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

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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 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 blakesell
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap into a tasting glass.

Appearance- Beer pours a red amber with a decent enough head of carbonation (about a quarter finger high). Lacing rings the sides of the glass and coats the edges.

Smell- Rich maltiness with a substantial degree of toasted malts. Very bready and grainy in the aroma. Hops are present but not overpowering and noble.

Taste- Creamy and very bready with hints of rye and pumpernickel. Hops again are present and quite balanced. Very smooth, this red ale. American hops come more to the front in the finish, but they are still quite welcome.

Mouthfeel- Creamy and slightly bitter on the overall mouthfeel. More drying really, well carbonated and medium-full bodied.

Drinkability- Very drinkable, smooth, enjoyable, and not too warming. A great beer for the swilling needs.

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

Poured a dark copper with a bit of ruby redness. Creamy, tan head. Nose was rather rich and malty with some molasses tones. Medium body, lots of malt. Not overpoweringly flavorful, but has some character, especially in the mouthfeel. Drinkability was also good for such a rich beer.

A decent Scottish ale. This isn't my favorite style, but I liked it.

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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 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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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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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 RedHaze
3.61/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes.

Thanks to jhammerly for this bottle.

As the bottle states, this pours a dark ruby red with a with a huge three fingers worth of foam, even with a gentle pour. The head takes a good while to fade to a thick cap, leaving behind a solid sheet of lace.

Smell; rich caramel and bread dough malts stand pretty nicely, with a bit of a nutty aroma as well. Behind everything though, is a dusty/yeasty aroma that throws it all off a bit.

Taste; caramel, toffee and toasted biscuits get things started, but there's also a bit of roasted coffee bean flavor as well. Not much in the way of a hop presence, but I wasn't really expect much to begin with, and in the finish there's a nice earthiness that I'm really liking right now.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slightly biting carbonation, and a pretty good drinkability. A bit of a different take on a Scottish ale, and a beer that might not work for me every day, but it did today.

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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 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 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 chilidog
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good brew to be had.
It poured a deep mahogany/red with a good tan one inch head that maintained well and laced great.

The aroma was toasted malt and rye.

The taste was that toasted malt with hints of rye, chocolate, coffee and caramel. A nice mix that blends the sweet stuff and a nice bitter mouthfeel. Dark chocolate like.

Nice beer, very drinkable, well worth a try when in or around Ohio's capital.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.12/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Carmel, dark candied fruits, just a touch of smokiness. Primarily malty and fruity.

Appearance: Deep ruby with a fluffy tan 1-finger head. Occasional carbonation bubbles in the body.

Flavor: Dark grains, rye bread, a little smokey, some brown sugar sweetness but not as sweet as other examples.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, very strong carbonation, and a dry finish.

Overall impression: Well done. I enjoyed this beer. Not a classic example of the style but very well made and I'm sure I'll re-visit it again. Recommended.

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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 MDekker
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Split with my brothers (see preceding review). Pours out a brownish ruby color, clear and filtered. Nice looking, really. Smells malty and sweet, mostly, like a typical Scottish ale, with some hints of caramel. It has a similar taste, with a bitter finish that lingers. It's not too thick in the mouth, but slightly creamy. An average brew with a few good qualities, it can be relatively easily consumed.

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Photo of ndekke39
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split a 12 oz bottle with my brothers as part of a home CBC beer tasting. No freshness date on the bottle. Poured a clear, dark caramel color. Very small head in the glass. Smells mostly of toasted malt. Pretty good for a Scottish ale. Taste focuses on the barley, too. Blooms late in the tasting. Medium creaminess; again good for a Scottish ale. Very easily drinkable. Not the most complex character for a Scottish ale, but a good example nonetheless

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