Keelhauler (Brewmaster Reserve 2009) | Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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Keelhauler (Brewmaster Reserve 2009)Keelhauler (Brewmaster Reserve 2009)

Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Oregon, United States

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by msubulldog25 on 03-20-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 54 |  Reviews: 49
Reviews by Nick3:
Photo of Nick3
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous burgundy color is a great first impression on this one. Smell is a bit more subtle than I expected from a Scotch ale, caramel malts and a touch of floral hops, nice. Taste on the forefront is dominated by roasted malts, caramel, and some raisins. Malts stay strong through the beer with just a touch of bitterness in the finish. Well done, I enjoyed this beer quite a bit.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.16/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Something like a mix of ruby, brown and copper flows into the glass, small amount of beigeish head to it, aroma was a mix of red ale sweetness and scotch ale peat.

Bitter toffee, toasted, tea, red residual sweetness, pepper, some stinging alcohol (?) bite to it with lots more bitterness than was expected. I don't get it, the hops went away in lots of the hoppy style beers for full sail, but then in a scotch ale, they jam it with bitterness and hops? Its one of the more complex offerings from full sail to be sure, but at least its still cheap (4/22) like most full sail offerings.

Not really my style of beer, but nice to see that full sail is still making stuff full of flavor, which this is.

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Photo of glid02
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this courtesy of RustyDiamond - thanks!

Pours a murky brown color with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes fairly quickly into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of briny peat with good amounts of toasted malt and lighter amounts of dark fruits.

Tastes interesting. This is one of the saltiest beers I remember having. Lots of briny flavors up front backed up by earthiness. Midway through the sip toasted malts come in as do dark fruits to a lesser extent. The ending is mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing the glass, though mostly because I was trying to figure out the flavors.

Overall this is an interesting beer. It's not the tastiest scotch ale I've had but it's up there in terms of uniqueness. Worth a shot.

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Photo of Magpie14
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: deep crimson with burnt orange edges when inspected in the sunlight. I spotted a reasonable gathering of carbonation within the glass. The head was very nice and sat atop for sometime, good retention. The head is dense and creamy with a hint of brown sugar in color. My glass displayed some sticky chunks and sheets of lace

S: faint whiffs of dark fruits with toasted malts dominate the nose. Some herbal hop smells swirl around with caramel. Seems timid to me

T: this brew relies mostly on hearty toasted caramelized malts. Also, and most surprisingly, a strong addition of hops are in the mix. For the style, the hop content seems strong and is rather obvious on the palate. These hops conjure up mostly lighter leafy herbal flavors. Some dark fruity berry notes mingle with the flavors and lends a certain note of dryness when meshing with the hops

M: just a touch astringent and bitter. My tongue has a soft berry-flavored dryness at the back. The body is medium and lends an easy feel and smoothness that is nice

D: a good showing from Full Sail. I like a handful of the Brewmasters Reserve stuff, this one is by far my least favorite. Things seems stagnant on the palate at times. Anyway, I say give it a try

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

Pours a reddish brown with ruby highlights, topped by a fairly thick, creamy tan head that has some staying power. Aroma of sweet, slightly roasted biscuity malt, a hint of brown sugar, mildly fruity hops, and some undertones that are not too different from root beer.
Palate is a little understated - the malt isn't particularly roasty or sweet, yielding a profile that's more akin to that of a brown ale. The hops provide a little bit of fruitiness, but almost no bitterness. The finish is mellow and not quite as noisy as the initial profile. Still, either more assertive hops or more flavorful malt seem to be in order here.
The body is full and lightly creamy, but not sticky or heavy. Flavor aside, this is a quite drinkable ale. Hopefully they'll refine the recipe before the next batch - this one has promise but just isn't there yet.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of poisoneddwarf
3.22/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3


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Photo of Docer
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

- Rootbeer lookin' brown Porter... slightly cloudy, little to no head... some lacing..

- Smells a bit like a porter with some sweet brown sugar, malt.. spicy hop.. eh..

- Taste is like a fine light brown porter with some good rich malt sweetness.. not a bad spicy hop flare.. but it stated hop flavor.. and it was really kind of masked by the complex malt profile.

- Not too dry, strong, or chewy...

- Like always... super drinkable, and not too strong at all.. overall a B like it's got here. I much prefer the Reserve Series Porter and Barleywine.. look forward to the Grandsun of Spot IPA soon.

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Photo of Spikester
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear dark brown with a very large light tan head. Fair amount of lacings. Aroma is of roasted malts. Taste is dark almost burned roasted malts, some bitter cocoa, some leathery hops. This beer is all about the malts. A bit thin bodied for the style and could probably benefit from a bit of age. Very drinkable for a 6.8% beer.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
2.93/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 picked up today at the Coop for about $4... poured into my Chimay goblet.

descent enough 2 finger head... color is a dark brown with pretty red highlites when held to a light... head retention is okay with little lace.

nose is minor and relatively nonexistent.. lite maltiness with an herbal hop quality that shouldn't be there, or is at least too big.

Flavor is also very lite on the expected maltiness.. but again a herbal.. almost menthol hoppy quality to it is present and out of whack....

Mouthfeel is lite for the style.. the carbonation is smooth and small bubble.

Overall.... There is no way I would have ever picked this as any type of Scottish ale in a blind tasting...


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Photo of djeucalyptus
2.9/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a beautiful rich dark brown with garnet and ruby highlights. Crystal clear and active carbonation visible up to the light. A thick creamy two-finger almond colored head has fair retention and leaves behind some nice lacing down the glass. Off to a good start.

aroma is deliciously malty with heavy toasty malt notes along with peat, vanilla, a hint of oak, hemlock, and other undefinable earthy notes. a hint of hops. smells promising.

taste is surprisingly shockingly contradictory to the aroma, which is ultimately depressing. Hoppy, citrusy, spicy, zesty, bitter, and flat out un-scotchlike. Such a powerful scotch aroma, yet completely different on the tongue. A decent malt comes through, but is overshadowed by tinges of phenol and alcohol, dark fruit esters, and bitter cocoa. more like a super hoppy brown than a Scotch. and it just seems a bit lacking... almost watery - at that. my tongue is sad.

Mouth is a bit thin given the darkness. ample carbonation somehow fails to create much creaminess... just feels a bit bubbly and a bit harsh. The crisp bitterness cuts through the mouth direct to the tongue, leaving an un-scotchlike lingering bitterness.

Drinkability is fair, but completely different than what i was hoping and expecting. I could finish the bomber, but I'm so disinterested that I barely want to. Not one I'd seek out again, which is unfortunate. I was eagerly anticipating a scotch from Full Sail. I'm still looking...

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Photo of Telestic
4.75/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of BlackHaddock
4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 Fl oz bottle drank at our B&B in Springdale, Utah after a day walking in Zion National park. The beer was purchased at a Lee's Discount Store in Vegas and transported to Utah for reviewing at leasure.

Poured into two stemmed goblets the beer looked a picture. Deep amber body, off-white, creamy foaming head, which left some good solid lacing as the beer sank down the goblets.

Malty biscuits/molasses/toffee and a hint of smoked peat were the smalls I picked up.

The sweetness from the aroma was evident in the first sip, but a hop bite and bitterness soon came along to remind you this wasn't a childs drink.

I thought it gave off a richness and warmth which helped my aching bones to recover for the next days hiking.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber. Nice looking beer, mahogany with a very thick light tan head. Toffeeish aromas, light milky coffee. earthy notes. Dry semi bitter, malty , some reasonable peatiness, got that right, but too much hops..yeah yeah i know this is OREGON!!..but. Intresting mouthful, this ale, malty and dry, Not true to style, but i liked the attempt at the smoky/peat aspect.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into an oversized snifter. Deep brownish amber body with a fluffy 3 finger cream colored head. Excellent retention, plentiful lacing.

Full malty nose, rich with toasted grains, toffee and caramel. Earthy hops and a hint of smoke make an appearance. Plentiful sweetness and dark fruit washes over the tongue, but there seems to be some dark malt lurking as well. Good bite of earthy bitterness and a touch of burnt/smokiness that lingers.

Overall impression: Solid beer. No sense recommending it now, as it was a one-time deal (note- working through a hefty review notes backlog).

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Nice red and brown appearance, looks bright for those colors, 1/4" off white head. Aroma was a mixture of red and scotch ale type of earthy malt vibe.

Lumped toffee, tea, alcohol burn, earth, pepper, peat, caramel on this one. It might be complex, but its not something that you go "ahhwwww yeah," after your first (or any other) sip. This was a little bitter too, not the place for hops here.

Good price for a bomber.

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Photo of flexabull
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright and clear deep amber color with a nice big white head.

Aromas are of dark fruits, with a very bready and cereal like character. Maybe a little too grainy though.

Taste is like the nose, quite grainy. It's got a little woody note, with really light fruity sweetness. Finish has an herbal hoppy note, and a touch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is ok, decent up front, but thins at the finish.

Drinkability is decent, but this one just seems to be a bit of a miss. A little lacking in most departments, needs more malty sweetness and a fuller body. Not the best offering from Full Sail... bummer... I was hoping for better because this is a style I really like. I just prefer Scottish Ales to be bigger.

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22-ounce bomber bottle, courtesy of Wasatch. Thanks John!

Keelhauler pours sparkling-clear and glows ruby-tinted amber in color when held before the evening sunshine. A two-finger deep cap of creamy pale beige foam tops the brew before fading into a short bubbly collar that leaves wispy lacing on the insides of my Delirium tulip.

The aroma is malty-sweet, with whiffs of caramel-covered granola, spicy unsulphured molasses, and sugary toffee. A note of burnt white bread toast grows stronger as the drink warms.

The taste is a rich mouthful of caramel candy with lots of linger in the afterdrink. Dark toast-laden caramel dominates and a lighter, more dilute variant of the confection rolls about the palate in a tumbling brown-sugary swirl. A valiant smattering of dusty, earthy hops works desperately to keep the copious sweetness under control, but there's just so darned much caramelized malt sugar that it's an uphill battle all the way. Despite their best efforts, and an assist from a dry, toasted biscuity maltiness, the forces of hop-dom are easily swept away by the dark caramel juggernaut.

The drink is medium-fullish in body with a bit of slippery stickiness. The fine carbonation lightens the drink, breaks up the syrupiness, and fits in very nicely. A very easy drinker.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Full Sail Keelhauler, in a 22 oz bomber. A present from my brother who brought this from Scottsdale AZ to Pittsburgh.

Appearance: Amber/red in color with a large soapy head. Good retention and lacing.

Smell: Scottish style malt, sweet and bready with some caramel and peat too.

Taste: A delicious blend of nutty malt, toffee, and a distant roastiness. Hops are minimal in this beer and the finish is sweet. Just a hint of earthy peat. Tea like hop to balance.

Mouthfeel: Chewey malt with a chalky finish. Full bodied with lingering malt flavors.

Drinkability: A good ale here. At 6.8% abv, it is a strong beer to session regularly but finishing the entire bottle was no problem.

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Photo of froghop
3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

pours a dark copper with a small dark beige head, and very good lacing.

smell is of nuts, some spice, a touch of caramel, and malt.

taste is somewhat watery, some spice, touch of sour malt, and roasted nuts, ends with a slight bitterness and a strange aftertaste.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

09/13/09- Purchased at Mollie Stones in Burlingame, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle, 2009 release. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Darker amber in appearance. Smaller 1/2 inch head with light spotty lace.

Smell- Dark roasted (lightly burnt) caramelized malts, a potent hop punch and some dark fruit notes.

Taste- Has that traditonal over the top super roasted scotch malt flavor. Hops are pretty large suprisingly. Flavors meld well. Seems like a Scottish Ale-lite.

Mouthfeel- A touch thin and a bit seltzery at times. More hops than needed in the aftertaste for a beer of this style.

Drinkability- Decent brew. Has some good things and some things that could be toned down a bit.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle courtesy of Wasatch in our most recent trade.

A: Rich brown in color with a cream colored head, excellent retention, and sticky lacing. Nice red accents when held to the light.

S: Smoky, slightly chocolate, earthy and somewhat boozy as well. Has the distinct Scottish malt profile, has a malt smell that I can only describe in beer as British Isles dryness, not sure what causes that, but I need to figure it out.

T: Follows the nose nicely, lightly roasted malts, has a tea like quality that plays nicely with the smoky malts. Pretty bitter finish, has a definite clean Pacific Northwest hop character, with a definite pine profile, could probably do without that in this style of beer, but it really does balance things out nicely.

M: A lot thinner than I had expected, figured it would have a bit more body to it, but still nice. Has a dry, somewhat boozy finish with an appropriate amount of warmth as well.

D: Damn tasty brew, nice flavors without being overbearing, bitterness balances out the sweetness nicely. I don't think I'd crack a second bomber of this open, but it goes down nicely. Good beer, and I'd recommend it.

Thanks John!

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Photo of Buebie
2.8/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Found the beer on sale today, had to grab it for the cheap price.

Poured from a brown bomber into a pub glass
Like some have said before me this beer is very root beer like in look.
Formaing an inch of off white head, receeding to leave a thin layer of retention. The color is brown with redish highlights when held against light.
Thin and very spotty lace.

Aroma is pretty laid back, but some good smokey peat and pleanty of semi-sweet malt, brown sugar, roasted grain and a touch of chocolate.

Flavors resembling aroma quite a bit, but with a much heavier roasted grain flavor. A bittering chocolate dominates with the bitter roasted grains and plenty of cereal grain taste. Malts are now laid back, providing little sweetness in the flavor.
Its somwhat dry through the finsih with a grassy hop flavor and just a very distant touch of pine.
Asprin and minerally watter leaving an odd taste on the pallete after the swallow.

Mouthfeel is thin, then agitated carbonation providing a bit of a fuller mouthfeel.

This is a strange brew with oddball flavors. Its a bit watery in taste as well as mouthfeel. Its like they tried to make too much beer with too little of grain and profit from there.
Flavors are also strange and almost like they didnt do a test batch prior to brewing. Not feeling this one at all. Glad I only bought one bottle.
Cigaretts and lemon lime sour, very ashy and foreign.

On a side note, the smokey peat mltyness is good and does follow the style, although there is too much bittering and no balance from malt or hop aroma/ flavor. Its all smokey bitter burnt dominance

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A deep ruby, dark plum pour produced a really nice head about 1 finger deep. The whiteness of the head contrasted well with the deep body.
The first aroma I got was a hint of smoked caramel. Some hints of plum and coriander in the back.
Taste was a good balance, perhaps a bit light for the style. Caramel dominated the front. From there, the sweet malt kicked in and provided a strong backbone. While the hops were not powerful, they did prove to hold off the malt attack.
Easy drinking out of a wine glass. Smooth and a good beer for this hop head.

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Photo of Domingo
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed this randomly as the price was right and I enjoy Scottish ales of all kinds.
Pours a chestnut brown color with reddish highlights. The head can be pretty rocky with an aggressive pour, especially as it warms a bit.
Smells very roasty and earthy. Not too sweet and no alcohol readily there. It's definitely along the style lines thus far, instead of treading into wee heavy territory.
The taste is really rich. An overwhelming roasted grain flavor blends with herbal bittering hops. While it's not sweet, you can definitely get some molasses and hazelnut notes. Everything blends together to just be a potent wave of flavor.
Mouthfeel is somewhere between a thicker texture for a big beer, and a thinner one for a sessionable ale.
I think a bomber is more than enough for me, but it's just because of the sheer richness of the flavor. It's not boozy, but it's just potent.

I like this. It's definitely not an everyday beer, but splitting a bottle of this with a meal could be nice. I bet it would be a great pairing with roasts or grilled meat.
The one thing really holding it back is the sheer richness of the beer. The fairly one-dimensional roasty/earthy flavor is just a little much. It's tasty at first, but it isn't hard to lose interest.

That said...I would have no problem revisiting it. It wasn't overly expensive and it really wouldn't be too bad in small doses. If you like this, I highly recommend 90 Shilling.

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Keelhauler (Brewmaster Reserve 2009) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 54 ratings