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Ron Burgundy Scotch Ale by Sweetwater Brewing Company
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
0.00 % ABV

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Review by everetends on 06/20/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 9 17 4 8 2010
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Finally had a chance to try this one this weekend. The word on the street is that this beer was brewed solely for the anniversary of Taco Mac and that is just where I had it (Douglassville locale). Once I heard the name I was sold, ordered a pint, and the rest was history. I believe the pint ran me $4.50.

A: Poured a very nice dark brown in color that was pretty clear and allowed a really nice, ruddy ruby light to come through the body. This just has that nice shine to it as the light hits it. A top the body rests a pretty nice (little more than) a finger of off white head. That head had some great retention and a nice creaminess to it. Suds were tight and clingy to my beard. Said foam left a really nice notch in the glass all the way down. Proved to be pretty nice and sticky. Good looking brew.

S: Smell is of mostly that malt profile. Tons of caramelized malt here. It just smells nice and sweet. There is a bit of toffee here as well. There is a nice earthiness coming out as well that I couldn't tell whether it was coming from the hops or that Johnnie Walker cask treatment. There is absolutely just a touch of that JW spiciness in the aroma. Nothing too overwhelming, just enough to keep you in the game.

T: Taste is malty and fantastic. The caramel malts really come out and this is tasty. The toffee is a bit more pronounced in the flavor than in the nose. You can also find a bit of brown sugar and cherries hiding in the malts. Yet again you get a touch of that peaty earthiness and the Scotch spicy bite on the back end. There isn't so much scotch it over takes the malts, which tends to happen in some Scotch Ales such as this. Still the Scotch comes in to compliment the malts and give it a little nudge but still allowing it to taste like beer. The finish is some slightly bittering hops but just a tad. Just enough I say.

M: Medium bodied but with some weight to it. This has a somewhat slick and sticky feel from that malt presence. ABV is slightly warming on the palate but really gives you a nice soothing warmth in the belly. Carbonation is just enough to keep this from being too sticky. This beer is refreshing as well, not cloying in sweetness or too much. Aftertaste is that Scotch spiciness and earth.

D: Absolutely drinkable. Could have easily had one or two more but we had to hit the road and the soccer game was over. That warmth really was soothing on the car ride home and actually put a smile on my face. This beer really helps me realize I am malt head. Hops are fantastic, but sometimes I just want a big malty brew to down and enjoy. Something I can sip and savor. This was one of those beers. Kudos to Sweetwater. A fine brew for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

Reviewed on: 04-06-2009 05:02:29

Served In: Pint Glass

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