Rohrbach Scotch Ale

Last night, while having way too much fun at the grocery store – seriously – on a whim, we decided to pick up a growler from Rohrbach, a brewery residing in nearby Rochester, NY. It was a roll of Rohrbach Scotch Alethe dice – we both love scotch ales, but we’ve also had the unfortunate experience of buying ones that just didn’t cut the mustard.

After getting sacks of groceries away, I poured the man a fresh pint – dark, reddish brown with a creamy, near-white head. In all honesty, I wasn’t in the mood for a beer last night (perish the thought!). However, after I took in the malty, molasses-tinged aroma, I just had to have a sip. And another. And another.

Hell, I had to pour myself a pint!

Rohrbach’s Scotch Ale, by far, is the best scotch ale I’ve ever tasted. Each sip offers a smooth, full-bodied, creamy experience. My taste buds were treated to the heavy presence of caramel malt and sweet yeast, with an ever-so-slightly hoppy finish. With an ABV of 7.8%, it’s a great way to warm up a bit on a chilly, wintry night.

This was most definitely one chance I am glad we took. Think I’ll have to pick up another growler tonight!

What’s your favorite Scotch Ale? Comment on the post to let us know.




  • Pete March 5, 2009 @ 9:55am

    Hannah, I agree Rohrbach is a great Scotch Ale and one of my favorites as well. The brewery has a great brew pub attached to it where you can drink it fresh from the tank. Another great local Scotch Ale is Skye Pilot Scotch Ale from Flying Bison right here in Buffalo. If you haven’t had it yet this year, get some soon as it is seasonal and disappears with the cold weather.

  • Hannah March 5, 2009 @ 10:00am

    Pete – I’ve been wanting to try Flying Bison’s Scotch Ale – I’ll have to get to that quickly. Thanks for the suggestion!

  • Liz March 5, 2009 @ 10:43am

    Hannah, next time you make a Beers of the World run to Ra cha cha, you’ve gotta plan enough time to stop by the brewery for lunch or dinner! Like Pete said, you can have their delicious scotch ale fresh from the tank and the food is fantastic! I recommend their Cheddar Highland soup that’s made with freshly brewed Highland Lager (another great beer) and steak! Last time I visited I had the Brewmaster’s Strip Steak and it was out of this world… March 14th might be a good day to make a trip!

  • Hannah March 5, 2009 @ 10:54am

    Liz – yes, March 14th would indeed be a good day for steak, beer and other things 😉 Count me in!

  • Deron March 5, 2009 @ 12:55pm

    Seriously?! You cheated on me!!!

  • Hannah March 5, 2009 @ 12:59pm

    Deron baby – I’m so sorry – she was just a cheap little trick in the wegmans cooler… I didn’t go to rochester, I swear! hehe

  • beckel March 12, 2009 @ 4:04pm

    It’s not the most traditional Scotch Ale, but Scotty Karate from Dark Horse Brewing is amazing. Dark black in color with amazing malt flavors. Every time I drink this brew I seem to find something different . Definitely worth your time if you can get your hands on it.

  • Hannah March 13, 2009 @ 7:54am

    Beckel – thanks for the suggestion! I’ll most def look for it at Consumer’s or Premier. Great beer review blog, btw.

  • Deron March 16, 2009 @ 12:04pm

    The Dark Horse is actually on my top 5 for the style, that I haven’t posted yet. I got a bottle from a friend that works for a distributor, but you can’t get it in WNY.

  • Hannah March 16, 2009 @ 12:08pm

    BUMMER! I’ll have to WAIT FOR IT, I suppose….

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