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Barley’s MacLenny’s Scottish Ale

Barley’s MacLenny’s Scottish Ale
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RATINGS: 68   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17   IBU: 14   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
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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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bulk_Carrier (2498) - Temporarily, Pennsylvania, 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ARH (724) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DialSquare (3164) - 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

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Strykzone (5325) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
b3shine (6213) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (7934) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
alexsdad06 (6549) - Ohio, USA - SEP 2, 2013
Draft at Barleys Alehouse (notes). Pours a clear orange amber color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have some caramel malt, toasted malts, earthy notes. This was less flavorful than the Scotch ale and one of my least favorites of the beers from here.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chinchill (2624) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 27, 2013
On tap at Barley’s Smokehouse in Columbus Pour is light mahogany with excellent clarity and a head which dies down fairly quickly but not completely, leaving a very durable ring and spotty lacing. Light, sweet and malty for style. Perhaps by design, their best seller. Near medium body is a tad light. O: This MacLenny’s Scottish Ale was solid, but paled compared to world class beer and the 3 Floyds Robert the Bruce I had during the same visit.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
AmEricanbrew (6181) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 7, 2013
Cask pour. Clear amber color with no head. Sweet toffee, spicy caramel aromas.medium body, flat mouthfeel. Sweet caramel flavors with burnt butter, spices---

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Markm2151 (280) - toledo, USA - JUL 30, 2013
Rich butterscotch aroma and palate, nice, simple, yet satisfying without being over the top


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