Jameson's Scottish Ale | Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub & Guesthouse

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Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub & Guesthouse
British Columbia, Canada

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed in honour of the Jameson clan of tea, coffee & spice merchants, who settled in Victoria in 1889, this beer is a classic Scottish Ale, demonstrating a complex malty body, lightly hopped with a touch of peat on the finish.

20 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-21-2003

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Ratings: 13 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by Garin:
Photo of Garin
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When in Victoria, I must go to Spinnakers at least once. This time, I tried the Scottish Ale, which I've never had before.

It arrived with a thin ring of foam sitting on top of a crystal-clear deep chestnut brown beer, with some firey red highlights. The aroma was malty sweet, roasty, and slighty smoky.

The flavour is rich chocolatey malt, with some initial sweetness that quickly disappears. The finish is smooth and dry, with only the barest suggestion of any kind of hops whatsoever.

In the mouth it feels smooth and creamy, with the slightest little drying bite at the end. I could (and did) drink a lot of this beer verrrry easily.

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The third cask on, all winners, at the Victoria brewpub. Dark scotch colour with a touch of smoke. Rich and vineous. Light to the tongue as casks can be. Bang on for a cask scotch. Goldings hops. Malt is there to make it go down. This is better than the previous reviews.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On cask.

A - Medium amber with a thin layer of tan coloured head.

S - Toffee, butterscotch and dark caramel. Fairly sweet overall nose.

T - Big whisky flavour is dominant. Some toffee, peat and caramel flavours add depth. This is a really unique beer. Rather that simply tasting peaty it really gives off the flavour of Jameson Irish Whiskey. Interesting.

M - Medium body. Creamy. Light carbonatoin.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Spinnaker's 'Jameson Scottish Ale' @ 6.4% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $6

A-pour is a dark amber with a small off white head leaving some streaky lace along the pint glass

S-peat malt , slight medicine smell , clove

T-goldin hops dominate the taste , hint of clove in the background

MF-mild carbonation , medium body

Ov-ok beer , I beleive I prefer scotch ale/wee heavy than Scottish Ale , lesson learned

sample alongside Granville Is. Scottish Ale

prost LampertLand

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Photo of Derek
2.63/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I sampled this at the brewpub.

A: Bronze/caramel, not much head.

S: Cidery.

T: Fruity esters (banana and bubblegum). Perhaps it should be fermented at a lower temperature. A little cidery alcohol flavour, with some peat in the aftertaste.

M: Light to moderate body (a little light for a scotch ale), lightly carbonated.

D: It's drinkable, but not to style.

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Photo of bodybyadam
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I paricularly like scottish ales, but this one was not the "norm".

Served in 4.5 oz sampler with a dark brown color. Little to no head.

Aroma carried an almost caramel malt (discreet).

The malt flavor first came out in a roasted/burnt flavor. This became more distinct with the mussel dish I had with it, that was made with a belgian ale sauce.

A terrific mouthfeel that gave this ale a very well balanced finish.

I would have gotten another if not for the bike ride back.

Elbows Up,

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Photo of harpus
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of canucklehead
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is real food friendly beer that is well made and goes well with the fish and chips( they make a malt vinegar out of the beer). The colour is a pretty brown shoe polish with a slight head. The malty nose and hints of diacetyl were dead on for the style. I have had better Scottish ales( Granville Island for one) but this is pretty good and sadly only available on tap at the brewpub.

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Photo of DIM
2.58/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

a: This was a dark ruby tinted brown color. It was served to me with a thin whisp of off white head.

s: Odd aroma for a Scottish Ale. I got a little peat, too much heat for the abv, some dark fruits (currants perhaps?), and some bubblegum. That last one was the strange part.

t: Never tasted a Scottish ale like this one. Too much heat and that strangely sweet bubblegum was here as well. Bubblegum isn't quite right, but its the best I can come up with. Very faint peatiness at the end.

m: I had the casked version of this, and it felt a little watery.

d: This just wasn't for me, I didn't finish it.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of KStark
4.32/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a dark brown colour with a reddish hue. The head disappears quickly leaving white wispy foam.

Smells of dark mallts , raisins, burnt sugar, mince tart

Taste is lovely bitter sweetness,malt, burnt sugar, dark fruit, current, mince meat some alcohol,yeast all very balanced. Each drink brings out more depth of flavour.

Really good mouth feel good, carbonation right for the style, makes for a very easy drinking beer.

This ale reminds me of Belhaven"s Wee Heavy, it is of similar abv and flavour profile, but the flavours are more alive and vibrant.

If it is not Scottish it doesn't have to be crap!

A very enjoyable Scottish ale that is here in time for Robbie Burns day.

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Photo of schopenhauerale
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of jkermitj
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jameson's Scottish Ale from Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub & Guesthouse
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 13 ratings