Gang Aft Agley - Sly Fox Brewing Company
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Reviews by thecheapies:
3.71/5 rDev -1.1%
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
03-24-2013 22:34:50 | More by thecheapies
More User Reviews:
3.65/5 rDev -2.7%
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..
09-10-2008 00:04:07 | More by Billolick
3.75/5 rDev 0%
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.
04-02-2009 01:26:36 | More by Sammy
3.58/5 rDev -4.5%
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.
05-04-2008 01:44:47 | More by Gmann
4.22/5 rDev +12.5%
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.
04-02-2008 00:18:46 | More by beerthulhu
4.1/5 rDev +9.3%
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.
02-25-2010 13:43:39 | More by BeerGodz
3.95/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
04-19-2008 20:13:22 | More by jmalex
2.85/5 rDev -24%
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.
04-01-2009 04:21:12 | More by PEBKAC
4.15/5 rDev +10.7%
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.
04-04-2008 11:27:55 | More by mikesgroove
4.43/5 rDev +18.1%
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.
02-26-2008 02:54:21 | More by SixpointJMH
4/5 rDev +6.7%
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.
04-25-2011 11:37:59 | More by erosier
3.73/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
10-23-2010 02:10:33 | More by claspada
3.48/5 rDev -7.2%
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.
04-15-2008 02:38:17 | More by Zorro
3.8/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
02-14-2008 23:47:36 | More by BBM
3.65/5 rDev -2.7%
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...
03-15-2008 19:19:58 | More by dsa7783
3.38/5 rDev -9.9%
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.
08-05-2008 01:21:29 | More by jwc215
4/5 rDev +6.7%
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.
02-04-2008 23:15:22 | More by Biscuit033
3.4/5 rDev -9.3%
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.
03-21-2011 03:33:36 | More by Bouleboubier
3.9/5 rDev +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
11-10-2012 00:23:18 | More by micromaniac129
3.9/5 rDev +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.
04-08-2012 03:23:54 | More by Cylinsier
Gang Aft Agley from Sly Fox Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.