Another debut in our Scratch Beer series, this hearty brew takes its inspiration from the strong, malty ales originally produced in Scotland. In the early 19th century, Scotch whiskey drinkers were well aware of the quality of malt produced in Scotland, and the burgeoning whiskey market presented an abundance of barley. In turn, brewers decided to brew ales with very high malt bills, thus yielding the strong, malty, and sweet flavors that have become hallmarks of the style. By the mid-19th century, Edinburgh was acknowledged as one of the foremost brewing cities in the world, a fact that any Scotsman would be honored to flaunt. Just ask anyone of Scottish descent, and they’ll proudly tell you this: “If it’s not Scottish, it’s CRAP!”
Nejhleader (1183) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 3, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Has a strong sweet molasses aroma, I thought the taste was similar strong molasses, some raisen. After taste was a bit biter with some alcohol presence. Nice that they brewed a scotch ale though.
orangesol (616) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served on-tap at the brewery.
A - Pours deep dark brown with a one finger tall tan head, dissipating down to next to nothing at all, leaving spotty trails of lace down the glass. Looks pretty dead after only a short period of time.
S - Smells of dark chocolate, cherries, toffee, raisins, caramel, dark roasted malt and a bit of booze. This one has a lot going on, every time I smell it I get something new.
T - Starts off with some cherry tartness quickly giving way to the darker side of things. Hints of dark chocolate, toffee, dark roasted malt and some raisins round things out. Finish is kinda sweet with some mild heat, lingering long after the finish.
M - Heavy body with moderate carbonation. Sweet, slick feel with a bit of booze burn at the end of each sip, leaving the palate dried for quite awhile.
O - I enjoyed this one. You don’t see this style every day so I am happy to give it a try. It packs a ton of flavor into a moderately sized package. Definitely worth a shot if you are into this type of beer.
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