Review: Noble Scot, MacTaranahan's

Noble Scot
MacTarnahan's Brewing Co. — Portland, OR

  • Style:  Scottish Ale
  • Bitterness:  25 IBUs
  • ABV:  6.5%  
  • Malts:  Pale, Smoked Malt, Carapils, Roast Barley, Melanoidin
  • Hops:  Norther Brewer, East Kent Goldings, Willamette
  • Sampled:  12 oz. bottle

Description: "A limited edition Scottish ale with notes of toast and caramel, Noble Scot is full-bodied and sweet with a subtle smokiness." — MacTarnahan's Brewing Co.

Random thoughts:  Noble Scot is a new fall release from MacTarnahan's. This is part of my series on fall seasonal brews.

The tasting:  Dark reddish-orange in color, slightly hazy, with an off-white head that dissipates fairly slowly. Aroma of caramel, toffee, with some nutty and earthy notes. Flavor is a showcase of malt flavors. Rich caramel malt is the dominant flavor, with biscuit and toasted malts supporting. Overall malt sweetness is low. Herbal and earthy hops provide a moderate level of bitterness. Noble Scot is medium bodied, moderately carbonated, and finishes with caramel malt and a spicy hop bitterness.

Rating:  3 star.  Good.  I would drink this again if someone gives it to me.  The rich malty flavors of Scottish Ales are a great choice for fall. If you want to give Noble Scot a try, don't wait too long. Winter seasonals are quickly arriving, and Noble Scot will be soon replaced by MacTarnahan's HumBug'r.

Have you tasted Noble Scot? What's your favorite fall seasonal?

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