Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Fordham Scotch Ale

Fordham Scotch Ale

Brewed by:
Fordham Brewing Company

Dover, Delaware

Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

8% ABV

Commercial Description:
This unique seasonal comes out just in time to warm your soul on those chilly winter nights. We brewed this beer with a touch of Beechwood smoked malt for a smooth & subtle smokiness that we know you’ll enjoy all winter long.

General Pricing:
12oz Bottle ~$8.00 6pack, ~$29.00 case

The beer pours a nice dark amber with an off white head.

The nose is excellent; sweet rich caramel malts along a light hop aroma.

Not bad, but there is something odd on the back end and finish I just can’t put my finger on.

It starts out with sweet caramel malts up front then a nice mouthfeel in the middle. There is a odd taste on the back-end. It’s not bad I just can’t quite put my finger on it. The finish has more of that taste plus a lingering almost toasted malt goodness.  Now that I think about it the taste in the back-end may simply be a slight malt bitterness.

This beer warms nicely also. The beer really seemed to have opened up and the malt flavors are even better no that it warmed a little. Sorry batteries in my digital thermometer died so I don’t have any real temperatures. I know, disappointing.

I have not mentioned the hops yet in this review. As with most Scotch Ales the beer has more of a malt presence than hops presence. There is a slight hop bitterness on the finish, just enough to dry the finish a little. This taste like possibly a Fuggle hops but I would have to look that up to be sure. I’m still trying to learn my hops.

This was so good I think I’ll have another while I work on my final thoughts.

I got a much better pour on the second glass.

All and all this is not a bad Scotch Ale.

I have grown accustomed to the malt bitterness on the back-end and it’s really not bad. It still does not seem as smooth as some other Scotch Ales but it’s a pretty darn good ale on its own.

I do like this beer but it’s not knocking my socks off. There are much better Scotch Ales out there but this is a fair representation. It’s a good drinkable beer. There was nothing really impressive about it. But more importantly there was noting offensive about it.
I’ll give it a C+ maybe a B-.

Just before posting this I looked at the commercial description from the Fordham. It is quite possible that taste I can’t quite put my finger on is the Beechwood smoked malt. I was not looking for a smoke flavor. It is possible that is what I picked up as malt bitterness. Just goes to show you that I’m learning every day. As if you couldn’t tell.

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