Sierra Nevada Scotch Ale
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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.32/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - JUL 18, 2009
Delicious! like a stonger bodies kiltlifter. Dark and powerful, warming finish, disipating lace....very nice indeed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5196) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2006
Poured a copper color with a medium sized, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel malts, light peat, nuts, and light roast. Taste of caramel and smoked malts, nuts, light alcohol, and faint citrus hoppiness. Did I have the same beer everyone else had?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - JAN 9, 2007
On Draft. Light brown and clear with an ivory head. Very faint fruit and malt aroma. Nice fruity flavor with some figs and chocolate. Dry finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Radek Kliber (6324) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 26, 2010
On tap at Ginger Man NY
Aroma: good depth, caramel , hint of scotch with its alcohol pair. Ending with toffee.
Appearance: red ruby, garnet with clear crystal show. Large tanned top.
Flavour and Palate: smoky , malty with Scotch feel on side. Good deep malt is presented with solid approach to it. Bit earthy.Light feel of alcohol is at finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
DYCSoccer17 (3226) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (10347) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 24, 2013
Tap at the brewpub on 3/23. Pours dark orange/amber with a slight beige head. Malty aroma. Med body. Flavor is rather heavy malt - possible touch of smoke? Or maybe a little earthy? There’s a little hop. Finishes on the non-dry side, but it drinks pretty well tho.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
puzzl (3237) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (3860) - 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.

   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.

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