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Cock O' The Walk - Williams Brothers Brewing Company

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83
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25 Ratings
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Ratings: 25
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 15.45%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Williams Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Zimbo on 02-01-2011)
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Ratings: 25 | Reviews: 11 | Display Reviews Only:
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Marius, Sep 06, 2014
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look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle: poured into a UK pint sleeve at home on 1 Mar 2013. BBD of May 2013.

Being a Scottish Red Ale: it has, as you'd expect a red hue to its colour, although 'dirty dish water brown' might actually be a better discription in this instance. My beer had a cloudy disposition as well. The head looked good though, off-white foam blanket of a good thickness (Tog 3).

Sweet nose of toffee apples with a floral overtone: this carries on into the taste, caramel notes up the sweetness but luckily some hop bitterness calms it down somewhat, but it is still a sweet tasting brew. Red berries in the mix too: I quite liked it actually.

Different and interesting: might be too sweet for some. Pity about the misty look, otherwise I'd be scoring a bit higher.

BlackHaddock, Mar 01, 2013
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Kitsune, Aug 08, 2014
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4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very attractive, suprisingly clean chestnut red color, moderately low carbonation from the gravity pour cask produces little to no head, some floating yeasties in the pour. Scent is clean, simple and straight forward - fresh steeped crystal malts provide a carmely sweet note, hops are fresh and earthy. Taste follows scent and again just screams freshness - simple carmel malts and earthy hops is all it takes. Slightly under carbonated from the gravity pour cask - could be the fault of the bar as much as the brewer - still smooth and nice medium body. A nice beer that is simple, straight forward but showcases high quality ingredients.

rfgetz, May 23, 2011
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3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife bought this for me the other day knowing that it's one of the few beers from their range that I had yet to try. How she knew I can't say but if she knows that then what other of my beer secrets might she be aware of? Uh oh.

Should say that I'm not a big fan of these 'red' type of beers. But what the heck. You don't know if you don't try.

Less red and more brown than I expected. A thin head but still enough to leave some nice lacing.

Hoppier too than I expected initially and that typical red ale shrilling sweetness in the middle is well controlled. Instead its more at the end while the middle is massaged and neutralised by some tasty reasonably dominant citrus hoppiness which continues to the end with added longish firm bitterness. It all comes together for some pretty good mouth therapy too.

Still not a fan of 'red' ales but this is one that might make me think again.

Zimbo, Feb 01, 2011
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arkanu, Jun 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright cherry tan with creamy vanilla white head that leaves trailers. Toast and strawberry jam on the nose.
Red currant, crumble, treacle cake and lots of crystal malt then red grapefruit, pine branches and ligonberry.
Lime peel end and bitter linger. Medium, chewy, plenty of stick.

Lots of crystal and lots of citrus is a good combo. But what are Bobek hops? Enough toast and dark malts (or not enough hops) so that it's definitely Scottish, but nice American influence.

StJamesGate, Aug 11, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

mizx, Jun 27, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a half-pint glass at the Whey Pat in St Andrews. From notes. Reviewed April 2011.

A: Reddish amber. Nice head. Creamy.

S: Unimpressed. Sourish and cask-creamy. Malty.

T: Mildly titillating, with a pleasant malty nuttiness. Beer-y and boring. The maintaste is sparse and the aftertaste is sparser. Very front-loaded.

M: Not good, not bad. Moderately solid.

O: Not great, but the name is pretty awesome. Honestly, the only real reason to buy any is so that you can order a glass of cock. Infantile, but true.

AgentMunky, Jul 13, 2011
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Brewer1980, Sep 26, 2013
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3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (50 cl.) purchased from Cavavin (St Sébastien/Loire), tasted in 2012.

Appearance : red amber color, with white foamy head.
Smell : malts and caramel aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : malty with caramel flavours, leading to lightly bitter finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Scottish Ale.

thierrynantes, Dec 02, 2012
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3.13/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On cask serves in a snifter. Beer is brown and hazy with no head and low carbonation.

Beer is nutty and mildly sweet with an odd off-putting papery aroma.

Beer is thin and watery with a mild wet dog like flavor and some cardboard. Not very good but I'd give it another shot at a later date.

drabmuh, Jul 06, 2011
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2.7/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Red to orange copper coloured with a thin off-white lacing.

Sweet smelling and malty with a muted, nutty aroma that lingers around the middle of the beer. There is also a light hops smell at the end.

Rich sweet malts kick this drink off along with a sugary sweetness that is a little to strong for my liking. There is a tarty finish that has a lot of malty bitterness as well.

Medium, smooth feel to it and a mild bitter finish. There is a lingering bitter aftertaste as well.

It started feel and faded a little to fast for me, there wasn't really a lot going on if I'm honest and the taste wasn't a great one although it was just about drinkable.

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flyingpig, Jan 04, 2012
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4.4/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a medium dark amber colour with a big frothy off white head, and some incredible lacing.

Smells faintly malty, sweet and hoppy.

Tastes superb, extremely well balanced between sweet caramel like malts and bitter hops. Goes down oh so smoothly, with a very drinkable mouthfeel.

Overall, if I had the choice this would be my #1 session beer. So good!

CwrwAmByth, Mar 28, 2012
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houtappel, Jan 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

msromberg, Dec 31, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

abeeronthebeach, Oct 03, 2013
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in english pint.
Clear, dark amber in colour. 1-finger fluffy beige head with low retention. Aroma of caramel, plums, a bit citrusy owing to hops, that is typical for this brewery.
Flavour is smooth, gentle malt body, very good hopping. Unexpectedly bitter for scottish ale, soft carbonation. Williams Bros have created another masterpiece. Superb for scottish ales, excellent among other beers.

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BILF, Jan 14, 2013
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a ruby amber brown. Good lacing and film. 500 mL bottle with freshness date. 4

S – warm honey malts, caramel and slightly roasty. Toasty hops, some dried fruitiness, and earthy hoppiness. Mild stone fruit and some nuttiness, nice and aromatic. Very pleasant and nicely balanced with some nice hop character. 4

T – malty body with some earthy woody characters. Caramel, citrus and light florals, mild woodshop character. Shows off more distinct hop character as it warms, light earthy fruity bitterness. Some sharper bitterness on the finish, pepper/mustard. Drying and crisp finish. 4

M – moderate body, rather light, light carbonation but nice and refreshing. Smooth crisp finish. 3.75

A nice session red ale, good balance, with pleasant flavor profile, easy to drink but overall not too exciting, a bit of a thin malt feel at times but overall quite pleasant, wouldn’t mind having it again. Very solid session beer. 3.75

mick303, May 07, 2013
Cock O' The Walk from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.