Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Scotch Ales — Silver City vs. Bridgeport

Silver City Fat Scotch Ale

ABV 9%

Deep dark maple syrup. Almost no carbonation.
Sweet beer wort and brown sugar.
Sweet, malty, touch of vanilla bean.
Hops vs. Malts (Hoppy, Malty or Balanced):
Burnt caramel, toffee.
Overall (Fantastic, Good, Mediocre or Bad):

Bridgeport Highland Ambush
Scotch Ale
(33% Aged in Bourbon Barrels)
ABV 6.8%

Dark brown with orange tint.
Sweet and slightly phenolic (clove/band-aid).
Flavor: Mild sweetness with dried orange peel flavor and hint of bourbon.
Hops vs. Malts (Hoppy, Malty or Balanced): Malty
Finish: Mellow citrus/chemical bitterness.
Overall (Fantastic, Good, Mediocre or Bad): Mediocre

Winner by unanimous decision
: Silver City. It had wonderful sweet, malty, classic Scotch Ale flavors and was dangerously easy to drink considering the high ABV. The Bridgeport on the other hand was not very focused. It seemed like a Scotch Ale dressed in a citrus suit. Neither of us would have guessed that the Bridgeport was a Scotch Ale.

We paired the Scotch Ales with a ground goat meat, carmelized onion, and fresh mozarella pizza and the sweetness of the onions went quite well with the sweetness of the Silver City. The Bridgeport was fiercely independant however, and did not want to cooperate with the food.


  1. Wow, a ground goat meat pizza? Sounds interesting... More so then those 2 beers ;)

  2. Tell the folks at Bridgeport to stop flavoring with band-aids! Let's start a picket line!