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Brewed by Meantime
Style: Scotch Ale
London, England
Serve in Thistle

bottled
common

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RATINGS: 156   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Brewed primarily for Michael Jackson’s Rare Beer Club, but also available in limited quantities on tap at the Greenwich Union pub.
After India Pale Ale and London Porter the third great British export beer was Scotch Ale. It was brewed at lower temperatures than English ales and cold conditioned for six to eight weeks. Scotland’s remoteness from the hop gardens of Southern England & the softness of the water of the Scottish lowlands made Scotch Ale the world’s finest expression of malt flavour in beer.


Indra's rating

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Indra (2616) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JAN 31, 2013
750ml bottle, cellar aged for about 1.5 years. Sweet, malty aroma, some dark brown sugar, faint smoke, peat, darkly toasted malt, seaweed/brine and burnt caramel. Dark amber in color, tea-like in appearance, with a very fine head. Dark brown sugar sweetness permeates the flavor profile, more peat/smoky aspects here, as well as some earthy, herbal tones and sweet, warming alcohol towards the finish. Rich and full on the palate, low in effervescence, body is very full. Nice!


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Niko100 (2001) - Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2014
Dark amber/cider color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of toasted/smoky sweet malt, caramel, & dark fruit; Flavor of smoky sweet malt, caramel, toffee, and dark fruit (notably plums); Nicely balanced; Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fishonmyplane (437) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - JUN 14, 2014
Quite a malty brew with lots of British character. Toffee, bread, caramel, some creme brulee. Just a quick pinch of smoke up-front. Really well-done, smooth and balanced, not too sweet. Sessionable although the alcohol will sneak up on you.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DiarmaidBHK (3393) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2014
Bottle from Bruisin’ Ales. Pours dark brown with a half inch of khaki foam. Has some solid peaty malt on the nose. The maltiness on the nose feels subdued. Finishes clean. Solid but not spectacular.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zvikar (3383) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - MAR 22, 2014
Bottle shared at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Pours brown hazy deep with a nice head, aroma of honey, toffee, fruits, some alcohol, flavor of honey, fruits, toffee, moderate sweetness, medium bodied

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cards04 (1758) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 8, 2014
I thought this was a great example of the style. Pours a muddy chestnut brown with nice off white lacing. Aromas are sweet and Bready with notes of banana, caramel and bubblegum. Flavors are Brown bread and sweet toffee. Excellent.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DSG (5799) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - DEC 25, 2013
Bottle shared at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Murky brown. Aroma of chocolate, cookies, malt and a bit of hazelnuts. Sweetish flavor, malty, with caramel, a bit of chocolate, nutty notes and a drier finish. Medium-bodied. Nice.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Imaena (1823) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 5, 2013
Bottle. This is a really nice and rich scotch ale with incredible malt flavour.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Velkyal (296) - Gordonsville, Virginia, USA - OCT 21, 2013
Pours a rich amber, with red highlights, topped with a slightly off white head. Aromas of sweet malts, toffee, caramel and just a touch of fresh toast dominate. Flavourwise, again the rich malt sweetness is very much to the fore, but there is enough of a spicy, earthy hop bite to give it enough balance so as not to be overwhelmingly sweet. The alcohol is nicely integrated, noticeable but not intrusive. Medium-full body. A lovely beer for the cool nights of autumn.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DavidWoodruff (390) - Windsor, California, USA - MAY 2, 2013
Aroma: Dates, caramel, brown sugar and a bit of vanilla. Appearance: Brown with ruby highlights and a dense light tan head. Flavor: Medium sweet with caramel/toffee and almonds. Palate: Full bodied with soft carbonation. Overall: A truly wonderful Scotch Ale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (11184) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2013
Bottle from a trade.
[Bottle 822 of 2050]
Clear chestnut with a small, off-white film head. Aroma has light cellar, caramel, light citrus and port. Medium carbonation, fairly light and rather dry mouthfeel. Flavour has toasted malts, caramel, light cocoa, mild oxidation, plums. Dry and malty bitter finish. Well-balanced.


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