Atholl Brose
Strange Land Brewery

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Style:
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #307
ABV:
8.9%
Score:
84
Ranked #40,336
Avg:
3.59 | pDev: 12.26%
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
28
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Strange Land Brewery
 
Texas, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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SCORE
84
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Reviews by JohnDee:
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JohnDee from Texas

2.74/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a translucent golden brown color with an off-white head. Appears thin and watery. Smells of molasses and... olives? The taste is an odd combination of malt and sour mead with a vaguely unpleasant aftertaste. Not like a Scotch ale at all.

Dec 02, 2015
More User Reviews:
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kkarimi from Texas

3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

May 27, 2020
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AngEo from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

May 24, 2020
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zonker17 from Texas

3.96/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 4 bottled Nov 2015 consumed Feb 2021. Carbonation low but present, dark copper, clear. Nose with touch of butterscotch. Taste melds the honey ,wood, whiskey. Love this ale.

Feb 23, 2021
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Luckydog91 from Texas

3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Sep 26, 2019
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HardTarget from Texas

2.62/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Bottle inspection: Batch 3, 8.9% abv, 16 IBU, with oats, honey, whisky and oak.

Appearance: Shoe leather brown body holds a wispy tan cover that holds the side of the glass. Murky clarity which is against style, but as they are "bottle conditioning" we'll let it slide.

Smell: Malty, some caramel, some peat, some smoke, and a light alcohol ester.

Taste: The alcohol ester goes sharp green apple (Acetaldehyde) that overwhelms most everything else in the taste. There's a little barrel age, a light mead honey, bits of nice things that burn off in a medicinal alcohol flame. As I work into the bottle the green apple may be the whisky, or isn't playing well with it.

Mouthfeel: Oats give a little slickness to a medium body with low carbonation. Hot alcohol dries the finish to a light pucker.

Overall. I hate having to give a pimp hand review to a fresh brewery, but this seems a bit rushed If the bottle conditioning was supposed to pick up the carbonation, it's not ready. If the alcohol was allowed to mellow a bit with a recommended aging date, but it's not there. The acetaldehyde may be due to ramping up a recipe or technique, I don't know.
If you are holding a bottle, I would let it sit a good 4 months. If you aren't, it's hard to recommend one.

Jul 26, 2015
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champ103 from Texas

2.3/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours a turbid, murky and unappealing brown/amber color. At first a two finger white head forms, and recedes after a minute. Not much lace is left behind.
S: An unappealing mix of peat malt, smoke, and phenolic band aid/rubber. Some caramel malt and honey like sweetness in the nose that just adds to an already non enjoyable nose.
T: The phenolic band aid character is not as present here. Still some substantial peat and smoke, but not overwhelming. Carmel malts and green apple skins completely take over as this warms. Is that Acetaldehyde? This is a mess, and not well made.
M/O: A medium body with some slickness. Kind of oily, and even dirty (think Lagavulin Whisky). Prickly carbonation and thin, which is just all around not what I am looking for with the style. This is really hard to enjoy. I am most certainly not finishing the bottle.

This is like a prickly carbonated Islay Scotch with apple skin like Acetaldehyde. A dirty, messy beer that I don't think is very well made. I love the style, but this is not something I am coming back to.

Nov 02, 2015
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Beer-Zombie from Oregon

3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Jul 05, 2015
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kjkinsey from Texas

4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apr 13, 2015
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cdwil from Texas

4.02/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 19, 2015
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Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

3.21/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On-draught @ the brewery.

Atholl Brose. Scotch ale.

C+ / ABOVE AVERAGE

Nov 27, 2017
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greenspointexas from Texas

3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aug 23, 2015
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Texasfan549 from Texas

3.91/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Apr 13, 2015
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Musineer from Texas

4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nov 22, 2015
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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

3.17/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into a nonic pint glass.

Pours a light caramel color and settles in the glass a ruddy brown color. Minimal head shows but a sticky layer of lace rests over the body for a good period of time. Carbonation is non-stop and visible in the body. 3.75

Tart dark fruit, caramel, honey, berries, in all a very fruity profile. Searching hard for more character, I find some peaty notes. 3.5

Like the nose, really tart and fruity before a lollipop caramel sweetness breaks in. From there, come earthier, peatier elements, but the tastes are muddled and a bit watered down for some reason. The thin body doesn't help this phenomenon. The carbonation accentuates the thin body and makes it difficult to find any rich flavor here, which is what I was hoping for.

One plus is a toasty, biscuity finish that develops as I get further into the beer and shows a little bit more personality. T- 3.25 M- 3

This lacked oomph in body and flavor.

Oct 28, 2015
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Tiernan from Texas

3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 16, 2015
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cgrunin from Texas

3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mar 31, 2016
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Westyn from Texas

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

Apr 13, 2015
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JonathanTaylorThomas from Texas

3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First beer from Strange Land, but there were many on the shelf when I picked it up.

First off, I have to say I'm happy to see that these guys (local, in my case), have decided to do a Scotch Ale. Scotland is probably my favorite place in the world, and drinking Scotch Ales and Scotch there has to be one of the best experiences of my life. This style has a special place in my heart, yet isn't as common as I'd like it to be.

One will first come to notice the unique ingredients brewed in this beer. Honey? Oats? Whisky? Oak? Sounds promising! The smell was pretty much all honey and oats, and in fact I was a little thrown off by how prevalent these scents were. I continued to be thrown off by the taste. Lots of the aforementioned honey and oats, and the oak definitely finds its way in there, while the whisky creeps in at the very end. Sounds awesome, but honestly, it tasted nothing like a Scotch ale. The main thing that made me realize this was that the malt character seemed to be drastically different than any Scotch I'd had. The complete lack of prevalence for such an important characteristic was disappointing, I'll admit.

I'd be lying if I said this wasn't a delicious and interesting craft beer, but I'd also be lying if I said it was a great Scotch ale.

Jul 24, 2015
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rspauldi from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jan 29, 2016
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mjwellman from Texas

3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

May 30, 2016
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BdM from Netherlands

3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Feb 15, 2016
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Stolenface1 from Virginia

3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a murky amber brown with off white head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, honey, slight grainy oat, not much whiskey or oak. Flavor is caramel, malt, toffee, honey, slight oat, whiskey and oak are barely if at all detectable. No real hop bitterness or presence. The feel is on the lighter end medium with a slight slick feeling, but watery at the same time. Wish there were more here. Carbonation is medium low, almost too much. Overall very middle of the road and was really hoping to experience the whiskey and oak which were not there.

Jan 04, 2016
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monk2021 from Texas

3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Oct 10, 2015
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Sabre311 from Texas

3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jul 06, 2015
Atholl Brose from Strange Land Brewery
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 28 ratings