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Church Street Tale of the Shony Scottish Ale



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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 2.66/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.68   IBU: 32   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
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In centuries past, to ensure a plentiful crop, the Celts would donate a variety of malts for a community ale to please the Shony, a local water spirit. Sadly, the custom dictated that they throw it all in the ocean. Our traditional 80 Shilling Scottish-style ale is a robust brew with notes of sweet caramel and mellow roast--best enjoyed on land, not in the sea!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 1/20
GranvilleTim (1759) - Granville, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2015
Mahogany pour with a thin wispy white head. Aroma is smoked malt and medicine. Taste was bland with an off taste. Total drain pour!! will never try another Church Street imitation of a beer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mfhennig (76) - - FEB 12, 2015
12 oz bottle, cloudy reddish brown pour, not much head. Aroma of toffee, caramel. Flavor is a bit too sweet for me. Soapy. Beer is kind of thin, not much carbonation. Unfortunately, it didn’t do much for me, but I will try something else, and possibly visit the taproom if they have one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
drowland (6579) - Georgia, USA - DEC 28, 2014
12/28/14. 12oz bottle from the Milan Hy Vee. Thank jimmeny this is the last bottle I have from this brewery. Murky amber pour with a small khaki head that fades to a ring with minimal lacing. Caramel aroma, toffee, and that ketchup aspect I keep getting from their beers. Sweet flavor, caramel, malty, doughy, and that almost acidic ketchup kick again. These guys really need to dial in.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wlajwl (4262) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - DEC 4, 2014
Aroma is malts, fruit and a hard to describe odd funk. The flavor is fruit, malts, mild/medium grain sweetness and a tart/sour finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BVery (7386) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 6, 2014
Tap at the taproom. Amber pour with a small foamy head. Sweet toffee, touch of dark sour fruit. Kinda resembles a Belgian in some respects.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 21, 2014
I have no idea what the name of this beer is all about; the label gives no clue. (I see there’s a more lengthy commercial description on the site, but it sure doesn’t come from the bottle.) Oh, well. Drink on. The body of this beer (as it slowly forma under a monstrous tan head) is a nearly opaque chestnut color. The aroma, as it eventually seeps through, is caramel/toffee and little else. The flavor isn’t as sweet as the aroma suggests, still caramel/toffee with a light lactic sourness left on the tongue. I’m unsure of what they’re after here, but it is drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
troyc (2862) - Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2014
[Bottle] Chestnut brown colored pour with a soda-like head to it. Sweet malts and a bit of barnyard in the aroma. Sticky caramel, toffee and earthy malts in the taste. Sweet finish borders on cloying. Not a big fan.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
Frank (3205) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2014
This brewery has some deep seated quality control issue. I am not sure where things are going wrong but all their beers taste kind of like hefeweizens. They brew a lot of stuff I would generally like but it just never turns out right. This scottish ale pours a clear deep red. It would be pretty except for an excessively large head which makes the beer cumbersome to pour. It’s nose is of hay, iron and banana and it tastes pretty much the same. It is a bit sweet which brings out the banana a bit and I guess would be nice were I not so certain there is absolutely something wrong w/ this beer. A Scottish ale should be a pretty clean style and this is anything but. It is a shame to have this beer gone awry in the bottle. It seems like this would have a nice malt character otherwise.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
nuplastikk (4878) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 12, 2014
12oz bottle. Pours with a telltale infected exuberance. Murky brown-burgundy body. Massive infected head simmers down quickly. A really poor example of "craft" beer. Not reminiscent of anything remotely Scottish Ale, this is just an infected murky, messy brown ale. Biting toffee nail polish aroma. Deep brown malts attempt to carry it through.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
ryecatcher (904) - South Side of Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2014
Bottle. Pours a rusty brown, thin head without any retention to speak of. Nose is malty, not much else. Watery body, malt forward, some apples and raisins hiding in there along with some brown bread. Unremarkable otherwise and probably the least Scottish styled ’Scottish Ale’ I’ve ever had.

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