Old Scrooge Ale | Silver City Brewing Co.

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Old Scrooge AleOld Scrooge Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Silver City Brewing Co.
Washington, United States
silvercitybrewery.com

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by RedDiamond on 12-15-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
51
Reviews:
19
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
11.56%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
10
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Ratings: 51 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of stacyholk
5/5  rDev +25.6%

Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.85/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Red brown see-through body, one finger white-brown head.

Smell: Plums, cherries, mild caramel, bread

Taste: Plums, caramel, bread, mild nutmeg, cloves.

Feel: Medium body, medium carbonation, mild sweetness.

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Photo of JPWestCoastIPA
4.74/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of blackc5
4.7/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had the luck of being able to try this on Christmas Day. Not a big follower of Silver City, I really knew nothing about it before hand, but I have to say I was mightily impressed - it was such an exceptional brew I asked a friend to pick up a few more for me, but alas, they are already sold out.

Unfortunately, I did not take notes while drinking this, but I can agree with the previous review that this drinks very wine-like. It is fruity, yet not too sweet, and is probably the best young barley wine I have tasted to date.

It is beautiful to look at, pouring a very dark red ruby brown. The aromas immediately conjured up plum, raisin, cherry and sherry. The flavors were exceptional - not overly hoppy or bitter - just lots of fruityness and malts perfectly balanced with hops. Not sure how long they aged this before bottling, but it surely tasted like it had been aged nicely already. Exceptional.

What a great sipper - I wish I had known about this in advance as I surely would have bought as many as I could. Next year....

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Photo of kmahe
4.65/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bespin15
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of Hawkfish
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of johndoe8
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of Braz
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich dark red in color that is clear with minimal white head that disappears, except for a small ring around the inside of the glass. Strong aromas of booze and fruit. Very heavy tastes. Notes of cherry and a touch of smokiness. Very malty, a bit of sweet apple comes out in the finish. Alcohol is surprisingly masked but is still detectable. Late spice comes on at the finish. Medium carbonation. This is one for sipping. Very nice warming effect. Very nice ale that has a lot going on. Only complaint is the sweetness and richness is a little much but overall I still like this alot.

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After winning gold and silver at two consecutive GABFs, Old Scrooge was high on my must-try list during the holiday season. I was not disappointed. But I was surprised by the unique parameters of this ale. It's far fruitier and more wine-like than most amber-colored high-hopped malt-sugar barleywines.

Scrooge is the color of dilute merlot and expresses a smell of plum, cherry, strawberry, and honeydew. A bit of alcohol is also detectable but it integrates nicely into the overall complexity and contributes some comforting warmth. The taste can best be likened to sugarplum brandy with a hint of bubblegum. That may sound odd, but it works exceptionally well.

SC serves Scrooge in wide-mouthed snifters. The beer shows little by way of carbonation or lather, but doesn't really need to. It's a slow, contemplative ale with a surplus of style. A high-value ale that's a must try when available.

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Photo of davidchollar
4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out a surprisingly transparent, almost bright mahogany with a big beautiful head. Seems brighter than other American Barleywines, but looks great with nice head retention.

Smell is so intriguing I had to start a new paragraph. I've been drinking tons of winter warmers lately, haven't had a barleywine in a while, but my first reaction is that this is quite unique. Doesn't strike me as a BW on 1st sniff. More of a Belgian, like a quad or a dark trippel. Intensely fruity bubblegum caramel toffee.

Full-bodied luscious creamy smooth mouthfeel compliments the beautiful balance and helps make Old Scrooge highly drinkable. Delicious! Only thing holding this back from a higher taste score is that - personally - I like more of an intense flavor from my US BWs. This one is incredibly subtle though, if you prefer that!

Damn. Exactly like its older brother Fat Bastard, it's hard to believe it's such a high ABV 'til it hits ya... Gooood stuff... Get it if you see it.

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Photo of DenverLogan
4.34/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 20 oz bottle ... shipped in from Letspour.com.
Poured into Corsendonk chalice...copper raspberry color with small bubbles accumulating on top and on the glass sides.
Aroma of sweet malts, cocoa, slight roasted malts, powdered sugar, alspice.
Modest carbonation but big sweet if not overpowering mouthfeel.
Whoa sailor...big array of strong flavors, mostly sweet...powdered sugar, carob, ginger, roasted malts, chocolate malts....yeee hoe...I'd better give this 5 minutes...
Okey Dokey...no head left...light malt aroma...big flavor remains ... sweet malts, cocoa, powdered sugar remain strong, tropical fruit, amber malts, slight herbs. Overall a big tasty, malt bomb, and despite the Christmas Ale title, not a big overly spiced monster. Actually quite smooth and easy drinking, satisfying although very sweet.
3/20/2013 - Had another bottle. Shared with my beer conscious friend and she immediately noted the tastiness. I'm upping the overall and taste a notch...very tasty brew.

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Photo of John_M
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap that Uber. Listed as the 2010 version.

The beer pours a copper amber color with good head retention and considerable lacing. The nose is attractive and sweet, with considerable brown sugar, vanilla and butterscotch. The flavor profile replicates the nose, but the vanilla really comes on strong, giving the beer something of a light cherry cough drop flavor. While undeniably sweet, the richness isn't over the top, and the beer doesn't come across as heavy of too boozy. Mouthfeel is fairly full, with a long, smooth finish.

Very nice beer... I think the (relatiively) low alcohol enhances this beer's drinkability and flavor profile. Tried side by side with the fat, and much to my surprise, I enjoyed this more.

From 11/12. Tried the current version at Pint Defiance, and really felt the current version is a bit too sweet. Perhaps part of the problem is that I had a glass right after a pint of RPM, but I just found the beer to be a bit too much of a good thing. It reminded me of a sweeter version of the Fat, but with lots of clove and other spices added in. An interesting beer, but just a bit too sweet for me.

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Photo of lifeboyq
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium Tulip from a 22 oz bomber.

Pours a really deep translucent amber mahogany. Head resides fairly quickly with minimal to decent lacing. Smell is of deep cherry, sugar, grapes, figs. Taste is similar with that deep grape and date on the back of the tongue with a very slight hop bitterness that lingers. If you like the malty English Barleywines and appreciate the too few not over hopped Northwest productions, pick this up.

A tasty treat and my favorite seasonal beer of the year. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Big_Thirsty
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SeaAle
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Corburk
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a stange a deep mahogany with amber tinge.a thinner very quick to fade head atop.Alot of fruit in the nose,a mix of cherry and green apple makes for a complex malty nose,some roasted nut and vanilla rounds out the aromas.Cakey and deeply fruity on the palate with not much carbonation,a tinge of sweet alcohol lingers in the finish.This is very true to style,its a malty sweet alcoholic Old Ale and should get high reviews for what it is,to me it's very English, and very CHRISTmas eve.

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Photo of Murrobert
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, deep, dark, almost opaque mahogany color, speckled with orange highlights and a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thick halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Very aromatic, with lots of bready, toasted malt, along with lots of brown sugar, toffee, dark molasses, dried stone fruit such as sour cherries, prunes, dates and raisins and spices of clove, all-spice and vanilla.

Taste: Interesting, delicious, flavors of bready, toasted malt and fruity, sour cherries up front, followed by some brown sugar-like sweetness. I also get some spices of clove, all-spice, cinnamon and a hint of ginger.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth as there is very little in the way of carbonation. With an ABV of 8.5%, there is just a slight hint of a pleasant alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: This is a delicious barleywine, with lots of delicious, malty, fruity, sweet flavors all in harmonious balance. Highly recommended!

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Photo of justiceavocado
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of hannaho
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of ScreamForMe
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of eawolff99
4/5  rDev +0.5%

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Old Scrooge Ale from Silver City Brewing Co.
3.98 out of 5 based on 51 ratings.
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