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Blackwatch Scotch Ale | Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)

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Brewed by:
Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Fall

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Added by Golden2wenty1 on 09-21-2005

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Obsidian Black, Shiny, thick looking, non-transparent. Head is off white, one finger thick, short lived but thick. Gave me a nice milk mustache.

Smell: Bitter dark fruits, a little bit of caramel malts, hints of alcohol

Taste: Berries, a bit of Ethiopian coffee

Mouthfell: bitter, thinner than one would expect by looking at it. Fairly flat being a cask and all but very much alive, warming without giving away any alcohol in the flavor.

Drinkability: Wonderful considering the strength and bitterness

2007 update...more peat in this one then I remember, lighter in color, and with an obvious booze presence in the flavor. (04-10-07)

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Photo of tyleeis
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just got a new job, so I felt it appropriate to go out and have a few beers tonight. I don't care if it's Tuesday, I don't have class until 12:05 tomorrow.

Served a dark, dark garnet/black, much darker than any Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy I've ever experienced, with a finger's khaki head. Smell is a little more bitter than I've come to expect as well, less caramel malt, more actual scotch, and some dark fruits. Taste is unique as well - a little vinuous, some scotch alcohol, caramel malts take a backseat, with surprising hints of choco/coffee, though faint. A genuinely interesting and unique wee heavy by my experience. Mouthfeel a little thin maybe, but makes it quite drinkable. Not sure the ABV, but it's hidden well enough, though it's probably at least 7 or 8% . This is a tasty little brew here, apparently a new one as well. Don't let me be the only one to enjoy this one, give it a go.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

imperial pint, on cask at the brewpub - downtown

appearance: presentation is solid...dark mahogany/char-black body with a creamy fluffy tan head...large head typical of cask beers at the dane. Retention is pretty strong. Later I would notice a moderate amber tint to the body

smell: aroma is also quite nice...big cookie blast, chocolatey, creamy, a touch of smoke, earthy/woody tones

taste: what the hell happened in between the nose and the tongue? This tastes almost porter-like to me and nowhere near either of the Dane porters I have had in terms of quality. Most of the great aromas appear muted and the result is a rather watery and bland scotch. dry cocoa powder powder, woody and a touch of smoke. Maybe I was just in a bad mood but I dont think so

mouthfeel: creamy, a little light, dry finish

drinkability: easy due to the creamy nature but not worth getting again

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Photo of blackie
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: The beer comes to me in an imperial pint with a big, fluffy khaki head. After the head recedes, a lasting, chunky layer remains. As the glass is drained, a nice layer of lacing is left behind. The beer itself is a ruby brown in color.

smell: In the aroma I find peaty, lightly woody malts with a low sweetness and light, earty tones. There is a low hop aroma. Very subtle in aroma but that seems to be common for a scottish.

mouthfeel: Negligible carbonation with a medium body. I understand that this is a cask ale, but a touch of carbonation would be nice.

taste: Peaty malt, light aromas of dark fruits, some woodiness and a subtle English hop flavor make up the bulk of the flavor...all pretty subtle. There is a light bitterness that lingers into the finish with a touch of dry roast.

drinkability: pretty easy...this is a nice beer in its subtlety, but it could use a little more character on the nose and tongue

on tap at the Dane during my stay in Madison

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Photo of bismarksays
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Etan
3.19/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Looks like this is back on at the Great Dane. Served from the cask.

A. Pours a caramel color with robey tones.

S. Mild brown sugar and maple, caramelized grain.

T. Taste brings watery brown bread, vague caramel malt, a bit of roasted grain, nebulous red fruit.

M. Almost uncarbonated. A brief hint of carbonation. I realize this is a cask beer but there should be a bit more here.

O. A pretty watery scotch ale. I would advise against ordering this.

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Photo of granger10
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light auburn color, egg white head for about a second, basically no lacing. Aroma is weak, some bitter grains and a bit of caramel. Taste is just a bit on the watery side for my liking. A bit of caramel sweetness along with some fruity notes and then a bit of alcohol. Finish has this acidity that doesn't please me real well. Everything in here is just a bit too light. Not a terrible beer but not worth getting with the other offerings this place has.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on cask, pours a dark mahogany brown color with a nice fluffy inch+ head of whitish color, good retention, was brought back easily. The aroma is pretty sly, good and malty with just a smidgin of smoky peat. The taste is similar to the nose, but borders on porter for some reason. And the mouth is a bit thin for my tastes, but otherwise a joy to drink. And incredibly easy beer to drink.

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Photo of Deuane
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Deep copper with a creamy fluffy tan head. Reduced a bit to leave spotty lace.

S-Subduded roasty malt with a touch of smoke.

T-As in the nose and all somewhat dim. I was hoping for a bit of robustness but this brew packs that. Decent, but nothing exciting.

M-Medium body with a nice creaminess. A pleasant dry finish kicks in in the end.

D-Despite the lack of big flavour this is an easy one to quaff. Not my top pick but I would not turn one down. Bump up the flavour profile a bit and this one could be a winner.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint poured at the Great Dane's downtown Madison location. This beer has a dark but not quite black color. It's topped with a small head of big bubble foam. The aroma is not very strong, but what's there is fruity and very much like grape juice. The flavor has a grape like fruitiness like the aroma, but it is more complex. There is also a decent maltiness, though not quite as malty as a Scotch ale should be. Finishes with an acidic sourness. Very little hop flavor comes through. Low carbonation, but not flat. This is a decent beer, but it's nothing I'd want more than a pint of.

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Photo of jsash10
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of drseamus
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on cask at the Capitol location.

Nice mahogany body with a small off white head but not bad for a cask beer. The aroma is sweet and malty with a touch of smokiness and a slight cidery note. The flavor is very smooth with good caramel sweetness initially fading into a bit of smoke and some roast. Fairly light bodied and very drinkable.

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Photo of KAF
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Blackwatch Scotch Ale from Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 14 ratings
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