Scots Gone Wild | Real Ale Brewing Company

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4.3 w/ 135 ratings

Brewed by:
Real Ale Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Mora2000 on 10-13-2012

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

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3.3/5  rDev -23.3%
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.


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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

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3.6/5  rDev -16.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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3.84/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.92/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Scots Gone Wild from Real Ale Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92.6% out of 100 with 135 ratings
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