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Elysian Pumpkin Heart Scottish Ale

Elysian Pumpkin Heart Scottish Ale
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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.21/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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Barrel-aged Strong Scottish Ale ’07. A fiercely proud ale with the skirl of oak. Made with pale, crisp 77° crystal, munich and cara-hell malts and hopped with Styrian Goldings. Pumpkin added in the mash, kettle and fermenter. Brewed at Tangletown and aged in a red wine barrel of American oak.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2008
Aromas of oak, red wine barrel, some sourness, and perhaps a little sweetness. Barrel notes dominate really. Pours a copper color with a thin surrounding ring of foam. Lots of sour flavors, red wine, oak, very light pumpkin spice. Wine and oak dominate. Perhaps a more robust beer would benefit from the wine barrel aging. Still interesting. Light carbonation, tart finish.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
after4ever (6239) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 20, 2008
Draft at Elysian Great Pumpkin Beer Fest (GPBF) 08. Dark burnished copper with a medium, creamy tan head. Huge sour red wine grape nose. Watery body on the lighter side of medium. Biscuity, slightly pumpkiny mid-palate under a huge wash of sour red wine. Total mess.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
puzzl (3252) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 6, 2008
Tap at the Blind Tiger. It seemed opinions were very split on this beer... I thought it was fantastic, while quite a few others hated it. Ah well. Aroma loaded with sauerkraut -- the defining flavor of this beer -- and also some malt vinegar, clorox, soap, lavendar, and white wine. Incredibly complex and very nice. Flavor has a rich sauerkraut tang, orange peel, minor oak. The wine is clear but remains well integrated with other flavors. Low carbonation and a clean body make this quite sessionable.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2008
Tap at Blind Tiger. Murky deep, burnt orange and rusty in color - pretty hideous. Funky notes from the oak are apparent in waves. Syrupy with a yeasty component. Sweet with pumpkin, apple cider, and spices - cinnamon, clove, nutmeg. Slimy tannic finish. I have no idea why they call this a Scottish Ale. Missed the mark for me, it seems like there are too many different applications going on here.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
LilBeerDoctor (3506) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2008
On tap at Blind Tiger. Pours a dark orange/deep red with a small head. Aroma of hard alcohol (whiskey or bourbon, couldn’t tell). Flavor of salty hard liquor with a hot finish. Odd Scottish Ale and not one I enjoyed. Too much hard liquor flavor.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - OCT 3, 2008
Draft at Blind Tiger, with Reuben & Jen, as part of their pumpkin Promo. 15 lines i believe. All sampled as 5oz pours. Had a nice sour bonus to it. Oak and a vinous character as well. Great beer my favorite of the night.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2008
Tap at Blind Tiger. Aroma of alcohol-soaked sour fruits. Flavor starts off with more alcohol, some raisin, lots of moldy vegetation, an odd earthy tartness. Not a favorite.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - OCT 2, 2008
Tap at Blind Tiger: Murky copper/brown pour with a fading head. The aroma is vinous, nutty, lots of oak, with a sweetness of toffee and squash. The body is slick, with a solid vinous character in the flavor- gives off some fruit skin tannins and red wine notes giving it a slight tart edge. There’s a huge oak presence, yet it’s smooth and is accompanied by a toffeeish malt note, followed by an oaky finish. The oak is pretty dominate, but the wine character gives it a tart notes that melds well with the sweeter toffee-like notes, making it balanced and tasty. Pretty unique and interesting.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JoeMcPhee (8534) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 1, 2008
Tap at Blind Tiger. Very, very cloudy deep amber orange beer with almost no head at all. Aroma is very sweet and sticky with a lot of chewy bourbony oaky aroma. The oakiness in this one is quite herbal and dill-like. A bit earthy scuzzy with chewy/earthy dankness. Sweet caramel and light woody/orangey sweetness. Very slick palate with lots of oak and a fairly peppery alcoholic character. Boozy finish with very little pumpkin character coming through. There is a it of spiciness but it’s drowned by the sticky sweetness. There is a bit of raspberry/blackberry character. Lots going on here, but it doesn’t really work in any coherent way. This is a very strange beast and it doesn’t really work IMHO.


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