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Broadsword | Anacortes Brewery & Rockfish Grill

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Anacortes Brewery & Rockfish Grill
Washington, United States | website

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by RoyalT on 02-23-2005

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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 11
Reviews by mactrail:
Photo of mactrail
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Really huge and malty-- it's the Loch Ness malt monster. Winey and sweet, thick and sturdily built. Flavors of burnt sugar and the deep, dark scorched grain taste, along with the sweet Sugar Daddy caramel. Blackberry fruit and tanginess, with some woody, smoky notes.

Brewed with peat-smoked malt and Black Patent malt, among others. Hops are Perle, Cascade, and Mount Hood. IBUs are 35. Not very bitter, but it does have a nice hoppy resiny taste. Dark amber with a very long-lasting foam. On tap at the brewery restaurant in Anacortes.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one is a solid dark brown in color with a big, off-white puffy head.

Smell – These malts have some big sweetness to go along with the scotch characteristics and light peat smokiness.

Taste – This ale has some huge malts. It is humongous. It is exceptionally sweet and laden with big scotch flavors. The peat and smoke are subtle but assertive.

Mouthfeel – This one is bigger than medium-bodied but well shy of heavy. It’s a big beer that is sticky sweet and shows off some good alcohol notes.

Drinkability – You could almost call this a wee heavy session ale. It is so tasty and big yet so smooth and sweet it’s almost addictive.

Comments – Thanks to skyhand for showing me the way to this brewery. The versatility of the brew crew here is astounding. They’ve managed to nail just about every style under the sun, and this is no exception.

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Photo of Lazaro
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Donkster46
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kemoarps
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Bfarr
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of powdersoldier
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BDJake
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- deep translucent brown with a white head that left slight lacing partially down the glass

S- strong peat annd brown malts, delicious yet it would be harsh to noobs- a very pleasant aroma

T- very peat-dominated, with a bit of caramel character

M- chewy and very thick, warming to a point with decent carbonation

D- it's kind of a sipper, but that allows you to savor it as it warms up

I had this as me and my girlfriend were waiting for a table to become available, and enjoyed it thoroughly as we sifted through the menu.

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Photo of gouettn
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beertunes
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear coppery red color with about a half-inch of light khaki colored head that had decent retention and lacing.

The aroma was on the sweet side with some nice peaty malt in the background. The flavors were pretty similar, sweet malts, a bit of peat and a hint of hops at the back.

The body was solid without being heavy. Drinkabilty was good, especially considering that this one of my least favorite styles. Overall, another solid brew from one of my favorite regional breweries.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A sullen but proud ale - rusty brown or dark leather with strong peat character. I don't expect a big ale of this sort needs adornment with a show of lather. Certainly none was found here. But the aroma was surprisingly shy - just a distant whiff of peat. Beyond its peat essence Broadsword is clean and malt driven but neither complex nor assertive. It is serviceable though not standout.

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Broadsword from Anacortes Brewery & Rockfish Grill
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