Scotch Ale
Rohrbach Brewing Company (Brewpub)

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Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #63
Ranked #8,910
3.97 | pDev: 11.84%
Rohrbach Brewing Company (Brewpub)
New York, United States
Very Good
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Reviews: 61 | Ratings: 174
Reviews by Imakoniver:
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4.17/5  rDev +5%
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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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of keithmurray
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
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 animalchin
3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
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 Knapp85
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smithj4
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of morrowd3
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of gabedivision
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
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 mrdalton
4.48/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An exceptional beer. Beautiful amber coloring. I cannot smell very well, but the taste is outstanding. It starts out with a faintly hoppy taste, maybe even a little sour, not sure if that's how I would describe it. But then as it goes down, you get a smooth, sweet taste and when I think of this beer, that's the flavors that come to mind.

Had this beer on tap at Railroad St. as well as in growlers from Beers of the World. Absolutely one of my favorites.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of SteveoNY
4.76/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Brown Growler printing on bottle. shrink sealed cap, vacuum sealed freshness.

Appearance: medium amber in color, short light tan head disipates quickly, thin sticky lacing.

Smell: semi sweet woodsy citrus smell

Taste: smooth sweet lasting malty notes, moderate carbination, very slight bitterness to finish.

Notes: local micro craft beer for me. 3rd time I have tried it, $8.99 glowler premium - $2.00 deposit. im sold again and again.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.77/5  rDev -5%
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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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of markmiller
3.13/5  rDev -21.2%
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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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of prisdefer
3/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
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 stortore
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stignacious
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NiceTaps
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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 sniper061
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
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 jpd026
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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Scotch Ale from Rohrbach Brewing Company (Brewpub)
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 174 ratings