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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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British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -22.3%

11-04-2013 06:10:47 | More by FinnHawk
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CWVegas

Nevada

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-31-2013 05:25:17 | More by CWVegas
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2beerdogs

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-23-2013 21:18:55 | More by 2beerdogs
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KStark

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.6%

05-28-2013 14:14:03 | More by KStark
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schopenhauerale

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

05-04-2013 20:49:09 | More by schopenhauerale
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LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

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

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 19:54:27 | More by LampertLand
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ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.6%

02-11-2013 15:23:22 | More by ericj551
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EskimoDave

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-01-2011 06:37:20 | More by EskimoDave
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BashOnABike

Alberta (Canada)

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!

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2011 03:43:00 | More by BashOnABike
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harrymel

Washington

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2011 08:10:39 | More by harrymel
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mjbotsch

New York

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2009 19:45:39 | More by mjbotsch
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Graham5161986

British Columbia (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2008 02:32:13 | More by Graham5161986
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2008 15:42:05 | More by canucklehead
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BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

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....

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2006 07:45:29 | More by BDTyre
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chrisms86

Washington

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2006 19:55:47 | More by chrisms86
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2005 01:50:18 | More by Derek
Riley's Scotch Ale from Swans Brewpub / Buckerfield Brewery
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