Scotch ales always seem to draw my interest despite being a style that tends to be very hit or miss with me. The hits are usually really satisfying while the misses end up being way off the mark. Hoping for a pleasant surprise, I picked this one up the other day. It had the benefit of being from a brewery I trust at a price that was hard to resist.
Beer Name: Drookit
Brewer: Berkshire Brewing Company
Style: Scotch Ale
Description: The label described this beer as “sweet and malty” with a “handful of peat-kiln malt.” There was a 04/01/2016 date on the price tag, though I am not sure if that refers to when the beer was bottled or added as inventory. The bomber was a bargain at $4.99 and met its end in the same manner as many more expensive offerings, in my snifter glass.
Appearance: It poured a dark brown/caramel body with a thin bubbly white head. The head dissipated fairly quickly to leave a nice lacing along the sides of the glass.
Smell: Smell was primarily sweet, with a peaty malt presence lingering in the background.
Taste: Moderate amounts of sweet malt upfront, primarily of the caramel and toffee variety. I also got some dark fruits as the beer transitioned to the finish, which brought with it a very slight smokiness. I generally don’t care much for smoke in my beer, but the flavor here was quite subtle and pleasantly complimented the sweetness.
Mouthfeel: The beer was pretty thick up front and thinned out a bit by the end. Carbonation was virtually non-existent. Both of these aspects suited the tastes of the beer quite well.
Hype Factor: I definitely brought my own hopes and expectations into this beer, but there was not any external hype around this one.
Overall: The beer delivered just about what I hoped it would, though for some reason it didn’t quite blow me away. Still, I enjoyed drinking it and would call this offering a success. Definitely something I would keep in mind next time I want something in this style.