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Wooden Cask Brewing Company | Reformation Scottish Stout

Wooden Cask Brewing Company | Reformation Scottish Stout
Jereme Zimmerman

Newport, Kentucky’s Wooden Cask Brewing Company doesn’t mess around when it comes to brewing traditional English, Irish and Scottish ales. As soon as you pick up one of their bottled beers, visit their website or step into their brewery (located on historic York street, just across the Ohio River from Cincinnati), you are greeted with their motto: Time, Taste and Tradition. As their website notes, they are committed firmly to “quality not efficiency” and adds that “there is no point to brewing our beers unless we make taste superior products.” Their Reformation Scottish Stout clearly meets these standards as soon as it begins to ooze its thick, dark and malty richness into a glass.

Photo by Jereme Zimmerman

This is no one-dimensional Stout. While some drier Stouts can have a lingering acridness that overwhelms other flavors, the bitterness in Reformation Scottish Stout dissipates quickly, giving room for notes of dark fruit, chocolate malt and roasted grain. It goes down thick and smooth, yet somehow feels light on the tummy. Despite its 7.5% ABV, it doesn’t come across as overly boozy. This is, quite simply, a fine example of a traditional, well-balanced British Stout with a Scottish accent.

Wooden Cask also offers a Scotch Ale (The Scotsman) and a Bourbon Barrel Aged Scottish Stout (Corruption). Try these as a trio and note how they play off of each other. Start with The Scotsman, with its rich, warming maltiness and 8% ABV; follow up with the smooth richness of Reformation and close out with Corruption, a robust 10.2% ABV Scottish Stout now aged in New Riff bourbon barrels. Don’t blame us if you wake up living the lyrics of the traditional song The Drunken Scotsman!

Photo by Jereme Zimmerman

Pay a visit to the brewery in the original “Sin City” to give the nitro draft version of Reformation a try. Although currently undergoing upgrades to include remodeling their outdoor patio, they’re still open for service.

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