Meantime Scotch Ale

Origin: Meantime (London)

ABV: 8.0%

STYLE:  Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy

Anybody that knows me, knows that I love beer… And, recently, I’ve been turned on to single malt scotches. So, whenever I notice a scotch style beer I have not yet tried, I feel obligated to buy one! This particular one had been sitting on my shelf for a few days. I wanted to bad to pop this thing open and drink it. But, I decided to wait until I could fully relax and not think about anything. That moment happened this past weekend. Sitting on the back deck of a bed and breakfast, smoking a cigar, and sipping on this beer. It did NOT disappoint… Let’s move on to the good stuff.

Meantime Scotch Ale

Appearance – Medium caramel color. Upon pouring it in to a wide mouth Belgian glass, the beer formed a thick light tan head with a gentle carbonation. The head slowly cascaded down, leaving a lace on the glass and about a 2 cm head that continued to make its presence known throughout my enjoyment.

Smell – The caramel malt aroma has a soft rich sweetness that grows a bit as it opens. You get the full benefit of this beer by drinking it from a Belgian wide mouth glass. Doing so allows your sense of smell to take in everything that has been trapped inside this bottle while you enjoy the taste.

Taste – Scottish ales are typically full-bodied and malty, with some of the classic examples being dark brown in color. They are more lowly hopped than their English counterparts and often have a slightly viscous and sweet caramel malt character due to incomplete fermentation. The Meantime Scotch Ale is no exception to this rule. The sweet caramel malt takes on a candy quality with some toffee flavors lingering to a surprisingly gentle sweetness in the finish. The malt flavor is very rich. Though other malty nuances come out, bread, grains, wood, and smoke are apparent while drinking. The sweetness becomes a bit much towards the end, but it was not enough to detract from the enjoyment.

Drink-ability – The medium mouth-feel is very creamy with a soft fizz that cuts some of the sweetness but no real alcohol heat noticed.

Overall Score – 90%. This beer is very rich and full of tasty caramel malt but it is still very drinkable. As I mentioned before, it does have some candy qualities, and while it is sweet towards the end, I did not find this to be an issue. I would highly recommend picking up one of these the next time you happen to see it at your local store. While few places in the world carry Meantime on draft, it is more available in 750mL corked bottles.

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