Scotch On Scotch | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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3.81/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
boulevard.com

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Oak aged Imperial Scotch Ale

25 IBU

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#22,965
Reviews:
58
Ratings:
148
pDev:
11.81%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
23
Trade:
1
 
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Reviews: 58 | Ratings: 148
Photo of Samlover55
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle into Libby tulip
 Best by 7/11/17 (bottled 2/11/17)
L- Ruby red appears brown, no head
S- Rich slightly roasted sweet caramel malt
T-Sweet malt, mellow, peat smoky
F-Medium-bodied, average carbonation, slight syrupy
Overall this beer had potential however it was a tad bit too sweet, I personally really enjoyed the smokiness though

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Brown in color and plenty hazy from the oak aging. There's a fingernail of brown around the rim and the majority of the top. The nose is oak and dark malt. The flavor is packed with sweet dark malt and oak which seems to pair well together. I'm having it about 2 months after its "best before" date, but with 9.5% ABV I knew it would hold up longer. The mouth is a bit sticky, chewy, and warm with alcohol.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger light tan head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving traces of lace. Opaque dark brown color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Toasted malt and some oak nose, flavor is some dark fruit, earthy, vanilla. Higher ABV is hidden. $19.84 for a 4-pak of 12oz bottles from Sherry's Wine & Spirits Washington DC. Bottled 7/11/2017.

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear but dark reddish brown in color with a scanty off white head that dissipates almost immediately. The nose is caramel, oak and dark fruits. Peaty malt comes in with the flavor. A tasty brew with a decent feel, but not sure I'd look for more.

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Photo of maximum12
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. single picked up with middling hopes. Rye on Rye was standard good, but an another Rye…maybe a Scotch on Scotch on Scotch is in the works? We can only hope.

The pour is dark red, clear, without the fuzz & mud that I associate with a fine Weeee Heavy. Smells like caramel, wood alcohol (or is that wood & alcohol?), garnets. Really.

Scotch on Scotch is nice is nice. The malts do at least $40 worth of bump & grind with caramel high heels; more malts than some big stouts. The barrel is stronger than expected: scotch, spice, wood on wood, with a bit of attendant alcohol higher than its posted levels, finishing with leathery, dehydrated raisins & just a passing glance of peat. Pleasantly light on light, easy drinking, & one of the rare beers in a small format that could go big & go big.

Very good beer that would need only slip on slip on flip flops to join the ranks of excellence.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

(12 oz bottle, best by date 11JUL2017... poured into a Chouffe tulip)

L: dark, crimson red liquid, misty cloud of speckled sediment... very little foaming on pour, ultra-thin, broken collar after settling... after a few sips, any trace of foam/lace all but disappears

S: malty as hell, with requisite light caramel notes, almost candy-bar nougat-y, delicate dried berry fruitiness on the edges with a faint coconut note... faint showing of alcohol, no overt boozy aromas

T: sort of a dull, chocolate-covered berry note up front, immediately shifting to medium-roasted caramel and wet glass/marble before mid-way, with a mildly phenolic, whiskey-like aftertaste... the phenolic note grows a touch with each sip, a bit solvent in character... the barrel character is certainly present, but doesn't overpower the overall flavor - which is good... toward the end, some subtle black pepper and deep-toasted wood notes emerge in the aftertaste

F: minimal gassy play on the tongue, a little too flat with a thin, vinyl-like slick texture... medium-bodied and broad (i.e. lacking roundness) - the muscle is there, just no definition

O: while the basic concept seems appealingly simple, the bottle ends up being curiously past its prime - in other words, this isn't (for some reason) something worth aging... the underlying taste is pulled off well but, far from festering, certainly on its way to it... one of the few beers I can remember having where the best by date was important to note

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Photo of stephens101
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A glossy dark brown brew with crimson hues at the light. Has a lingering tan froth.

Smells of molasses, cotton candy, plum and black grape. Involved and inviting.

Brown sugar coats the tongue and is quickly washed away by dark fruits such as plum and black grape. Candied/caramel apple is noticed later. Did not get much in the way of barrel notes.

A little boozy and thinnish as it warms but a good one to keep you warm for sure.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: bright dark root beer color with slowly rising bubbles under a thin cream to tan cap.

S: smells rich and malty with fruit, dark dried fruit, some earthiness and traces of oak and vanilla.

T: rich and malty, mildly sweet, caramel, traces of toffee, vanilla, and a very mild scotch character. There is a hint of maple and dark sugars. Some oaky, astringent tannin on the end helps dry things out slightly and balances the sweetness.

F: The body is full, the carbonation medium low and it has a mild alcohol warming that grows slightly as you drink it.

O: This big, potent, full bodied beer is a perfect end to an evening.

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Photo of Mdaniel723
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured dark amber with almost no head. The nose was smoke and malt, but the taste was off with little malt and no carbonation at all. Had a decent mouthfeel. Not sure if I had a bad bottle but it was my first letdown from boulevard

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Photo of ZebulonXZogg
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Has a nice caramel color, not much of a head.
Aroma is smoke, wood, molasses just a hint of alcohol.
Taste is similar.
This will not go down as my favorite barrel aged Scotch Ale.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.41/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Taste: complex, spiced fruit cake, golden raisins, smoked malt, scotch notes with hints of vanilla and oak. Slight sweet, raisin, toasted malt, woody nose. Very dark red/ mahogany color. Semi clear with tan refined head and ring lattice of lace. Medium body almost med/lite body. Some alcohol kick in the finish. 25 IBUs

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Photo of utopiajane
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wood. Oak and sweet malts. Dry with a little alcohol that leaves bitter but doesn't taste bitter. Dark fruit caramel. date and fig. If there is such a thing as date and fig in beer it must be in here. It's light from the oak. The hop is a crisp petal. Almonds.

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Photo of Brenden
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a mahogany-brown with some translucence. The head is a tight, creamy tan one that reaches 1/2 a finger, good hold and spotting / legging.
S: Pretty standard for the style: a little coppery with light woodiness, toffee, vanilla, a little but, some baked breads, slight floral / leaf, and dark fruits.
T: Complexities show well in the flavor as well as the aroma, and just as fully. I do wish there was a little peat smoke, but nice, complex, balanced, and deep.
M: The body is medium; it works for the style, but there isn't quite the movement or depth I'd like. It works, moving from semi-dry to semi-sweet with enough carbonation.

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Photo of DaverCS
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is mahogany in color with half an inch of quickly disappearing off-white colored head.

Aroma is dominated by molasses, sweet malt, and some oak. Very rich smelling beer. I get a little alcohol in the finish.

Taste is dominated by Oak, tobacco, and heavily charred wood. The beer is very smoky in character. So more molasses, malt, and perhaps even some toffee. A burnt espresso character is also prevalent.

Overall, this beer is very smokey and barrel forward. While I feel the beer is a bit too smoked, good nonetheless. I see pairing well with BBQ brisket and a tangy vinegar sauce. It gets a 77/100.

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Photo of BergBeer
2.91/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Look: Opaque caramel brown with a thin eggshell colored head. Mild activity.

Smell: Sticky sweet on the nose. Notes of prunes, dates, molasses, oak, brown sugar, and a light smoke.

Taste: Dried dates, raisins, leather, and tobacco. This fades to a smoky scotch the quickly gives way to and oak and fruit finish.

Feel: Sticky sweet on the attack. This thins out quickly to a surprisingly thin body given the style. Soft carbonation. Finish is semi-dry.

Overall: This is one strange brew. It feels very segmented. Fruity and sweet. Then smoky scotch. The fruity oak. It never becomes a cohesive whole. The smoky scotch is just so jarring as well. I like my smoke to be a bit more subtle in beer. Did not enjoy this one

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.16/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle - Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

11JUL2017.

Appearance: Pours a darkish, browned amber body with a thin, thinning, light beige head.

Smell: Fairly sweet, malty smelling with shards of scotch barrel giving little wafts of barrel char and smoky peat. Plenty fruity, a bit boozy.

Taste: Heavy toasty malts, a thin sliver of roast. Sweet, gooey caramel and melty brown sugar. Fairly sweet throughout. Cherry cordial, plum juice, a nibble of apple. Grows a tad earthy and lets in a bit of bitterness and tannic touches with a slender string of smokiness. Dries a smidge, but stays pretty sweetish through the fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-light carbonation. Somewhat sticky.

Overall: Overly sweet, for me, and a bit tedious for the palate.

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Photo of Roguer
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful red-tinged brown body, with a fizzy head of humble size and poor retention, quickly fading to an oily slick.

Nose is classic Scotch ale, with waves of dark fruit, toffee, grapes, brown sugar, leather, and plums. There may be some barrel influence, but it's doing its best to hide from me. Honestly, I can convince myself I smell Scotch, but I'm not convinced. Then again, the more I smell, the more it seems to build. Either way, this is a lovely smelling beer.

On the palate, the same issue arises: the Scotch influence, if any, is incredibly subdued, and not in a positive way. There's a touch of leather, oak, and whiskey grains, but it is overwhelmed by a fairly run of the mill Scotch ale profile. One effect I'm noticing, perhaps due to the Scotch: it's less sweet than the aroma indicates, and there's a dry, finishing heat not unlike a very restrained Scotch.

Other notes: soft plums, raisins, and dates; brown sugar and caramel; rye bread and pumpernickel.

Mouthfeel is a bit of a surprise, as it comes across a touch watery at first. It settles pretty smoothly, though. Very mild for the high ABV, although there is a lasting heat as I mentioned above.

I'm really torn here: is this the most subtle, restrained, complex integration of a barrel I've ever tasted, begging you to dive in deeper and work for your reward? Or is it a disappointingly weak barrel aged brew, where the main character you paid to see is being played by an understudy? I think it's a good beer either way.

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Photo of ChimRichels
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Looks delectable - deep deep red color that in dim lighting appears strictly brown. Poured from a bottle into a glass aggressively produces about a single finger worth of fizzy head that quickly dissipates, about what I expected for a 9.6 ABV Wee Heavy. The woodiness comes through pretty strong on the nose, but really difficult to discern anything else without waxing poetic on obscure fragrances. Maybe some raisin or dark fruit hints, but the wood is way upfront, which is quite pleasant. This is a barrel aged beer, and it smells like rich mahogany - I get it.

First sip had me very pleased with the unique flavor profile presented. Very subtle dark stonefruit provides a touch of sweetness, but again the wood shines through as the main component of the flavor. The rich bready character reminds of a fresh baked pumpernickel. Very drinkable and has a velvety mouthfeel. The 9.6% ABV is well masked beyond the lovely gentle warming sensation noticeable after a few hearty sips.

Overall I was very grateful to have tried this one, and would recommend it to anyone who is a Wee Heavy fan, or a fan of barrel aged beers in general.

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Photo of ObstinateOutcast
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Growler - Drank in a Weiss glass
Drank: 03.20.17
Look: Golden yellow/carmel-like head, with a dark amber/chestnut body. Great head retention that was about 1 1/2 in. thick.
S: Heavy malt, vanilla, scotch whiskey, slightly acidic.
T: Scotch, vague sweetness, vanilla, slight earthy tones, with a fairly strong whiskey aftertaste.
F: Nicely carbonated, vaguely astringent, slightly thin, but not lacking in flavor.
This beer comes on strong, but settles in smoothly. Will definitely drink again.

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Photo of mactrail
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Handsome dark amber with a modest foam in the Piraat tulip. Aroma is vaguely malty but nothing boozy. Then there is an inspiring whiff of Scotch, the peaty kind, in the nose. Mouthfeel seems rather light for this sort of thing, but there is a serious amount of malt that gradually unfolds on the tongue.

There is not really much barrel flavor, and just barely a note of vanilla and oak. Caramel and roast malt. It seems to get sweeter as you sip. It doesn't really seem like 9.60 ABV, certainly no taste of alcohol. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Beach Front Liquor in San Clemente, Calif. The date on the label, 11 July 2017, must be a "drink by" date.

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Photo of HawkeyeJosh
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was excited to try this one, I thought I missed out for a while there, then I luckily found it one day.
Look: Brownish-amber color, minimal head. It looks like a wee Heavy.
Smell: This scared me a little. Initial smell was malty and weak. Like a beer that I know is going to be disappointing. As it warmed, though, the smell is malty with a little cherry, maybe, and much better.
Taste: Delicious. There's the typical wee heavy flavoring of toffee and malt, with some cherry and a little bit of peat smoke. It works pretty well together.
Feel: Medium bodied.
Overall: This beer is wonderful. The scotch adds some great extra dimensions to the wee heavy base. Glad I found this.

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Photo of Smakawhat
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a wee heavy ale glass. Best by July 11th 2017.

Light tan topped and creamy like head, almost toffee like in color and manages an easy simple tall two finger height. Body color is a little opaque mahogany with touches of red, even a bit of ruby to rose color with a bit of light just barely getting through. Makes a nice accent.

Nose and aroma is a touch mineral and different than your average Scotch Ale. Kind of a rocky mineral water smell with faint toffee angles kicking in just on the end. Senses fairly wet, with a little malt presence, and quite clean. Different and a little unexpected.

Palate hits nicely but differently. Quite sensing toffee and malt, but a more interesting fruit angle. Hints of light cherry but also a much lighter texture on the mouth as well. Washing fast and with little oak quality that the bottle mentions to experience. A slight bit of drying tannic quality a bit but not strongly.

A decent wee heavy but seems to land on the lighter malt side, and unfortunately not much noticeable advertised oak character either. Still a decent beer though.

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Photo of lic217
3.44/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good apprehended, brownish red. However smell and taste are very apple like. Taste is too sweet. Overall not be pleasing beer. I will retry another day, in case my palate is off.

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Photo of TH28
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. 7/11/17 code date. Appearance: Deep brown with a reddish hue, clear under light, with a low lying khaki head. Aroma: Strong scotch and woody notes with some booziness apparent. Toast, caramel, and cherry fruitiness, with a light touch of vanilla. Taste: Rich, caramel, toasted malt sweetness, with a distinct smoky character, a touch of vanilla, wood, and strong scotch notes Mouthfeel: Heavy bodied, almost syrupy, with a low carbonation and a touch of alcohol warmth. Finish: Like sitting by a warm fire...Toasted and smoky caramel maltiness lingers with a touch of cherry and scotch Overall: A unique take on the style, different from the usual oak aging. Scotch adds some sweet, charred caramel and cherry notes. Vanilla is there but minimal. Smoked malt character stands out and makes this really reminiscent of sitting by a campfire. There’s a lot of complexity in this, and the malt sweetness is close to cloying, but the scotch character helps break that up with a variety of contrasts that build to an overall nice profile

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 2/11/2017. Pours fairly hazy/cloudy dark ruby red/light brown color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, leather, peat smoke, brown bread, biscuit, toasted oak, vanilla, raisin, plum, fig, date, cherry, apricot, apple, red grape, light cocoa/nuttiness, salt, herbal, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready/light roasted malt, fruity yeast, and scotch/oak chip notes; with solid strength. Touch of booze in the aromas as it warms, but not overwhelming. Taste of big caramel, brown sugar, toffee, leather, peat smoke, brown bread, biscuit, toasted oak, vanilla, raisin, plum, fig, date, cherry, apricot, apple, red grape, light cocoa/nuttiness, salt, herbal, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Light herbal hop/roast bitterness and whiskey/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, leather, peat smoke, brown bread, biscuit, toasted oak, vanilla, dark fruit, light cocoa/nuttiness, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roasted malt, fruity yeast, and scotch/oak chip flavors; with a great malt/bitter/oak spiciness balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light dryness from bitter/oak spiciness, lightly increasing through the glass.Light-medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and lightly slick/sticky/chalky/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Minimal warming alcohol for 9.6%. Overall this is a very nice oak aged scotch ale. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roasted malt, fruity yeast, and scotch/oak chip flavors; very smooth and easy to sip on for the ABV. This has plenty of leathery/peaty scotch and oak presence; with nice well rounded/rich malt complexity, and complimenting yeast fruitiness. A very enjoyable offering, and well made style example.

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Scotch On Scotch from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 148 ratings