Port City Tartan Ale

This is a beer that Val brought me back one of the times that she went to DC. I’ve had a few other beers from Port City and they’ve been decent. Let’s see what they can do with a Scottish Ale.


ABV: 5.5%

Style: Scottish Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Alexandria’s two Scottish founders, Captains Philip and John Alexander, inspired Port City’s Tartan Ale. Scottish beers in the 1800’s were taxed on their strength, with the strong and better quality beers costing more. Customers developed the habit of asking for them by the tax ratings, or shilling names. The 80-shilling style was one of the stronger types that could be purchased, containing 4.0-5.5% alcohol. The 80-shilling beers are traditionally malty, without much hop character, as hops did not grow in Scotland and were expensive to import. Tartan Ale has a deep, copper-color and is produced in the 80-shilling style. It offers a slightly fruity flavor that complements the luscious malty roast caramel flavor and faint hop aroma. The limited production Tartan Ale is our Spring Seasonal beer.”

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This beer poured with less than a half a finger of white head that dissipated almost instantly. It left no lacing on the glass, but left a very small crown on top fo the body. The body itself was clear and deep mahogany in color. I couldn’t see any carbonation due to the color of the beer. The nose was very sweet and had a bit of malt and caramel. Toffee came through next with peat and smoke. The nose was fragrant and inviting. The taste had a certain grainy spiciness that was followed up with nutty malt and an almond extract taste. I wish it had a touch more sweetness to balance it out. The body was too thin with moderate carbonation. It was a quick finish with peat. A bottle of this was $2, which came to $.17 per ounce. This beer was disappointing. I wouldn’t have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

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