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Old Scrooge Ale | Silver City Brewing Co.

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Old Scrooge AleOld Scrooge Ale
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by RedDiamond on 12-15-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,020
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
54
pDev:
11.25%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
8
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Ratings: 54 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev -31.3%

Photo of far333
2.81/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Burnt orange/dark copper colored and slightly opaque with a big head of dimpled dark brownish orange foam that rises up high and settles down to a low head of dimpled suds. Aroma of honey, brandy, and cherry.

Rich and pungent flavor of brandy, overripe stone fruit, cherry, raisin and definite alcohol notes. Flavor doesn't develop much, but takes on a medicinal note as the glass progresses. Somewhat limited in dimension, and the medicinal note detracts. I actually thought it was spoiled until I read a few other reviews.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.18/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a light brownish color with good carbonation and a nice white cap

S: Straightforward with caramel, toffee and sugar

T: Caramel, brown sugar, toffee but simple and average with toasted malt, some dark fruits at times

M: Booze and a thin body, a tad overcarbed or perhaps the thin body led me to believe it was overcarbed.

D: Worth a shot once but compared to other barleywines in the lineup it was way out of its league in taste, body and appeal. As a, what I assume to be, an English Old Ale or Bwine I say this needs some work. I compare this style to JW Lees and Thomas Hardy's as they are among the prime in their arena. This falls way short, and way short of many fantastic American made Englidh Bwines to include Alesmith Old Numbskull, Anchor Old Foghorn and Weyerbacher Insanity.

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Photo of GeorgiaBeerGuy
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of waltersrj
3.28/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2011 Vintage.

Pour: Ruby, dark brown with a small off white head that quickly dissipates.

Nose: Pitted fruits, predominately raisin and prune. Cherry, honey, strange gingerbread like smell.

Taste: Sort of like a darker lager here as far as bready character goes. Sweet syrupy cherries, gingerbread spice, raisin, prune, slightly faded hops (not very present but there), honey, and a strange sherry like oxidation but with a weird aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: The best part really, slightly syrupy which is nice but with a good creamy feel at te end.

Overall: Blah. Not that great...should;ve picked up the Green Flash Barleywine next to it for the same price but wanted to try something new. PASS.

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Photo of ccrida
3.47/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draught at the Dog & Pony, Old Scrooge is bronze with an small off-white collar leaving light, scattered lace. Very low carbonation.

Smell is sweet malt, a little gingerbread to it, a touch of alcohol as well.

Taste is similar, the drying of the alcohol (present but not to hot) tempers some of the sweetness, but prickles the tongue on the aftertaste. Pretty smooth overall.

Mouthfeel is sticky, medium bodied, dryish.

Drinkability is okay. I've found the other big Silver City beers to be way hot, dirty fermentation. This one is clearly better executed. But it's too sweet, and lacking complexity, to really turn me on. A just above average Old Ale.

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Photo of strongaf
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of hopluva1
3.64/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed in a snifter @ 55* from 2010 bottle.

Pours a reddish amber with no head what so ever, i was afraid it was flat.

Aroma is sweet and malty, cherries, and honey

Taste is similar to aroma, full of dried pitted fruit flavor (raisins, figs, plums) it does have a sherry like character to it. It has allot of sweet flavors with a bit of a lager taste, some alcohol. No hop presence is detectable. Fresh it may have a little more hop character which in my opinion would add to this beer. The label on the bottle calls it a barley wine and i would say that is closest to a English style barley wine.

I did enjoy drinking this beer. I would like to try it fresh(er).

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing this, Rich.

A darkish amber color with an off-white head. For such a big beer, it’s a bit bland on the nose. But, there is a nice fruitiness of cherry and maybe grape, especially as it warms up a bit. There is just a hint of spice on the finish. Sweet bready malt flavor with a nice touch of banana, caramel, and brown sugar. More dark fruit character on the palate and a hint of warming alcohol.

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Photo of rab53
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Stinger80OH
3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mactrail
3.74/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear red amber with an ample head in the Affligem chalice. Lots of lacing along the glass. Big aroma of sweet flowers and spice cake. Plenty of carbonation in the mouth.

Flavor is on the sweet side, like fruit cake. Tangy and a little hot like a liqueur. The mouthfeel is approaching the unctuous. Flavor is actually quite intriguing. Big caramel taste with English toffee. Candied pineapple and a touch of raisins. I don't think hops are allowed here. Finishes with some Old Ale fruity funky flavors.

Definitely a dessert beverage, but smooth and intriguing. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle.

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Photo of rfreed
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of TheBaumer
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of BillHilly
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of dirtylou
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber

appearance: served in my great lakes christmas chalice, muddy garnet-mahogany body, 1/3" foamy tan head with no retention

smell: cherries soaked in bourbon, plum, sweet and boozy

taste: I had this at the WA Winter Beer Fest and enjoyed - bombers reasonably priced around $6. Rich and sweet - nutty, with a heavy dosage of cherry, plum, booze, raisin, sherry and honey.

mouthfeel: syrupy medium body

overall: enjoyable, though fairly pedestrian, holiday offering

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Photo of loren01
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a light brown/red color, not too much head no lacing
S: Sweet, malty lots of dark fruit
T: Very sweet and malty, tastes a lot like an English barley wine or Strong scotch ale. I don't pick up much hoppiness in there at all
M: Full bodied smooth mouthfeel
D: I found this a lot like their "fat" beer, real malty. Another great offering by Silver city

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Birdlegs
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of gouettn
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Briken
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JamieCoxx
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Erik-P
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hannaho
4/5  rDev 0%

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Old Scrooge Ale from Silver City Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 54 ratings
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