Scots Gone Wild
Real Ale Brewing Company

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Wild Ale
Ranked #110
Ranked #1,222
4.33 | pDev: 9.93%
Real Ale Brewing Company
Texas, United States
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2017 vintage, really interesting brew, pulled to toast a friend who will be working there soon. i love these little bottles, and this one has aged well. its almost more of an oud bruin or a flanders red now than a scotch ale to me, although i suppose i still get some european ale yeast here beneath the sharp bacterial and vinegar acidity this presents, i wonder if it was always this sour or if this is a phenomenon of the cellar. kind of looks like dark cognac in the glass after the head settles, some shine, some amber edges, some legs on the edges of the wine glass we drank it from. notes of pie cherry, raisin, raspberry vinegar, and baked bread in the nose, some booziness too, and just a bit of malt oxidation, smells complex, fancy, mature, heavily wooded, and with all the richness and fruity layers of expensive cabernet. its tannic and grapey in the taste, with light smoke, char, and funk to it, but for me this is sharply acidic, even acetic, and with all the alcohol, a small glass seems like plenty. its obviously long aged, and even with the acid it retains some smoothness and body from all the wood. its hard to appreciate this as a scotch ale for me, that moment has passed if it were ever more apparent in here, but i still like this a lot. port wine and berries to finish, barrel char, red apple, strong lactic acidity, and some residual sweetness. complex and tasty, real puckery. i like this series, and am always stoked when i have new beers from it (havent had nearly enough of them!) this was a fun and unique drink. good luck to my buddy!

Dec 24, 2019
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Smakawhat from Maryland

3.59/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

Deep copper red body with nice clarity. Faint tan head dissolving to a simple thin collar.

Aroma has a nice sour cherry to red berry note. Very light touches of toffee angled caramel. Not much barrel character and hints a little thin.

Palate is a little awkward. Thin caramel body and flavour with mild touches of sour cherry. Tangy with mild berry notes but also a little medicine and lacking body.

Sort of an odd combination that doesn't seem to add much character, and lacks some barrel touches.

Nov 22, 2018
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

$ 15.90 (Including tax and discount)/500 mL bottle at Spec’s, DeZavala, San Antonio, TX. Reviewed 9/3/18.
“2017” on the neck, no other dating found. Stored on the shelf in the store. Served 42 degrees in a hand washed and dried glass coffee mug.
Appearance – 3.5.
Body – Brown, muddy. Some large lumps eventually settle out.
Head – Small (

Sep 03, 2018
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puck1225 from Texas

3.94/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it on tap in a tall fluted glass. Decent head but minimal lacing. Smell was of tart fruits, grapes, cherries and apples. The grapes really followed into the taste. Dark wine notes along with berries and cherries. Enjoyed it.

Jul 07, 2018
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HipCzech from Texas

4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving: 500 ml bottle (2017 vintage) poured into a 9 oz Libbey Embassy snifter.

Appearance: Hazy, brownish copper with a tidy head of off white foam and sticky, spotty lace.

Smell: Pleasantly integrated aroma of sour berries, oak barrels, tobacco, wet straw and wool blankets.

Taste: Terrificly tart with plenty of sour cherry and red wine vinegar. Just enough malt body, with hints of caramel and earthy hops from its Wee Heavy base.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, clean feel and crisply moderate carbonation.

Overall: Refreshingly tart and refreshing while retaining enough of its malty Scotch Ale base to remain complex and flavorful.

Apr 15, 2018
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brew-Ed from Texas

4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark reddish amber. When done pouring the head is just about half a finger, small amounts of lacing.
Vinegar, oak, cherries, hints of malt.
Sour, tart, cherries, light malt and vanilla aftertaste.
Light-bodied with carbonation, feels refreshing
Mostly sour, I was expecting a bit more complexity

Jan 20, 2018
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Can_has_beer from Texas

4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer is amazing. It had a ruddy, turbid brown color with just a tinge of brick red. The smell is very complex. I detect the yeast, some dark fruits, wood and maybe some vanilla. The taste is sour but very smooth on the palate. I get many of the dark fruit flavors and I think I also get vanilla, or maybe oak. Great great beer. If you see this on tap, get it!

Dec 13, 2015
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Jovial_Libations from Texas

4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on draft at a special Real Ale release party in Dallas. Cherry pie all the way. One of the best Sours I've ever had. Would love to drink this one again.

Jun 13, 2015
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mothman from Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +0.5%

Beige head with nice lacing. Color is a dark ruby red.

Flavor profile: Fairly sour. Cherry jolly ranchers. Acidic with some vinegar. Caramel malt with some brown sugar. Grapes and sour fruits. A lot of solid flavors here. Maybe a touch of spice. Green apples. Oak.

Mouthfeel: Sour, but not mouth puckering. Medium bodied.

Overall, I thought this was going to be a sour scottish ale, but it was straight up a sour. A very good sour. The growler I got from Daniel (thanks a ton!) went down very fast. Very drinkable and the 10% abv was nowhere to be found.

Nov 04, 2014
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zonker17 from Texas

4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2016 bottle comsumed Jan 3, 2021. Opaque brown, no head, slight foam ring. Nose more funky than scotch, some cherry and vinegar. Taste comes up sour, some malt sweetness, but very tart. Acetic along with other bugs. Not recognizable as a scotch ale. Reminds me of a BFM Chien more than anything else. Body is maybe a bit more than average but much less than expected, carbonation low.

Oct 26, 2013
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JGlitz87 from Texas

3.94/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at the Meddlesome Moth - 10/19/13

A: Amber and copper red with a small white head.

S: Very light and sweet. Smells a little of the "funk" do the wild bacteria, wood and cherries present as well.

T: Sour punch at the front, but it is not overpowering. Mellows at the end. Good woody taste throughout.

F:Very smooth, good amount of carbonation.

O: Very good beer, worth hunting down. Lives up to the standard that Real Ale's other oak aged ventures set.

Oct 19, 2013
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Served in a tumbler.

Even with the large number of beers I've tried over the years, I think this is my first barrel-aged sour Scotch ale. Right on. This stuff pours a deep garnet topped by a half-finger or so of wan khaki foam. The nose comprises tart black cherry, light red wine vinegar, light Malbec grapes, a dash of oak, and a thin wisp of toffee. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a vein of mild vanilla, a hint of average whiskey in the background, and a few squeezes of sour black grapes. Things are dominated by the sour notes, but the underlying sweetness and maltiness remain steadfast in their second class existences. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly sticky finish. Overall, a damn fine sour, especially considering the original base. I'll echo others by saying this is kinda Flanders-ish, what with the balance of tart and not-so-, and it succeeds at making me smile.

Sep 19, 2013
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Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

3.3/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

32 fl oz brown glass Alesmith grumbler filled earlier today at The Growler Room in Austin, Texas, and stored in my fridge until consumption. Served into a Spaten stangekrug. Reviewed at low altitude live here in Austin on 08/31/13. Cost was $ $21 USD. Expectations are sky high given both its current ratings and the description – which makes it sound tasty. This is my first Texan sour.

Served frigid cold and allowed to warm following the initial pour. Side-poured with extra vigor as slight carbonation issues are anticipated given that it’s a growler pour.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a one finger wide head of gorgeous khaki colour. Great creaminess – reminiscent actually of an Irish Dry Stout’s head. Good thickness. Supple. Has an appealing soft complexion. Okay lacing; some legs cling to the sides of the glass when I tilt it, but they quickly fall. Retention is pretty good – about 3-4 minutes; not too shabby for a growler pour.

Body colour is a nontransparent murky caramel-brown. Some light glowing translucency near the bottom of the glass; it’s certainly not opaque. No yeast particles are visible.

It’s not incredible to look at, but there’s nothing overtly wrong with it. Looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Tart acetic cherries, cherry pie crust, and accompanying sourness. It’s got more of a Flanders Red feel than anything else. Very light funkiness. I’m very impressed with the yeast-derived sourness and I’m rather curious what strain was used; this doesn’t have the sterile clinical feel of a sour brewed purely with lactobacillus (at least based on the aroma) – there’s more complexity here, and the combination of well-integrated sourness with a subtle funkiness and complex tart character approximates lambic yeast. The yeast alone elevates the aroma beyond that of most wild ales. Unlike many subpar “wild” ales, this one actually smells like it’s still alive – and I don’t find myself doubting that wild yeast and bacteria were used in fermentation. It stops a bit short of evoking true spontaneous open fermentation, but I’m nitpicking.

Very buried hints of vanilla and maple; they’re by no means overt. Layered caramel and biscuit malts. As it warms, the otherwise reticent oak notes begin to creep out; I don’t know that I’d say they’re evocative of a barrel per se.

The cherry notes are dominant, a sound choice. No alcohol is detectable, nor is any significant hop character.

A damn fine aroma for an American sour. Mild in strength, with well-executed subtlety. I’m impressed. I just hope the taste lives up to the smell.

T: Tart cherries, acetic cherry pie crust notes (though not as prominent as I’d like), and a pleasant core sourness throughout are the first things I notice. It’s got a clean simple open comprised mainly of biscuit malts with a dash of caramalt in there too, a malty combination that continues on through the second act to form the body of the beer. Luckily, the malts don’t intrude and the beer’s sourness is allowed to take centre stage.

Speaking of the sourness, it’s by no means puckerworthy. It’s somewhat tame yet still satisfying. This would be a good introduction to (American) sours for a beginner. Acidic.

I have to retract what I said about the yeast above; it by no means approximates lambic yeast in the actual taste, and does suffer from the same sterile, clean, clinical feel of most American wild ales/sours. Unfortunate.

Oak is present as a guiding undertone. Luckily, those vanilla and maple notes from the aroma are near imperceptible.

No hop character or alcohol comes through.

It’s got a good balance to it, and it’s nearest a Flanders Red Ale in terms of build. That said, it lacks the complexity of the best beers in that style; in fact, I’d say even Rodenbach Classic has a superior build in that respect. There is some nice subtlety here, but ultimately the second act feels a bit empty. More flavour depth and diversity is needed. Flavour duration and intensity are about average.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Not oily, hot, gushed, or boozy. Acidic. Pretty good thickness and presence on the palate, if a bit unrefined for the style. Fits the attempted style well, but it doesn’t feel custom-tailored to this beer’s flavour profile specifically. Decent body. I would by no means call this a crisp beer. It’s undercarbonated, but I’m confident blaming that on the growler. I find myself tempted to smack my lips a biteen whilst consuming it; I consider that a good thing for a sour.

Dr: Solid Flanders Red mimicry from the Yanks at Real Ale. I haven’t had the base beer, which I understand is their “Real Heavy” scotch ale, but the beer never seems to out its base – which seems favorable for a sour. I wouldn’t know the base was a wee heavy if I tried it blind, and I consider that alone a feat. This is ultimately a success from Real Ale, though the high price point as well as the availability of better cheaper offerings in the style will prevent me from buying it again.


Sep 02, 2013
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champ103 from Texas

4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have had this at plenty of places around Houston.

A: Pours a cloudy reddish/color. A small white head forms, and sticks around for a minute. Light lace is left behind.
S: Vinegary, acidic, tartness all intermingle. Tart cherries, and sweetness. The sourness is pretty intense. Though I still really enjoy it.
T: Again, vinegar, acidic and tart. Tart cherries lingering sourness. Plenty of sweetness. This reminds me of one of the Flanders styles. Very nice.
M/D: A medium body and fairly high carbonation. Very effervescent, and dry. Smooth at the same time. The vinegary character takes away just a bit. Though still very enjoyable to drink. I will always grab a glass if I see it.

Very ambitious. They used their own house wild yeast, which is a lot more developed and interesting than Jester King's. It is a very good Flanders style, or Consecration clone. Something I really enjoy, and continue to drink when available. Recommended.

Nov 08, 2012
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DavidST from Texas

3.92/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got on tap at a local bar. This was poured with almost no head and it pours a slightly hazy brown color. The smells are of a little cherry, some major vinegary smells. the alcohol smells are obvious along with vanilla. The feel is medium along with some major carbonation which foams up. The taste is pretty good, alcohol is very present along with some sour cherries and vinegar.

Oct 19, 2012
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Mora2000 from Texas

4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"This is Real Heavy aged for six months in oak barrels with wild yeast and bacteria."

On tap at Whole Foods Lakewood.

The beer pours a brown color with a large tan head. The aroma is full of big cherries, as well as some toffee and vinegar notes. The flavor is along the same line. I get some cherries and other dark fruit, as well as some leather, oak and toffee. As the beer warms I get some vanilla and maple notes, as well as some cocoa. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. The cherries really stand out and make this a delicious sour.

Oct 13, 2012
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