The King's Taxes | MacLeod Ale Brewing Company

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3.93/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
MacLeod Ale Brewing Company
California, United States
macleodale.com

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by UCLABrewN84 on 06-19-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#14,869
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
28
pDev:
9.41%
 
 
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Photo of Antg8989
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of cryptichead
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful burnished Amber hue. Fluffy sandy head that quickly recedes leaving very little lacing. Smell is lightly malty in a caramel way with a tinge of nuttiness. Taste is better than the nose. More caramel malt. Mouthfeel is noticeably thin.
Overall, pretty good for a lower ABV Scottish ale.

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4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of redfox405
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lingenbrau
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Good "Real Ale". Easy to drink, but to me, lacked the kettle carmelization that I love from Scottish Ales. Cheers!

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Photo of mactrail
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber-brown with a big pile of off-white foam in the Maredsous goblet. Slushy mouthfeel is inviting along with the dark roasted grainy taste. Toasty malt aroma. Caramel in the aftertaste with just a hint of brown sugar. Hops are pretty well non-existent, but there's a little burnt tang.

Overall, this is thoroughly drinkable and loads of flavor for the modest ABV. This is another beer style that could use some thoughtful exploration, especially if there's a hop shortage! From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bine & Vine in San Diego. Stick on tag says "BEST BY 11/2015." Much more legible and straightforward than the usual date mysteries, but then you don't know how optimistic the brewery is about shelf life.

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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.57/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Look - Pours a dark brown, with a deep garnet hue when held to light. Head is off-white with decent distribution ranging from small to medium. Head dissipates somewhat quickly, but a half centimeter cap is left behind. A bit of lacing.

Smell - Deep caramel notes with hints of coffee, toffee, raisins, cereal, a bit of peaty smoke and just a hint of dulce de leche.

Taste - Lots of the sweet caramel notes up front, a roasty smoke is present. Cereal, a bit of celery, dates, walnut, coffee earth and oak. Only the slightest touch of bitterness on the finish, with a nutty flavor lingering. Somewhat watery but that is to be expected for a 60 shilling at 4.3%

Feel - Thin but creamy, not bubbly at all. Very little tingle, mostly on tip of tongue.

Overall - A very nice and flavorful sessionable ale. Picked it up because my middle name is Macleod, and I'm glad that I did.

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4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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4.64/5  rDev +18.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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The King's Taxes from MacLeod Ale Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 28 ratings