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 spycow
3.5/5  rDev -2%

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 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 BuckeyeNation
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Darkest bronze with contributions from rustic orange and brick red. The khaki colored cap is small in spite of a vigorous pour. On a good note, it's characterful and lasts a while. On a not so good note, there isn't much lace to spruce up the appearance.

The nose is more brown ale than Scottish ale. Cocoa and dark caramel share the stage with a hint of dark, earthy fruitiness. I'll attribute the earthiness to Munich malt (I can't be sure it's present until I take a drink) and hops. I need a more Scottish-specific personality before I'm willing to break out the big numbers.

I'm still thinking brown ale after beer meets taste buds. There's quite a bit of toasted caramel malt flavor, although the beer doesn't feel especially well-malted in terms of the total amount. Cocoa is still present, but is less obvious than it is in the nose. Peat and smoke are absent.

Things are sweet-bitter balanced until the finish, which is where the hops assert themselves because of the lack of malt sugars. I usually love bitter beer, but bitterness doesn't work in all styles. The various members of the flavor profile intertwine more completely with warming, yet they never develop into anything extraordinary. There aren't too many negatives, there just aren't any overwhelming positives.

In spite of the name (90 Shilling, to me at least, implies a more full, malty beer), wee heavies have nothing to worry about when it comes to the mouthfeel. Since this was designed as a Scottish ale, I'm fine with that. I would like less carbonation though. The beer is only mildly fizzy, but not fizzy at all would be better.

Columbus 90 Shilling Ale is another good, but far from outstanding, beer from Ohio's capital city. The basics are there, they just need to be fleshed out a little. As currently constructed, I'm not willing to pay more than 70 shillings for it.

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Photo of stakem
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
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 Eziel
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beergoot
4/5  rDev +12%
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 Dogbrick
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was a big fan of Hoster’s 90 Shilling Ale when it was around, so seeing another Columbus brewer creating the same style was kind of exciting. The beer is a dark brown-amber with a medium thick light tan head that has pretty good retention. Roasted malt aroma is very prevalent, along with a bit of hops. Medium-bodied with a sweet malty character, plus some caramel and bitter hops. The finish is dry and sweet at first but ending up with a lingering bitterness. Pretty good all around.

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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 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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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 Adamostella
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of rorjets
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Vancer
3.71/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice beer sent via the CEO / Old farters BIF from unclejedi

This critter poured a clear mahogany brown, with a massive tan pillow-top, sticky and lacey. Aroma came up a powdery caramel malt, and was there in the quaff. Reminded me of a hoppy brown ale with a pop of chocolate thrown in the mix.

A tasty brew, somewhat plain (but that’s not a bad thing in this imperial beer world).

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Photo of nrbw23
3.5/5  rDev -2%
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 koopa
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
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 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 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 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 Jayli
4/5  rDev +12%
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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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 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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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 BeerBelcher
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

Had this at Surly Girl while attending the Doo Dah parade in downtown Columbus. Seems like this is the week of the Scottish Ale in my life, and they've been pretty good to me.

This beer came served with a cloudy clay-colored body with good head formation. Aroma was a bit earthy and a touch smokey; not out of sorts for a Scottish Ale. Flavor was more of the same; maybe with a bit more maltiness. Mouthfeel was a touch watery.

Judging from the ratings on the site, this beer travels well...not sure why given its relatively moderate rating...interesting.

Not a superlative beer, but definitely a pleasant one. Sort of an unconventional pairing, but I had it with some Frito pie, and it stood up quite well to the spiciness in the chili. I enjoyed it and would recommend it.

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

dark, ruby color as advertised. there's a glint of amber as well. the aroma is fairly pungent. it's sweet and bready with some hops filtering in.

the flavor is a touch astringent, though not quite offensive. it's got some sweetness to it, but otherwise it's really quite dry. there's enough hop character in there also to keep the malts honest.

decent brew. unremarkable, but i could drink a bunch happily. as this is my first of columbus' offerings i'll be sure to check out more

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Scottish Ale from Columbus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 71 ratings