Friday, September 6, 2013

Portland Brewing Company - Noble Scot Scottish Ale

If its not Scottish...
it's CRAP!
Some of the best beer values to be found in cold cases all around Portland, Oregon are the brews made by Portland Brewing Company. The bomber of Noble Scot Scottish Ale that I enjoyed this evening was purchased at the WinCo in Beaverton for an amazingly economical $1.88. You can't beat that with a stick, no siree. $1.88? Seriously, I don't know how they do it. You can't buy a can of cheap malt liquor for that much change. Hey, you won't find me complaining about a bargain.

Noble Scot poured into my tulip pint a clear, brownish amber color with a thick, creamy, off-white head. The head rose up to almost two fingers high and dissipated slowly. Lots of sudsy lacing was left behind.

Aroma was predominantly sweet, toasty malt. Lots of malt. Brown sugar and ripe fig. Cherry and nuts. Just a bit of a smokey tinge to it. Faint smell of hops in the background.

Taste delivered a robust, earthy malt flavor, punctuated with grassy, herbal hops. Nice. Not a tremendous amount of complexity, but it would be hard to find a better beer at this price.

Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. Just a bit of a watery finish. I was expecting some more body to it. No noticeable alcohol bite to this 6.5% ABV beer.

All in all, Noble Scot is a noble effort. It's a very drinkable beer. I'd have no problem socking down a couple of bombers and with the bargain price I paid, it's as easy on the wallet as it is on the palate. Good stuff and I'm giving Noble Scot a respectable BeerGuyPDX rating of 3 crushed cans out of 4 AND a Droolie. The Wonder Beagle was groovin' on the aroma and drooling up a puddle.

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