Scotch Ale | Rohrbach Brewing Company (Brewpub)

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Rohrbach Brewing Company (Brewpub)
New York, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-05-2001

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Ratings: 165 |  Reviews: 59
Reviews by utopiajane:
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 oberon
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled yesterday for about the fourth time,pours a deep amber with a touch of brownish tint a well formed tight thinner white head sits atop and sticks around for a bit.Malt aromas with is expected for the style mainly dark fruit and caramel malt mainly.A well rounded Scottish ale a few different malt based flavors going on quite fruity wich was appetizing with some brown sugar tones a hint of earthy hop in the finish but its faint along with some woodiness.I have yet to get over to Rohrbach's but I will in time this beer is pretty darn good for the style in my opinion.

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Photo of Zakk
2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

Photo of sponberg
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A pint on tap at the brewpub. Beautiful deep red/brown color, with a slightly thin cream colored head. Great aroma - honey, hints of smokiness, and a whiff of maple syrup. This one had potential...

... and delivered in a big, big way. The balance is what got me - sweet, with dark honey and toffee and hints of smokiness, but it's never at all cloying. Solid, chewy but not syrupy mouthfeel. The gentle underlying hop bitterness and alcohol presence just keep everything in "precise Modern Lovers order" - a beer I could enjoy again and again. One of the best Scotch ales I've had the pleasure of trying. And let me tell ya, it was simply spectacular alongside a bratwurst and kraut.

Many thanks to BAs John, Murtyman, and GreatPondBrewer for suggesting this brew the night before. Spot on, guys! Next time I hit Rochester I'm bringing serious growler tankage.

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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 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 alienlifeforcecube
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of westcott
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of rsquared59
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LXIXME
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MazdaGunner
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of mbratt93
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tries to be an Eddie fitz and its not. Still a good scotch ale.

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Photo of Calico
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Someone else in the pub remarked, "This beer is like candy." I'm not sure about that, but it is a malty brew.

Appearance: clear brown amber. Nice. A little cloudiness, to be expected in a Scotch ale.

Aroma: All about the malty sweetness, caramel nose, some kind of flowery hops but I can't tell what kind.

Mouthfeel: full, round-bodied, delicious. Very malty and caramely. Well carbonated.

Finish: Slight sweetness lingers on the tongue.

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Photo of mehereuthere
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of Sammy
3.06/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Their brew for craft brew appreciators, according to staff. Some scotch taste, pale brown colour. Nothing else stood out. Light to medium mouthfeel and well carbonated. On sweet side, caramel.Could use more something, hops, barley. Ok to drink once but boring.

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Photo of dailyminefield
3.9/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Thunderchief
4/5  rDev +0.5%

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 ChrisL24481
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of poohbearzeccola
3.2/5  rDev -19.6%

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 SweetBooze73
4.77/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hands down an exceptional beer. The look is dark but not so dark that you cannot see it's great amber tones. The smell of the beer is a pleasure to experiance and dosn't hit you with anything, strong or unpleasent. It smells like it tastes which is key to a great beer as long as both are favorable. Smooth and delicious taste and mouthfeel. The malt flows nicely throughout and the over all taste never lets up. In fact the best part of this beer is that the higher than average APV gives this beer a warming finish that keeps you comming back for more. I could drink this beer all day but more likely 5 or so might leave me under the table.

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Photo of spark3148857
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Cheld
4/5  rDev +0.5%

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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