Scottish Ale | Fearless Brewing Company

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Scottish AleScottish Ale

Brewed by:
Fearless Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 01-07-2005

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Ratings: 68 |  Reviews: 33
Photo of PougeMahone
1.71/5  rDev -52.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a tulip glass. head thin and disipated quickly.very little aroma,Not much in the way of either malt or hops the most prevalant flavour being metallic, not sure where that comes from but it is unplessant. i keep wanting to give this beer and brewer a chance, but this being my 4th try at this beer all purchased at differant times and differant locations and all with the same result, I would highly recomend staying away from this beer.

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Photo of Briken
2.33/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hazy rust colored with moderate foamy head and good retention. Some peat and floral sweet aroma. Strong peat up front give way quickly to stony, caramel end. Gritty, earthy floral notes and a slight aftertaste. Semi-dry and sticky with a light body and no bite.

This is not an easy beer to drink, even at 5.3%. It really begins and ends with caramel but the flavors through the middle don’t meld well. It seemed to be an attempt to make a beer taste like a scotch. A noble effort but not quite there. I thought this would be a no brainer to drink with Braveheart. I guess in the sense that both were gritty and lasted too long, then it works.

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Photo of Codycusey
2.39/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sweet and thin. Not to style

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Photo of Murrhey
2.49/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Solid two-finger off-white color head. Long retention. Orange-brown color with nice clarity.

S- Biscuity malts and some semblance of syrup? Strange smell and I wonder if it hasn't gone a bit skunky.

T- Biscuit malts and earthy flavor. Slight bitter finish. Not a lot to this beer in my opinion.

M- Medium bodied, thick, biting carbonation. Not bad, not good.

O- I liked this beer when I had it at Brew Fest. Not so much now. Very drinkable, but bland.

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Photo of Phelps
2.76/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sent by flexabull and poured into a tulip.

Hazy sunset ochre. On finger of fuzzy light tan head pops away to a ring at a good pace.

Smells like apple cider, earthy hops, lightly biscuity, a hint of caramel.

Flavor’s pretty much the same. There’s a heavy honey/apple flavor, almost as if the beer’s a bit oxidized. Earthy hops hit mid-palate and lend mild bitterness, acrid toasted bread lingers into the finish. Fairly clean after the swallow, but the apparent oxidation is pretty off-putting.

A few bubbles massage the tongue mildly in the medium-light body. Tastes and feels like apple juice. No hint of alcohol, so I guess it has that going for it.

This is my first taste of Fearless, and I can’t say it has me clamoring for another. Too many off-flavors going on in this can.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
2.87/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

On [email protected] Tabor Tavern in Portland, OR

Appearance - Served in a pint glass with sparse head, this ale is rustic orange in color and crystal clear. Not much in terms of lacing.

Smell - A bit grainy with light caramel notes.

Taste - Follows the nose. Grainy like a lager, with hints of caramel around the edges.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium in body with lively, tingly carbonation. Goes down well enough.

Overall - Hmm, not much for a Scottish. In fact, I'd never guess this was even an ale if I hadn't known beforehand. Really grainy character. Yeah, not a fan.

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Photo of kamikazeokami
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of JeffH
3.12/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.21/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a unique looking cherry wood stained color, a bit darker but like it changes color as I drink it. Has a nice dirty white cap.

S: Nose is faint with hints if toffee and caramel

T: Has a lightly toasted taste to it, elements of toffee and and cramel shine through with a very light booze presence.

M: A bit thin for the style, more body would be good

O: Average take ont he style. Not too shabby.

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Photo of chinchill
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

16 oz can purchased and consumed in Oregon.

Poured deep amber; clear.

Feel: Medium body and carbonation.

Mildly bitter -- a bit high for style -- and gets to moderate in aftertaste. No smoke but perhaps a faint touch of peat.

O: Light and hoppy for style. A very Americanized Scottish Ale.

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Photo of inthebeeraisle
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a 16 oz. can into an imperial pint glass.

A: A off-white head with low retention and very little carbonation. A wood stain red color, filtered and bright.

S: Low amount of nose on this thing. A burnt toffee aroma.

T: Definately a malty brew with some slight sweetness.

M: A thinner beer then I remembered. Lingered malt taste.

O: Above average, but not by too much.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can that I picked up at whatchamacallit market last night, after the brewer offered me a sample.

Clear amber color with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and lacing. The head does recede to a ring, leaving nothing much. The nose does have a rather prominent toasted malt character with a rather strong earthy hop character. Very twiggy. The palate opens with a blend of toasted malt and brown sugar, mildly burnt. However, there isn't enough of a body to carry these flavors. Just a light toast and not a particularly nutty backbone. Decent. Medium-light in.body with a drying, mildly bitter finish, there's some herbal character here. Decent stuff, a little more body would hugely improve things here. I feel like I'm being harsh here, but this beer really has promise to be better

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Photo of tone77
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A big shout out to woodychandler for providing this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is rather mild, some malts. Taste is also malts up front, a bit nutty, just a touch of hops. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a MacAndrew's thistle glass. Pours a slightly cloudy caramel amber. Thin fine head dissipates quickly to a thin film and ring around the glass, slight lacing. Aroma mostly caramel malt with slight bready malts, sweet. Taste is mild toffee, caramel malt, a bit of bisquity malt in the middle. Finishes mild caramel malt, a bit watery. This has all the right elements for a Scottish ale, but flavors are weak. Could be very nice with more assertive flavors. Light to medium bodied, too light for the style.

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Photo of NOLTERN
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I poured this delightful brew from the tall boy can into my one-sided pint glass. It had been a few years since I had last had this scottish ale, and I was quite exuberant upon my reunion with it.

The appearance is beautiful. This ale has a nice deep dark amber colour.

The smell grabs you by suprise from the appearance in that it has a well rounded scent almost similar to a fine german lager, yet it is an ale.

Now for the taste: Malty, hoppy, delightful. The hops take a backseat to the malt, who remains at the wheel. This is what I enjoy on a fine winter's evening.

The mouthfeel does leave a little to be desired and overall this ale is a little lighter and thinner than other scottish ales, but nonetheless, it is a fine ale, a fine ale indeed.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16oz can. The label imagery and text seem to be a blend of Nordic and Scottish lore.

This beer pours a hazy, yet bright medium orange brick amber hue, with three fat fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly beige head, which leaves a few instances of dispersing cloud lace around the glass as it gently subsides.

It smells quite softly of bready, biscuity caramel malt, muddled drupe fruit, a wisp of wet smoke, and a vegetal dryness. The taste is more of the same, but at least comes across as a bit more tactile - bready, slightly buttery caramel malt, meek brown sugar-covered apple and pear, and very subtle earthy, leafy hops.

The bubbles are duly present, in a sparsely frothy manner, the body a sturdy medium weight, and a bit thin in its smoothness, though some airy creaminess manifests as things warm. It finishes still well off-dry, the malt carrying on as anything without competition might.

A drinkable enough, if rather plain Scottish Ale, the malt somewhat underwhelming all by its lonesome, which I suppose is its lot in the life chosen for it. Glad I was able to procure but a single of this, as I don't think I would have much use for the remainder of the 4-pack it is sold in around here.

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Photo of OakedCanuck
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16oz can poured into cervoise. Thanks to pdxbear for the hookup

This beer pours a nice copper, clear with good head formation and retention (slightly off-white). Lacing was minimal but a few strings present. Smell was quite grainy with an infusion of caramel/toffee sweetness. Some bready malts as well. Taste was strong sugars (caramel, chocolate sugar, some brown sugar) but was complemented with some dark fruits. A touch of hazelnut as well. Mouth was a bit thin, slightly metallic. Overall this is a decent canned Scotch. I enjoyed the integration of the sweet sugars as it wasn't overwhelming.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Proclaiming the Clackamas River magical waters? That might be fearless.

pours an orange kissed golden hue, crystal clear, with a solid foamy head of a finger and a half that never fully fades and leaves impressively chunky lacing. Some ruby highlights shine through.

aroma is unfortunately faint. malts, a bit of grain. maybe a hint of peat and a touch of char... not a whole lot going on.

a bit more flavor than the aroma would lead one to believe. sweet malt, peat, earth. nutty... and a bit of nutty bitterness and astringency. Pleasant.

Mouth is smooth and almost creamy. A bit on the light side... almost watery. Must be that Clackamas River water? A plesantly peaty lingering bitterness. Certainly palatable, but a touch more body would have helped the flavors shine.

Impressively drinkable. A bit light on aroma and a touch thin, but certainly a nicely drinkable ale, not bad for the style.

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Photo of Eighty
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of BeerBucks
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Maillard
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Chris-MOC9
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Donkster46
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Kopfschuss
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Chou
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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