Scotch On Scotch | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Oak aged Imperial Scotch Ale

25 IBU

Added by gatornation on 03-04-2017

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Ratings: 144 |  Reviews: 58
Reviews by Greasy:
Photo of Greasy
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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Photo of Unworthy_Unconsciousness
1.66/5  rDev -56.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Picked this up cause Boulevard does pretty good barrel aged beers. Turns out this is aged on scotch chips instead of in scotch barrels. Appearance is a nice dark brown with a quickly falling off-white head. Aroma is rough, loaded with acetaldehyde. Taste isn't much better being pervaded with the green apple tartness from the acetaldehyde followed by a little caramel note and a slightly dry finish. Pretty disappointed in this one and unsure if age will aid it any.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Boulevard Brewing Co. "Scotch On Scotch"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BEST BY DATE ON BOTTLE" "11JUL2017" and sampled on 28APR2017
$4.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Ah, I finally got the name, or I'm guessing I did.. is it a Scotch ale aged in former Scotch barrels? Nice looking bottle. It's 12 oz. just like their others but it looks bigger. I wonder why they just don't use these all of the time, they look much nicer than the regular squat bottles. Of course the cases are bigger and take up more space on a truck; and maybe they even cost more (?). Moving forward, nice appearance with a deep mahogany brown body beneath a short head of tan. Limited head retention and lacing, just some tiny spots; but I'm guessing that it might have a lower carbonation level, and it is 9.6% ABV. There's a little something odd in the aroma, and I'm definitely getting alcohol. Is it ethyl acetate? I'm not sure, it's low level if it is. It reminds me a little of rotting apples as well. Odd. There's also caramel and a bit of dark fruit. Earthy but not finding any oak. I hope the flavor is better! Very nice. It's not as rich as I thought it would be but there's a very nice mixed caramel and almost burnt sugar flavor to it, some fruitiness (apple, soft red berry, fig, raisin, dull pear), and oak towards the swallow and into the finish. Moderately bitter as expected, but dry in the finish nevertheless with a light touch of spiciness. Ah, it says right on the label, "25IBUs". Medium bodied with the expected moderate carbonation level that leaves it smooth. Unfortunately I don't think this really lives up to the expectations it might suggest. It's decent enough, and I could easily see this as a night cap or beer to sip at while relaxing, but it doesn't inspire.

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Photo of Harrison8
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a burgundy-brown with a mere finger of a buttery, khaki-colored head. Very little head retention with no lacing left behind. Aroma is smoky, toasted, nutty malts, with a little peat and oak behind. Flavor profile opens with a more robust, smoky note, followed by earthy malts. The finish is peaty with a bit of grass. Mouth feel is a little fizzy and medium in thickness. Overall, a robust, smooth drinking beer that features some delicious notes reminiscent of scotch. The peat notes are rather subdued until the finish of the beer.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of ichorNet
3.39/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single of this one to give it a shot. Not getting great ratings/reviews, but why not see for myself? This is a strong Scotch-style "Wee Heavy" ale aged on Scotch-soaked oak chips (not in Scotch whisky barrels, in other words).

Pours a nice unfiltered ruby/brownish color with a slight translucence and a small-ish cap of khaki-colored head that sinks to a long-lasting half-finger in my glass. Surface is bare other than a small island of loosely-connected bubbles in the center. Good color but otherwise the appearance is a bit lacking.

Nose is green apple-forward (acetaldehyde, in other words), slight peat smoke, earthy and slightly tannic notes with heady caramel malt. That iodine/mineral note from the scotch is surprisingly present here as well. However, the acetaldehyde is just out of control here and is honestly giving me a huge headache just from continued sniffs of the beer. The official press release for this beer states that this beer "opens with aromas of fig and raisin" on the nose, but I don't get any dark fruit character whatsoever. Not a fan so far.

Flavor is better by far, with some nice chewy malt in the middle and earthy peat towards the end of each sip. A bit of herbal hop and a succinct finish that closes mildly buttery and sweet but does so with a sense of alacrity. The oak comes across better here than on the nose, by far, but it still feels forced and cheap. Not sure if this beer was created with some cost-cutting measures involved or something, but it just doesn't feel done or fully thought-out. A Scotch whisky influenced imperial Wee Heavy is a good idea, and there are obviously a lot of crossover elements that are ripe for the taking, but this seems to fall off from the original concept.

Feel is completely ineffectual as well, with a surprisingly watery and boring palate that tries very little to linger on the tongue, instead floundering about right after the midpoint of each sip. The finish has some vestigial qualities of oak, Scotch whisky peatiness and caramel/wet earth, but there's no lingering warmth or satisfaction that comes from sipping this. Hope they rectify the issues with this beer if they ever make it again.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

neat brew, a little lighter than i expected it to be in color, depth, and weight, and considerably lighter than rye on rye or its variants, but really tasty and well made. i was thinking it would have a little more peaty smoky scotch whiskey on it, but instead its more of a flat earthy younger wood quality, but it really works with the base beer, which has a somewhat simpler malt complexion than anticipated. a deep heady copper beer with good clarity, not super viscous, clean looking. aroma is sweet kilned malts, toasty and caramelized, with some brown sugar, leather, and raisin notes. a bit nutty in the taste, with more of the scotch ale flavors developing, subtle smoke and minerals, and the wood, which is really well integrated but not as scotch whiskey forward as i had hoped. none of the iodine and peat i was thinking we might see, but a smooth earthy property thats great, newer oak, vanilla, all very smooth and somewhat lighter drinking than it sounds like it should be, fine carbonation, not overly sweet, sleepy abv, and still fairly complex as they go. i wouldnt mind seeing a scotch on scotch on scotch version where they use actual scotch barrels for some length of time after these oak chips. more scotch whiskey flavor that way, higher abv, thicker feel etc. the flavor is great, but the old world maturity is not quite as developed as it could be. still, awesome beer, underrated. it was only a matter of time...

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
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 pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
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 MattyG85
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish amber. Moderate amount of bubbles and a solid finger of off white head that quickly settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A toasty and rich malt driven aroma with a scent of oak, caramel, and biscuit. Good scent of oak and wood. Malt scent of caramel, toffee, biscuit, toast, cracker, nuts, smoke, and yeast. Nice hints of peat and leather. Dark fruit hints of raisin, cherry, and fig. Hints of vanilla sweetness. A very solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a toasty and rich malt driven taste with notes of oak, caramel, and biscuit. Good upfront notes of oak and wood along with some vanilla sweetness. Malt notes of caramel, toffee, biscuit, toast, smoke, cracker, and nuts along with yeast. Some notes of peat and leather. Dark fruit undertones of fig, raisin, cherry, and dates. A pretty solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy and pretty smooth with minimal heat.

Overall: A pretty solid Scotch Ale. Nice oak presence.

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Photo of HopsForBrains
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zonian1
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Brenden
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
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 Miles_Nilges
3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Roguer
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
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 cjgator3
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of russpowell
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent brown/mahogany with a sliver of tan head. Decent head retention & lacing

S: Smokey, a little peaty & brown sugar as this warms

T: Follows the nose, oaky dryness& a kiss of booze up front. A little caramel mingles with oakyness, peatyness & dryness as this warms, rough booze edges as well. Finishes oaky dry with a little brown sugar, just a little rough boozey edge

MF: Medium. slight carbonation, warming

Drinks okay, rough edged, I will age my other bottles & wait for greatness

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Photo of DaveCash
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of needMIbeer
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SFNC
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ObstinateOutcast
3.99/5  rDev +5%
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 Uconnelmo
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BergBeer
2.91/5  rDev -23.4%
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 JLaw55
2.25/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of n2185
4.26/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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Scotch On Scotch from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 144 ratings