Scotch Ale | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Winter

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Added by stirgy on 02-02-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 63 |  Reviews: 55
Reviews by mikeys01:
Photo of mikeys01
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a very plaid claid 12 oz bottle passed on to me courtesy of Unionmade. Color is a very clear brownish-amber, with a bit of off white head that quickly vanished into the depths, leaving barely a trace behind. Aroma is sticky sweet and malty, somewhere between brown sugar and caramel sauce mixed with fermenting fruit. Just a bit of smoke in there too somewhere. The tantalizing nose is well supported by the taste which first rolls over the tongue with tangy fruit esters and a hop bitterness that I didn't see coming. The fruit esters here are more along the lines of a juicy plum or a random fruit pulled from one of those giant jars of brandied fruit, the kind you're always afraid to reach into and try, but in the end proves to be quite tasty and...different. Flavor eases into a smooth nutty maltiness in the middle ground then dwindles into a sweet finish with just a bit of smokiness. Body is a little more than medium, without being syrupy, and quite drinkable for a scotch ale. Alcohol becomes more noticeable and warms the throat a bit over time. I have yet to be disappointed with a Weyerbacher beer...

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Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Four's straight down on this one,poured a nice tawny brown color with light head that leaves some nice lacing,aroma of caramel and dried fruit makes this very appetizing on the nose.Taste is sweet and fruity with some alcohol notes with a lingering chocolaty aftertaste.Pretty darn drinkable,I am pretty impressed with this offering.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
2.43/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

poured into a nonic glass from a 12oz brown bottle with a crimped on cap.

Mirky reddish/orange with brown highlights. 2" thick creamy off-white head dissapating a bit quick to a foam ring with minimual lacing.

Tobacco leaf aromas,smokey also earthy/woody with some carmell notes. The aromas were a bit on the faint side

The tastes were a bit weak with some smokeyness,grassy,Woody/earthy some bittersweet carmellness with a bit of an apple taste. A sweet sugary feel with a slight tinge of alcohol.

Medium mouthfeel,a bit on the thin side. Not a bad beer just nothing here to make me want another, kind of mediocre.

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Photo of yankeeheel
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely brown with a solid off-white head. Good looking brew.

Smells of that wonderful nutty/caramel scotch ale essence.

Tastes as nice as it smells. Loys of big caramel malt with a backgroud of toffee swirling in there too. I detect a bit of oak in the middle. Finishes with a little honey afterglow.

Mouthfeel is quite nice with carbonation making itself happily known. Very smooth and silky.

You could do a lot worse than this.

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Photo of kpantz
3.49/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Executive Summary: A fair attempt at the style. Not a stand-out, but it's consistent enough to warrant a place in W's lineup.

Appearance: Pours a deep, smoky amber into my glass. Small head contains very large bubbles - kinda weird. Negligible lacing.

Smell: Caramel malts, molasses, alcohol, a hint of smokiness.

Taste: A smoke flavor is noticeable. Sweet but not cloying. A decently complex malt profile. Little to no hop flavor to speak of.

Mouthfeel: Fairly appropriate. Carbonation isn't too crazy, slightly sticky (given the malt-heavy profile, I expected that). Chewy, but not too thick.

Drinkability: It's not bad, but just isn't really something around which I'd build a session. After this, I'm ready for something a little more captivating.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep ruby brown chestnut color with a big frothy off white almost tan head leaves detailed lacing even rings not bad. Aroma: Deep fruity toasted nut profile with a touch of alcohol but the malt layer has a heavy hand in defining this beer. Taste: Fruit layer conists of plums and some other deep flavored fruit with alcohol and nut tones to balance mild herbal hop profile not bad at all in fact very drinkable. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied ale trying to institute some flavor and power in it's presence not bad even carbonation good stuff. Drinkability: A nice American brewed scotch ale lacks the peated malt I sometime suspect but a perfect layers of fruits and malts balanced delicate hops makes me happy.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Weyerbacher- Scotch Ale

A- Deep amber brown with a small but sticky head.
S- Good peat moss aroma, caramel, and wood notes.
T- Sweet malt hints of caramel and oak. Moss and cola flavors punch through with a hot alc. finish.
M- Creamy sweet with a dry alc. laden end.

Overall- Let this 1 warm up a bit. Nice flavors, very good aroma. Tasty, and tough to find!

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Photo of Varkias41
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of edchicma
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad brew at all....the higher abv Weyerbacher brews are excellent. Thgis one had a nice dark appearance with a decent head....smell was nicely malty with a hint of smokiness. This carried into the taste which carried forth the malty and smoky flavors in a nice balance. Mouthgfeel was medium, inviting you to sip along....drinkability was better than average..I would have another.

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Photo of akorsak
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle purchased at the Brewery during a March open house.

A: The ale pours wuth a dark red, almost brown color. The head that rests atop the ale is thin and white, a slight departure from the foamy 1.5 finger head that appeared on pour.

S: The nose is chock full o' malty notes. Nuttiness is the surprising first component, adding a dry component to an aroma that quickly returns to sweeter caramel notes.

T: The flavor has a noticeable malty edge, creating a cereal sweetness that most ales only dream about. Seriously, the malt body is sweet to the point of resembling a maibock. The only thing that brings me back to ale territory is the slightly smoky finish that says 'I am not a lager.' The flavor, overall, is enjoyably, it just seems to be muddled and slow in announcing that it is a wee heavy.

M: The mouthfeel is defined by the cereal malt body and its resemblance to a lager. I like the subtlety of the smoky finish as well.

D: The ale has a robust malty flavor that makes it quite enjoyable. I would definitely stock up on this beer.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.67/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a deep clear copper color ale with a small off-white foamy head with minimal retention. Aroma of slightly roasted sweet malt with some very subtle peat. Taste is a mix between sweet malt, subtle peat (too subtle for the style IMO) and a watery finish. Body is definitely a bit thin for the style but alcohol was well hidden. OK but well short of being great for the style.

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Photo of buzzy
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of fes1
4.53/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I loved this beer. The color was amazing, resembling a fine single malt scotch, the aroma was heavenly somewhat like a single malt,
and the taste was amazing, not too hoppy, not too bitter,
just a nice smooth product. This is a beer I would purchase
on a regular basis.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from notes

tan foam that lasted well into the night. Great side glass lace as well, really quite the thick looking liquid here for sure.

The aroma was very sweet, with a big malt nose. Lots of earthy smells, grain, some raisin maybe and a touch of spice. Nice bit of caramel as well, with a woody sort of alcohol mixed in. This all translated over to the flavor, which also was very full and really just a very nice example of the style. Loads of sweetness in it, with candied sugar and caramel laced earthy malts making the big splash here. Very big body on this one as well, with really a tremendously smooth feeling to it. Nice carbonation that never really quit, and a long lasting sweet finish

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was in Philly last week and made a quick stop @ the Center City Foodery and noticed a Scotch Ale from Weyerbacher that I'd not seen anywhere else, so naturally I picked up a bottle. Suffice to say, it's a pretty tasty brew.

It pours a nice looking deep amber colour with a big foamy head that is surprisingly non the least bit sticky. Still, this one looks quite nice overall.

The aroma is a nice mix of general, semi-earthy malt and a sweet caramel touch. There are some darker fruit notes in the mix here as well.

The flavour is still malt based but less so malt heavy. Sweetness from the caramel still carries this one along with a more upfront fruit presence. Mostly berries and the like and well blended overall. The mouthfeel is nice, but a touch thin at times.

Overall this one is pretty tasty. Flavour is well balanced and the extra bit of fruit is a nice touch. Not a bad stab at the style...

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Photo of santoslhalper
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Exceptional brew. Weyerbacher's more potent beers seem to be their best. Pours a deep copper color with a nice off-white fluffy head that stays for a while. Smells of nuts and malts with a refreshing hint of alcohol. Tastes wondeful with fruits everywhere. Plums, raisens, banans, apples, and so much more. A nice amount of hoppy goodness rounds it off well. Feels very thick and full in the mouth. A quite drinkable beer considering the 6.8% ABV. I am damn impressed. Try this if you can find it.

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Photo of BuckSpin
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a gorgeous rich cherry amber, with a thin 1/4" head of cream hued foamed that faded quickly nor clung. Nose was sweet, strong with smoke and malts with hints of oak. A plus was that the nose intensified as the brew warmed - very nice.

Initially its sweet, but not sugary. Very smooth, it sang with deep dried cherries and a rich Highlands dance of single malt scotch (albeit a young one - probably 8-10 years), maybe even a hint of peat. It warmed the pallete from the alcohol (which played nicely and was not out of proportion) and slowly crispened on the throat with a pleasing bite of the same. The warm glow on the pallete remained and was not obtrusive.

I am really getting into these Wee Heavys, and thoroughly enjoyed this one. Anyone who enjoys barreled spirits will like this. Highly recommend, especially on a cool, crisp evening anytime of year.

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Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a transparent dark, crimson toned amber with a small white cap that slowly fades into mild head. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell...up front, there are fusel alcohol aromas followed by brown sugar and a generous amount of caramel, vanilla, and spice. Ripe fruit, highlighted by black grapes jumps out upon another glance.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas. A decent blending of toasted nuts, ripe fruit, and brown sugar.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a spicy dryness that keeps me coming back for more of the caramel, and fruity sweetness.

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Photo of Lupe
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely deep brownish red - wonderful hues when held to the light. Huge head reminiscent of cappuccino foam and settles to a half finger. Leaves little lace.

Aroma subtle with smoked peat, brown sugar, and fruit. A touch of yeast is also present - not expected in the style or from this brewery.

Starts surprisingly fruity - almost like a Belgian abbey ale with it's fruitiness and dose of brown sugar. Fruit fades to some more malty sweetness in the way of toffee and caramel. Nice toasted character is present and the sweetness is never overwhelming. Alcohol is just barely noticeable, and helps balance. Smoke is soft and comes in the finish, which is dry and lingering with peaty smoke. Interesting take on a Scotch Ale, but I like.

Medium-full in body, very smooth, silky and just thick enough. Carbonation is perfect and really adds to the beer. Great drinkablity - nice complexity, great flavors, and it goes down easy. Kind of a cross between a Scotch ale and a Dubbel - but whatever it is, I'm a fan.

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Photo of Phatz
4.32/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer pours a dark red / brown caramel color, with more red highlight depending on the light. Small off white head and mediocre lacing.

Smell: Bold sweet sugars and malt. There are sweet undertones of vanilla and pears in heavy syrup. Very nice!

Taste: This is exactly what I want in a Scotch Ale. Sweet malty with a bit of wooden barrel and alcohol showing through the thick velvety body. Very little if any hop presence. The sweetness is balance by the gentle alcohol that shows through and the sharpness of the sugars. Splendid!

Mouthfeel: Satin smoothness and a slick silky texture allow the medium body to easy slide down the throat.

Drinkability: I am a fan of the style, though I'll admit that they are not generally session beers and this is no exception. Still, it is extremely drinkable. I'd put down two easily then move on.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had a bottle of this during pregame of the superbowl. The beer is in a pint glass at outside (50degrees) temp. The brew pours clear mahogany with a beige spongy and creamy head of 1 cm foaming up easily. Aroma is all malt with caramel and toffee rising from the glass. Overall the scents are fairly mild. I get no hops on the nose at all. Seems right for a wee heavy. First sip is creamy textured with light rolling carbonation. Flavor again is all malt with caramel and toffee and some candy sweetness too. Kind of like a werthers. Overall generally sweet with no hops. A nice smooth brew that I enjoyed.

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Photo of alexwag
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up in Allentown, PA, near the source.

A- Medium reddish brown, like the red plaid on the bottle. One finger head, lingers a bit. Looks pure.

S- Roasted malts, caramel, earthy and a bit sweet. Yum. Could be stronger though.

T- Malts as one would expect and some nut, with a hint of fruit. This bottle is a little more carbonated than the one I had this weekend, so perhaps the transportation did not agree with it so much. I enjoyed it last time and it is still good, however. Clean, mellow malts take us out in a very pleasing way, lasting for quite a while on the tongue.

M- Fairly creamy and well balanced. Smooth. Not as smooth as Bellhaven though.

D- Overall a pretty good offering, though I prefer the Bellhaven for its potency and consistency. For my first Weyerbacher experience I am encouraged to try more.

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Photo of randomdanger
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of BurghBrewPSU
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with a creamy head. Smells of malts and a hint of toffee. Has a nice sweet taste, caramel, nuts, and cherries. I was a little timid to try this beer, but I am very glad i gave it a try. A very smooth beer, I would definatley recommend this beer.

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Photo of John_M
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at Max's the other day during their craft beer festival.

The beer pours a lively brown color with a hint of amber. The beer has excellent head retention, but with minimal lacing. On the nose one gets sweet malt and cola. One gets similar flavors on the palate, with lots of sweet malt, cherry, vanilla cola and a touch of spice. The beer is pretty drinkable, with the abv. very unobtrusive.

A good beer, but I can't say I was "wowed" by it.

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Scotch Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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