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Scotch Ale | Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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Brewed by:
Meantime Brewing Company Limited
England, United Kingdom

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by DogFood11 on 03-01-2007

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4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours tea brown with a frothy head (despite the weak pop when the cork was released); dots of lacing hang around

Smell: Toffee, stone fruit, tobacco, brown bread and vague peat tones

Taste: Toffee, brown bread and stone fruit flavors, up front, with tobacco and ann acrid character developing, in the middle; after the swallow, the acrid bitterness builds and overwhelms

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I discovered this is an older bottle (BBE 20/07/13) so a fresher example may well be better but this really lacks the big malt and peat character that I expect out of a better Wee Heavy

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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3.86/5  rDev -3.3%

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #69 (October 2012):

A thinking person’s beer, so much depth it really takes a good while for this one to open up entirely. Originally brewed for the “Rare Beer Club”, now it is brewed on occasion. If you hear of another release it is certainly worth seeking it out, consider grabbing a couple of bottles as well … a bit of age on it, say six months, does it well.

STYLE: Scotch Ale
ABV: 8.0%

LOOK: Glowing garnet, very healthy lacing

SMELL: Chicory, dark bread, blackberry jam, faint caramel, spice, toasted wood, rose water, peppery, dried grass

TASTE: Creamy, smooth, full bodied, treacle, toasty, faint coffee, bread crust, green figs, browned apples, jam, faint leather, ghost-like smoke, musk, peppery backend, slight alcoholic warmth, semi-dry finish

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.76/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

02/20/14 On tap. Great body and texture. A touch of caramel and just the right amount of hops on the front side (which makes me happy). This is a solid beer. If it wasn't for the 8% ABV I would drink it all day. I'll be looking out for more from Meantime Brewing.

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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served from bottle into a Bruery tulip. Poured reddish brown with a one finger light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, dark fruit, bread, and plum. The flavor was of sweet malt, bread, dark fruit, plum, and earth. It had a medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. The aroma on this one was more on the sweet and dark fruit aspect rather than the usual peat aspect. This I really enjoyed as peat and I have a bitter love/hate relationship with each other. The flavor was more of the same. Tons of dark fruit going on. A fairly well done brew for the style.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a thistle glass)
A- This beer pours a clear dense caramel brown body with a sticky light tan head and a gentle carbonation.

S- The caramel malt aroma has a soft rich sweetness that grows a bit as it opens.

T- The sweet caramel malt takes on a candy quality with some toffee flavors lingering to a surprisingly gentle sweetness in the finish that is not cloying. The malt flavor is very rich.

M- The medium mouthfeel is very creamy with a soft fizz that cuts some of the sweetness but no real alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer is very rich and full of tasty caramel malt but it is still very drinkable and helps to knock the chill of a balmy day. It does have some candy qualities but it is not really overly sweet. This is a really spot on scotch ale and one of the best I have tasted.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into snifter, best before 12/10/2012. Pours crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a nice 1 finger dense cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lasts. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, raisin, fig, apple, molasses, toast, leather, brown bread, tobacco, pepper, earth, light peat smoke, and herbal spiciness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity, strength, and balance of malt and fruity notes. Taste of caramel, raisin, fig, apple, toast, brown sugar, leather, brown bread, tobacco, pepper, earth, light peat smoke, floral, and herbal spiciness. Lingering notes of caramel, light fruits, brown sugar, toast, leather, tobacco, brown bread, earth, light peat smoke, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of malt and fruity flavors; with zero cloying sweetness present after the finish. Medium carbonaton and body; with a slick and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent scotch ale! Great complexity and balance of malt and fruity notes; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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