Back Country Scottish Ale | Lewis & Clark Brewing Company

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Back Country Scottish AleBack Country Scottish Ale
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Back Country Scottish AleBack Country Scottish Ale

Brewed by:
Lewis & Clark Brewing Company
Montana, United States

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-31-2002

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Ratings: 33 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by Murrhey:
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3.14/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz can into a pint glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- Two-finger khaki-colored head atop a smoky whiskey colored body. Walnut and relatively high clarity. Middling.

S- Nice peaty, smoky aroma with roast malts and some surprising sweetness. Maybe a bit muted, but pleasant.

T-Roasty, maybe even a tad overdone. Finishes bitter. Caramel, whiskey, tobacco.

M- Juicy medium bodied feel with minimal carbonation. Finishes wet.

O- Middling beer. Montana does Scotch Ales very well (in my experience) and this one doesn't compare.

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Photo of oberon
2.94/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep brown with a little orange tint with chunks and floaties swirling all around with a thin off white head that is gone pretty quickley,very chewey malty aroma with some bitter chocolate and a little butterscotch in there wich was nice.Wow some odd flavors that were pretty unexpected starts out with buttery taste but quickly becomes sour with a little coffee in there but the sourness is overpowering whoo!Uh no Scottish ale I have had tastse like this tastes like Barley Creek Brown Ale I had up in PA and I didnt like that either.

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Photo of DoubleSkunk
4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of Diggy
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of drinkin-beeers
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of ChrisCage
3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- I like the label of looks different than the one pictured here on BA....a Scotsman holding a keg on his shoulder and bagpipes on the other. The coloring is a nutty brown....chestnut to be exact, with a caramel colored foamy head that retains quite well, simmering down to a thick-ish dense layer over the brew. Lacing is modest at best but the bit of foam that clings, does stick well.

S- This has huge toffee aromas right up front, mixed with some milk chocolate sweet malt....reminds me exactly how a Skor or Heath bar smells, but of course to a lesser degree. No real hop presence.... just sweet roasted malt.

T- Tastes pretty much as it smells....lots of sweet, but roasted malt. The finish does dry up with more bitter dark chocolate/coffee bean flavors noticeable. Overall, there is a nutty character that coats the palate throughout the tasting experience. Hops are present as well on the finish, but are muted, and slowly grow on the palate after the swallow.

M- A little thinner than I would have liked/expected, but the carbonation is low, providing for a creamy mouthfeel overall. Just wishing it was thicker, such as I've experienced before.

D- I am enjoying this with dark chocolate covered almonds and the pair go really well, both being bittersweet/nutty! Other than this, the beer is something that I wouldn't need to have again, but wouldn't turn down. I am happy with enjoying a bottle of this but then moving on. Still, not bad, just not great!

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5/5  rDev +43.7%

Photo of SamuelMiller
3.19/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jrsqc7
2.95/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bland bland bland. Not bad. But very bland. Malt profile is meh. Not great not terrible. Could really use some more of whatever malts they use. It's sessionable which the can states is their goal but man I can see my feet through a full glass from the top down. Not the best scotch but not terrible.

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Photo of BarBEERian
2.65/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The Back Country Scottish filled the glass in the usual dark-chestnut-colored way you'd expect from any decadent Scottish. Based upon the BarBEERians's love for Blackfoot River's Scottish, I had pretty high hopes for this beer. But right away, with a quick sniff of the brown brew in front of me, my normal reservations about Lewis and Clark returned. I had trouble picking up any heavy scent outside of maybe just a light brushing of roasted malt or toffee. The taste was mind-numbingly watery, almost as if an ice cube or two were thrown into any already regular, but thin, Scottish Ale. Further sips revealed an initial sweetish burst of flavor with some touches of light caramel. I was searching for some muscle hidden behind the sweeter facade and watery curtains, but the only things that appeared were some very, very light roasted malt notes drenched in a thin mouthfeel. Not exactly the Scottish I wanted or expected.

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Photo of muskiesbadgersnbeer
3.99/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Mikexw
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of elektronen
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MichaelMeister
2.63/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I have had better Scottish Ales to be sure. I expected a smoother character to this beer, but received more of a bitterness than expected. The aftertaste was a bit harsh for my liking. I actually made a clonebrew of this beer and tried to tweak it to make it less bitter, but to no avail. It was definitely a clone!

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Photo of neckbeered
2.75/5  rDev -21%

Photo of jpuetz
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of beerguy101
2.68/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark Red color. Small white foamy head. Aroma is malty and sweet. A lighter bodied "scotch?" ale. Toasted malts, black barley. Hops are spicy and slightly bitter. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean. Aftetaste is slightly sweet. Biggest problem is that it dosn't really taste like a scotch ale, more like an amber or something.

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Photo of beernut7
2.78/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I was not at all impressed with this beer. The predominant flavor was that of roasted malt rather than a smoky caramel malt. The body was too light. The beer was refreshing, but does not fit well in the Scottish style.

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Photo of casapy
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sark
3.19/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance- orange brown, light brown 2 finger head that's got a good velvet consistency

Smell- toasted and toffees are first to note, followed by a little dark fruit and brightness from the hops

Taste- a little tart on the front, toasted grains and malt sweetness slowly come back but the finish is also a bit astringent. Perhaps I ate something strange but the flavors seem a bit skunked, not noticing the hops.

Mouthfeel- medium body, fast fade in flavor

Overall- Quite surprised at the sub-standard taste this left me with. Not sure if I was hit with a bad batch but it left me without any of the standard rich notes of a Scottish.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.61/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep dark brown/red with caramel foamy head. Moderate lacing.

Sweet like candy, earthy peaty grains, murky and mold aroma. Pretty spot on for a scotch ale.

Dry, missing creaminess, a bit light in complexity and flavor. For being so dark I expected more rounded robustness, underpowered for a Wee Heavy. Good carbonation and flavor balance, but it could be more in depth. Sweetness runs abound with no real direction. Funky bitterness.

Yeah, I recommend, but it's certainly been topped before. Great ice cold and served while camping.

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Photo of beergoot
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Deep mahogany and brown colored body; the head starts thick, rich and creamy, then dwindles to a thin yet persistent state; nice rings of lacing on the glass. Nuts and toffee aroma; faint charred sugars. Brown sugar and caramel flavors with a decent bitterness throughout; tree nuts. Medium light body; slightly sugary yet dry finish.

Sure, not a 'wee heavy', so don't expect the big body and flavors associated with a Scotch ale, but for a Scottish, 'tis quite respectable.

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3.74/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BillRoth
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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