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Barley’s MacLenny’s Scottish Ale

Barley’s MacLenny’s Scottish Ale
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RATINGS: 72   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2/5   IBU: 14   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
Scottish Ale is a lighter version of Scotch Ale, brewed for centuries in Scotland.

We wanted to brew our Scottish a little different than many other examples of the style out there today. We theorized that if we turned on the brew kettle and heated it up before we sent the wort...

(You know wort, the sugary liquid result of the mashing process? You may not be familiar with the term, but you’ve probably heard the classic by Marvin Gaye, and never gave a second thought to its meaning. You know, "Wort’s Goin’ On?")
...to the kettle, it might just carmelize.

We were right, and lucky for us, the kettle didn’t crack. The result is MacLenny’s Scottish Ale. It’s even a little famous...

On page 108 of Michael Jackson’s Beer Companion, he writes, "In 1994, I tasted the orangey, toffeeish Scottish Ale, made by an interesting process of carmelization,, at Barley’s brewpub in Columbus, Ohio. The kettle was turned on while still empty, then the wort was added. This is a potentially dangerous procedure: don’t try this at home."

If it’s good enough for Michael Jackson to mention, it’s good enough for us. Must be for you too--it’s our number one seller.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
edgallow (3680) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 2, 2016
Draft sampler pours amber with a off white head. Aroma of malts, smoky and floral. Taste is caramel, grains and bready.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6833) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2016
Sampled on draft at the brewpub this beer poured a medium caramel color with a medium sized foamy white head that left decent lacing. The aroma was sweetish and yeasty with a hint of fruit. The flavor was tangy and sweetish with caramel and a bit of fruit. Medium length finish. Medium body and smooth. Pleasant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
HonusWagner (2127) - Florida, USA - OCT 22, 2015
A rather uninteresting but plenty drinkable example of the style. Light malty sweetness, nondeScript hop profile, low bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ads135 (4227) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 25, 2015
A pretty solid scottish ale. Sweet and rich. Slick mouthfeel. Caramel, toffee, and bread.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bulk_Carrier (3837) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - MAR 15, 2015
Part of my discounted flight. Sample glass. The appearance was a nice looking hazy amber to orange color with no head nor lacing. No worries, it is a sample glass. The smell had a smooth semi - smoked maltiness running into a light cocoa and light coffee. The taste was mainly the same balanced underneath and glossing into the aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was somewhat controlled. Overall, I say this was a pretty good Scottish ale as ratebeer suggests. I would have it again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ARH (1118) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2014
On tap, poured into a sampler glass. A dough and chalk chalk impression is the first aroma to come through with toffee and citrus following. It pours an oily, clear caramel color with a thin, fluffy white ring, a dusty surface, and it leaves behind a light lace on the glass. The taste is a medium sweet and medium light bitter blend. The thin, medium body beer is mostly flat with just a light, thin carbonation. It goes down smooth with flavors of butterscotch, grass, and a touch of a roast quality. A waxy, citrus character finishes the drink with a light caramel and roast aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DialSquare (4321) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 30, 2014
On tap at smokehouse. Brief note: gold pour, dirty white head. Malty aroma. Tastes: malt, tea, caramel, floral. 6.2

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Strykzone (6745) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Sampled at the brewpub. Clear amber. Sweet and malty with the Scottish notes that should be there. Floral and caramel hints.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
b3shine (8175) - Indiana, USA - APR 26, 2014
Draft to taster. Looks decent; light for the style though. A transparent gold with eggshell head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells mildly malty with notes of caramel. Tastes like it smells with a solid mouthfeel. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 26, 2014
Taster on tap at Barleys on Dublin. Clear golden orange color. Thin ring of white head. Good bready malt, lightly spicy, some caramel. Smooth, kind of crisp, lighter carbonation. Lightly dry finish. Good earthy hop, light pine. Moderate bitter taste, light to moderate sweet. Good hop on this one, not as sweet and malty as other scottish ales. Makes it a little more bright and refreshing for the style.

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