Loch And Lode | Harvest Moon Brewery

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Loch And LodeLoch And Lode

Brewed by:
Harvest Moon Brewery
Montana, United States

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by TheBishop on 10-29-2013

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 13
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%

this tastes like liquid caramel with a touch of earthy smoke, and its quite delicious. drinkability is an issue here for me though, there is a ton of residual sugar and the beer is pretty strong. the combo keeps me just sipping, and it doesnt warm up particularly well. not that the alcohol is exposed or anything, its not, it just gets sweet and heavy in the belly and the buzz sets right in. i like how sweet the grains are though, its its best and worst feature in one. its true to style, and really buttery not in a diacetyl way, but it a richness way. there is a hint of smoke mid palate too thats really nice, not peaty like a scotch, but just enough to make it interesting. carbonation is huge, maybe even too much for the traditional style, but overall i like this quite a lot, and for the montana breweries who package, harvest moon has been one of the better in my limited experience.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16oz can. Formidably punny name for a Scottish-style ale, I have to say.

This beer pours a clear, dark reddish-brown amber hue, with two pudgy fingers of billowy, densely foamy, and somewhat bubbly beige head, which leaves a broad array of mangled tree branch lace around the glass as it genially sinks out of sight.

It smells of sharply crackery and biscuity bready pale malt, a bit of musty caramel/toffee sweetness, dry dark-ish fruit esters (bruised pears and overripe apples, I guess), and leafy, weedy hops. The taste is gritty, sort of meaty caramel malt, wet saltine crackers, a further muddled, 'aged' drupe fruitiness, rain-soaked campfire ash, more leafy, weedy hops, and a suggestion of the idea of some kind of booze warming.

The bubbles are more or less seen and not heard (or felt, really), the body a sturdy, bellicose medium weight, and fairly smooth, the malt-shop character manifesting as such, except for the alcohol, but well, ya can't have everything, then, eh? It finishes on the sweet side, the biscuity caramel malt, and various hangers-on keeping the party that never stops, from, well, stopping.

Kind of cross between a Scottish Ale, and a Wee Heavy, a general problem I seem to have a little too much experience dealing with of late. Anyways, this is a pleasurable enough attempt at a more subtle than one might appreciate old-world style, whichever one it is that they were going for. Malty, single malt-adjacent, and a tad fruity - all the good stuff a Scotsman might look for in such a tribute of a brew.

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Photo of TravHutch
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This beer lacks character and depth. It is still a scotch ale, so it is better than 50% of the beer out there automatically. I was expecting something a little better from Harvest Moon. I guess I got my hopes up a little too much.

The taste was definitely pleasant and malty. The flavor definitely didn't last long though.

It is a nice color and does compare in color to Cold Smoke or Heavy Horse. (Of course done in a side by side "experiment").

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Photo of TheBishop
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

New offering from Harvest Moon Brewery. Good Scottish Ale pretty similar in taste to Cold Smoke out of Missoula. Available right now in 16 oz cans. I'm usually not a fan of Harvest Moon offerings but this one is a decent Scottish Ale worth the try. A little thin for my liking but a good drinking beer none the less

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Loch And Lode from Harvest Moon Brewery
3.64 out of 5 based on 13 ratings.
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