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Brew Review: Outta Kilter

9 Aug

outa kilterBrew: Outta Kilter
Brewed by: Hoppin’ Frog Brewery (Akron, OH)
Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy (8.2% ABV)

Not my first beer from Hoppin’ Frog but my first review here of one of their beers. They are best known for their B.O.R.I.S. imperial stout, which I have had, but decided I wanted to see what else they had to offer when I picked this up on a little trip over to WI. The label has this listed as a ‘wee heavy scotch style red ale’ which is a lot to throw into a style so I think I am going to just stick with the scotch ale or wee heavy since that will probably encompass most of what’s happening in this brew.
The Outta Kilter poured out a thick murky copper color, very dark copper. A very dark red that gave way to a big loose head that was a reddish white color. I liked the appearance but I wish it would have been a little clearer. The murk that came with it wasn’t really part of either a red ale or a scotch ale.
The aroma of the brew was what I would expect out of a big hoppy red ale or an imperial red ale. Lots of nice hop smell backed up with a solid malt bill supporting them. There was some nice warming booze in the aroma well but mostly dominated by the malt.
The taste was full of sweet sugary malts with hints of peat smoke as well. The booze is present but not bad in any way. The scotch style shone through in this part of the beer and it was very tasty.
I think this beer sort of straddled the line between a scotch ale and an imperial red. There were distinct elements to both fused into this one beer. In the end I really liked the outcome. I have a soft spot for hoppy red ales and I have been one to try a scotch ale whenever I can so this beer sort of took care of 2 beers with one drink so to speak. The balanced aspects of the scotch ale and red ales really made a quite enjoyable beer. It’s a bit heavier so I wouldn’t recommend for a summer sipping but with fall and football season right around the corner here this would be a great bottle to brush off and really get into.

Final Grade: B+

Brew Review: Scotty Karate

17 May

Brew: Scotty Karate

Brewed by: Dark Horse Brewing Company (Marshall, MI)

Style: Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy (9.75% ABV)


I will preface this by saying that I have had this beer on tap (sadly didn’t take any notes) and really enjoyed it. That was the reason I picked it up when I saw it on the shelf at the liquor store. Wanted to see how it matched up with the tap version as compared to the bottles.

Scotty poured out a thick dark murky brown color. Somewhat like caramel but a bit darker and more runny. Almost looked like a beer that came straight from the tap at a place that they hadn’t cleaned the tap lines in about 4 years. We can sum it up to say that it didn’t all that appealing. There was just a small off-white head as well.

After the way the brew looked you would think that this bad boy didn’t have much going for it. Well all you have to do is move on to the 2nd part of trying a beer and that’s the way it smells. This beer had a ton of stuff going on in the way it smelled. It had sweet malts, roasty malts, dark fruits raisins and more things that were hard to pick out. I have heard that this beer tastes/smells like a chocolate chip cookie, I don’t know where they got that but with the abundance of aromas floating up at me I could see that they might find that in there. The alcohol is really undetectable in the aroma which is good. The malts dominate with their sticky sweetness.

The flavor follows suit with the aroma. It is a smooth beer that glides through your mouth filling it with those malt flavors and bringing out a peated malt that I didn’t really get in the aroma. The big malts with their sweet and roasty aspects are joined with the fruity side of things to create a very in-tune brew that touches on a lot of things but doesn’t dwell and really ends up being a great ride. The alcohol once again is really not noticeable which is great and the focus is on the big hearty flavors of the beer.

There are just so many things going on in this brew that its hard to pick out just one and say that’s the best part. Overall, its just a really good beer and one that I really enjoy for the style. It wasn’t as good as on tap, then again what really is, but it held its own in the bottle. I would have liked to see more peated/scotch like flavors and aromas but you can’t win them all and I was very happy with this beer as it stood.


Final Grade: A-

Brew Review: Claymore Scotch Ale

12 Oct

Brew: Claymore Scotch Ale

Brewed by: Great Divide Brewing Company (Denver, CO)

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy (7.7% ABV)


Another entry in my pursuit of a great scotch ale. I don’t know why but I have a yearning to find, try and drink the best scotch ales out there. I don’t know if I have found it yet, but every time I see one I know I have to try it. On to Great Divide, I have had a couple of their wares, Hoss, Hibernation, and a couple others. I have been impressed but not blown out of the water by any of them. I was expecting sort of the same with Claymore, but I was hoping for something great.

This brew poured out a thick rich brown with some red and purple mixed in there as well. You can tell by the look of this one that its going to fill you up right. There was some off white sort of tan colored foam that rose up but not to a significant degree. Overall this was much darker than I was expecting.

The aroma of the beer was fairly basic, for the most part it was dominated by roasted grains. The roasted aromas sort of took over anything else that was trying to shine through. There was a hint of peated smoked malt. Very subtle, hiding in the background.

The taste followed suit, there was tons of roasted grains that stole the show. All the roasted flavors brought forth coffee and some chocolate, sort of like a porter. The peated malt did show up again as a minor player that complemented the roasted grains but didn’t once again come out of the corner it was relegated to. There was a very small hint of some hops in there but that is sort of expected in this style of beer.

For the most part this was a very easy drinking beer for being 7.7% and having tons of roasted grains and specialty malts present. It had a very creamy and smooth feel to it as well which led to the overall easy drinking. This was much darker and had many more roasted aspects than I was expecting and not enough ‘scotch’ for what I was hoping for. Needless to say it was still a great beer, definitely worth trying as the weather gets colder.


Final Grade: B+