Freigeist Mac Heath’s Murder Malt cal. 45

Freigeist Bierkultur
Formerly brewed at Gasthaus-Brauerei Braustelle

Style: Scottish Ale
Stolberg, Germany


on tap


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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.23/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maarten1993 (1168) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - FEB 9, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2014 Drank at Waalwijk, 9/2/2014. Good beer. However, a bit watery. Not much carbonation. Roasty, coffee, sweet. A bit watery. Okay beer, not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (14257) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2013
Bottle via trade, shared at Bruce’s. It pours amber with a small white head. The nose is earth, light toffee, smoke, orange, tangerine and medicinal notes. The taste is wood, varnish, light alcohol, stewed fruit, light bitterness, smoke, medicinal notes and earth with a dry, lightly smokey finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Grows on you. Smooth, well and nice balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (20821) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2013
Bottle at Bruce’s - London. Many thanks to Paul. Pours hazy amber-orange with a frothy white head. Nose has hints of peaty malts, some dry caramel, touches of ripe fruits. Light to medium sweet flavor, more light peaty smoke, a bit of bread, some orange, minerals, light to medium bodied with fine carbonation. Mild earthy bitterness to finish, peat, dry bread, faint dry caramel, some marmalade. Quite tasty and dynamic.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
kraddel (7715) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - FEB 14, 2013
RBBWG12 smells smoked, pours blonde, no foam. tastes smoked but not too much... meh

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck (9327) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 28, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2013 12/I/13 - 33cl bottle from Biernavigatie (webshop, NL) @ home - BB: XI/2012 - bottled: V/2012 (2013-15)

Cloudy red brown beer, big creamy beige head with some bigger bubbles, bit adhesive. Aroma: very peated, whisky malt, bit sour, wheat, some caramel, smoky. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: very peated, smoky, bit sour, red berries, green banana peel, bit malty, some caramel, bitter touch, earthy. Aftertaste: sour touch, little hoppy, very smoky, leathery, dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Martinus (4596) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - JAN 23, 2013
Slightly hazy amber colour, white head. Smoky aroma, caramel and malts. Quite smoky flavour, light sweet, ash, light fruit. Weird smoky finish, caramel and malts. The last style to rate here on rb. Can’t say I am clear now on the difference between Scotch Ale and Scottisch Ale, but I’m not sure Freigeist made the most typical Scottisch Ale ever either. At least it is a start.
(From 33cL bottle @ RBBWG II, Wilrijk 2013. Courtesy of both tderoeck and 77ships. Thanks sirs!)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (24008) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 21, 2013
Bottles from tderoeck and 77ships, thank you gentlemen! Murky orange color, fluffy white head. Aroma is interesting floral perfume. Taste is smoky caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
77ships (9398) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 20, 2013
Two bottles of this were present @ RBBWG 2013. One from tderoeck (thx!) & one from me. 33 cl. Neat label & name is more akin to what you would expect a malt liquor to be called. People wanted this one for the super-elusive Scottish Ale tick. I do find it hilarious that they wanted to get an idea of how a style should be done traditionally based on a Freigeist beer :) Pours hazy golden. Oh, smoked malts in the nose, even peated touch, smoke blended with sweet malts with quite a bit of fruits. Taste is smoked, peated, caramel, toffee, buried under a fruity sourness, lemon, touch children vitamins, quite similar streak to a completely different Freigeist beer I recently tried, similar infection? bitter & sour spices, some fruits. Interesting the added smoke & touch peat. Bit flatter. I dig this odd stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sebletitje (9955) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 20, 2013
75cl bottle sample @ RBBWG 2013, courtesy of 77ships. Oragée opaque, col beige. Arôme est malté avec une pointe de fumé subtile, le tout se terminant sur un généreux profil caramel. Discerne entre tout cela un léger bouquet fruité-houblonné qui reste en retrait par rapport au malt. Palais, levure présente, malt fumé léger donnant une fin de bouche tourbe mais minime, le tout se terminant sur un côté grains. Au final, pas spécialement un meilleur exempla du style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Benzai (15340) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JAN 19, 2013
Sampled from bottle @ RBBWG 2013. Opaque hazy orange color, just a slightly white head on top. Smell malts and smoke. Taste malts, smoke, fingerpaint I used in school as a kid, slight bitter hint. Don’t like it. Medium body and carbonation.

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