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Brewer's Reserve Scotch Ale | River Horse Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
River Horse Brewing Co.
New Jersey, United States

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by jtierney89 on 02-26-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.64/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of seedyone
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

02/27/13 A taste on tap. Labeled at venue as River Horse Scotch Ale Batch #12. Very smokey (which is not a fav in brews) & malty. A bit more alcohol and we would have Whiskey in The Jar. ( A tip of the hat to The Dubliners, The Pogues & Thin Lizzy, who later inspired Metallica.)

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of KTCamm
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours very dark brown with 1/4 inch white foam. Strong peat moss earthy nose. Fire smoked too. Taste has a bourbon/whisky like back, very earthy. Filling ground mouthfeel. Slightly cloying in the finish. Very well made.

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Photo of Huffs
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams glass, developed a great, off white to tan head which lasted and laced quite well. Appearance was a cloudy brown with slight reddish hints. Aroma was malty and sweet with slight notes of caramel, toffee and smoke. Taste was a pronounced smoke flavore with malty, sweet hints. Mouthfeel was full and creamy, though smoke still dominated. Aftertaste was...smoke..

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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of facundoCNB
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dark pour reddish black with 2 fingers of head, excellent lacing. Smells of chipotle, sweet malt bill, honey, has a whole awesome chipotle pepper kick to it. Medium body with moderate carbonation. A great scoth ale no doubt, lots of flavor, lots of abv to keep ya happy.

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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

Photo of Act25
3.51/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

What ever you do! Dont drink these beers - Scotch Ales, Barley wines - too cold!
They MUST warm to cellar temp to be properly consumed.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a .5l cyl beer glass.

Appearance: Dark and hazy beer. Pours a dark brown with fine, lazy rising bubbles. Medium tan, not long lasting head. Alas, no lacing.

Original taste that shocks your mouth with Peat, Smoke and whiskey flavors.

**I have since discovered the best use of a sweet Scotch Ale is to make a black and tan, say with an American IPA or Ale. Thats delish because it boldens the brew, provides backbone, and cuts the sweetness. Any one else try Black and Tans with Scotch Ales?

Smell: Smoky Peat and Scotch whiskey/malt dominates. Not too Sweet caramel, toffee. Nice smell. Better as it warms

Taste: Strong, peaty, smoky, complex, but finishing a little too sweet for me, and unless warm, not a great after taste. For me, too dessert like, cloying after. *Dont like dessert, sweet wines either. Like Wines with a bite and tang. A brown sugar plus scotch taste with peat and stale smoke. earthy hops, a complex, but slightly over-sweet taste. This is a wee better than OB's wee heavy because of the earthy, peaty, grassiness, but still too cloying for me, tho it's better when halved with an IPA.

Mouthfeel: Medium weight, low carbonation. Creamy, smooth, bring on the cheese. Alcohol and sweetness prominent. Dont love after taste, makes me want to get a cleaner, bitter American IPA to follow it.

Overall: If you like Scotch ale, Founders Dirty Bastard is a better path. But I rate this above Oskar Blues.

Now on a winter walk, or with some sharp and smelly cheeses, with room for one strong, powerful sipping beer, this could be a winner. Or, if you let it warm and drink it with cheese like a dessert wine, then it's pretty good, esp if you have a roaring fire going.

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2/5  rDev -44.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found in a distributor's variety pack.

Hazy burnt amber near brown color with a billowing pillowy head. Lots of peat malt, smells like a highland scotch, smoked savory meat. Bit nutty with touches of molasses and toffee.

Flavor a bit milder than the nose. Full body, savory smokey meaty flavored. Touch of sweet malt sweetness. The flavors really blend together well into one nice concise sip. No lingering sweetness, just leaves the mouth watering. A very nice beer that should maybe become a seasonal rather than a one and done type deal.

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Brewer's Reserve Scotch Ale from River Horse Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 21 ratings
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