Scottish Ale
Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ

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Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ
Maine, United States
Scottish Ale
3.95 | pDev: 9.37%
Sep 24, 2017
Sep 28, 2004
Very Good
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Notes: Scotland’s rugged soils are not conducive to the cultivation of hops that grow readily in England, so during times of political strife Scotland’s southern neighbor would deprive Scottish brewers of their hops. The resourceful Scot turned to his native heather as a flavoring for his ales. Heather grows wild in the rockbound highlands and when added to the beer yields a silky aromatic result. Our Scottish Ale is brewed with a large amount of both malted barley and heather producing a rich-bodied ale with a sweet finish true to the style.

Formerly known as MacFoochie's 7+.
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3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by SABERG from Massachusetts

A - Poured from a bottle dated “ best by 7/1/18” into the test glass. Deep dark oak color, gently carbonated, an off white cap is quick to leave.
S - Roasted malt, a bit of peat, some brown sugar, and earthiness from hop choice.
T - Sweet caramel malt, dry roast matches the sweetness with good balance.
M- Medium in body, sweet start, then a slick look the runs across the palate, the linger is dry and malt rich
O - A rich offering, tad sweet but well worth seeking out

Sep 24, 2017
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Gmann from New York

Pours a dark brown color with a short creamy beige head.

The aroma is malty sweet. Big brown bread notes. A bit nutty with hints of caramel. Very subtle smoke and a lemony sourness in the finish.

The taste is big brown toasted bread. Quite earthy. Some nuttiness and hints of ash and smoke. Light tea notes.

The feel is moderate with fizzy carbonation. Mainly sweet on the palate but finishes with a light roasted bitterness.

An earthy, malty brew. No out of the park flavors but it's well made.

Oct 14, 2016
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3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by argock from Virginia

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint at Atlantic Brewing home base.

A: Garnet with ruby edges with short cap of off-white head with a thin incomplete line of lacing.

S: Malty dark fruit aromas, whiff of sweet cherry alcohol

T: Very malty with delicious prune and raisin dark fruit flavors layered on a deftly managed dark maltiness. Very low bitterness and a fair amount of alcohol booziness. No yeast character. Enjoyable but I wish it was a little lower in alcohol heat and showed a bit more finesse.

M: Very smooth and creamy with lowish carbonation and medium-full body.

O: I am glad they ditched the peat that was present in earlier versions. Delicious beer -- but I bet the 90-/ version may be even tastier: less of an alcoholic hammer. Still very enjoyable.

Aug 16, 2016
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2.77/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
by tekstr1der from New Hampshire

This is the second offering from these folks that I must assume is spoiled. The pour is dark with minimal head. Aroma is vinous with a strong peat pretense. Flavor is that of red wine that's opened too long - slightly vinegar, and sour grape. The fizziness of carbonation just make this seem like a bad wine cooler. Really a shame, as Scottish ales are one of my favorite styles, and I had big hope. But between this and the Real Ale, I'm thinking either they have serious quality control issue, or just make really awful beer.

Feb 07, 2016
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4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by brureview from Massachusetts

Poured a deep chocolate brown with a 1F head in a Gordon Thistle.

Deep Aroma:fruit, prune, sweet toffee, candy.

The taste follows the aroma, however there an added flavor of smoked peat, and heather, the latter comes out with warming. A first, I didn't like the smoked peat, and it seemed to bring imbalance to the flavor. After a while, I began to enjoy the peat and the heather. The approach is quite different than other American brewer's Scottish ale. This is quite complex, and I can't recall such a pronounced smoked peat flavor in a Scottish Ale.

There is also sweetness, toffee, candy, and prune ( or dried fruit) in the taste which is finished by a good bitterness.

There is a traditional approach to this beer. It's complex and a sipper. Worth checking out.

Feb 02, 2016
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3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by FFreak from Vermont

Purchased at the brewery. Poured into a tulip. Pours stout-black with a finger of tan head that slowly dissipates and leaves a little lace. Smell is roasty, roasty, roasty. Taste is roasty too, malt and roast. Mouth is good. Overall, this is not at all what I expected from a scotch ale. Not that I'm all that familiar with them, but this seems just like a light-bodied roasty stout to me.

Sep 30, 2015
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4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by scaliasux from Wisconsin

L - Dark brown, a little ruby. Short, but persistent tan head.
S - Rich medium roasted malts. Lots of dark fruit - raisin and prune. Caramel and brown sugar. Lightly smokey.
T - No surprise - rich, sweet, and malty with little hoppiness. A little darker than I expected from the aroma. Chocolate, even dark chocolate. Dark fruit.

Sep 15, 2015
4 by paulish from New York on Sep 06, 2015
4 by corneliustoad from Florida on Aug 17, 2015
3.41 by Ford from Texas on Aug 16, 2015
4.02 by lzepplin01 from Arizona on Aug 11, 2015
3.94 by grahuba from Connecticut on Aug 07, 2015
4 by ivyman from Massachusetts on Jul 04, 2015
4.08 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts on Jun 29, 2015
4.27 by InVinoVeritas from Wisconsin on May 29, 2015
3.48 by mltobin from Connecticut on May 01, 2015
4.47 by lou50rp from Maine on Apr 17, 2015
4 by jrob21 from Georgia on Feb 06, 2015
3.25 by rderedin from Maine on Dec 07, 2014
3.75 by TheSleepyMonkey from Tennessee on Nov 29, 2014
3.6 by DavidPerry8218 from Maine on Nov 21, 2014
3.75 by Franck from Canada (QC) on Oct 04, 2014
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2.94/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
by tigg924 from Massachusetts

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, moderate carbonation, dark brown in color, opaque

Smell: deep caramel and roasted malt

Taste: deep caramel, chocolate and roasted malt with slight heather

Mouthfeel: sweet and roasty, heavy body, low carbonation

Overall: I generally like Atlantic's offerings, but this one just did not hold up to previous Scottish ales that I have tried. This drinks more like an imperial porter and is missing a lot of the Scottish spices that I associate with the style. For me, this is a pass.

Aug 04, 2014
4.25 by xzymurgist from North Carolina on Jun 23, 2014
4.75 by wrightst from Maryland on Jun 06, 2014
3.75 by Latarnik from New Jersey on May 24, 2014
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3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
by smcolw from Massachusetts

Thick, beige head that looks similar to those from Irish Stouts. It leaves some slippery lace that falls back into the beer. The beer is dark, dirty brown. It appears to be very cloudy where the light shines through the edge.

Slightly sweet with a darker caramel aroma, reminiscent of toffee. There's a touch of band-aid as well.

Mild start, but it becomes dark and quite smoky, almost like a Rauchbier. Smooth finish with a short aftertaste. I detect some dark, unsweetened chocolate with some dark cherry deep in the background. The body is a bit thin with an elevated carbonation level.

Mar 27, 2014
4 by nebula1999 from Connecticut on Dec 20, 2013
4 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut on Nov 24, 2013
4.25 by Crumpetsnbeer from Maine on Nov 14, 2013
3.75 by Luweezy from Pennsylvania on Oct 18, 2013
3.5 by garrisonp from Massachusetts on Oct 11, 2013
3.75 by jwps214 from Massachusetts on Oct 11, 2013
3.75 by DarkLordPsycho from Pennsylvania on Sep 10, 2013
4.75 by Ecxeeder616 from Massachusetts on Aug 23, 2013
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3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by GarthDanielson from Virginia

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, ruby coloring, almost black in the depths, with a thin, off-white head remaining a dense, low profile while you drink. Nose of rich caramel sweetness, with hints of smoke, scotch notes, and floral highlights. Flavors are rich and robust, with a scotch undertone and slight booze warmth supporting a caramel highlight and smoky blend. Smooth and slightly robust body, with a rich, robust, smoked aftertaste. Rich, sweet linger on a slick, slightly cloying finish. Big beer, but solid.

Aug 23, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by becktone from Ohio

Eye: Not really much to look at here. Barley any head formation let alone retention. Color might as well be black. It looks ok, but I feel that more head would help, a bit lighter in the color-well I expected that, but if this is the color produced by the malts to create this flavor profile; which I hope is awesome, then I can let it slide. However, it just almost looks like a stout with really bad; well, no head retention.

Nose: As soon as it is decanted I can smell peat first off. Sweetness with the nose up to the glass, smokey peat tones, toffee, caramel...basically this is a big malty beer. Some diacetyl in here as well.

Tongue: Some smokey notes, definitely peat in there, it lingers on the back of the tongue along with some light roasted grain bitterness. Body is much lighter than I would like and carbonation is low. This beer should be big and malty and full bodied and it just isn't. I'm not really getting any of the big malty tones that I got in the aroma, no toffee, no caramel. This one is kinda a disappointment. Too bad. With that said, I understand why the color is so dark/black-it tastes like they used roasted barley.

Drinkability: Not a bad beer, but nothing I would seek out. I can think of other scottish ales I'd rather drink over this one.

Aug 08, 2013
3.5 by campfirebrew from New York on Aug 07, 2013
4 by OhioBobcat from Ohio on Aug 05, 2013
3.75 by Cynic-ale from Texas on Aug 04, 2013
Scottish Ale from Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 139 ratings