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Riley's Scotch Ale - Swans Brewpub / Buckerfield Brewery

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Riley's Scotch AleRiley's Scotch Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

16 Ratings
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Ratings: 16
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Swans Brewpub / Buckerfield Brewery visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A full-bodied traditional “Scotch Ale” brewed in the “wee-heavy” style, this product is perfectly balanced between malt & hops & has a burnished copper colour.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-14-2005)
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Photo of mjbotsch
4.68/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 7/31/2009 at the brewpub in Victoria, from a flight of six. This was the winner--probably the finest scotch ale I've ever had. It has a beautiful dark complexion, not too much head. Earthy nose. Just a hint of sweetness (that's the scotch part) initially; otherwise tasted like a good brown ale. Substantial mouth--you can't really taste the high alcohol content. The finish is what sets this beer apart. I counted 6 full seconds before the aftertaste fully peaked--very sweet on the tongue.

This was well worth skipping high tea for.

mjbotsch, Aug 04, 2009
Photo of BashOnABike
4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Appears as a pretty normal Wee Heavy: thick, retaining, tan head, clean lines of lacing. Minimal head, since the bartenders fill it to the top (they don't know how to layer either!)

S - Like plum pudding. If you've just had a meal, it might almost be nauseous, making this a poor session drinker. Heavy, sweet, but minimal alcohol.

T - Much like the smell, a lot of plum, fig, somewhat sour while still very sugary.

M - Medium-heavy body, but very creamy, almost chewy. The alcohol definitely appears as a 10s aftertaste.

D - Not as good as the St Ambroise offering, but otherwise my favourite Wee Heavy. I love the heavy body, and this is typically my first pint at my weekly Swans trips. Also available at their adjacent liquor store, a good deal!

BashOnABike, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of BDTyre
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yes, this is a great Belhaven imitation. The colouring is quite pretty, a nice black ruby. The head is thick, dense and lingering.

The taste is malty, smoky with dried fruit and peat hints. Strong, fully bodied flavour, but as stephenlouis says, a bit more drinkable than Belhaven. A bit on the sweeter side. Next time I'm in Victoria, Swan's is definitely on the agenda. Another good one from Buckerfield's....

BDTyre, Mar 23, 2006
Photo of Graham5161986
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear, but dark brown with a bubbly off-white head that reduces to a film and leaves some decent lacing on my glass.

S: A bit of tart fruit, caramel and a bit some nuttiness.

T: It has the sour-sweet tartness of a Flanders red and the round, coffee-nut flavours of an English nut brown. Very interesting and quite delicious.

M: Medium bodied and creamy with some acidity coming through on the finish that burns through the creaminess.

D: this is my first scotch ale and I must say that I enjoyed this beer very much. I would buy this beer again and I look forward to trying other versions of this style. Good stuff.

Graham5161986, Oct 17, 2008
Photo of canucklehead
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the more full bodied BC beers this is a big malty boozy wee heavy that is almost viscous in body. The beer is opaque black with a very serious tan head. The nose is molasses and malt , malt ,malt. The beer is smooth to finish though you certainly get the feeling that this is no session pint. Great take on the style.

canucklehead, Apr 26, 2008
Photo of chrisms86
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pitcher of this began my New Year's 2006 and I must say it was a great start. A nice dark color characteristic of this style with a thick head. The taste has a bitter bite to it and this brew smells just as good. I don't recommend drinking most of a pitcher to yourself and walking through Chinatown like I did, but if you're at Swan's try this one first.

chrisms86, Feb 08, 2006
Photo of ericj551
4/5  rDev +3.6%

ericj551, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of EskimoDave
4/5  rDev +3.6%

EskimoDave, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of KStark
4/5  rDev +3.6%

KStark, May 28, 2013
Photo of CWVegas
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

CWVegas, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of LampertLand
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Swan's 'Riley's Scotch Ale' @ 8.0% , recently tried again at 'The Island Beefest' on tap , this review from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $5

A-pour is a burnished copper with a small tan head which is quickly dissapating leaving no lace along the stein

S-nothing overpowering , hints of peat malts

T-clove bite , smooth on the swallow , wee heavy's taste better than this

MF-low carbonation , medium/full bodied , warming beer the ABV creeps up on you

Ov-I've had this beer before and I must say it taste better on tap than in bottle form ,
still an ok beer

sampled alongside 4 other BC Scotch Ale's & Orkney 'Skull Splitter'

prost LampertLand

LampertLand, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of 2beerdogs
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

2beerdogs, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of schopenhauerale
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

schopenhauerale, May 04, 2013
Photo of Derek
3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I sampled this at the brewpub.

A: Redish-brown, not much head.

S: Fruity, sweet.

T: Sweet caramel, a little fruity, slightly cloying, with a little roasty and peaty aftertaste.

M: Moderate to full body is a little syrupy. Light to moderate carbonation.

D: Average.

Derek, Dec 24, 2005
Photo of FinnHawk
3/5  rDev -22.3%

FinnHawk, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of harrymel
2.73/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Verbatim from notes 16JUL11

Caramel ale with brilliant clarity, no head, no lace. Nose has lots of tea smells and hints of malt and some floral tones. Tastes oxidized and bitter. the bitterness is more like and ESB than a scotch or wee heavy. Some floral characters from the hops. Thin body with moderate carb. Not very good.

harrymel, Aug 04, 2011
Riley's Scotch Ale from Swans Brewpub / Buckerfield Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.