Brewed by John Martin (Scottish & Newcastle)
Style: Scotch Ale
Genval, Belgium
Serve in Thistle


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RATINGS: 420   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Gordon Scotch Ale was born in the limpid highlands among isolated lochs and haunting Scottish castles. This brown beer, reminiscent of a dark ruby, is full of contrast - both strong and smooth. Its creamy head is delectation for the palate. This unique nectar can also be discovered under the name of Douglas Scotch Ale. Has been renamed ’Finest Scotch’ in 2006.
Note: ABV at some point from 8.6% to 8%.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
schuimkroaat (413) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JAN 25, 2005
33 cl bottle, bbe 4th Nov 06. Chestnut brown with a solid head. Caramel and malty aroma, not bad at all, but a bit weak. A surprisingly bitter flavour, like a herbal liquor towards the aftertaste. Mellow, dense, satisfying and overwhelming on the palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (8552) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2005
Crystal clear, mahogany ale with a mid-sized, creamy, beige head. Very good retention. The aroma is way malty, it makes my mouth water with heavy notes of molasses, dried plum, a touch of mint, toffee, purple grape, butterscotch, light caramel and a hint of apple. The flavor mirrors the nose. Decently hopped, but remaining true to the style, the malt is unchallenged. Full-bodied and silky with lively carbonation. Lengthy, lightly bitter finish that leaves a whisper of sweetness coating the tastebuds. Great Scotch ale! Thanks to David for the bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tomxcs (320) - Berkeley, California, USA - JAN 17, 2005
Dark red-brown color; small, quickly-dissipating head. Smells of smoky, peaty malts. Strong malt flavor with a hint of peat or vegetables. Well-hopped for a scotch ale (in a good way). Smooth, strong, warming feeling with some lasting bitterness. Enjoyable, easy-drinking.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - JAN 13, 2005
Bottled. This beer pours a dark ruby red colour with a medium, foamy, slightly off-white head. Malty, caramelly aroma with hints of whiskey. Roastmalty and caramalty taste with a slight smokiness. Ends in a medium bitter finish, which is quite lasting. A really nice ale, which is a tad different than most, but not overly complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MillStreetMan (152) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2004
Now, I have to admit right away that this was one of the beers that long ago converted me to the idea that beer could be more than insipid yellow water. So, some years after that experience, I have revisited the Douglas Scotch Ale (as it is known in Ontario). It was almost as good as I remembered it, but not quite. It is quite treacly, malty, and sweet, with little to no carbonation. It’s not a really subtle beer, as its taste is largely confined to maltiness, sweetness, and chocolately caramel and little other dimension. But this is not necessarily a bad thing, so it’s highly recommended with the proviso that one is into this kind of flavour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sayravai (4667) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 18, 2004
(Bottled) Dark walnut/red color with a small, lacy, off-white head. Surprisingly flat, malty, slightly roasted and toffeeish-nutty aroma with some alcohol and a hint of licorice. Caramely, very malty, somewhat alcoholic flavor with licorice, wood notes, and a sweetish, sticky finish. Quite full-bodied, medium-carbonated, slightly sugary palate. Not very warming despite the ABV. A very decent drew, but still a disappointment as a scotch ale. Lacks complexity and doesn’t hide the ABV very well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MiP (13047) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - DEC 15, 2004
Bottle. Malty aroma. Dark reddish brown colour. Very nice, stable head. Peppery liquorice flavour. Quite sweet. Not unlike a strong, sweet porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lachesis (756) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - DEC 8, 2004
Nice dark-amber beer with the color of tropical wood and with a fine beige fluffy froth. Fine aroma’s of roasted nuts, malts, forest-soil and a complex touch of sweet chesnuts. The taste is on the mild side and has a great hoppy bitterness to bring it back in balance. You can also notice hint of nuts, malts, hops and a well integrated touch of dried fruits like raisins and figgs. This beer has a fine woody caracter with a great refreshing hoppyness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Indra (2570) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 29, 2004
Malty, sweet aroma, some toffeeish sweetness and red grape fruitiness with hints of earth, old wood, doughy yeast, plum, vanilla, medicinal alcohol and a certain faint spicy herbal character. Deep, rich red-brown color with a fine, lasting head and intricate lacing. Flavor profile is predominantly sweet, abundant brown sugar and caramel, vinous and lightly musty and finishing with touches of tobacco, licorice, black cherry, alcohol and semi-sweet chocolate. Smooth, thick and warming on the palate with a full body. Mildly complex and interesting strong Scotch style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jercraigs (7348) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 6, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2006 November 2006 - Douglas Scotch Ale dated best before 051602. Dark brown body with a small creamy beige head (3+). Sweet whispy malt, and caramel aroma. Sweet caramel, light fruit and lingering caramel malt in the aftertaste. Average to medium palate is quite smooth. (3+) Stood up very nicely, obviously well cellared by Brewnoser. Surprised to see I rated this higher than the original fresher rating, leads me to hypothesize that thebest bottle would be one with about 1-2 years on it. 7/3+/7+/3+/17 - 3.9<P> November 2004 - Dark brown with a good sized beige head that diminishes. Sweet midly alcoholic aroma. Bit of dark sugar and caramel. Flavour is fairly malty with notes of caramel and toffee. Alcohol sneaks up in the finish a bit, with a slightly strange finish. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth. A decent beer that didn’t really blow my socks off. 6/3/6/3/15 - 3.3

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