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
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 51 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

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 mactrail
3.74/5  rDev -6%
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 mdaschaf
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NickThePyro
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of eawolff99
4/5  rDev +0.5%

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 Erik-P
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stinger80OH
3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.18/5  rDev -20.1%
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 ccrida
3.47/5  rDev -12.8%
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 dirtylou
3.82/5  rDev -4%
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 2GOOFY
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 strongaf
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of far333
2.81/5  rDev -29.4%
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 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 Birdlegs
3.9/5  rDev -2%

Photo of GeorgiaBeerGuy
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

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

Photo of Asics
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BillHilly
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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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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