malty forward aroma to begin that develops a nutty complexion. Caramel character if very prevalent as a slightly fruity character reminiscent of figs helps to round out the berry. A very slightly earthy aroma, but it seems to dully drift in and out.

T- Malt driven forward to the taste that is accompanied by very low levels of caramel. Towards the middle small traces of fruit become noticeable for an instant before disappearing. The end changes to a slightly nutty and very boring malt finish with low levels of bitterness dispersed. Lacks a lot of complexity that one may have come to know in the style.

M- Medium low in the body with moderate carbonation. Carbonation is mostly creamy but a slight bite can be felt on the tip of the tongue. Finishes slightly dry.

O- Nothing to special going on in this beer. Nothing too bad, but nothing too good either. I would opt for another scottish ale before I reached for this one again.

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

A - Pours a deep mahogany/ruby red with a frothy two finger head that dissipates quickly but leaves a decent amount of lacing.

S - Some biscuity malt, mixed with some sweet nuts, some molasses and a touch of caramel.

T - Very sweet taste, a full mouth of caramel and maple syrup, with a finish reminiscent of nuts, and then a tinge of bitterness.

M - Very full mouthfeel, but goes down smooth. Leaves the mouth ever so sticky.

Overall - A good Scottish ale, it didn't bring any outstanding characteristics, but it was good and refreshing.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy brownish orange color with a two finger head which gives way to sone nice lacing down the glass. The aroma was of roasted malts and caramel malts with a hint of fruits. The taste was roasted malt and caramel malt backbone. There was a slight dark fruit presence and as well as sone sweetness and smokiness. The mouthfeel was moderately carbonated. Overall it was a decent beer, not the big beer beer drinkers like but a nice smooth well balanced flavor.

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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