Scotch Ale
Rohrbach Brewing Company (Brewpub)

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Style:
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #56
ABV:
7%
Score:
89
Ranked #8,583
Avg:
3.98 | pDev: 11.81%
Reviews:
61
Ratings:
176
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Rohrbach Brewing Company (Brewpub)
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  10
Gots
  44
SCORE
89
Very Good
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Reviews: 61 | Ratings: 176
Photo of Imakoniver
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On draft it is a very dark amber with a one-finger head and some lacing, smells and tastes of caramel, full mouthfeel with a nice aftertaste. Very drinkable!

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft in a shaker pint glass

Dark aamber color, almost brown. Thick off white colored head. Sweet malty aroma. Similar flavor, a bit of caramel and brown sugar. Fairly sweet. Medium bodied.

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Photo of tigg924
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap. Pours clear, caramel in color with 1/2 inch head. Taste is caramel, heather, lavandar, and dark bread. Medium bodied, sweet, and moderate carbonation. Makes for an exceptional easy to drink Scotch ale. Will get this again. Very good for the style.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours from the can a rich dark brown with lots of foam, like root beer. In the glass, it also resembles root beer, a rich hazy dark brown that reveals crimson red hues when held to the light. The head is big, creamy, and tan. It holds for a few minutes before slowly dying down to a thin beige film. Streaks of lacing are left in its wake.
The aroma reminds me of a more restrained dubbel or Belgian dark ale. A sticky fruity sweetness of candied plums, dark cherries, and fig; propped up beneath a smooth body of pumpernickel bread, toffee, and rye. There's also a big nuttiness of almond and walnut. Hints of vanilla as well.
Upfront, you're smacked with toasted pumpernickel bread along with the darker fruits like date, fig, prune, and raisin. On the mid-palate, the malts turned sweeter into caramel, toffee, and big butterscotch, which trails along to a finisher of brighter fruit notes of cherry, prune, and white raisin; the subtle vanilla note floating throughout. Feels fairly sweet throughout the mid-palate, but it ends more crisply than anticipated; the mouthfeel being rich and smooth upfront, but tapering off to a lighter-than-expected-finish. This enhances drinkability but detracts a bit from the perceptibly complex malt flavors.
Overall, this is a very tasty and dare I say sessionable Scotch ale. Recommended.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.82/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy darker orange with honey gold hues and rusts. Tan head that fell well. Malty breaddy and a bit of caramel. The style will show you something called kettle caramelization. Nutty and a light taste of herbal hops.

brown sugar and fruit go down so easy. malt is complex with breaddness and fruit flavors. Fresh plum gives way to deep dry raisin. Nuts finish it with a little hop bitter. Crisp bubble, a touch sweet. Excellent!

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Photo of maximum12
3.1/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to stillmatic2232 as I work my way through the 93 lbs. of beer he cracked my front stoop with. 16 oz. can.

The pour is dark red/brown with serious lacing if you’re into that kind of thing. Smells like sweet liquid caramel, full stop. I like caramel.

Rohrbach Scotch Ale is as routine as its name & branding. I have a theory that breweries that don’t name beers do it because, well, they’re not great. Another notch in the theory here. Toast, slightly bitter roast, caramel, winding up with mild hop bitterness. The strength of this beer is that it’s easy to drink; I could see this next to a good burger & fries & it wouldn’t detract from the meal or conversation.

Nothing notable here, just a solid, decent beer.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.52/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Brewpub
Copper brown in color with a stingy white head. Sweet bready caramel maltiness faint fruit and a touch of woody smoke. Decent beer.

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My favorite Scotch Ale, it just has all the goods. Great Red hue, an above average head for a scotch, hints of oak and caramel in every sip that I absolutely love. Not overbearingly sweet, well balanced and not too thick for the style. At times the taste of alcohol can take over, but it is a very good flavor.

On tap at The Club on Silver Lake in Perry, NY. Another tasting from a keg allowed the hops to shine a bit more, and I notice a pleasant hop aroma and flavor. I should add that I've drank this a number of times from the tall boy cans, and be careful, as the shelf life of this brew isn't great.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.64/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass from a 16oz tallboy can.

3.5 A: Clear copper color. Two fingers of frothy beige head. Retention is about average and a short ring of lacing is left.

3.75 S: Lots of toastiness with sweet caramel. Hints of toffee, biscuit malts, and a touch of nuttiness and figgy fruitiness. Smells pretty good.

3.5 T: Like the nose, but a little more subdued. Lots of toastiness with caramel and toffee. Nuttiness, light fruits, biscuit malts.

3.75 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Pleasantly creamy and super smooth.

3.75 D: Solid brew. Good flavors and no problems.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Cloudy crimson color with white head

Smell - caramel, grape

Taste - caramel, grape, malt, little bit of mixed nuts

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, sweetness upfront, easy drinking despite the ABV level. Some might confuse this for an amber ale

Overall - decent scotch ale from Rohrbach, not as malty or complex as other offerings within the style. Solid and worth a try although the draft offering is much better than the canned version.

Price Point - $9.99/4 pk 16 oz cans

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Photo of BigBry
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Draft pint, served from the tap pictured below.
Deep amber brown liquid with a tight, white head. Foam lasts nicely leaving strings of lace.
Malt aroma with a good dose of caramel. A nicely balanced and good tasting Scotch Ale, lots of malt and some dark fruit flavor. Earthy hops in the finish keep the sweetness in check.
Good level of carbonation, smooth, easy to drink, alcohol is well hidden.
Nicely done.

Note to self: Rated #33 Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy when I tried it.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

this thing is an absolute classic, one of the original rochester craft beers, and only of the only few that ever made it into my fraternity house in college. this is a great interpretation of the style, with a little brown sugar sweetness hanging out in the middle, a mild nuttiness that adds a layer to the style, and the classic dark malty base. i really enjoy the mouthfeel in this, its full bodied and good in the cold weather, but its also really well carbonated, which makes it seem lighter and more drinkable than it really should, a cool and uncommon feature in a scotch ale. less earthy and peaty than others, more of a caramel malt base through and through, sweet for sure, almost too much so, but it really works, and the yeast is pleasantly different too, like it may have been fermented a little cooler than others. a staple in the rochester beer scene, now available in cans. very solid offering from these guys, not to be missed, and an outstanding compliment to spicy chicken wings, which rochester does better than buffalo...

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Photo of MikeKnauf
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

I've had this on draft and from a growler.

Dark red amber with a creamy, thick head.

Smell is nutty and slightly sweet.

Taste is caramel, toffee, sweet malt followed by a slight hop bitterness and a bit of nut and peat. Bitterness is subdued but will build the more you drink and the beer becomes less sweet as you drink it.

Mouthfeel is great. Perfect amount of carbonation and body. Goes down easy again and again.

Probably not the best of the best for Scotch Ales, but for local, fresh beer at a reasonable price, it can't be beat. A growler costs a little over $9 with tax. It's got a heck of a kick and the alcohol is almost undetectable. If I'm out and this is on tap, I'll usually get it.

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Photo of 1PA
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Past rochesteraren loved this beer. Fairly easy find for an awesome Scottish ale. Perfect to its style n this is the gold standard Scottish ale. I miss Rochester and this beer has much to do with it

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Photo of papat444
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this at Famous Dave's in Greece, NY last weekend.

Wall of creamy foam covers the sides, bit of smoke in the flavor as well as the aroma. Peat is also present (especially in the finish) as well as loads of toffee throughout. Medium body and quite well made.

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Photo of StuyBeerGuy
3.28/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I got this beer at a bar in the Rochester region without any prior knowledge of the Rohrbachs brewery.

Appearance - Dark and dense for a scotch ale with good carbonation. Poured from a pitcher into pint glasses and got good head with decent retention.

Smell - Burnt caramel and some earthiness.

Taste- Has a dense chewy mouthfeel that fits with the caramel flavors and lingers well after a short buildup to full flavor.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a pint glass.

A- Medium brown color. The 1-finger head is thick and creamy, Guinness-like in appearance, and it leaves huge thick rings of lace.

S- Caramelized roasted malts. Some sweet beadiness.

T- Roaster malt, caramel, sweet and nutty.

M- Creamy, thick full body. Sharp aftertaste. Drinkable @ 7.0% abv.

O- A good, drinkable Scotch Ale, worth a look.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap from a friend's kegerator.

Pours a clear medium-dark brown, with a 2 inch foamy head, and some good lacing down the glass.

Smells malty and pretty sweet- caramel, tobacco, toffee.

The taste is the same. Slightly watery, but still tasty and warming. Creamy caramel, some chocolate, leather, tobacco, toffee, with no real hop presence at all.

Medium bodied, slightly thin for the style, low carbonation, very drinkable.

A ubiquitous beer around here, it's on tap basically everywhere. Not too bad.

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Photo of sniper061
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a growler that was already sealed at the brewery, with no freshness date

A - Light brown in the body with very bright red hues shining through the bottom and sides of the glass. Pours a nice half inch thick head that quickly breaks down but laces nicely.

S - Sweet tasting beer with a nice fresh smell

T - Somewhat dark malty body that infuses the overall taste experience. Very bready and yeasty, with the sweet taste finishing

M - Smooth and finishes nicely with the carbonation.

O - I purchased this because it was already in a growler and was only $8. I was heading to a concert and was just looking for a good tasting beer. I was pleasantly surprised at how nice this ale was.

Serving type: growler

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Photo of markmiller
3.13/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My first Scotch Ale, I feel the need to say this because I was underwhelmed, and I'm not sure if it's the style or the beer.

Counter-pressure filled at Premier in Buffalo, NY. Love the swing top style 32oz. growlers.

Poured into a snifter and it really looks gorgeous. I'm unsure if it is because the introduction of nitrogen, but there is a lucious creamy head on here that leaves great lacing. Dark brown, but still amber, not like a Quad.

The smell is above average. Extremely sweet, almost toffee like. Maybe a little bit of fig or raisin. Very nice.

The taste is where I felt the most underwhelmed. This was a great priced, excellent nose, and then it was disappointing when it came to the sip. The flavor is there at first. Great warming sweetness, malts, caramel, smooth. The problem I had was with the finish, you sip and swallow, and then start to wonder what the beer actually tasted like. Kind of watery/creaminess. Does not make an impression.

The mouthfeel is subpar. The thick water mixed with cream doesn't do anything for me. The drinkability is decent though, you keep drinking for the first initial taste.

Re-reading this post, it seems I'm overly negative for a beer I scored at or above average. It is decent, drinkable and I would not shy away from this offering. I just wanted it to pull through to be a magnificent beer, and it fell a little short.

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Photo of curasowa
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Brown/red color with one finger of head that fades slowly with a curtain of lace.

Aroma: Toasted malt with some fruit syrup sweetness mixing in, mostly cherry.

Taste: Nutty, husky toasted malt with ample sweetness, followed by some earthy bitterness towards the back end. The malt profile takes back over for the lingering finish and is mostly nutty with some mild warming that increases as you go.

The Rest: Full bodied, almost creamy and highly drinkable, this beer has gotten me in to trouble a few times. It really hides it's 7% well and is one of my go-to's around town.

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Photo of animalchin
3.72/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a growler purchased 8-25 (day of review). No freshness date available.

A - Dark brown in the body with very bright red hues shining through the bottom and sides of the glass. Pours a nice half inch thick head that quickly breaks down but leaves about a centimeter of circumference head.

S - One of the sweetest upfront malts I've ever encountered in any beer. Sweet chocolate, mocha-like aromas come through afterwards assisted by a robust backbone.

T - Somewhat alcohol-infused sweetness upfront with a darker malty body that infuses, almost takes over, the overall taste experience. A lot of thick bread and yeasty features come through in the aftertaste. The modest mixture of strength and humbleness it very apparent.

M - Smooth - rather creamy, almost chewy body in the introduction, but the carbonation makes a late appearance.

O - Every time I go the local craft store here in Liverpool, I eye the Rohrbach growlers with a lot of purchase pressure. In the end, I'm happy to give the Scotch ale a try. It seems a modest (perhaps to modest) in the body and taste for a Scotch, but a lot of nice characteristics shine through. Up the ante a little bit! Otherwise, a beer worth the try.

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Photo of gabedivision
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 64 oz to a pint glass, g, you wit me?

Pours a nice dark brown with reddish hue, iced tea look with a 2 finger head that melts to a lace. Nice touch of caramel malts and sugary spice. Dark toasted malts, chocolates, sweet breadiness, slight coffee character with a some nice spice to blend the flavors nicely. Medium on the feel, leaves the mouth dry and awaiting the next sip. Overall i thought this was ok, i would probably try this again.

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Photo of generallee
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from tap and served in a pint glass at the Rohrbach brewpub.

Appearance: The body has a nice dark brown color with deep amber highlights. It raises an average 1.5 to 2 inch beige head. The head holds on well and makes some cool lacing on the glass.

Smell: In the nose I pick up a good toasted malts character with lots malt sweetness and candy like sweetness as well. (This candy like note reminds me of aroma notes in some German Doppelbocks.) Also way off in the background I get a hint of citrus and herbal hops.

Taste/Palate: The flavor is full of toasted malt and grain sweetness with some light fruity candy like sweetness as well. The hops offer a slight herbal back note and just the slightest bitterness near the finish. For such a firm malty beer it is quite drinkable and the sweetness never gets out of control. It has a smooth mellow feel with mild carbonation.

Notes: Overall I feel it is a well made and very enjoyable beer. Cheers!

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour gives a brew of deep red-brown. It is dark, but translucent, with carbonation visible around the glass. It initially throws a tannish head, but it immediately dissolves to speckled bubbles sitting across the surface. The odor is both malty and sweet. The latter is lent by apricot, cranberry, and passionfruit. There are also mild suggestions of citric hops and alcohol. The taste begins much like the aroma. There are obvious malts, with a mixing of grapey fruitiness. This becomes enhanced as the carbonation rolls the sweetness from end to end over the palate. The finish is a bit boozy, but otherwise clean with the simple tastes from the beginning, that never really left at all. This is true through to the aftertaste, which breaths with those same grapes and berries. The body is medium, with the carbonation towards the higher end of the spectrum. Despite the astringent fruitiness, the mouth is left surprisingly watery. It is not coated, but rather satiated. The abv is within range and the beer has a nice drinkability.

Overall, what we liked best about this brew was the overpoweringly fruity and, borderline tropical, aroma. It also gets bonus points for being local. That aside, the unexpected aroma was followed appropriately by a uniquely fruity taste, making for a solid offering.

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Scotch Ale from Rohrbach Brewing Company (Brewpub)
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 176 ratings