Plaid Bastard | Grand Lake Brewing Company

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Grand Lake Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Bitterbill on 02-16-2004

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Ratings: 61 |  Reviews: 36
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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Photo of Beaver13
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours brown with no head at all other than a few bubbles after a very vigorous pour.

The aroma is sweet peaty caramel and toffee with a bit of smoke and molasses and nuts. As it warms some vegetal notes come out.

The flavor is sweet peaty nutty caramel and toffee malts with some chocolate and a touch of fruits and smoke. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with very low carbonation.

Overall, this didn't have much carbonation like the other Grand Lake beers that I purchased from the brewery. Unlike the others, this hold up pretty nicely. It's got some great flavors for a Scotch ale - a good balance of peat, smoke and sweet caramel without being overly sweet.

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Photo of FrognutUnl
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cola in color with no head. The nose is filled with dark chocolate, dried fruits, cinnamon, and a slight smokiness. Taste yields a mild pleasant smoky flavor, just like the bottle states. This accompanied by delicious dark fruits, cinnamon, clove with a little bite of the hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is velvety without being overly sticky. This is certainly one of the better scotch ales I have had.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of GilGarp
3.37/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've been sitting on this one for a long time. Time to give it a try.

Served cool into a pint glass, Plaid Bastard is a deep dark brown color. There is good clarity around the edges. There is absolutely no head. Even with a splashy pour, nothing develops.

Aroma is sweet and malty. There is a little evidence of the peat or smoked malts that were used in the making of this beer.

Flavor much more strong and the smoke comes through here with force. There is a sweet malt backbone with a little chocolate and cherry flavor. There is basically no hops to speak of but that's how this style should be.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied with low carbonation. After pouring it, I thought this might be the second beer in as many nights to come out flat but luckily no.

Overall it's not a bad beer, pretty good for the style, but I prefer my Scotch ales to be smoke-free.

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Photo of russpowell
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours maroon/chestnut with 1 finger of tan head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Fruity, dates

T: Fruitty, with a hint of chocolate & toasty grains up front. Slight smokiness & a little caramel as this warms. Finishes dry, with booze warmth & caramel, slight peatyness plus some baker's chocolate

MF: Chewy, medium bodied with low carbonation

Drinks pretty easy for the abv, a decent Wee heavy.

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Photo of stampfler07
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of jacobseyb
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A=virtually no head, deep amber almost black

S=smoky smell, some fruity notes

T=smoky taste, roasted malts evident, almost chocolate

M=even with no head carbonation is tight though feel is heavy and thick

D=not one of my favorites though i will drink again, probably would not choose as a session beer

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Photo of Beejay
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Domingo!!

A: Deep reddish brown, not a lot of head, but some white bubbles on top.

S: Malt with a touch of smoke. Like smoked meats...Slightly earthy, maybe some mocha in there.

T: Wow, big flavor. Roasted malt backed with some nice smoke flavors. Subtle and not overpowering.. Very nicely balanced, and the alcohol is well hidden. This is the first beer from this brewery that I have had, and what a good one to start with. Very nice.

M: A little light on the carbonation,but I don't think it is out of it's style.

D: It's a shame I only have 1/2 of a bomber left... must procure more..

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Photo of blackie
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: unibroue tulip, completely dead on the surface - absolutely no head, deep murky brown in color

s: peaty, woody smoke, and smooth roasty malts with a subtle sweet-sour aroma akin to apple juice, some chocolate syrup, big malty toffee, molasses, dark fruits, not bad

m: barely carbonated, body a full medium

t: typical scotch style malts - toffee and smoky peat with some glimpses of iced coffee, light chocolate coating, okay but a bit of a flatline, turns somewhat to a dry earthiness in the finish with dusty cocoa and charred wood

d: eh, okay

single from College Liquors, Grand Junction, CO

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Photo of elkinbrown
2/5  rDev -46.4%

Photo of gbontrag
4.36/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour vigorously for a substantial, albeit large bubbled froth. This is a clear brown brew with red washed over it.
Smells of dark rummed raisins both soaking, and burnt.
There's a quick black pepper bite, then slight peat smoke followed by burnt toast. The rummed raisins come back just like they smelled, and layered with toasted pecans. Elderberries peek from under oatcakes. Thick and chewy with earthy flavors. Peat gets stronger and stronger. I love this. It's oily, and a little thinner then I wish, but so drinkable. This beer will make you strong.

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Photo of alcstradamus
3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cola brown pour with a half finger of head that quickly dissipates. The aroma is extremely familiar but I'm having trouble pinpointing it. Sort of a toasted, bready, lightly sweet mix....I think I've got it, it is Wheat Chex cereal maybe?

Flavor is basically mashed Wheat Chex mixed with water. I love me a nice full flavored/full bodied wee heavy, but this just isn't it. Too watered down for the style, although by no means is it unpleasant. Just not really worth seeking out.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from MilwaukeeCrusher so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a very thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains smoky roasted malts, bourbon dark fruit, vanilla and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste likewise starts out very smoky up front. Then some flavors of bourbon, chocolate, caramel, dark fruit and vanilla come in. The malt character is hearty despite being on the thin side for the style and there’s a mild hops presence that brings some balance.

M: Crisp and smooth but a bit watery for the style, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty and complex, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, even when you take into account the beer’s flaws, it’s still worth drinking for a while if you’re looking with a smoky beer with substance.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer is as dark brown as can be without being black. An oatmeal colored head calms to bubbles and the a wisp, with light lacing.

Aroma is rich, buttery with toffee notes and faint smokiness.

The taste is smooth and complex. Buttery toffee come first, followed by hearty malts with a faint smokey finish.

Medium mouthfeel, almost sticky.

Overall, a delicious brew with rich notes. Smooth and definitely worth my time.

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Photo of 303beer
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark brownish red. Thin bubbly head. No sediment. Light smoke and sweetness to it. Not over done. I like it. Tryed 4 from this brewery tonight. This is the best of the four.

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Photo of chappy88
4.48/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.49/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber purchased at Liquor Max in Loveland upon the recommendation of the beer manager, crosling.

Moderate pour at 50 degrees F. yields a tan one-finger head over an almost-opaque darkest-mahogany body with garnet touches around the edge. Head fades quickly to a thin cap.

Smell is marvelous dark fruit over malty raisin-bread dough. Lots of yeasty-breadiness. Chocolate-chip cookies. French-roast coffee with lots of cream and sugar. Butter-pecan ice cream. Vanilla beans. Shortbread. Malted milk balls. Cocoa. Cola nuts. This beer smells absolutely fabulous! Barely a hint of floral hops.
A real plus is the smokiness - not strong or up front, but subtle and intriguing.

Taste follows the aroma almost precisely to a "T," except that the roasted malts are a little bitter, and there is a bit more hops flavor, notably on the metallic end of things. Quite complex. Finish is peppery, spicey, with enough of the smokey undertones and some hop bitterness to keep the overt malty sweetness from being cloying or sticky.

Nice persistent carbonation spreads the full flavors all around. Not quite as rich and round-mouth-full as I expected, but soft and wide enough to be quite pleasing.

Very drinkable -- perhaps the slightly thinner-than-expected mouthfeel is actually a plus at this point, as it renders this beer practically sessionable in terms of its feel, although its ABV puts it distinctly out of that range. Still, over a couple of hours, it would be quite pleasant to have two or three pints of this.

Overall, this is a really fine beer from Grand Lake. With the exception of mouthfeel, this is just as good as Old Chub -- indeed, it smells better and tastes as good! Thanks to crosling for the recommendation. I'll be looking for this in six-packs!

EDIT, Autumn 2008. Found in six-packs. A twelve-ounce bottle is just the right size for this fine beer!

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A good stab at the Scotch Ale. But like many American brewers, a few shortcuts were make that keeps it from competing with true Scottish versions.

Sweet maltiness gives more candied, sugary affects rather than the complex, richer, and more malty techniques from kettle caramelization that would give rich toffee taste and with the browning of malliard reactions. And, without any hop character outside of shortsighted balance, the beer is just too sweet. Fruity notes of cherries, grapes, apples, and plumbs shine nicely and would support the beer well if the maltiness were present. Lacking richness and fullness, the sugars fall flatly on the tongue and the beer just gets stuck.

It's an ok beer but the imported versions have this one beat. Thanks Ken.

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Photo of xhuskr
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into std pint glass

thnx to my bro-in-law who lives in CO for this one. Had this years ago at the brew pub and enjoyed it.

A-nice dark mahogany color with very little lace that quickly diminished to none
S-nice...a wee bit of peaty malt
T-good light smoky/peaty flavor I've missed in other so called Scotch Ales
M-nice at first, then leading to off carbonation. Not too much from stopping me form finishing or wanting another. I've had some BAD Scotch Ales (last Maltopia) so I enjoyed this
O-a good beer to enjoy without any hype.

I'm often looking for a good Scotch ale...cautious to spend $ on failed brews. I'd buy/drink this again.

I wish I had some more

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Photo of Huffaroma
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of habaceeba
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Domingo
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is like Old Chub's brother to the west.
Pours a very dark brown color with hints of red. It's about as thick as non-nitro'd beer gets. Head's normal per the style.
Smells really sweet and malty, with a touch of smoke. It's not the powerful rauch-type smoke, but similar to a scotch.
The taste has a lot of depth. It starts of sweet and chocolaty, with a little bit of a malted milkball flavor. In the center you get some dried fruits, and the finish is peat smokey like a scotch. Nice. Granted the smoke isn't really in the classic versions of the style, I enjoy it.
It's a sipper due to the texture and sheer amount of flavor, but alcohol is well hidden so you aren't limited to one.
This makes for a great dessert beer.
Highly recommended. Glad to see a small mountain brewer putting out something so tasty and bottling it.

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Photo of joepais
3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to goryshkewych for this one
Bottle poured into a sniffer produced a finger worth of tan head that goes to a light ring of lace. On top of a rich dark black body

Aromas on this is great smoked peat and roasted malts

Taste is much like the nose dominated by the roasted malts and smoked peat. A nice sweetness on this brew, the alcohol in not noticeable at all. Medium mouthfeel next to no carbonation in the brew

Drinkability is good on this brew but the bomber was quite enough for a sitting. I had it with some Brisket that was left over from purplehops (thanks Stan) gathering and I must say it was a great meal

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Photo of mschofield
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark garnet/ruby, topped with a two finger tan head, leaves webs of lacing.
Rich fruity and malty aroma, sweet, toasted malt note.
Nice and malty taste, very robust, sweet and fruity, slightly bitter cherry note, dark fruit under the maltiness.
Medium-full bodied.

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