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Laughing Lab Scottish-Style Ale | Bristol Brewing Company

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Laughing Lab Scottish-Style AleLaughing Lab Scottish-Style Ale
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3.74/5
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243 Ratings
Laughing Lab Scottish-Style AleLaughing Lab Scottish-Style Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bristol Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
bristolbrewing.com

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-04-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#23,647
Reviews:
95
Ratings:
243
pDev:
12.83%
Bros Score:
4.16
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
40
Trade:
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Ratings: 243 |  Reviews: 95
Photo of Texasfan549
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of GRG1313
2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

not a scotch ale as i am used to having them, but distinct in its own way. pours a lighter shade of brown, with a fair head. nose is sweet roasted malts, and a hit of smoke? burnt sugars in the taste, this is a very very sweet beer. doesnt quite stack up to the best scotch ales ive enjoyed, but a decent brew nonetheless. has a nice warming effect and goes will with just about anything in the fridge. above average

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As a dog lover myself, I find great satisfaction seeing the panting Labadore on the label- always make these K-9 friends of ours appear to be laughing. Of course I give the beer all 5's, right?

Bright but dark in appearance, the conflicting descriptors seem an oxymoron at first. But dark garnet, ruby and mahogony in its saturated hues, the beer prevails in a brilliant depth of clarity- albeit slightly ominous. Medium-stern in its ivory-stained foam stance, the beer retains fairly well but it laces with blanketed quilted patterns in its wake.

Toffee and toast take hold in its sweet and malty scent. Backed by the dark fruit-fermented fruitiness of cherry and plumb- its complex nose does more that just imply simple syrups. Lightly charred bread, toasted peanuts and deep caramel give impressions of peanut brittle. Heavily caramelized sugars bleed into the alcohol scent to provide an overall roundness of fruitcake with spiced rum masculinities.

Malty-sweet and strong caramelization gives its taste a bread pudding flavor and feel. Sweet alcohol support is rummy, peppery and offers a dash of cinnamon. Light cola nuts, coffee grounds, and chocolate can be found underneath the caramel and bread taste.

Medium-full with hearty malt structure, its deeply embedded carbonation and starchy feel results in a firm creamy texture. The beer slowly proceeds toward a semi-dry finish with light spicy bite, rummy alcohol warmth, and mild grain-derived astringency.

Laughing Lab is a classic example of a Scottish-inspired, American-brewed crafted ale done well. But it needs more boldness in character, depth, and dryness to compete with the best that Scotland has to offer. But any fan of Porter or Brown Ales won't have any qualms about this beer in their glass.

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2.68/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottled April 2012. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Expectations are high on account of me friend Brendan's recommendation. Reviewed live.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm slightly over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 3.5 finger head of beige colour, nice cream, good thickness, and great retention. Colour is a clear textbook amber. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Yeast, heavy toasted malt, cream, and clean malts. Quite light amber hopping. A mild strength aroma.

T: Amber hops and malts, some caramelization and toasted character, cream, and hints of light barley. Fairly balanced and built. Not horribly complex or subtle. I guess I like it.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Adequately carbonated. Fair thickness.

Dr: Drinkable but somewhat boring. I wouldn't have it again. A decent example of the style.

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Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a pillowy head that persists fairly well and leaves a few shards of lace to boot

Smell: A nutty caramel aroma with a touch of wood

Taste: Opens with a caramel flavor that adds a toasted malt element by mid-palate; after the swallow, it becomes a bit grainy but the caramel flavors persist

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Easy to drink and a nice representation of the style, although I am not crazy about the grainy element

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Photo of LXIXME
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Rifugium
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at their brewpub / tasting room

Poured a clear reddish-brown, not too dark, with little to no head to be spoken of. Aroma was of sweet malts, caramel apples, and other light fruits. Taste of caramel malts, Mary Janes, and some indistinct fruit. Not bad, but a little weak overall, in flavor, body, and in alcohol. A 5.3%ABV is quite low for a Scottish ale, though I suppose that adds to its drinkability, yet I really didn't have a desire to have any more after one session.

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Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smcolw
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber in color; thin head throughout the tasting; good lace. Very mild aromas, nearly no hop smells, the rest was a sweet malt nose.

There is a touch of hop balance, but the beer stays true to its style. Delicious crystal and chocolate malts come through. The aftertaste is pleasant malt, but it isn't sweet (Yes!). The beer features a medium to full body and has a relatively high carbonation for the style.

This is a very nice scottish ale although I sense it teeters close to the Brown Ale style. Still, I would recommend it.

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Photo of russpowell
3.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a sixer, might as well review

Pours copper/brown with a finger of sand colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Toasty malt in abundance, a bit of toffee

T: Slight smokiness, toasty malt, slight leafy hoppy presence & brown sugar. Dryness, more toasted malt, toffee & a hint of sulphur as this warms. Finishes with some singed caramel, more toffee & more dryness

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation, not quite as beefy as it is on draft

Easy drinking, much better on draft, but a nice session beer in the bottle

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Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark brown with a thin crème head. Nose is leafy with a fruit tone. Flavor brings a hearty fruit tone. Seems slight apples. Smooth. More sweet than earthy. Feel is low on carbonation and liquid is fairly smooth. Easy to drink. Medium level of complexity. Pretty nice.

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Photo of Tone
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, brown color. 1/5 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of caramel malt, slight earthy malt, hint of nut, slight chocolate, and a hint of grain. Fits the style of a Scottish Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of caramel malt, sweet malt, hint of earthy malt, hint of chocolate, and a hint of grain. Overall, poor appearance, but good aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep amber color, a rustic crimson, really, with a nice, but thin, topping of creamy foam above.
Aroma, crisp, dry, yet fruity, the bright, sweet kind.
Decent tasting, too, nice and ripe, replete with dark fruits and caramel maltiness, rich and redolent of the slicker, sweeter things in life, pretty candyish. Not as vigorous in the mouthfeel or the body as I'd like, but, again, decent. Finish is sweet and tasty, and lasts just long enough. Actually, it just got a touch too cloying right at the end.
Nice beer, actually, I think the operative word was "decent"...ayup.
Thanks to tavernjef for sharing this after bringing it back from the SouthWest.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle
Bottled On: Jan 2016

Pours a very nice clean/clear dark golden brown color, very nice carbonation, with a pretty nice small thick/creamy off-white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, sweet, kinda wheaty, caramel. The taste is malty, sweet, kinda wheaty, with some caramel. Medium body. Overall, a tasty brew.

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Photo of Erik-P
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of beernads
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Springs Orleans in Colorado Springs. Ah, a nice Scottish ale. It's a little peaty and a touch smoky, with a clean caramel and toast malt character. It's simple and tasty. I like it. The body is lighter and balanced. As in, it's easy to drink. I'll have another.

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Photo of afsdan
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of sd123
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bman1113vr for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a murky orangish-brown color with a white head. The aroma is very malt with bready and toffee notes, but I really expected some sort of peat smoke aroma. The flavor is peat smoke as well as toffee and caramel malts. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Lightly cluded chestnut color. Poured a 1 finger biege head that dissipated. Broken, clingy lacing.

S: Very earthy grain smell. Foiundation of butter and toasted malt.

T: Butterscotch and toasted malt up front. Some fruits and citrus (lemon peeo). Nice big bitter finish to balance with lingering malts.

M: Ligh side of medium body. Low carbonation.

D: Very flavorful and not too filling. Definitely a beer that grew on me. ABV and body will bring me back to this one.

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Laughing Lab Scottish-Style Ale from Bristol Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 243 ratings
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