The Distillery's Scottish Ale | CB Craft Brewers

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CB Craft Brewers
New York, United States

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by GreesyFizeek on 11-18-2013

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Reviews by TheBrewo:
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3.41/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

This brew was served on tap at The Distillery in Victor, New York. It arrived in a generic 24 ounce hefe glass, showing a deep, ruddy amber coloring. It held a one and a half finger tall head of sandy colored bubbles, showing excellent retention. This let go into a single sheet of lacing as it slowly bubbled away into a caking across the top of the liquid. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared to be active. The aroma gave notes of chlorine and pine-sol, chemical and medicinal phenols, toasty caramel and pale adjuncty graininess, wet dog sweatiness, cheap buttery diacetyls, maraschino cherry and cantaloupe fruitiness, tinny metallics, and distant smoked oakiness. As it came to temperature, warmer hints of brown sugar, wheat toast, and soft piney hops came forth, with the smokiness developing into more of a gentle peatiness. Our first impression was that the flavoring showed a bizarre mix of heavily smoked peat and syrupy, cloying synthetic fruitiness. The taste began with cardboard dryness, syrupy cherry and strawberry preserve fruitiness, tinny caramel malts, cooled banana and rye breadiness, and simple ale yeastiness. The middle came to a peak with paler grain brushed with sugary caramel sweetness, honeycomb, salt water taffy, raw cane sugar, wet campfire embers, and sweet banana esters. The end washed through with light but burnt butters, continued tin and aluminum metallics, red cherry sweetness, bitter grassy hops, mixed pale and adjuncty graininess, and dried leafiness. The aftertaste hit hard with heavy peat and burnt wood, overdone popcorn, caramel malt wash, bitterly soapy hops, resiny twig barks stickiness, gravel, adjuncts, and parchment paper. The body was light to medium, and the carbonation was medium to high. Each sip gave wet slurp and smack, with decent cream and froth on the pull. The mouth was left watered and satiated, but quickly dried with tannic astringency. The abv was appropriate, and the beer went down only okay.

Overall, the best thing about this beer was its arrival and glowing appearance. Showing up in this tall glass and sporting a luscious, well-retained head, it came across as inviting, and nicely warming. As soon as it hits the sense, however, is where you begin to question it. The first whiff was really quite suspect, with overcrowding of the malt bill by biting chemical inclusions. This same story is echoed in the taste as well, but the offenders are of synthetic fruits and an odd peaty quality that seems to come out of left field, almost as a novelty to sell the style. That said, things do improve as the beer warms. The nose evens out, more or less, and the taste gathers up a bit more of a balance. We are always happy to try a new CB’s offering, but this one, all around, just isn’t their best effort.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Distillery in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a golden amber brown, with a small quarter inch head and not much lacing.

Smells like caramel and toasted bread, with some sweet grainy-ness.

The taste is similar. Enjoyable enough, but slightly boring. Some mild caramel sweetness, a tiny bit of hop bitterness. Slightly watery, but again, enjoyable enough.

Light bodied, slightly watery for the style. Crisp mouthfeel. Low carbonation.

Not a world-beater by any stretch of the word, and slightly boring. It is the best option at most of these locations, though.

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3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of mhuber
5/5  rDev +33.3%

Pours clear, deep caramel color with a small head. Lots of lacing. Full bodied flavor with a nice hippy bitterness. The alcohol is prominent. Great beer!

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The Distillery's Scottish Ale from CB Craft Brewers
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 4 ratings
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