Plaid Bastard | Grand Lake Brewing Company

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Plaid BastardPlaid Bastard

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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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Photo of mentor
4.72/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Should be malty sweet...I'm in the mood for it. Pours a one finger light brown head that hangs quite a while. Dark brown liquid with a reddish tinge and some tiny particulates suspended. Smells chocolate and toffee during the pour. To the nose it's creamy chocolate, toffee, a hint of roast, woody and grassy hops. Tastes rich caramel followed by a delightful chocolate covered toffee, bording on coffee. Wet malty sweet totally dominates and has a creamy mouthfeel that adds to the sweet delight. Butterscotch ties in to the chocolate, in a later taste. Yeah, this is a butterfinger and a heath candy bar rolled into one. Dark fruits, too...prune, raisin, tamarind. Alcohol? Bottle says 8%, but it's hard to find. A hint of smoke, as I near the bottom of the glass. Caught a whiff as I was tipping to take a sip and found smoke in the flavor, too. Wow, a multitude to flavors abound to make a complex experience. Best of all, the flavors mix together and compliment each other. Yeah, this is a fine fine beer. Thick mouthfeel and modestly carbonated. The smoke begins to take charge at I near the bottom of the glass. Also, I enjoy a sweet experience, but don't bury me in it. This beer is remaining sweet sweet sweet and I've had enough. But, when all is said and done, cheers to Grand Lake Brewing, I'll be seeking out their other offerings.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.49/5  rDev +18.8%
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 Dansting
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Poured a dark purplish-brown color with a medium light-brown head. Good lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, brown sugar, and toffee. Smooth mouthfeel. Flavor is complex, with a nice blend of brown sugar, malt, and wood. Very nice Scottish ale, along the lines of Old Chub. Thanks to Caddylac for this bottle.

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Photo of gbontrag
4.36/5  rDev +15.3%
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 Bitterbill
4.29/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours from 22oz bottle a dark brown with some reddish highlights and a very small head of foam that disappears almost immediately. Almost no lacing.

The smell has notes of dark fruit, roasted and caramel malt, and a touch of smoke.

The taste is very malty! Lots of caramel up front with good roasted malt notes and a goodly amount of smoke that works very well with the malt. Second sip in and the dark fruit comes more to the forefront with notes of raisin and prune and to a lesser degree, some black cherry and a wee bit more smoke. I'm certainly liking the flavours here and the abv doesn't come into play at all which kicks up the drinkability factor big time.

The body has a medium mouthfeel to it except right at the finish where it thins out a bit but that's not much to really complain about. This is a very tasty example of the style and my hat's off to the brewers.

Bottom line: This is a very tasty Scotch Ale that should please a lot of the fans of the style. I'll buy it again!

Cost: US$4.13

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Photo of FrognutUnl
4.12/5  rDev +9%
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 Domingo
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
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 russpowell
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
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 JuicesFlowing
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
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 mschofield
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
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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Photo of Beejay
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
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 303beer
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
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 Haybeerman
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown color; very little light penetrates. Poured a skim of chocolate colored head that dissipated thin layer that was thicker around the edges. Laced in thin rings.

S: Bitter coffee and dark sweet fruits; raisins and black cherry. Toasted malts in the foiundation.

T: Crystal malt much more prominent. Dark fruity flavors in the middle consistent with smell. Just enough bitter to finish leaving a slight sweet cherry aftertaste (from candi sugar?).

M: Medium body. Low carbonation. Smooth, silky and coating.

D: Very dirnkable. Disguises the abv very (too) well. Flavorful, smoooth and rich.

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Photo of joepais
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
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 chicano4craft
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter as suggested on the label. Very dark with ruby highlights when held to the light. Modest head from a strong pour. Head leaves fast with no lacing.

Smoke, malt, and dark fruit in the nose.

Very nice mix of sweet fruit and smokey malt in the taste. The alcohol comes through slightly in the end. Not a lot of carbonation here, but enough for the style.

Pretty solid scotch ale. Nice flavors. I could have used a little more carbonation. This seems to be a problem with all Grand Lake beers. As for this beer I'll definitely buy this again.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Why does it have to be a bastard? Pours a dark brown color that is boarderline black. Darker red hues throughout and on the edge of the glass. A bit cloudy but not bad. A soft tanish to white head that faded quickly and no really lacing to speak of.

The nose is interesting. A very noticeable peaty aroma with a slight sour-dough bready quality. Gives it a smoky aroma to it. Some other minor caramel notes that are muttled in the background. This along with some yeast notes of mostly figs and raisins. Some minor yeast notes too with a light cherry and a slight solvent note.

The taste is very similar. Super peaty flavor that really comes out more than anything else. I learned that the brewers actually smoke the malt but not sure with what though. There is a smokiness that comes out stronger than the nose indicates. There is a light astringent note that reminds me of Carafa as well. The yeasty notes come out more as well with strong fig notes. Raisins and a slight vanilla cherry flavor as well. Hops come out in the finish mostly with a light earthy and hints of off citrus flavors as well. Some minor alcohol notes but pretty subtle considering ABV and style.

The body is moderate and actually pretty easy to drink considering style. Although some in our party were not fans, I thought it was pretty good and I'm not a smoke/peat fan.

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Photo of rowew
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, plaid label. no date or abv.

Appearance: Dark color, ruby when held to the light. Very little head.

Smell: Smoky, a bit of dark fruit.

Taste: Farily thin bodied, nice flavors of dark fruit, and just a bit of smokiness, but not overpowering.

Overall impression: Drinkable, good flavors - another nice offering from Grand Lake.

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Photo of xhuskr
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
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 katan
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a deep dark amber color. Some brown high lights are present. Head formation was about nil, and it disappeared down to nothing. Looks somewhat flat.

S - Malty - strong chocolate and toffee, perhaps some caramel. Some alcohol warmth. Roasted notes are present, but they are are an afterthought.

T - Starts off with a light sweet, but then turns hard into some chocolate and peat malt. Lots of alcohol warmth. Mid-stream brings on some currants, raisins. Finishes with some smooth chocolate flavors.

M - Moderate beer body, but a very flat carbonation. Sticky and sweet on the tongue. Lots of alcohol warmth on the finish.

D - Moderate drinkability - abv will knock you around a little. Not filling. Flavors are pretty well rounded.

An interesting beer.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
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 mevett89
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brown with a thin head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: you can definitely detect the smoked malt here, but that's about it.

Taste: smoked malt alongside roasted and chocolate notes. The hops are solidly in the background.

Mouth Feel: smooth and creamy with low carbonation.

Overall: the use of peat-smoked malt from Scotland make this unlike any Scotch Ale I've had. It's not nearly as strong in caramel malt flavor as I'm used to in this style, but the smoked malt used is showcased well.

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Photo of beergoot
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very little head after pouring this reddish brown bodied beer into my glass. Still, an great color...

Dark bread, rye-like, with hints of figs and raisins in the smell. A faint whiff of alcohol sneaks in there, too.

Robust malt goodness predominates in the taste. Rich and smooth on the tongue as roasted grains with hints of cocoa in there. Softly bitter with an ever so slight perception of alcohol rounds things out.

A fantastic rich, malted taste rescues this beer from a somewhat disappointing appearance (a thick, lasting head would have been great on this beer...). Excellent balance with the alcohol and grains coupled with an intriguing complexity makes for a fine brew in the grand scheme of things...

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a good beer for this time of year. enjoyed on tap at fire on the mountain wing spot on 32nd. it pours a flat looking clear brown amber color with basically no head. it smells great though, lots of smokey malt and a decent level of booze. its earthy and dark, enticing. the flavor is rich, even for the style. and the malts remind me of campfire smoke, tree bark, and maple syrup, although this beer isnt sweet. there is a nice warming alcohol kick to this as well. the mouthfeel lags a bit because there isnt enough carbonation, but the full body and smooth texture was a great way to wash down a couple dozen wings. id like to try this in the bottle, maybe the feel would be better. either way, a good introduction to grand lake beer for me.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I took a trip up to Evergeen to buy some vintage beers and found this. I'd read previous reviews and $10.49 a sixer didn't seem too bad for a strong scotch ale. I have also been trying to taste more examples of this style since I really like Old Chub and Alesmith Wee Heavy. This beer has an instant malty, subtle smoke smell that is nice. The color is super-black with an off-white ring of bubbles running around the circumference of the glass. Whoah, the taste starts out as smoky malts and turns into band-aids and then meat. That may sound bad but if you like smoky, peaty beers this is definitely one of them and it gets better as it warms. This is a good beer to split into two snifters to increase drinkability, 12oz is too much.

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Photo of JMBSH
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Paours a dark amber almost brown color with almost no head. Head disappears to just a ring where the glass meets the liquid.

S - Caramel, a bit whiskey like.

T - Bring on the caramel. Somemore of the whiskey like flavor as well but the sweet caramel in really driving this bus. Very little bitterness. A bit on the sweet side like candy sugars were used.

M - Not too heavy tasting. Coats the back of the mouth a bit but still slick feeling overall. Once again the sweetness is bit higher then I am used to.

D - I can have more then a couple before realizing that the 8% ABV is there. Don't know if what besides things like cheeses would go good with this beer. Maybe it is best as a after-dinner drink. Would have again.

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