St-Ambroise Scotch Ale – McAuslan, 7.5% ABV – 341ml, (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
On the back label:
“St-Ambroise Scotch Ale is a dark ruby red with a tawny head-sweet and malty, with hints of vanilla and butterscotch, and a long hop finish. With it’s 7.5% alcohol, this beer evokes the classic “wee heavies” or the full-bodied 90-shilling strong winter ales of Scotland. Enjoy a glass of St-Ambroise Scotch Ale and celebrate over 400 years of Scottish heritage in Canada. Slainte Mhor!”
- Style: Scotch Ale
- My Rating: B-
- Taste Profile: Dense caramel malts -> roast/fig/nutty/bittersweet chocolate -> malty lingering bitter finish.
- Where I got it: BC Liquor Stores
- How much: $20/10 variety pack, Summer 2012
- Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
- Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes
Tasting notes: pours dark ruby red with minimal head, ringed retention, lots of active CO2 streams. Medium-thick caramel malts on the nose. Drinks with a full-bodied richness, dense caramel, malts,
light roast, notes of figs, slightly nutty, chocolate, finishing malty with 7/10 sweetness, long medium bitter. Medium-high complexity, med-high depth, good transitions, good carry, good drinkability. A solid beer.
[2015/10/31 – Re-tasting]: Butterscotch nose, fizzy-burpy CO2, boozy caramel malts up front, cola, hints of vanilla, sweet malt finish. Still a B-.