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CB's MacBubba | CB Craft Brewers

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CB Craft Brewers
New York, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Fall

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Added by MasterSki on 10-17-2011

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Ratings: 55 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by yesyouam:
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2.8/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

MacBubba Scotch Ale is a slightly hazy, dull copper ale with a thin, sand colored head that fades to a film. The beer is turbulent enough to keep the film in motion. A kind of faint, dark malt aroma has a touch of sweetness and a grassy note. Melanoid is detected. It's medium light bodied and pretty watery. The finish is sharp and it leaves the teeth a little gritty. It tastes a quite sweet up front, but that gives way to a leafy bitterness and maybe a touch of phenol. The finish is a little... cheesy. Well, it's beer, anyway.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
3.92/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Clear mahogany, tiny bubbled two fingers of froth on top.

SMELL: Dark bread, dried plums, brown sugar, mild biscuit, yeast, herbal hop

TASTE: Smooth, sweet, toasty, bready, yeast, hop spice, woody, dried grassy, very faint peak smoke, husk, semi-sweet finish

Love how this one is not trying to over power with a sickly sweetness, smoke and a massive level of alcohol. A handful of brewers like to overdue this style, a subtle one at that. CB's version is right on track.

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Photo of westcott
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Ctoastcrunch
4.45/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JacobJustus1
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber, decent carbonation, little to no head from a slower pour.

S: Not much at first. Light bready malts ala an English Pale. Little hops. As it warms a little, more smells . Some sweet sugary aromas, and a little dark fruit of some sort.

T: Pretty good. Malty sweetness flavor pop a little, hops provide a dull, but still present edge.. Definitely some caramel, and very light chocolate and floral notes. Butterscotch as well. Doesn't quite all flow naturally though.

M: Decently Creamy, enough fizz to make it pop a little.

O: Not shabby, but not Very Good either. I feel it would really benefit from having some more bitter notes to tie it all together... It doesn't feel very well defined and assertive, even though there are some good flavors here. I am new to the style though, only having had Founder's Dirty Bastard before. I think that set the bar high. I've had worse craft beers, but there's so many other beers I would go to first. Peace!

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Photo of ABokononist
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours caramel creamy brown. A bulked up mouthfeel. Decent drinkability. Slightly smokey, toasted. Raisins. Lace lines. Not a bad one for the style.Some extra courtesy of a generous participant, and a little ageing helped. Somewhat sweet, though not cloying.

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Photo of UnderStageMan
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The_Doubtful_Guest
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of poohbearzeccola
2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of spark3148857
4.25/5  rDev +25.4%

Photo of Cgclar01
4.62/5  rDev +36.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.41/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at CB Craft Brewers in Honeoye Falls, NY.

This one pours a caramel-esque brown, with no real head or lacing.

Smells quite sweet, lots of caramel and brown sugar, with a little bit of chocolate.

This isn't all that great, but it's not horrible. It's way too sweet for the style, and falls a little bit flat in terms of flavor complexity- it's just sugary sweet malt, with just a little bit of chocolate to keep things slightly interesting.

This is fairly light bodied, too light for the style, with a lower level of carbonation.

Another miss in the CB's lineup.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Black in the glass, one finger off white/brownish head.

S-Peat, roasted/smoked malt, slight coffee and some dark chocolate.

T-Peat, smoked malt, coffee, chocolate, nutmeg, some brown ale similiarities, not much bitterness and the balance is off.

M-Medium bodied but not much carbonation.

O-Too much smoke. Almost like a smoked ale. Balance needs to be improved.

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Photo of BGsWo22
2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of Nyrangersgrrl
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FHayes
4.04/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerBucks
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of kuhndog
3.71/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of atr2605
3.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours an a deep amber with an off white head with decent retention
S-caramel, toffee, toasted marshmellow
T-tons of rich caramel and toffee, with a bit of toasty biscuit in the finish and a nice caramelized sugar flavor like freshly made peanut brittle
M-medium bodied and average retention
O-pretty solid scotch ale, I wouldn't seek it out again but wouldn't mind drinking it if it was available

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Photo of mrpoizun
3.74/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Flavor is peaty, slightly hoppy, a bit sweet. I suppose that's the Scotch Ale style, but it's not one I particularly care for. Drinkable, but nothing special.

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Photo of medic25
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Rock_Glenn
2.68/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Heavy, even for a wee heavy. Pours more brown than red, to my surprise. Tastes thick of malt, with little hopping. Tastes bitter somehow, but not of hops. Sweet flavors come on strong and dissipate slowly. Too sweet and thick to be enjoyable.

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Photo of kelseyr713
2.58/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of TheBrewo
3.24/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

We pour a reddish chestnut colored brew. It holds a brief one finger head of massive white bubbles. This goes quickly, leaving wet flecks of lacing dripping down the sides of the glasses. There is a moderate haze to it, with a few bits of sediment noted. Carbonation appears near nonexistent. The aroma shows dark and sweet caramel malts. There is a mild leather quality to the back, with a hearty metallic twinge of light adjuncts and yeast. It is a bit boozy on the back. Our first impression is that the flavoring is decent, with a surprising smoke to the back. The flavoring opens with mild sweetness of caramel malts, and a faint smokiness to the malts. This is a very mild start. We move to the peak with an enhancing sweetness, and a deepening to the malts, with light coffees and darker, more roasty caramels. The finish is awash with watered malts and light adjuncts, as in the nose, with a final hint of that same, cooked caramel sweetness. The booze, which began faintly in the middle, shows up more robustly in the very end, with nutmeg and black pepper spice. The aftertaste breathes of booze, hot leather, mild char, caramel sweetness, and adjuncty grain. The body is lighter, and the carbonation is medium. The mouth is coated with a fine astringency, and tea-like tannin dryness. There is otherwise pleasant slurp and smack, but little overt froth to the lips. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks decently.

Overall, what we liked best about this brew was the aroma. They gave depth through sharp additions, with those notes of leather, and that faraway smokiness to the malts. This was quite inviting, and appropriately warming, but the flavoring fell short, and was a bit washed out by the end. The feel was equally as thin and disappointing, as we would expect something heartier to hold up against such bold flavorings required by the style.

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