Scottish Ale | Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ

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Scottish AleScottish Ale

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Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ
Maine, United States

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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+.

Added by xlperro on 09-28-2004

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Ratings: 139 |  Reviews: 89
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5/5  rDev +26.6%

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5/5  rDev +26.6%

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5/5  rDev +26.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of Bestuurder
4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What can I say? This is above and beyond for a Scottish ale. Poured from a bottle, the head lasted all through the drink.

My first impression about this ale was that it would be like most Scottish ale's, with a relatively easy drinkability, but lacking in the over taste and mouthfeel; this was not the case. Atlantic has brought a great beer to my table, with a wonderfully dark, almost pitch-black colouration, and a exceptional aroma of beautifully balanced hops. There was no malt aroma or flavouring, which is a plus. The abv is certainly not a factor, and is not noticed. This ale has a wonderfully smooth feel, and very easy drinkability. Overall, I would most certainly rate this beer as an A.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of beyah
4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a 22 oz bottle on August 19th 2010. Color is dark brown not quite Guinness Dark. Little or no head but did have some lacing. Hardly detectable alcohol,. Very complex flavor I could swear that someone put black licorice in the bottle, this is followed by a nice somewhat hoppy finish. Very well balanced and drinkable.

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Photo of lou50rp
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of athensbeermaster
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A rich tan three inch head that is long lasting and fluffy.Big coffee and toffee and chicory on the nose. Rich and complex with roasted barley, spicy chicory and coffee with good carbonation that lifts the palate up. The body is so rich gives a creamy texture to the mix.
The finish leaves a smoky backwoods taste that makes you feel like your sitting next to a fire. Without being overwelming. A must try for scottish ale fans!

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Photo of caddybuyer
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass

A-Medium dark cherry cola coloring with mahogany cherry highlights when held to light. Light tan head that creams up on the pour but settles rapidly. I'd like to see a bit more head but this is one attractive beer.

S-This one was strong from the pour, sweet roasted caramel malts, toffee, vanilla, smoke, unsweetened cocoa (just a bit) and some dark fruits in the background along with a hint of alcohol. Enticing.

T-The smell carries through to the taste, all of the above, in one taste explosion. There is no nuance of flavor complexity across the palate, but it is wonderful nonetheless. Kind of like listening to a mono recording of the Velvet Underground...what it lacks in range it makes up for in sheer presence. Wow.

M-This is on the fuller side of medium, which is near perfection, but slighly undercarbonated. I seldom wish for more carbonation, but that is the only thing keeping this from being spot on.

D-This is a very drinkable beer. Huge on flavor, huge on enjoyment. Buy again, you betcha.

This one was a one off oddball I found at my local craft beer store. Easily the best beer that I have had from Atlantic, and the best new discovery have had in quite awhile.

Re-review on 4.11.10. This bottle was nowhere near as good as the first, which was amazing. I guess a little quality control is in order...or maybe the bottle was old, but this should age well. Flavor and mouthfeel was I was drinking a totally different beer.. Not saying it was bad, but it didn't blow me away like the first one. Will give this another try, but my local beer place had some of these in closeout so maybe its retired? Oh well...there is always Old Chubb...

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Photo of marburg
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Some Scottish ales, and a few select other styles I suppose, have this coherent smoothness that sets them apart from other beers. This beverage tastes like it's pure, natural, unadulterated nature. There's nothing ill-conceived, phony, extreme, or off about this. It's just a rock solid beer.

Dirty, earthy aromas of peat and grape skin. Alcohol is noticeable but seems to fit in nicely with the cola-like caramel notes that assert themselves. Smooth and, at times, almost oily, this has a chewy malt flavor with a light alcohol astringency that seems to fade as the beer sits or as I adjust to it. Either way, the beer tastes and feels quite natural. The finish isn't quite as distinct or abrupt as some beers. It's much more cohesive and well-rounded, presenting a solid malt flavor throughout and somehow just "feeling" balanced in the end. Must be the heather. Top notch stuff.

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Photo of granger10
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark brown mohagony wood color. Fizzy tan head rises and falls a bit quickly but holds about an inch high. Lots of sticky lacing along the glass. Looks a little like a cola. Aroma is very smoky with some sweetness in there as well. I like it already. Taste brings about a nice thick sweet malty mouthfeel. Lots of toffee flavors and residual earthy sweetness. The smoke comes back in the middle of this beer and then a nice floral finish, which must be from the heather. Alcohol is not really that evident at all. This seems like a fairly traditional representation of the scottish ale style and a very good one at that. Not a session beer but definitely a nice beer to enjoy.

many thanks to brewguru for the bottle!

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4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- beautiful reddish brown... thin tan head... decent carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass.

S- Great heather nose. Malts, vanilla and maybe a little cocoa

T- Nice and malty. Some coffee, dark fruit, and caramel malts. Slight herbal flavor (heather?)

M- Medium body, slightly under carbed.

O - Awesome scottish ale. I'll definitely get this again for a larger tasting of this style.

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4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had the opportunity to try this when it first came out while on a visit to Bar Harbor. It doesn't make it to my state so this year while on a visit to Bar Harbor I made sure to pick some up for the cellar!

A - rich dark brown, almost black color, thick dark tan head
S - smoked peat, bakers chocolate with a caramel rounding note.
T - Light caramel malts swirl with a wonderfully blended smoke / peat and bakers chocolate.
M - medium bodied, nicely carbonated, dry finish
D - so easy to quaff the bottles gone and you don't even realize it.

Unlike other scottish ales I've had, this one is less sweet, amazingly flavorful and drinks much lighter than it is. If you get a chance to try one definitely go for it.

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4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a dark reddish hue with decent sized tan head. Some rings of lacing were left as this was consumed. Sweet malty aroma with some fruits and caramel. Lighter earthy notes mingled about. Sweet fruit blended with a bit of dark chocolate started off the flavor. Light smoky and earthy herbal notes mixed in well. Pretty full and interesting taste. Easy drinking stuff that is smooth going down and the last sip is as tasty as the first.

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4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle, poured into snifter:

Pours dark brown - almost black - with a thin head that thins to a swirl. Thin rings of lacing stick to the glass.

The smell is of toffee, roasted nuts, some peat, whisky and an earthy/floral tone (from the heather). The complexity of the aroma is on the subtle side, but very nice.

The taste is malty, but not too sweet. Toffee, roasted nuts, heather (floral/earthy), some peat and woody, whisky notes all combine and blend nicely. The heather tips play in well, as does the touch of peat, not overwhelming the rich maltiness. The balanced sweetness turns to a dry, whisky-ish finish.

It has a smooth (fuller side of?) medium body.

It's an interesting, delicious, smooth interpretation of a Scottish Ale that is oh so easy to drink.

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4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draught at the brewery.

Pours dark brown with thin, creamy off-white head.

Aroma is an almost cola-like sweetness, caramel and roasty notes blended together, with a hint of herbal heather coming through.

Taste is roasty malt, cocoa, earthy, very rich and malty, almost cola like, with nice, floral heather and smoky peat notes on the finish to balance - beautifully executed, my favorite beer by Atlantic.

Palate was creamy with a subdued carbonation that was just crisp enough to go perfectly with the (surprisingly excellent) barbecue served at Atlantic's own brewpub. Marvelous job.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark, dark brown with ruby highlights. Creamy tan head emits lacy arms grasping for the glass top.

Aroma is deep and rich - lots of malt, rich fruit and subtle peat smoke. Tastes like it smells but with a mineral "cleanliness" in back - I'm guessing that's that heather? Plush, creamy mouthfeel that's almost as good as I could possibly imagine.

This was a fun one. Not only was it a great beer but we only had one glass so my wife and I passed it back and forth in front of a campfire. Good camping beer.

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4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of neonbrown82
4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good beer. One of the best I've had of one of my favorite styles. Thanks to Dogfooddog for the bottle.

The beer pours to a very dark brown color with a deep ruby hue when held to the light. Nearly opaque. Forms a very nice foamy brown head with a decent staying power. A decent lacing sticks to the glass as well.

The smell is good, but it doesn't really jump out at me. After a deep whiff, I get a bit of heavily caramelized and lightly smoked malt. A bit nutty and chocolatey.

The taste is great. Starts off with a sweet caramel malt flavor followed by a bit of smoke. Gently roasty, chocolatey, nutty finish with a lingering smokiness. Has a very light English hops bitterness that lingers in the finish with a spicy, herbal taste.

Has a nice big body with very little carbonation. The alcohol cannot be detected. A small bit sweet, but the finish dries out the palate a bit. Very easy to drink for a big beer. I wish I had a steady supply of this.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with maroon highlights. Light tan head gives way quicly on the pour leaving pin-pricks of lace on the glass.
Aroma is lots of caramel and earthy, peat tones with some minor chocolate and subtle but noticeable heather.
Flavor of rich caramel and chocolate with a touch of peaty/whiskey notes and a bitter unlike others I've had. (Must be the Heather and Hops combo)
Mouthfeel is smooth, sweet malt to start sliding kind of casually into a roaste, peat hit and finishing with a mild but long and drawn out bitterness. Somewhat surprisingly this one leaves a sweet aftertaste.
Drinkability is very solid. Heather is an acquired taste and sometimes flat out does not work. However, with this beer the combination and transitions are excpetionally well done. Very nice brew.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" light brown head over the clear dark burgundy brew. Aroma is dominated by smoky maltiness, with flowery notes. Taste follows right along with the nose, exactly as predicted. Mouthfeel is super smooth and soft over the tongue, tremendously drinkable. My mouth tells me this ain't no 7+%, but my head will probably verify the abv later. Excellent brew.

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