Columbus Scottish Ale | Columbus Brewing Company

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Columbus Scottish AleColumbus Scottish Ale

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Columbus Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by wingman14 on 08-12-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of nlmartin
2.7/5  rDev -24.2%
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 sholland119
3.06/5  rDev -14%
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 beergoot
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up in Mansfield, Ohio while back there to visit friends and family October 2011.

Appearance: dark, ruby-red color; thick, off-white head

Smell: Very malty, bread-like...

Taste: Rich, biscuity malt flavor up front. Bitterness mildly noted towards the end.

Mouthfeel: Solid, smooth and chewy - great compliment to the malt flavors.

Overall: A very nice, big malt beer.

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Photo of mdvatab
4.2/5  rDev +18%
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 JayQue
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
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 McNealc31
4.06/5  rDev +14%
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 chinchill
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
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 BeerBuckeye
3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
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 Lolli1315
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
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 PDXHops
2.79/5  rDev -21.6%
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 crashdavisinoh
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
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 projectflam86
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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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Photo of Bogforce
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Starting try different Scottish styles this is the best I've had...

A: A beautiful red color on this beer looks great in the glass, only reason I dock points is because the head was minimal and went away

S: Almost a hint of coffee in the smell, gettin dark fruits and small amount of hops

T: GOOD, gets some hops and good amount of the malt bill in this, it's not overwhelming but its good

M: Great mouthfeel and aftertaste, leaves a good taste in your mouth

D: This beer is REALLY drinkable! Goes down smooth and doesn't leave a bit bittering taste on your mouth.

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Photo of Franz4
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- cherry wood color with a slight head. Left some lacing down the glass.

S- dominate malty scent, not much else was apparent here.

T- Toasty malts come through here with a biscuity flavor. Well-balanced finish, but not overly complex.

M- medium bodied, noticeable carbonation, again nothing that stands out here.

D- A nice scottish ale, great to grab in a pinch, but just not a whole lot to write home about.

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Photo of Biffster
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was in a bar in Columbus and asked for the Pale Ale. They brought me the Scottish Ale. I was a little miffed, but decided to drink it. I don't regret it at all.

The aroma was smack on - a big malty caramelly nose. A touch of buttery diacetyl, and a low to moderate earthy smoky phenolic aroma. The fruity esters were very subdued.

At the sip it was malty and complex, with some caramel flavors and a small grainy finish. Hop aroma is low to none. Hop flavor is almost nonexistent. The finish is not at all cloying, despite the maltiness.

The Mouthfeel is moderate - the carbonation was low to medium and the body is medium full. It was not full or cloying at all.

What a tasty and approachable beer, especially for such a difficult style.

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Photo of stakem
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Columbus pint glass. Thanks to csmiley for hooking me up with both the beer and the matching glass.

Pours a lightly hazy copper color with more than a finger of yellowish stained fluff for a head. Retains fairly decent leaving patches of lace clinging to the glass as it slowly recedes.

The aroma is lightly toasted malts with a little bit of a sweet caramel scent to it. There is a contrasting hop character which comes across smelling lightly herbal and with an indication of a floral component.

The taste is toasty grain, a little bready that starts to taste sweet. It leans towards tasting like caramel malt but is immediately offset by an herbal, citrus hoppiness that is lightly bitter. There is a long lingering aftertaste of toasted grain flavor left inside the mouth with a minor note of citrus/herbal bitterness which is a nice contrast.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate level of carbonation. Nothing fancy about this brew or the style to make it outstanding but it is just done well and to the point.

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Photo of Spider889
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Claddagh.

Not usually my favorite style, but this turned out to be one of the better Scotch Ales I've had.

Nice deep ruby color. Short 1/2 finger head with excellent retention and really amazing lace. By the end of my pint there was a thick cheesecloth of lace wrapping around the entire glass.

Smell was sweet; caramel and doughy. Nice hop bite on the nose as well.

Taste reminded me of a mix between a nice Irish red and rye beer. Bitter hop prick on the tongue, reminiscent of rye. Slight sweetness and malt profile akin to the style or a red ale.

Smooth and creamy, tastes slightly boozy (I wish CBC published their abvs!).

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Photo of pitasoup
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

from 12oz bottle at tasting. dark brown with thin tan head. malty smells of caramel and coffee. tasted smokey and chocolatey but finished clean. hops and smokey flavors are well balanced. very clean finish. probably my favorite from columbus brewing company

-notes from 07/06

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Photo of goblue3509
3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
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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Photo of scottyshades
3.95/5  rDev +11%
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 joepais
2.68/5  rDev -24.7%
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 nrbw23
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a dark brownish red color. The head is tan with plenty of lacing.

S- Malty and sweet. Figs, and heavy raisin aroma.

T- Pretty sweet and malty with a nice touch of smoke.

M- Thought this one was fairly light in body and good on the carbonation.

D- Not the best Scottish Ale I've ever had and would consider this one like a stepping stone into this style. Overall, not bad, its easy to drink and I could do this one again.

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Photo of zimm421
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
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 koopa
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade a few months ago.

Appearance: Pours a nice iced tea red brown with honey folds. Head is slightly khaki, about 2 fingers at the start, shows some retention and lace.

Smell: Strong berry fruit note along with a touch of earth and a touch of sweet malt.

Taste: Fairly integrated sweet malt, toffee, a touch of earthy hops, and a slight char note in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, fairly crisp, carbonation is ok....

Drinkability: Sessionable but I don't love the flavor profile.


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Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

received this from Csmiley from ReviewThis! BIF so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!

A: This beer pours a beautiful murky ruby amber color with a one finger of off rocky head. Head retains nicely but leaves virtually no lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is very sweet - caramel malts, toffee, brown sugar, and thin buscuit.

T: Taste starts off very sweet - brown sugar and toffee hit the palate first, lending to caramel malts, a touch of biscuit flavoring and finishing out with a touch of brown sugar and hint of fruitiness.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, creamy texture all the way through.

D: Tasty, goes down easily.. I'm not one for the Scottish ales, but I could totally sit with this for an evening!

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