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RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 3.33/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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Sierra Nevada’s Scotch Ale is a dark amber hued ale. It has a sweet nose with just a bit of earth in the undertone. The taste is warm yet very accessible with a clean, refreshing finish.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 18, 2007
A muddy milk chocolate brown. This has a strongly malty, caramel-laden aroma with light hints of tobacco smoke. Flavor is rather sweet and imbued various shades of crystal malt. This is quite sweet to finish and finishes out with very little bitterness in line with the theme of being a malt-dominated beer.

2.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
littlecarp (135) - Redding, California, USA - MAY 15, 2007
Dark brown/amber coloring with foamy beige head. Initial flavor is weak, but hints at caramel. Finish is even more malty. Not bad, but not all that enjoyable.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
DYCSoccer17 (3305) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 5, 2007
Ooooh. Pint enjoyed at Woodstock’s Pizza in Davis, CA. Nose is somewhat faint, but I do detect some peatiness, caramel aromas, and some metallic notes. Fair enough. Transparent dark amber/light mahogany body with a yellowish head that is pretty modest. Sweet, chewy, malty, peaty, caramelly flavors present. Sticky and chewy. Thankfully, they didn’t hop the hell outta this. Tasty and relatively true to style.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5278) - Newark, California, USA - APR 11, 2007
Tasted on firkin at the 4th Annual Firkin Gravity Festival. This scotch ale pours a medium brown color. Large sized white foamy head. Aroma is caramel and malty. A medium bodied Scotch Ale. Malts are malty, caramel and sweet. Hops are earthy. Fairly sweet, very smooth taste. Soft carbonation. Nice balance. Touch of wood and peat. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - MAR 30, 2007
tap at Barclays. Pours with a fairly drak color and a nice creamy head. Roasted aromas and quite a bit of smoky flavor as well. In addition roasted malts and coffee. Very smooth, never seen this beer before but it is a very nice flavorful session beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 7, 2007
Draught at Brazen Head. Dark rusty brown color. Chocolatey malt aromas and flavor (Ovaltine?), with a touch of molasses, otherwise akin to dark toffee with some earthy notes. Balanced flavors. Substantial but smooth drinking body. Great choice for free cheese and crackers night.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 23, 2007
Draught pint at Redbones on 2/10/07
Deep orange-caramel colored body with strong strawberry-tan hints. Buttercream-colored head is medium-sized and recedes to partial cover, leaving minimal lacing behind. High clarity, very slight, glassy chill-haze.
Boisterously fruity nose entices with raspberries, strawberries, and a touch of oily caramel behind it. Breadiness and a moderate hardness follows quickly, from the malts and seems to end in a fruitiness laden with acidity. Soft vanilla sweetness, with only a bare hint of chocolate and thick caramel. Shockingly similar to their Rauchbier, though obviously minus the smoke. Much more of a red-fruity, creamy-sweet, bready scotch ale, than the more common, dark, thickly caramelized and dark-fruit-laden variety. Which is fine. Medium strength of aroma, no alcohol/flaws noted.
Peppery hops are quite notable, but, though true to style, they are almost wholly lacking in flavor, just adding bitterness and a light dusting of earthiness. With warming, light brown sugar notes emerge, with more vanilla and raspberry/strawberry flavors. Though you can tell there are some crystal malts hiding in the depths, with some slickness and hard candy-like flavor, this one is much softer-malted on the whole, than the rauchbier and the fruitiness matches well the lighter sugar notes. Dosent overwhelm you with caramel, not syrupy in the least and the breadiness is moderate for the style, with only light acidity building up on the finish. Drinkable, if, like many of their draught-only beers, rather unremarkable. Malts seem rather simple, overall, though there’s a bit of hazelnut-like roastiness in the background. I just got finished saying how I liked boring, but well-made beers, but this one dosent quite hit me the right way. Guess it’s just a little too sugary in the end. Sort of on the border between a scotch and a scottish ale.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
puzzl (3249) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 12, 2007
On tap at Red Bones. Very floral aroma. Taste had violet, lavender, mint, minerals, caramel. Good drinkability, unique and tasty. Didn’t really seem like a scotch ale to me at all, though.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Doctormirk (100) - USA - JAN 26, 2007
Not too much aroma, nothing screams out at me. Dark fruits..Dates? Lasting bitterness, well balanced hops and malts. Long lived lacing. Wheres the Scotch?

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - JAN 25, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2007 Tap at Barcade: Pours a nut brown with a decent tan head which leaves a light lacing. The aroma has some dark fruityness, anise, and a light chocolate touch. It’s medium in body with a roasty caramel malt touch. A bit sweet and slightly viscous. Some oakey perfumy notes leading to an earthy light resin finish. A simple Scotch Ale.


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