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Gang Aft Agley - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 05-13-2006)
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Photo of ColdWaffles
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this as Watkins Drinkery in South Philadelphia TODAY via engine. Is this retired? Hm. From engine into a standard pint.

Appearance: A beauty with a great, long lasting off-white head from engine. Actual color is sort of and cola-esque. And not Coca-Cola, like RC Cola. Odd. Perhaps a shade or two light for a Scotch, but no real complaints. 4/5

Smell: Raisins more than anything else. Not just any dried fruit. Raisins. Not a bad scent though. 3.5/5

Taste: A lot of nice dry fruit flavor, solid sweet malts and... A bit of cola? I like it a lot though. Plays surprisingly well off of an engine pour. 4/5

Mouth: I'm not a big engine guy, but this is great on engine. Smooth, medium heavy, perfect light carbonation. On point. 4.5/5

This was much better than I expected given I am often disappointed by Sly Fox, though there are few Scotch Ales I really dislike. 4/5

ColdWaffles, Apr 17, 2014
Photo of ROGUE16
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

ROGUE16, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of GeoffreyM
2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

GeoffreyM, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of thecheapies
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Cola color. Maybe a half-shade lighter. No head. What the hell! 2.5

Dark rum, dark fruits, burnt sugar, roast malts, and a light wine aroma. Pretty decently complex. 4

A little more rugged. Still offering delicious dark rum, molasses, and trail mix fruit notes. Some black cherry and overdone toffee brittle. Lots of gooey maltiness with a touch of herbal hops and phenolic presence. Somewhat medicinal. Decently charming. 3.75

Carbonation picks up a bit (none on the surface; all of it trapped beneath). Body feels medium to thick. Very light tackiness. 3.5

A pretty solid Scotch ale that I can get down with. 3.75

thecheapies, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of Darkmagus82
4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a mahogany colored brew with a ruby red shine. Upon being served there is a one finger off white head that fades moderately quickly to leave only a light level of lacing on the sides of the glass

Smell – The aroma is heavies of dark fruit aromas of cherry and raisin. Other sweeter aromas of caramel and brown sugar are also present. Mixed with aromas is a nice boozy and lightly spiced aroma that when mixed with the sweeter fruit aromas produces a pleasant warming smell overall.

Taste – The taste of the brew follows the nose very well. It starts with lots of dark fruit flavors as well as a bready and malty taste. Some flavors of caramel are also present upfront, producing a sweet and bready taste. As the flavors advance the caramel turns more toward a toffee like flavor as some buttery and more biscuit flavors come to the tongue. Toward the end the toffee sweet dwindles some, but the dark fruit grows even stronger in flavor keeping the sweetness level rather high. With the increase in dark fruit there are some warming boozy flavors as well as a spice flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg. Overall a warmingly sweet flavor is left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the brew is on the medium side in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average to maybe slightly below average. The slightly lower carbonation is good for the heavier and boozy flavors of the brew with the medium body nicely compromises accentuating the sweet fruity flavors of the brew with a nice lighter and refreshing body, but yet also allowing the boozy warming flavors a chance to soak into the tongue.

Overall – A quite tasty and sweet wee heavy. Slightly warming and a good sipper that is very enjoyable to drink

Darkmagus82, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of beerman999999
4/5  rDev +6.7%

beerman999999, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of IPAchris
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

IPAchris, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of George2744
4/5  rDev +6.7%

George2744, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -20%

t0rin0, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of micromaniac129
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rich tan head sits atop a chestnut colored beer. It.s quite dark and barely any light passes through with just enough to show some desent carbonation. The aroma is thick sweet malts with a hint of roastedness. The taste follows the nose with a sweet roasted malt bill. Swallows smooth and velvetty with a touch of warming alcohol

micromaniac129, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of weaselchew
4.5/5  rDev +20%

weaselchew, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of Cylinsier
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pours a dark brown color, amber reddish tint to it, mostly clear, with an off-white head that dissipates quickly to just a ring.

Smells of sweet dark fruit malts, with some hints of brown sugar and something like maple but not as rich.

Tastes of dark fruit sweetness or molasses, but tempered with drying rich brown sugar malts so it's overly more rich than sweet. Buttered bread elements. Low hops if any.

Medium body, soft carbonation, a bit viscous but not syrupy.

Pretty flavorful, tasty, and enjoyable brew. A bit too strong to session, but not so strong that you couldn't have maybe two or so, and the taste is balanced enough that you would want to. Rich and malty, but not oppressive. Would have again, and would recommend. Sly Fox is becoming a bit of a diamond in the rough in my book; lot's of good beers.

Cylinsier, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of VikeMan
4/5  rDev +6.7%

VikeMan, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +6.7%

rab53, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of dwaz
4/5  rDev +6.7%

dwaz, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of deapokid
4/5  rDev +6.7%

deapokid, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of erosier
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice copper color with a little off white colored head that fades quickly to a ring around the glass. It fades pretty quickly and leaves very little lacing.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, hints of vanilla, peat, and a touch of hops at the end.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malts, vanilla, peat, some spices, and a hint of earthy hops at the end. Mild tasting but nicely done.
M: Smooth, perfect amount of carbonation, medium bodied, pretty nice feel to it.
D: Very drinkable, it's a mild tasting, a medium amount of alcohol so it was a nice take on the style.

erosier, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of DIM
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: This was a dark caramel color and it was served to me with a firm, frothy cap.

s: On the mild side but inviting. Mellow peats and subdued vanilla, hints of heather or hops, and just a trace of warmth.

t: This was good, but more subdued than I like. On the other hand, I prefer this to the obnoxiously sweet versions of this style I've tried. Muted flavors of peat, vanilla, and something spicy play off of one another pretty well.

m: Very nice, medium bodied cask offering with gentle carbonation.

o: Nice overall, but a bit mellow. A good take on a style that is very hit or miss for me.

DIM, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of Bouleboubier
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the Yards Real Ale Invitational. They labeled it "Scotch Ale" and I'm assuming it's the same beer - ABV was listed as 7.0%.

It showed a proper mahogany color, a bit cloudy, while topped with a 1/4" of semi-respectable off-white sudsy foam. Oh wow (sarcastically), a smoky, mildly malty aroma. More smoky than anything. The taste came across as a sweet, caramelized beef jerky. Smoky, yes, but not overly spicy as a decent portion of the malt came through. A little bit rushed and rough in its overall flavor profile, but it drank fresh and clean and really wasn't all that bad, save for the prodigious smoked malt character.

Yet another domestic wee heavy that the brewers felt needed a spicy smoke injection.

Bouleboubier, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of garuda
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep ruby, cloudy, with a white head that has good retention, but very little lacing down the glass.

S - Some spice, a little roastiness, but its extremely faint as I struggle to really get anything from it.

T - Peat smoked malts are prominent with a touch of caramel malt and ends with roasted malts and a lingering spiciness.

M - Medium body, delicate cask conditioning, but it still feels like it should have just a touch more carbonation. A little bit of warming alcohol as it warms.

D - I'd get it again, but from a bottle or tap to give it some sense of aroma.

garuda, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of claspada
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aromas are semi-sweet and a boat load of toasted caramels with dried cherries and sweet licorice. Burnt woodiness as well, yum!

The initial tastes are dominated by beautiful rich dark caramels and a lot of sweetness, dark cherries along with some ripe raisins. Actually a lot of raisins. The flavor was very rich and dark; sweet with nice light smoky notes. There was a nice dry bitterness as the beer warms. Subtle dry charred caramel lacing and a slight booziness as well; not overbearing at all. Quite enjoyable overall. Medium fullness with a silky texture with an extremely soft carbonation. Left a nice dry caramel lacing on the tongue. This is a nice rich, dark and sweet wee-heavy nicely fit to style and a great treat to down. A definite recommend based on the fair $ tag; lingers a little long on a palate, but hey the best ones do.

claspada, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of brentk56
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a murky russet, almost coffee color, with a modest cap that works its way to a ringlet rather quicker than I would have hoped, though it leaves some splashy dots behind

Smell: Caramel and beef stock

Taste: Opens with a somewhat dry caramel flavor, that doesn't have the characteristic sweetness and is almost beefy in its presentation; after the swallow, the profile holds constant through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Lacks the subtleties of the great Wee Heavies; still a decent drinker

brentk56, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of BeerGodz
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Cask @ Sly Fox Phoenixville

Look: Dark Brown, thin head that dissipated quickly, not much lacing

Smell: Raisins, Vanilla, Chocolate

Taste: Up Front: Sweet malt, giving way to roasted malt. Finish: Earthy with mild smoke (peat)

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, but a wee bit thin for the style

Drinkability: I love Scotch Ale, and at only 7.5% abv it is more like a session beer for me, and I wouldn't mind doing a whole session with this one.

Overall Impression: A nice malty ale, that is very easy to drink, and a good value! Definitely Recommended! Due to the low hoppiness, low bitterness and malty goodness, this beer should go over very well with Newbeez.

BeerGodz, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of Teleweizen2
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i got this on cask from andy's corner bar

a - deep brown in color with a frothy tan head that had great staying power and left plenty of lacing long the glass.

s - the aroma is very malty, a little bready, and a bit of black licorice

t - a robust malty sweetness with the licorice hints and a nice dry finish

m - meduim bodied with some mild carbination

d - a very drinkable beer even with a higher abv the alcohol is well hidden i will be looking to find some of this to see what its like on tap or in a bottle to see the difference from the cask.

this was my first taste of cask ale and while i was a bit surprised that it was i guess more leaning towards room temp extreemly enjoyable. i need to get cask more often.

Teleweizen2, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 22 ounce bomber bottle poured into my nonic Imperial pint glass. The scotch ale appears a clear deep copper color with about an inch of dense, yet fluffy off white foam. Nose and flavor consist of rich toasted grain, fruits such as figs, brown sugar, molasses, hints of smoke. Medium bodied with ample carbonation. Not much alcohol burn. Worth a try I suppose.

ClockworkOrange, Sep 16, 2009
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Gang Aft Agley from Sly Fox Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.