Columbus Scottish Ale | Columbus Brewing Company

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Columbus Scottish AleColumbus Scottish Ale

Brewed by:
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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Photo of Bogforce
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
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 +0.8%
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 +11.2%
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 +2.2%
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 pitasoup
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
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 -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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 mwa423
3.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Max and Erma's downtown Columbus.

A - Beautiful and clear dark red/amber with a lacing that lasted through the entire glass.

S - Strong malt, almost a pungent sour smell, could also be described as toasted.

T - Very malty, with notes of caramel, and also a bit of an almond taste at the end.

M - Very nice mouthfeel. I would describe it as thick, rich, and creamy.

D - I enjoyed the first and the second, but three would have been too many. Because of the thickness and rich flavor, it wouldn't be a session beer. Even though I ate it with a meal, I assume it would be quite filling on its own.

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