Gang Aft Agley - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Sly Fox Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerBeing on 05-13-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Billolick
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ouncer, capped, not corked...pours quite dark, head quickly departs and any lacing is minimal and of little interest. Nose is of light wheat toast. Notes of plenty of vanilla, dark honey, light cola and then mostly layers of sweet malts. Lacks the depth and complexity of flavors of the heavy hitters of the style. Drinkable, serviceable,but basically a middle of the road offering. Worth a try for Scotch ale/ Wee Heavy lovers..

Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Dr. Jay for this latest local. Pours mahogoney brown with a little white crown, and some lace on the way down. Aroma of roasted malt, and some yeast. Above average mouthfeel, appropriate carbonation (that may hav got there by leaving it many months in the cellar). Toaste of roasted malt, a litle peat, finish of chocolate malt.

Photo of Gmann
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty chestnut brown color with an average head the dissipated into a light ring. The aroma is of big bready malt, some caramel and roasted notes. The smell is much lighter than I expected. The taste is of toasted grains, light toffee, roasted nuts, and finishes with a hair of smokiness. The feel is well bodied with fizzy carbonation, finishes with a roasted bitterness. The drinkability is fine considering the 7.5%ABV. The underlying grain profile in the brew somewhat kills it for me. It is still a good brew but not something that I will remember.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark, ruby red with a sparse, dirty khaki, macro-bubbly head that quickly recessed. Visible carbonation was almost non-apparent.

S: semi-sweet and toasted caramel with dried cherries and sweet licorice.

T: The initial flavor yielded a beautiful rich dark caramel sweetness, licorice, dark cherries along with some ripe raisins. The flavor was rich, creamy, dark, and sweet with a nice smokiness to it. There was a nice dry bitterness upon warming with a subtle dry charred caramel lacing and fade on the swallow. There was some booziness as well but was well rounded, soft and complimenting.

M: medium fullness with a silky texture with an extremely soft carbonation. Left a nice dry caramel lacing on the tongue.

D: A rich, dark and sweet wee-heavy nicely fit to style and a great treat to down. A definite recommend.

Photo of BeerGodz
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of jmalex
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Argh, this is me cleaning out the winter's stock making way for hefeweizens and hop bombs.

APPEARANCE: Pours into my Victory becker a deep ruddy brown. The light tan head starts at less than one finger and slowly shrinks down to a hearty collar and nearly full cap.

SMELL: Aromas are not particularly intense. Some light toasted grains and vague fruity esters come out, but not much else.

TASTE: The taste is much more what I'd expect. Caramels, toasted grains, and a hint of smoke and herbal tea round this one out. A more than sneaky hop presence shows itself across the palate, but the finish is all malt.

MOUTHFEEL: It actually seems a bit thinner than one would want, but still has some decent body to it. Carbonation is at an acceptably average level.

DRINKABILITY: Quite good. Somehow it seems to hit the spot, even on an 83° day.

Sly Fox is great. They can crank out a nice example of any style. Even though Gang Aft Agley doesn't quite hold up to the authentic examples, it definitely deserves to be drank for more than just "cleaning out the stash". I'll be savoring the rest of this one.

Photo of PEBKAC
2.9/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Growler from New Beer. Served in a 12oz festival souvenir glass mug.

Silent crack of the cap. Straight pour down the middle gets me half an inch of airy oatmeal-colored head that comes & goes. The body is worn brown with tea-ish highlights. Clarity is just a few points off my prescription.

Smell is a good bit of bananas, butter, & sugar going at it in a hot pan. A noticeable amount of the malt comes off comparable to what is found in Euro lagers. The residual sugars smell crusted & sticky. The back end is clove & cola.

Feel is decent. Carbonation is a little overeager & the body a bit thinner then I would expect. Alcohol isn't well hidden.

Taste is metallic & lightly ashed upfront. Toasted caramel, bread & margarine in the middle, with a big clove, plastic, & alcoholic finish. Sorry to anyone I sent a sample of this. Better in the bottle I think. Is the bottle version brewed in their other location? Probably slightly different in any format over there. /confused

32oz is easier then 64. 22oz in this case, which I think was a wise decision. So many good things come out of these brewpubs, so many mediocre & bad things too. Price is always nice, as is the accessibility to so many styles. I still think they should find some grounding & try to solidify some of their better beers before racing towards x/y/z in the style playbook.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Came home after a long day with the family and was looking for something a little bit different to end the night with. I went for this one, mainly because I had never heard of it before I got it, and you really cannot go wrong with sly fox, well in my experience anyway. So, I grabbed this one out of the fridge and poured it into a long pilsner glass and sat down for a night of baseball drafting. The pour was very nice with a rich hazelnut like tone. Some hints of red around the edges, but mostly brown, with a very nice consistency and clarity in it. Lots of carbonation could be seen in the form of bubbles chaining up toward the surface to reinforce the frothy top. There was a very nice three-inch high head of foam, which took over on the top immediately after the pour. Now this did not stick around for very long, and in fact, it more or less just faded in a few moments, however it did manage to lave behind a very nice layer of foam and some good-looking side glass lace. Not a bad looking scotch ale so far.

Went in to take a closed look and was amazed at how light the aroma was. Some nice hints of earthy and grassy like tones were all over this one. No really heavy caramel or sweetness to it, that for some reason or another I was expecting to encounter. Not a hint of the alcohol either, which at this point I have no clue as to what it actually is. Now then, there was some slight roasted touch to it, however the overall just presence of it, was a touch on the light side if I have to be honest. The flavor was great, just again as with the aroma, it came up a little on the light side. Nice profile though with a medium body and lots of carbonation that really made it very smooth and a very easy drinker, as this bottle was gone in literally a blink of an eye, and I had not even realized I was drinking it that fast, truly a testament to its Drinkability and overall feel. The flavors were very earthy, with a rich malt profile. Lots of grains and even a touch of smoked like flavor trying to creep on it. Really quite nice, I just wished it was a touch stronger was all. But nonetheless, it was still very good. So then, I have to admit for a wee heavy, it was tremendously drinkable and really pretty much a session ale for me.

Overall, this was not bad at all, and really kept me solidly in the Sly Foxx camp for sure. This was a brilliant concoction for sure and one that I will look forward to trying again, with my only real knock against it would be that it was a touch light and I would have liked it to be a little heavy and a touch sweeter, but other than that I thought this was a really nicely crafted ale and I would definitely have another one of these anyway.

Photo of SixpointJMH
4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a light brown colour with hints of amber to it. Head size is relatively small with tiny amounts of residue left on the glass.

The aroma is malty and earthy, yet sweet from caramel notes. Malt is roasty overall and there is perhaps a bit of spice in the mix here.

Flavour is very much in line with the aroma. Malt still dominates and leans a bit toward the smoky side here while retaining the overall roasted chacarcteristics. There's a bit of bitter chocolate in the mix here as well, along with more faint sweet caramel flavouring. I still detect a hint of spice here. The only thing I can suggest would be perhaps a touch of cinnamon but I doubt that is it. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a bit of creaminess to it along with some dryness as well, if that combo makes any sense.

I really dug this one. I'm going to say that it's now easily my favourite of the Sly Fox brews I've tried. Drinkability is off the charts here, especially for a 7.5% ABV beer, which, whilst not uber-huge, is still a fairly "big" beer. I want more of this one soon and will definitely be stocking up. Brew this one more often. Hell, make it a regular as opposed to a rotating seasonal. A great brew from Sly Fox.

Photo of erosier
4/5  rDev +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.

Photo of claspada
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of Zorro
3.46/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled through ClockworkOrange and CA - PA BIF.

Clear reddish brown colored beer with a small tan colored head.

Smell is sweet and malty with a trace of peat and melon. Fruity scent from the yeast possibly an English ale strain. Little bit of candy but this beer disappoints in the aroma department.

Taste starts out malty and chocolate with a melon flavor I have never tasted in a beer of this type before. Lots of malt but a little light on the smoke. Little bit of malt candy aftertaste and a faint lemony hop trace complete the flavor. I really was hoping for more smoke.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Little bit of a disappointment here I was expecting more. Sure it is a decent Wee Heavy but from this brewery I was expecting a great one. I probably would try this at the brewery to see if it is better. An OK beer just not a great one.

Photo of BBM
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ BoBBiQue in Patchogue. It poured a deep mahogany with a very thin beige head. Aroma was sweet and light. Hints of vanilla and caramel, as well as a touch of alcohol.

A very malty brew, the smoky caramel and toffee come through strongest. Not much of a hop profile, but I didn't really expect one. Warming alcohol finish with a bit of mustiness. A quality brew and nice scotch ale.

Photo of dsa7783
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle purchased from Gary's in Madison...
Pours a deep, dark, black, prunish color with a minimal head that quickly receded and left hardly any lacing...
Smell was subtle and non-distinct... a small amount of caramel, and butterscotch malts were noticeable, but that was about all...
Taste was sweet and candied, with malts dominating along with figs, prunes, whiskey, and dates... Not the best representation of the style, but a pleasing, easily drinkable selection nonetheless...
The best thing about this beer was that it was sweet and flavorful without being cloying or overbearing and the 7.5% ABV was hardly noticeable behind a rich combination of malty, sweet flavors...
Like I mentioned before, not the best depiction of the style, but still worth a go...

Photo of jwc215
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml cage-corked bottle, poured into a snifter glass:

Pours very dark brown, almost black, with a wisp that disappears. Virtually no lacing sticks (other than some vanishing bubbles).

The smell is of roasted, almost burnt, peat and a grapey and plum-like fruitiness that seems a bit odd.

The taste is of roasty, slightly burnt peat smokiness with caramel. Hits on the roasted maltiness, though leaning towards a bit burnt, and with slight breadiness gives a slight burnt toast character. The fruitiness doesn't carry over to the palate much, which is fine by me. Finishes with a whisky-like dryness.

A bit on the thin side giving it a slightly watery texture. Low/soft carbonation. There's enough body, though, to linger on the palate for awhile.

Not bad, but a few small "detractors" add up a bit too much for me. Still, it has a certain "drinkability", especially for the abv.

Photo of Biscuit033
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark amber with a thin light tan head minimum lacing.

S: Strong dark malts, light hint of caramel and some metallic and earthy notes.

T: Sweet dark malts, toffee, fig, some port-like bitterness, and alcohol.

M: Full-bodied, with a nice malty creamy finish.

D: This is a beer that I could drink all night. It is very smooth and creamy for the ABV.

I had this on cask and it was quite the treat. If you see it bottle, on-tap, or cask give it a try.

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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

Photo of Cylinsier
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of Viggo
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub.

Pours a clear dark ornge, some brown highlights, almost a chestnut colour, thin off white head forms, big bubbles, and quickly settles down to a thin collar, no real lacing. Smell is alright, sweet and caramelized, brown sugar, light floral, very fruity, strawberries and melons, rhubarb, light smoke, pretty malt. Taste is similar, very fruity at first, strawberries and rhubarb again, caramel and brown sugar, some toasty malt, quite sweet through the middle, touch of chocolate and biscuits in the finish, nicely malty. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, smooth but not too exciting. Not a bad beer, but a little too plain for my tastes.

Photo of lackenhauser
3.06/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Decent coppery color. Nice off white head. Scotch like aroma-reminds me of wet cardboard. Malty enough flavor with a lingering "scotch" like flavor. Too scotch like for me-needs more malt and away from the scotch flavors. Not unpleasant but doesnt belong. Ok level of bitterness. I like the fact it is not as peated as some versions. Needs a heavier mouthfeel. Too busy trying to be "scotch like" instead of being a wee heavy. Drinkable enough beer but just not for me.

Photo of Foxman
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a clear, carbonated dark tea amber brown. A finger of light beige head compacts to a frothy bulls-eye. Dollops of lacing glide down the inside of the glass.

The aroma is roasted malt dried sloe fruity with a hint of sugary sweetness. A touch of doughy yeast is trussed by a ribbon of hop spice and a tickle of alcohol.

Upon tasting, the flavor is a bit less dimensional than the aroma, with roasted malt sweetness that's distinctly fruity but is genuinely darker with a swallow of coffee and walnut. A mild trend of esters and mellow hops turns crisp before the alcohol pads through warmly. Residual grain goes earthy as a trace of baked biscuit bottom dries into a long lingering, crisp finish. The flavor is slightly vague in spots, but it's clean and nice enough.

Medium bodied, it starts round but it flattens out quickly and drains away from the palate sooner than expected.

No question, this one's about the malt, sweet in spots and earthy all over. Still, it could be a bit more smoothed out in the seams and a bit more distinct in the middle. It comes daringly close to confused in spots. And yet, the final effect is positive, as even with the moderate ABV it goes down without much effort at all. Maybe it's not glaringly special, but it's a wee tasty wee heavy. Ooh la wee.

Photo of TMB0424
3.19/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a mud brown body with a one finger, pillowy head that slowly reduced into a sticky ring. Splashes of lacing throughout.

Aroma is light - some sweet malts, very small hint of chocolate - but not much else. A little bit of caramel and biscuity yeast as well. Rather weak.

Taste is of sweet, caramel malts with a hint of hops in the finish. A definite fig presence with a big roastiness. Lingering in the background is a kind of earthy flavor I can't really put my finger on. Overall, it's somewhat weak for the style, but it's not bad.

Mouthfeel is slick, oily. Medium bodied and crisp. One thing I noticed that I never really notice before is that the flavors all came and went very quickly - if that makes any sense. It's not a bad Wee Heavy, but it's definitely lacking. Not horrible though.

Photo of brentk56
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
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

Photo of Phillyduke
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

**2008 Bottling**

A: Poured into an Imperial Pint glass. A fizzy, one-finger head of effervescent bubbles quickly fades to nothing. Non-existent lacing. Beer is a clear coffee/cola color and seems rather thin.

S: Not much. Some hints of caramel and roasted malt.

T: Somewhat difficult to pin down, and not at all what I was expecting. The malt isn't nearly as forward as I would have hoped. Hints of caramel and toffee peek out here and there, but the predominant flavors are coffee and cola (believe it or not). Hop bitterness kicks in at the end, and provides a pleasing finish. Not necessarily true-to-style, but still a nice overall taste.

M: Fizzy carbonation dominates the mouthfeel, and takes away from the enjoyment of the beer. A bit on the thin side.

D: Highly drinkable, despite the ABV. It's lack of standout qualities actually make it something you could drink a lot of without thinking about it. Probably the best quality of this beer.

Unfortunately this was not as enjoyable as I remembered it 3 months ago (before I started reviewing beers). Not very malty or complex, nor what I would have classified as a Wee Heavy. These are set to age for another two years, so hopefully some additional time will do the rest good.

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Gang Aft Agley from Sly Fox Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.