Scottish Ale | Trout River Brewing Company

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77
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30 Ratings
THE BROS
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Scottish AleScottish Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Trout River Brewing Company
Vermont, United States

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
We make our traditionally-brewed Scottish-style ale with nine different malts resulting in a complex, ultra-smooth, slightly sweet, full-bodied, malty ale.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
30
Reviews:
23
Avg:
2.86
pDev:
24.48%
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
0
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 30 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
2.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep reddish brown with virtually no head. Smell is nice, smoky with sweet sticky malt aromas.

The taste is pretty average. Caramel and sweet malt, hints of smokiness and a bit of spiciness/saltiness in the finish. Doesn't really assert itself and like other Trout River offerings, this one seems a bit haphazard with its flavors, like it can't decide what to be. Not a great aftertaste. I had no problem finishing it but it certainly nothing I wil try again.

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Photo of scottum
2.4/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep dark red amber iwth a small off-white head which is gone too quickly. A bit of a smokey/toasty thing going on in the malts. Noticable lack of hop balance. Mouthfeel is thin, yet still smooth. Drinkable, but why bother? and what the hell is that weird flavor?

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Photo of UnionMade
2.82/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The beer pours a deep amber mahogany, topped with a thin, weak beige mist. Tons of floaters in the beer, looking rather unappetizing. I'm assuming this is not intended.
Aroma is a chocolately caramel maltiness, with undetectable hops. Some stale fruitiness, with lots of winey oxodization. I think all beer needs a bottled on or best before dating system, since i did buy this in late spring, which I assume is the beer's season.
Risking a sip, i find that it still retains an excellent chocolatey caramel maltiness. Full bodied, with a definite aged carbonation, the kind the fizzes up in your mouth like warm soda. Some prune and rasin flavors linger, but the beer is mostly consumed by a sherry-like oxodization, with a bit of wet papery taste lingering after the sip.
It's a shame, because i expect this beer would be excellent if it wasn't so old. I probably could have managed to finish the glass, but I didn't think that would have been a good idea. The floating particles looked like evil sea monkeys.

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Photo of far333
2.91/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours an attractive caramel color with a beige low head, but what is all that "stuff" floating in the glass? Can't even see through it. Smell is inviting - roasted malt and caramel and hints of fig/raisin and chocolate. Mouthfeel is watery, but grainy at the same time from the floating "stuff." Some notes of roasted malt and raisin, but there is something odd coming through as well, like iodine. No hop profile. I can feel the "stuff" lining the inside of my mouth. I need to go gargle with a barleywine.

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Photo of Jason
2/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz brown long neck bottle with no freshness date. Faint pastel purple tartan in the back ground, what’s up with that?

Mahogany brown with lots of sediment particles floating around, the head drops quick to a thin bubbly lace.

Musty, cellary, steely, buttery, carob powder and faint burnt char smell in the aroma.

Mildly acrid palate of roasted malts, slick mouth feel with little carbonation. Odd fruitiness with faint esters tagging along right behind it. Yeasty with a steely flavour in the middle. Growing astrigent toasted and roasted flavour puckers the mouth with lots of dry husk.

Out of balance, lots of off flavours and nearly undrinkable. Here is a brew that gives “craft beer” a bad name. Don't bother with this brew.

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Scottish Ale from Trout River Brewing Company
2.86 out of 5 based on 30 ratings.
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