Scottish Ale | Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ

Scottish AleScottish Ale
BA SCORE
78.3%
Liked This Beer
3.96 w/ 138 ratings
Scottish AleScottish Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ
Maine, United States
atlanticbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,310
Reviews:
88
Ratings:
138
Liked:
108
Avg:
3.96/5
pDev:
9.34%
Alströms:
4.18
 
 
Wants:
34
Gots:
5
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 138 |  Reviews: 88
Photo of MoreThanWine
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 1/2" latte head of brief life. The body in masstone is a deep burnt umber brown and held to the light there is zero light penetration. Smells of toasted malt. The taste has moderately rich malt which is followed by a dark cocoa finish. Kind of reminds me of a lighter porter. Decent beer, easy drinking, but to me it's not a standout of the Scotch ales.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass

Appearence: Dark Red almost brown appearence. light yellowish/reddish head, and ok lacing.

Smell: Smokey malts an carmels? Reminded me of a true BBQ type smell.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, but not very well balanced. Smokey flavor is evident even as an after taste.

Overall: It was a decent beer. Something I would sip on perhaps while cooking on the grill or BBQing. Not my first choice, but if it was there I would have it again.

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Photo of Brewsed
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of rpaine
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of Duff27
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Short off white head leaves a collar on top of a red hued dark brown beer. Thick alcohol legs with minimal lacing.

S- Deep caramels. Malty sweetness.

T- Cola, slight oxidation. Some chocolate taste on the backend. Well hidden alcohol, very smooth.

M- medium mouthfeel, low carbonation.

D/O- overall one of the better Scottish ales I've had. No bottle date but I'm thinking this has a year or two on it...not negatively affected though, actually compliments it I feel. Thanks mikeyv35.

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Photo of erlenmeyer
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of kmo1030
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a good looking deep brown with thick tightly bubbled khaki head.
in the aroma oddly enough, the stand out, with a sort of a yellow flower smell, as in floral butt tending towards a buttery aroma. hopefully you can see what i mean. there is also toffe, a bit of port wine and a whisp of smoke.
sweet toffee in the mouth, with caramel as well. you get some floral notes mid palate with an almost honied character. touches of smoke and bitterness move in behind that. the smoke creeps in especially with some warmth. seems just a little bit unbalanced to me, in favor of sweetness.
the body is on just the thinner side of medium bodied with soft carbonation.
overall, a nice little (or big as it were)scottish ale, and pleasant enough to sip on, just a touch to sweet for me.

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Photo of deaconoflove
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ap. Basic black with nice tan head, but didn't last long.
Sm. Interesting. maybe smokey, earthy, some faint faint chocolate. Can't find the hops.
Ta. Same...slight smokey, malt, roasted, milky even, leads to brief coffee flavor and then a sweet finish.
Mf. thick and sticky
Dr. A big beer, filling, plently of flavor, but kind of muddled. It's good, but the flavors are so blended that I can't sort it out. It will NOT be a problem to finish off the bomber.

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Photo of Neffbeer
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of ububru
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of LostHighway
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of EastCoastHawkeye
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of mormon
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of thebouch01
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice deep color brownish red color. The head was pretty nice. The smell is floral and earthy. There is ani e hop aroma too. The taste of the beer had a good floral flavor to it, with some spicy flavors. The mouthfeel is very nice, plenty of carbonation and soft at the same time. Overall this beer is way bed tree than the dub el in my opinion. Nicely done!

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Photo of ActonBrewer
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
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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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!

Currently the #1 Scottish Ale.

The beer is dark chestnut hued, with an off white head that leaves random traces of lacing on the glass.

The aroma brings some toasted malt, caramels, and roast.

Good flavor, with some pleasant smokey notes. Roast and toffee make for a nice sipping beer. Simple and effective.

The body is thinner than I was expecting, with moderate carbonation.

Overall, a decent brew. I would have this again.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared by Thorpe in our mutual goal of reviewing the #1 beer for every style of beer. Getting to hard part now.

Beer served in a bruery glass. Beer is reddish brown and mostly clear wtih an off white head, moderate to low carbonation and a little lacing. Looks fine.

Beer has a mildly smoky / peaty aroma and some biscuity malt / mild caramel.

Beer is thinner than expected and has this peaty flavor to it, smoky on the finish but it is not overpowering. Not the best beer I've ever had but I see why it is so highly rated. It is a sipper overall not bad. Well balanced between the malt and the smoke, not very complex but I'd have it again.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this bottle up at State Line in Elkton, MD. Served in a SAVOR snifter.

Pours a clear copper-brown color with an average off-white head and some sparse spotty lacing on the way down. The nose brings through a moderate amount of bready malt along with some light caramel and a bit of a nutty character. The flavor adds some light smoke, which works well in tandem with a bit of roast and toast. Mild character comes from the heather tips, which dry out the finish. Medium body and some fizzy carbonation. Good smoke element in the finish as well. Nice beer.

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Photo of claspada
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aromas of toffee, roasted nuts, some peat and an earthy/floral tone (from the heather I guess, wouldn't have been able to guess it without previously knowing it was there). The complexity of the aroma is on the subtle side, but very nice.
The tastes begin malty, but not too sweet with toffee, roasted nuts, with lesser notes of wood and peat. As it warms you can detect the heather (once again it just seems like a floral/earthy hop and I wouldn't have known in a blind tasting).
The mouthfeel is smooth with an above average fullness and adequate carbonation.
Overall this is an interesting, good, smooth interpretation of a Scottish Ale. Not mind blowing, just solid. Worth a go because of the fair price tag, but I don't think this is the best example of the style as it currently rates on this website.

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Photo of smokeypeat
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Has a deep mahogany wood look with a nice reddish hue when held up to the light. Comes with a 1 finger eggshell head that slowly dissolved to a nice ever present lace. Lots of great aroma on this one. Standard toffee, caramel, dark malts present like in all scotch ales, but what makes this unique is the light floral component that is definitely present. On tasting, the floral/heather component was even more pronounced. Very unique compared to other scotch ales I've sampled. It makes the beer extremely drinkable, and it tastes "lighter" than other scotch ales I've tried. In fact I don't really pick up on the alcohol at all which is somewhat surprising considering it comes in just shy of 8% ABV. Nice hint of smoke/peat which is something I want in my scotch ales as well. This stuff is rock solid and I will definitely seek it out again. If you like the style and want to try something a little different give it a try.

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Photo of jlindros
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fluffy and semi thick but bubble filled 1 finger head over very dark brown with light rosy maroon light coming through, and some lacing.

Nose brings darker malts, tons of caramel/crystal malts, some reddish malts, hint of roast, toffee, caramel, touch of maple and molasses, brown sugar, touch of earthy herbal hops and a light herbal spice (probably the heather).

Taste starts with an herbal hop taste actually, I can pick it out usually as I'm not a fan of that hop character, an earthy herbal UK style bittering hop, then some light heather spice flavors, a bit creamy, darker malts catch up finally, bringing some toasted crystal malts, caramel, light toffee, light molasses, slight syrupy, touch of roast, borderline touching on minerality, hint of smoke, and hint of darker fruits. Finishes still slightly sweet with just a touch more of the minerality quality, a hint of warming booze, a bit syrupy and touch of cocoa and toffee lingering.

Mouth is slightly heavier to medium bodied, lower carbonation (could have used a touch more carb).

Overall not bad, but not great either, some nice malty flavors, a touch of the herbal hops and heather give it a strange mix, nothing too off of it, but could have used a bit more carbonation, otherwise not bad.

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Scottish Ale from Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ
Beer rating: 78.3% out of 100 with 138 ratings
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