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Empyrean Burning Skye Scottish Ale

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RATINGS: 87   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.69   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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From the land of loch and stone comes our newest offering. Ruby-gold in color, Burning Skye is exceptionally smooth and mild. The use of a wee bit of smoked barley lends Scottish Ale a finish that is both unique and a little mysterious.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbuskirk (298) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - DEC 30, 2013
As a Scottish Ale, Burning Skye isn’t the best representation of the style. It doesn’t effectively capture the rich, malty flavor that is associated with the Scottish tradition. However, as a beer, Burning Skye is successful in my book. I find its slightly smoky taste to be quite pleasant and the malt profile to be smooth if not complex. Perhaps not the best beer by itself, but something that would be right at home with meal.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nsanders (423) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUN 13, 2013
Tap. Medium orange with a tall white head. Malty, light smokiness, and bread aromas. Taste is moderately sweet followed by a light bitterness. Medium light body with a foamy feel. Color and flavor lighter than other Scottish ales I’ve tried.

1.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
BillHick420 (400) - North Dakota, NORWAY - MAR 26, 2013
Some white head, pours light brown. Lack of aroma and some flat maltiness, almost peaty. Not good.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ads135 (2579) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - MAR 17, 2013
This is one of my least favorite Empyrean beers. The peaty smokiness is a little distracting. Could’ve used some sweeter malts to even out the balance.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
jcnielsen (1705) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 25, 2013
On tap at Lazlo’s in Lincoln. From Notes 9/29/2012. Pours a golden orange color with white head. Caramel, malty flavors. Boring.

1.7
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
boydmarq (48) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Cloudy amber color. Aroma of red wine vinegar. Thin, almost non-existent head. Thin, sour taste - a bit citrusy.. Overall, just a very bland and truly forgettable beer.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
RobertDale (2920) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - DEC 6, 2012
12 ounce bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with a small off-white head. Aroma of malt and caramel. Taste is malt, fruit, caramel, and bread. Nothing stands out.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
NielsenRatings (8273) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 30, 2012
Tap @ Empyrean. Pours a hazy golden appearance with an off white head. Toasted malty, light caramel, herbal, pretty boring aroma. A bit tangy, toasty, grainy, grassy, light toffee, boring flavor.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dfinney23 (1418) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2012
Amber pour with very little head. Aroma is sweet malt with an odd floral/funk note. Taste adds a welcome bit of spice but it could use a wee bit more of the smoked barley to make it more interesting.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
uhclem (355) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - AUG 27, 2012
This is missing just about everything. Aroma and taste are pedestrian at best. Mouthfeel is thin and the finish has an unpleasant overlay of funk.


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