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Brewed by BrewBoys
Style: Scotch Ale
Croydon Park, South Australia, Australia
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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Och, Would ye git a lode o’this laddie! Those canny Brewboys have come up with a luscious little lipsmacker, with a rich ruby hue, and the strength of a highland bull. A died-in-the wool ale of old with its heart in the Northermost distilling districts of the Highlands and Islands. Seeing Double, so named because it’s originator is a twin, is a complex and hearty brew. Tawny in colour, with an inviting fume, a feint ‘reek’ from the use of peated malt, normally reserved for whisky making. You may also detect banana or lolly-like esters amongst the caramel and toffee laced vapours. The syrupy palate is thick and coating, and releases wisps of flavours termed ‘congeners’ by whisky connoisseurs. The hops are restrained in-keeping with the traditional style, and the Scots loathing of expensive ‘Southern’ Fantoosh. The brew was created in Winter, by carefully mashing the blended Scottish and Australian malts, infusing a big rolling boil, and then patiently attended, whilst three separate pitchings of yeast frothed gently in the cool fermenting vats for six full weeks. It is hand bottled, encapsulated and dressed in a distinctive, if perplexing, label bearing the Rose clan ceilidh tartan, as used for centuries, for attending celebrations. Then the beer was lovingly bottle conditioned to a beautiful soft carbonation, so carefully decant yourself a dram, or swirl in the yeast for a heartier draught. It must be drunk at cellar temperature, at the coolest, 15 degrees. Don’t put this in the refrigerator, that’s no way to treat a Highlander! Please enjoy this finely crafted drop in the best of company, and we leave you with a spot of beer trivia; There are a range of strengths of Scottish ales, for example Light, Heavy, and Export, which have historically been referred to as 60/- 70/- or 80/- shilling respectively. This relates to the 19th century prices charged per barrel. Anything stronger than those constitutes a Strong Scotch ale. These attracted between 90/- to 160/- per barrel, and are also known as “Wee Heavy”. Slainte!

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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sully (1380) - Potts Point, New South Wales, - MAR 9, 2009
Aussie micros are really on the rise. This BB is a great beer. It has a good deep coppery hue but the experience is somewhat diminished hue to the ephemeral head. The beer sits moodily in the glass with the promise that it will be something to deal with. Indeed it is, the nose is softly smoky with large slathers of caramel tim tam. The flavour and mouthfeel is rich and tongue coating, the esters are evident in a subtle fashion. Not hoppy as all good scotch ales should be, this is a very good beer. Next time I’ll be sure to drink it at a warmer temperature


3.7
varanid99 (1341) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 6, 2017
Deep brown pour with a quickly dissipating tan head. Boozy, whisky, dark fruit and a little smoke on the nose. Taste is toffee, a bit of smoke, a bit of booze, some dried fruit. No idea how old this bottle is (was in a mixed pack with no date on the bottle) - seems to have a few years on it at least, and it’s shaped up well

3.5
Dandm (125) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 1, 2016
Old bottle at home. Whiskey, berries, toffee, spices. Big malt flavour, very sweet and slightly bitter and tart. No carbonation. Deep, clear red brown colour. Very short sweet and doughy finish. Good for a cold day watching footy.

3.9
KeefOz (1916) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - JUL 31, 2016
Poured an opaque brown (nearly black) with a very slight tawny edge tint and a one-to two-finger light tan dense foam head that retained very well and laced OK. Aroma of sweet dark fruits, soft subtle roasted coffee, caramel, toffee and port/red wine; quite sweet overall; alcohol well hidden. Taste of sweet caramel malts with a very slight peaty/smoky after-taste; nice pleasant low bitterness; alcohol well hidden. Medium body. Clean, very smooth, soft and syrupy with a sweetish finish. Very nice. One to sip and savour.

3.7
gnoff (10985) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 23, 2013
Sample at "The Hunting Club" tent south bank Brisbane on June 21, 2013, during the food fair.
Hazy brown color, off-white head. Sweet, malty, a bit smoked taste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bitterness. Malty, sweet, some alcohol scent.

3.4
Unm4rk3d (89) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - JUL 19, 2013
Its an easy drinking beer, for a scotch ale seems kind of weak. Chocolate taste, with a soft alcoholic after taste. Beware easy drinking!

3.8
fletchfighters (1579) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 7, 2012
A-- Poured a dark reddish brown color, half finger head that died quickly and was just a little larger than a light brown film. Lots of bubbles at first until the beer settled down. S-- Malty and sweet. A very earthy smell. Dark chocolate and cherries. Smells thick and do get get the alcohol smell but it is hidden some. Molasses and stone fruit. Great nose! T-- Sweet, malty and thick. Molasses hit me off the bat, also dark cherries and some dark chocolate or cocoa. Alcohol is there in a big way. M-- Sits with you for a while and does have a bit of a burn ofter going down. Dark cherries are very strong in the mouth and in the finish. Much better beer warm and far more potent at room temperature. Not very carbonated and in a way syrupy. D-- Yes the Alcohol is very evident in this (8%) but very drinkable. Would suggest this for the late fall and winter. Very warming and mouth filling. Have to like that this style was even attempted. More Kudos for that. Worth finding and trying. Very nice and does show that Australian brewers can do some really good things but the problem is have to go dig for them.

3.8
maneliquor (3514) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 5, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2012 Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours cola like with a light brown head. Nose shows roasted biscotti, caramel and cola. Taste is very biscuity with chocolate undertones and more cole like notes. Slightly spritzy and very easy going. Nice beer

3.7
mickmac (487) - Ngunnawal, AUSTRALIA - MAR 2, 2012
Bottle. Sparse off-white head over a clear dark garnet body. Aroma-taste-molasses, raisins, alcohol-smokey/tar, just on the sweet side of balanced-not hop aroma or flavour-with a dry smokey finish. Mdium bodied.

3.6
Maris (1587) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - FEB 18, 2012
From a 330ml bottle on 19/2/2012. Pours a dark amber/brown with little head. The aroma includes, prunes, raisins, toffee and some scotch. In the mouth, it’s quite sweet with toffee, caramel and dark fruits prominent. There’s a decent slightly sour citric bitterness at the back. The texture is quite syrupy but it goes down quite easily for 8%. Unusual and rather enjoyable.

3.6
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 17, 2012
Bottle. Sweet toffee and woody, with an elusive touch of smoke that tantalisingly creeps around your mouth.


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