Laughing Lab Scottish-Style Ale | Bristol Brewing Company

BA SCORE
83
good
238 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
Ratings:
238
Reviews:
95
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
13.35%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
40
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 238 |  Reviews: 95
Photo of agirlandherpen
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I purchased this at a local beer/wine store in a mixed 12 pack. The label indicates it was bottled in late October (and it is now December 19th). It poured a dark brown, clear with very small head to it. Excellent carbonation with a nice mouthfeel to it. I find it on the thin side in taste, as I was hoping for a more robust beer. However, It definitely has roasty malt overtones. Its good if you just want to sit back and watch some TV, but I am not a huge fan.

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Photo of brokentee
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Photo of jfstilling
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Tone
3.56/5  rDev -3%
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 mcb4538
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of LambicKing
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of TheBishopco
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of bmwats
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from a tap into a standard pint.

a: medium brown. 1 finger foamy white head. leaves a substantial beer ring as it settles. very strong lacing.

n: hops, baked bread, and a liitle oregano and basil.

t; slightly sweet (almost artificially so), peaty malt, and a bit of a bittersweet lemon rind.

m: light but full flavored. pungent throughout but a bit of a synthetic sweet twang kind of lingers.

d: easy drinking.

atmosphere is good. nice head and lacing. nose is sweet and grain components. flavor is grain and sweet but has a synthetic feel. overall this is a pretty decent quaff.

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Photo of swelleriffic
5/5  rDev +36.2%

Photo of JRod1969
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of MsRif
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at their brewery. Poured a nice amber color with a very small head that receded quickly and left no lacing. Smelled of caramel, sweet malts and molasses. A little bit funky smelling. Tasted sweet...all sweet flavors that I got from the nose of the brew...still a little funky. I think maybe the funk flavor was from some earthy hops, though I'm not sure. Pretty malty, very sweet. A little above average...a good enough beer. Nothing too memorable.

Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Not nearly as boozy as I am used to for the style, but that's not really a bad thing as it does make it more drinkable. I wouldn't have more than one, but I can see the appeal of this one. Try it once and see what you think.

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Photo of bigaltemple
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours cola-brown in color, with red hues at the edges when held to light. Two finger, soapy, tan head settles to a fingernail width cap leaving some spotty lacing.

S - Rich, dark caramel malt backbone. Some hints of baking bread. Mild hops underneath.

T/M - Sticks close to the nose. Roasted breadiness with caramel/toffee notes. Finishes with a nice hop bitterness, leaving a mild aftertaste. Smooth, medium body with light carbonation.

O - Consistently good local brew. Always a pleasant treat, as I tend to pass it up because it is always around.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
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 blakelive784
3.89/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass:

A - Pours a non-transparent, dark amber/brown color. Head is off white, 1 finger, and fades fast.

S - Toasty malt, a hint of smokiness, and some tart fruit all present and in balance on the nose. Quite nice.

T - Strong malty caramel tones balanced by light, fruity hops. Quite sweet, with a nice smoky bite.

M - Smooth and wet. Medium bodied.

D - A very fine example of the style. Nice, malty and simple, this one I'd have again.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Laughing Lab pours a full amber brown color, mostly transparent except for the darkest parts of the glass, with a small off-white white cap.

Smell: Caramel malt, some bruised red apple and orchard fruit, toasted grains, a bit of woodiness.

Taste: Caramel sweetness sits on top of toasted grains. Muted orchard fruits precede a soft wood flavor and a lightly citric finish.

Mouthfeel: There is a soft creamy feel stemming from a fairly light carbonation. Medium bodied.

Overall: I thought this was a decent beer, but so far nothing in this style has truly inspired me.

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Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
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 Rifugium
3.23/5  rDev -12%
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 DelMontiac
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a 20oz weizen glass at Cheddars, 11136 Rampart HIlls View, Colorado Springs, CO.

Yes, for starters, it was served in the wrong glass, but I didn't care. Note that on the ticket, they called it Laughing Lab Pilsner. Ha! Oh well, that's another review.

Classic bronze/brown color with ruby highlights and a very nice 2-3 finger bulging tan head that produced a grand lace on the tall glass. May not have been in the appropriate glass, but it still looked nice.

Aromas were of sweet malts and dark fruit. Slight sweet pipe tobacco as well.

Flavor was more of the same. Sweeter than what I imagined. Bready, dark fruit (plum, raison), slightly buttery, faint chocolate hint, a bit muted in the hops department, but still very good. Like it a lot.

Okay mouthfeel. Slightly prickly carbonation. A good dinner brew.

The abv felt higher that what's listed here, but then I'm not used to the elevation either, if it matters much. I was very impressed with this beer. Why in the hell didn't I buy some to bring back home with me?!

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer that this brewpub is known for. It's a pretty deep red that's clear with little foam. The aroma is thin with a hint of malt and grain. The taste was good, nice malts with caramel and pine. It's fairly smooth but the body seems a bit light for a scotish.

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Photo of cbonham
5/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm with the others here. I've purchased this beer several times (most recent purchase was just on Sunday night), and cannot get enough of it. The color is a darkish amber, and you can definitely smell the malts in the beer. It goes down very smoothly as well.

Compared to all of the other local brewing companies, such as Trinity and Phantom Canyon, I think this scottish ale really stands out. The head, once the beer is poured, is manageable. I'll definitely continue to drink this in the future.

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Photo of rawfish
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a slightly haze but a nice deep amber with auburn highlights when held up to the light. Capped with a thin off white half inch head which doesn't retain very well and trails of spotty lacing on the glass.

Initial aroma is full of raw and toasted grain and chewing tobacco and as the beer warms a bit of sweetness mixed with cocoa powder comes out. Hop profile sits in the back, rather grassy. Nice mix so far not overly sweet.

Sweetness is very muted for the style though not a bad thing malt profile is bready with a light syrup coating, lots of toasted grains, somewhat gritty. Hops are layered back grassy and herbal not very bittering but adding to the raw grainy taste of this brew. Slightly acidic on the finish.

A little below average on the body and a high biting carbonation, which doesn't seem necessary since the beer isn't overly sweet. Aftertaste is a bit acidic but well drying and no stickyness.

Props to Bristol's on this brew, there's nothing intense about it but it's well made and constructed with a good knowledge of the style. A bit less carbonation or increased sweetness could've done this some good, appreciable grain and malt feel.

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Photo of KJay1408
4.6/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I'm really pumped to be reviewing this brew, I tried it on tap at the Bristol Brewing Co in Colorado Springs CO. and had to get some more before I traveled back to Nebraska.

A: Poured into a glass. Pours a beautiful deep copper/red, slightly cloudy, with about one finger worth of head, which quickly dissipates to a bit of white lace. 4/5

S: Some hops, blended with a good dose of malt aroma, slightly bready. A great smell for a Scottish style ale, but could use just a hair more hops. 4/5

T: Excellent, starts out slightly sweet and malty with hints of biscuit flavor and hops. Soon it transitions to a beautiful light to mild hop bitterness balanced by a lingering malty sweet/biscuit taste. 7/5

M: Very good, a nice substance feel that isn't thick like a milk/cream stout, nor is it watery like mega brewery "Beer". It is a nice balanced feel that seem appropriate for the brew

O: Easily one of the best beers I've had, and the best Scottish ale I've gotten to try. It is a very balanced brew that leans toward the malty side of things, but doesn't go overboard. The hops are minimal but detectable, which is appropriate for the style. If you're a fan of Scottish Ales this one is more than worth a try, and if you're not a fan of Scottish ales this one might change your mind. An awesome brew. 4.9/5

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Photo of JayS2629
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nicely balanced copper/brown beer with a medium white head, nice retention, and ok lace. The smell is of sweet malts, toasted grains, caramels, toffee, and earthy, grassy elements. Nutty flavors with a hint of roasted qualities. Nice toasted malts, caramels and sweet toffee with some earthy, grassy hops balanced in well. A nicely balanced, medium bodied, very drinkable beer. Very well done.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap yesterday at the Bristol Brewing Company in Colorado Springs. A favorite of both my wife and her friend yesterday, I found it to be not so bad myself. Poured a reddish brown color, with an ecru head on top. Aromas of bread dough, sweet malt and earthy hops. On the palate sweet malt, caramel and a very slight smokiness.

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Photo of ScorpyX
4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful, cloudy dark amber brown with a small off0white head which quickly dissipates.

S: Love the malt smell. It has a sweetness to it to be sure. Caramel and sugar are the accompaniment. Doesn't engulf the sense, but it's there.

T: Pretty malty and a toasted quality leads the way. Not too complex, but it works. It has the usual sweetness, but it doesn't dominate.

M: Medium-bodied and smooth. It might be the drink's strongest quality.

D: Nothing about it really blows me away, but the decent taste and good moderate body make it quite drinkable. This is definitely a beer I can return to.

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Laughing Lab Scottish-Style Ale from Bristol Brewing Company
3.67 out of 5 based on 238 ratings.
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