Four Seasons Of Mother Earth: Autumn Scotch Ale (2016)
Brewed by: Mother Earth Brew Co.
Beer Classification and Specs
- Style: Ale
- Variation: Scotch, Barrel Aged
- Seasonal: Autumn
- ABV: 11%
- IBU: N/A
Notes: Third of four bottles in the 2016 Four Seasons of Mother Earth series.
Brewer’s Notes and Ingredients
Scotch Ales are the holy grail of the big-beer category. Our BA Autumn offering is laid down in wet oak bourbon whiskey casks to absorb rich tannins and deep color. Dark crystal malts are selected to impart distinct notes of caramel, raisins, and Creme Brûlée. The addition of U.K. Noble Hops round out the flavor with a balanced earthy bitterness.
Hops: U.K. Noble
Additional: Bourbon barrel aged
More Mother Earth Four Seasons Autumn Images
Artwork: Using orange, teal, and earthy pastel colors, a tree changing to fall colors is positioned inside the flowing locks of Mother Earth’s hair..
Color: Light brown with a slight reddish hue..
Aroma: Caramel and bourbon.
Arrived in: 22oz. Bottle
Served in: Snifter
The year is almost over, and so is our look at the Four Seasons of Mother Earth series from Mother Earth Brew Co. Each release has been barrel aged, with a Barleywine in Spring, and a Belgian Blonde in wine barrels for summer. Now we’re onto the Autumn release, which is a Scotch Ale aged in bourbon barrels.
The Scotch Ale style, aka Wee Heavy, is a strong ale known for its sturdy malt backbone, and sweeter caramel and toffee flavors. One thing we will say about this beer is the scotch ale profile and bourbon paired fantastically, easily making this the best bottle of the series thus far.
Autumn Scotch Ale was brown in color, but when the light caught it just right some reddish hues appeared. We poured hard, and got a finger and a half of cream colored head that bubbled up in the snifter. Its topper reduced to a thin covering after a few sips with some patchy lacing.
If you enjoy bourbon and/or whiskey, don’t miss out on this beer! Its aroma was a knockout, and perfect marriage of the malty ale characteristics and bourbon notes. Was it malty sweet caramel goodness from the beer blended with the bourbon aromatics, or mostly whiskey with some bready malts underneath? Either way, everybody wins…
Scotch ales are bold, rich, and malty, but of course resting in the bourbon barrels thinned this one out a bit. Its medium plus body made it easy to drink, but Mother Earth Autumn Ale still retained a syrupy mouthfeel. Barrel aged stouts can weigh you down quick, but this beer did not bring on any fatigue.
We love it when a beer matches its aroma to what you experience on the palate, and Autumn Scotch Ale did exactly that. Although some bourbon notes were apparent, it was characteristically ”scotch ale” for most of the way. There was delicious toffee and maltiness up front, followed by a bourbony finish that was just enough.
The bourbon made its presence known, but did not get too loud or overstay its welcome. The whiskey notes built on the sweet profile of the beer, with some caramel of its own, and an added hint of booziness. This big warming beer hid its 11% all too well.
Final Score: 4/5
Barrel aged beers should not drink this easy! Four Seasons Of Mother Earth Autumn Scotch Ale offered big notes of sweet caramel, along with a noticeable, yet subdued amount of bourbon. An ideal fall release — not too heavy, but still warms you up!