Imperial Scotch Ale | Rohrbach Brewing Company (Brewpub)

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Brewed by:
Rohrbach Brewing Company (Brewpub)
New York, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by John on 01-25-2011

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Ratings: 4 |  Reviews: 1
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3.72/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From draft into a 12 oz stange, this beer was similar in appearance to Rohrbach's original scotch ale: a dark mahogony brown with slightly less clarity and very little head and sticky lacing subduing into a thin foamy film atop of the still of the beer. Smells of biscuity, bready malts and toffee and caramel with a tiny bit more hop aroma than its smaller version.

The first thing i notice when tasting is how well subdued the alcohol is in this beer potentially making it very dangerous. The original has snuck up on me plenty of times so i can only imagine what a couple more of these would do. It tastes a lot like the original as well as far as the malt profile goes but a bit more pronounced. Sweet with caramel, raisin and fig notes as well as a hint of maple and, uncharacteristic for this style but not uncharacteristic for Rohrbach's versions, not noticeably smokey or peaty. The hop bitterness is more prevalent in this version, tastes like cascade or something similar and for me, it just doesn't work well in this brew. I'm not arguing that the hops shouldn't be there, just not the amount of the particular variety used. Regardless, malt sweetness is still the star of the show and that's what i love about Rohrbach's scotch ale and many of their other beers, malt forward without being cloying.

Body seems the same as the original, med. to full, but i feel like it should be a little chewier due to the extra amount of malt i assumed they used to make it imperial, but its not. Still the mouth feel is rich and coating and the carbonation is medium and right for the style. This beer was overall enjoyable but it's hard to review when the original version that i love has been reincarnated many times and was always good and sometimes exceptional, however never consistent. Now, with a new brewer, it's always consistent and decent but not nearly as good as it was when it was at it's best. Some day I'll review the original scotch ale and go deeper into detail, the differences in the old versions and the version currently brewed.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of jillzee
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RUN-4-B33R
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of masonstorm
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smooth, strong, goes down easy for an imperial

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Imperial Scotch Ale from Rohrbach Brewing Company (Brewpub)
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 4 ratings