Glencoe is one of my favourite locations in the UK, so my eye was drawn towards the name on the bottle in Tesco’s beer section. I love a smoky stout too, so it was great to get this traditional Scottish stout into my collection.
The maker, TSA (Traditional Scottish Ales) Brewing, specialises in Scottish beer recipes and names them after famous landmarks and Scots. The Glencoe is a lightly-hopped “toasted oatmeal” flavoured stout, which pronounces the roast malt taste and aroma.
It’s a wonderful deep black colour with a little light lacing on the head. There’s a wonderful rich, roast malt, slightly coffee taste that lingers longer than any beer I can remember! It’s very smooth indeed and every bit as “silky” as TSA Brewing promises.
As close as a filling stout could be to a sessionable beer. Really easy to drink.
Colour: Black with light lacy head
Nose: Smokey malt
Taste: Long, roast malt hits, hint of coffee
Our verdict: Well balanced, surprisingly refreshingTweet