Front Street Dram Tree Scottish Ale | Front Street Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Front Street Brewery
North Carolina, United States
frontstreetbrewery.com

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by GCBrewingCo on 07-04-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
37
Reviews:
10
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
9.55%
 
 
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0
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5
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Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of brentk56
3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Arrives at the table with a chocolate color, little head and an inability to lace

Smell: Malty aroma with roasty elements

Taste: Starts with a deep malty flavor that betrays some roast with an unusual fruity fig element; after the swallow, a phenolic plastic flavor emerges

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low carbonation

Drinkability: The weakest of the Front Street beers I tasted; marred by the phenols and the lack of carbonation

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at the brewpub and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a very dark, vibrant, ruby coloring with a dense, low profile, off-white head. Nose of roast, rich and tangy caramel sweetness, with nutty highlights. Flavors are roast forward, with a rich blast of caramel, scotch, and mild chocolate highlights. Very tangy and layered throughout, with a full, smooth body. Rich, sweet, roasted aftertaste, with a very smooth finish. Heavy beer, and a very good sipper.

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Photo of Gavage
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear dark amber / almost brown color with a 1" head that falls quickly. No lacing develops.

Smell: caramel and malt sweetness dominates the aroma and is pleasant.

Taste: nice malt profile with some caramel, some ripe fruit sweetness, hint of earthiness, a mild bitterness and a hint of alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp to start, smooth at the finish. Relatively short aftertaste.

Drinkability: easy to drink this beer and works well with the shepards pie I was eating.

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Photo of harpus
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Bung
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly cloudy brownish pour with a dark cream colored head. The glass I had had some lacing present throughout. Somewhat non-descript aroma of roasted malt, raisin caramel.
On a side note, none of the beers I tried at the Brewery has much of a nose to them. Not sure if it was me or the atmosphere.
Roasted malt, toffee, raisin flavors. Some charcoal especially through the finish. Mild warming from the alcohol, but I did not think it was very present other than that. Brought a growler home of this, but that was more for the souvenir and the Octoberfest would have been worthy of bringing home also.

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Photo of Mantooth
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of psmith161
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured amber brown with a tan/brown head which stood tall and proud and laced the glass.

The aroma was malty with caramel and toffee and a slight smoke.

The flavor was malty with caramel, toffee, slight chocolate and a slight smokiness. Also a slight diacetyl was present. There was some bitterness present, but only enough to keep the malt in check.

The finish was just off dry with a malty, buttery toffee impression that lasts into the aftertaste. The body was medium.

Nice example of a scottish ale.

22 ounce bottle purchased at WineSellar and More. Bottled on June 16, 2004.

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Photo of Ohiovania
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of ncstateplaya
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of kristougher
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of zimm421
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cylinsier
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

tap

Pours black with a tan lacing, a little bit of brown glow around the edges.

Toasted biscuit malt aromas with some toffee and caramel.

Same toastiness in the flavor with biscuity malts, caramel, cocoa, coffee, and a woody mild hoppiness.

Full body with a stinging carbonation on the tongue.

Very nice Scotch ale, darker than I was expecting but has a very nice flavor and worth trying.

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Photo of atsprings
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Flying Saucer Raleigh served in a standard pint-glass a dark almost black with ruby highlights and a barely there head. Aroma is burnt caramel, molasses, dried fruits and leather. The taste is loads of dried fruits and molasses with a lingering molasses finish. The beer is somewhat heavy with a decent alcohol presence, definitely a sipper. This is a somewhat impressive first impression for me from Front St, I look forward to trying what else they have to offer.

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Photo of gregcordle
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of logicalparadox
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of uturn
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of CrellMoset
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint.

Appearance: Arrives a slightly dull and heavy looking sepia, opaque throughout save for the edges. This marginally attractive though perhaps stylistically accurate body is capped by one half finger of tan head. The retention is admirable (suggesting high hopping - fingers crossed), leaving a soapy ring and uneven surface dusting after it does fade in to oblivion.

Aroma: Very faint, distressingly so, with faint glassy toffee and fainter earthy toast making up the bulk of a very thin olfactory experience.

Taste: A slight step up from the aroma. The underpinning of the flavor profile is very spicy, suggesting a nice compliment of hops. The malt profile needs some accompaniment, as it's definitely on the robust side of things, as well as fairly complex - faint smoky peat brings up the rear, layered beneath (successively) toast, dark toffee, and caramel. It's suggestive of Dr. Pepper around the edges, which usually means I'm getting hints of cherry, though you never can tell with a good Scottish Ale.

Mouthfeel: Close to a 4.0, but this one showcases a little too much carbonation, I fear. The end result is a bright, fluffy, over zealous body with a little too much spritz for the style.

Drinkability: On the whole not too bad. I'd like a little more out of the nose and if the carbonation were a little more subdued, but they're on to something with this one. A complex, reasonable drinkable example of a favorite style of mine, this one went down nicely on a winter eve in Wilmington.

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Photo of woodchip
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of GJ40
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of GTB
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of AmitC
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Lob
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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Front Street Dram Tree Scottish Ale from Front Street Brewery
3.77 out of 5 based on 37 ratings.
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