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Elysian Poison Dwarf Scottish-style Ale

Elysian Poison Dwarf Scottish-style Ale
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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.54/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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Poison dwarves is what Keith Richards and others have called the tough little street fighting men of Glasgow. Ruthlessly hoppy for a Scottish ale, brewed with Pale, Crystal, Special B malts and brown sugar. Bittered with Centennial and finished with Cascade hops.


2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
evanlarkin (307) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - FEB 22, 2012
Muddy orange, hoppy, dry, bitter, plain. I wish I had more to say about this beer, but it just fell flat for me.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 21, 2012
Draft. Hazy brown color, large bubble white head. Aroma of subtle white bread. Taste is rising sourdough bread, caramel, light spice. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes (11786) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 11, 2012
Hazy, reddish-amber. Lots of earthy, chocolatey, caramelly malts and woody, dry American hops. Sweetish, light caramel and chocolate, but with lots of woody hops again. Quite a bit of bitterness. Not Scottish in any way, but a good brew.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AmEricanbrew (5522) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 10, 2012
Clear amber color/ ivory head. Spicy caramel, floral, fruity hop aromas. medium bodied. Mild floral, fruity hop flavors with spicy sweet caramel--good

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beershine (5195) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - JAN 6, 2012
Draft @ brewpub. Gorgeous lace! Dark red. Sweetish, brown cakey malts and raisin bread. Balanced by the "I can’t help myself!" hops. and alcoholic heat. Alcohol coming out a little too much! Unfortunately. But the hops are powerful. A slow sip allows for a careful study of the beer, which starts with the raisin flavor but that is quickly overshadowed by the hops. Seriously not a Scottish ale, the hops are out of control, but as a seattle parody of a Scottish it works fine. Dates. Ultimately the hops win the battle, although the malts Put up a good fight at first. Won’t be winning awards in its category tho! Very interesting even if more like a hoppy brown

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
pivo (2542) - GERMANY - JAN 17, 2009
Ruddy amber color, clingy head. Big nose with grassy and piny aromas. Crisp texture ontop a medium malt body. Big hop taste in the middle and end, lingering peppery character. Just a little heavier than an IIPA, but not quite as heavy as something like Bigfoot.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
YogiBeera (2435) - Hamburg, GERMANY - JAN 12, 2009
Seattle-Draft, Nov. 2008: Nice golden amber color. Medium lacey head. Nice hoppy nose - some grass in there too. Medium hoppy taste- not bitter. Vanishes soon with a short after kick. really nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (5928) - Brier, Washington, USA - JAN 10, 2009
Draft at Tangletown. Pours a crystal clear rubied garnet. Should have known right away with would not be a typical scottish. Big sudsy light tan head up top. You almost expect to see flecks of milled grain in it, ’cause it looks so much liek bread dough. Big sticky sweet smelling nose, lots of caramel and brown bread, with some floral and light piney hops poking through. Creamy medium body. It’s not quite literally sticky, but, man, is it close. What a malt monster. Brown bread, caramel, maybe a little bit of honey underneath a truly notably hopped flavor profile; there’s earth, some peppery pine, and a nice little resiny bite at the end. The malt bill needs some serious diversification if this beer is to attain greatness, though. It’s a great concept, but right now it’s a super-hopped sticky-sweet brown ale. It needs more peat, smoke, molasses, maybe some leafy bite to the malt. Maybe some roast. I don’t know, but some differentiation has to be there. Still, the pint was easy to put down with gusto. Seeing such obvious room for improvement with simple changes (who doesn’t love buffing out a specialty grain bill?) bodes well for the future.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - OCT 18, 2008
For me this was a nice scotch with not much smoke and moderate bitterness. Very nice smooth malt sweetness. Some wood almost enhances the richness.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skyview (5109) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - AUG 20, 2008
Guest beer on draught at the 1221 E. Pike Street brewery in Seattle, Washington. Pours a semi-clear copper amber brew with a creamy off-whtie head that has some nice retention and good lacing. Aroma of multi-grain malt, some citrus zest and a touch of raisin. Taste is full bodied, light carbonation with a very malty multi-grain flavor that has a nice smooth texture. Finish retains the malty flavor with a mild bitter aftertaste that slowly disappears. One of the better Scottish Ales I’ve tried.


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