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Prairie Steamer Scottish Ale | Brew Brothers Brewery

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Brewed by:
Brew Brothers Brewery
Alberta, Canada

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by IronDjinn on 11-01-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of BigBry
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 liter flip top bottle.
Pours a deep amber color, thick foamy head, good retention. Good aromas of sweet caramel and malt. Little hoppy smell in there too. Smooth tasting, toffee/caramel, full malty flavor, balanced but that little hop bitter to balance it all out in the end. Creamy and smooth, thick but not sticky - as a cream ale should be. The big bottle is to share, but I finished this one myself. Another hit from this local micro.

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Photo of 3Vandoo
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanx to crwr for providing me a sample of this beer, a big 1l bottle that I had the pleasure to share with friends.

A nice amber beer with some light golden hues striking in, with a good foamy head that slowly dissapear. Her smell is at first watery, but then followed by caramel and malt then hops.

Taste is quite similar to the smelling experience, except it is quite smooth.
Well balanced malt, and caramel flavours with a shy hoppy finish that come ends the "tout".

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Photo of Garin
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, this doesn't look like any cream ale I've ever had. It's a hazy orange-copper with a dense creamy head and many fine streams of bubbles underneath. It looks good, of course, just not what I expected.

The aroma is sweet and fruity. It smells quite yeasty and estery, almost like some Belgians even. A bit of clove in there as well. Crazy.

This is absolutely wild. What on earth is this? The flavour is tart, citric and herbal -- and almost entirely up front. It's slightly sweet, with an interesting finish that I'm having a hard time placing (and it's killing me, because I KNOW what it is! Argh). It is definitely a yeasty tone, at least, because it reminds me partly of the aftertaste of marmite. Anyhow, there is an odd sort of tart-bitterness at the finish as well. Over time, I'm noticing a malty character building. I am utterly fascinated by this beer.

In the mouth it feels warm and rich. I have to admit that I'm -really- confused how to score this. On the one hand, I tend to review very much based on "expectation", and a lot of that is based on style. This beer, of course, is NOTHING like any cream ale I've ever heard of. Yet, it's so fascinatingly original and interesting that I can't help but like it and rate it relatively highly.

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Photo of Cwrw
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have rated this highly, as it is one of my best discoveries of the year. This is quite unlike any other beer I have tried. Here in Calgary, Brew Brothers is starting a brew-pub committed to serving Calgary's ONLY cask-conditioned ales(meeting the standards of CAMRA). It is not open yet, but I can scarcely wait! Wow, a strange sensation upon first sipping this brew. The sweetness immediately leaves an impression, as does its tartness, even a pleasant sourness is perceptible. I did, upon my first sip, encounter the slight, not unenjoyable, metallic aftertaste upon my palate, which was not as strong upon subsequent sips. The malt is detectable in the finish, but the hops are barely discernible. The citrus flavour is strong, but delightful! This beer is bursting with flavour: I discover new tastes with every drink. The appearance is very attractive: a light red and dark orange, with ample head; it possesses a very appetising appeal in its look. This brew is not something to quaff in mass amounts. Take your time and relish the myriad of flavours! This has greatly increased my respect for the little known "Brew Brothers" brewery, and I look forward to enjoying more of their products. No other new beer I tried this year compared with the absolute explosion of variegated flavour "Prairie Steamer Ale" possesses.

(Note: Prairie Steamer finally returns as of June 2005. Again, they are in the exact same 1L flip-top bottles. This Steamer is a little different, but no less flavourful. Excellent head and even better lacing. Sweet/sourish nose, tinge of metal and hops, raisins. Taste is one of the best cream ales I have ever tried. Brew Brothers does it again. Man I am glad I live near these guys. This was my first ever review on BA.com, and sometimes I wonder if I overrated this beer, but after trying it again tonight, this deserves 4.3. Cool how my first review on here was of one of the best beers in Alberta.)

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a brown 1 litre flip-top bottle, labeled as an amber cream ale (no preservatives!). Pours out a hazed orange/amber hue, massive chunky white foam which sits like a big cloud over the ale and lasts the ride down. Aroma is sweetish, light malt blended with floral hops, faint metallic presence. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Flavour contains the oddest coppery sweetness I've ever encountered, I can't pick out any exact discerning flavours, but can only describe the sensations. It starts astringent, then quickly is overpowered by sweetness, and has a metallic aftertaste. Okay, but now I'm picking up the bittering hops on the aftertaste (which is probably the astringent flavour that greets me as well). The more I sip it, the more complex the blending is. It has the body of an amber ale, the mouthfeel of a cream ale, and the flavour of a souped up steam ale. This is quite the chimera. All of that aside, it goes down quite well, refreshing. There's a lot more to this ale than what I initially encountered, good thing I had a litre of it to get to know it better. The metallic hoppiness lingers the most in the end. This would pair really well with grilled red meat, or make a fantastic complimentary marinade. Once again the Brew Brothers show that they don't do anything half-assed, that whatever they produce is more complex than expected, to be experienced in many blended layers.

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Prairie Steamer Scottish Ale from Brew Brothers Brewery
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 5 ratings
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