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Gang Aft Agley - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Reviews: 20
Hads: 33
Avg: 3.75
pDev: 8.27%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-25-2006

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Reviews: 20 | Hads: 33
Reviews by TheHoppiest:
Photo of TheHoppiest
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured for me 22 ounce bottle into an imperial pint glass. Pours a chestnut brown color with ruby highlights. A quarter inch off-white head reduces to a thin collar around the class.

Has a very malty aroma, with hints of peat and very mild hops.

The taste similarly is quite malty, with a cherry tang that hits mid sip, finishing with mild bitterness. Peat, oak, and even moss seem to be present in the taste. The taste really begins to open up as the beer warms.

Medium bodied, this is a very smooth drinking ale. It has a clean finish that begs you to take another sip as you drink it.

An enjoyable Scottish ale, what it lacks in complexity it makes up for in drinkability. It is easy drinking, with a great malt backbone. It's no Founders Dirty Bastard, but it's definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Billolick
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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..

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Photo of wattoclone
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sly Fox- Gang Aft Agley

A- Deep dark clear amber brwon with a thick frothy head. Good messy lacing along the top half of the glass.
S- Sweet malty molasses and black licorice.
T- Thick molasses and brown sugar laden malt with hints of black licorice and herbal cough drops.
M- Thick, sweet, malty, and dry throughout.

Overall- Another good offering from Sly Fox. Just realized this is 7.5%?! Alc. well hidden.

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Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of beerman999999
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Gmann
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of scootny
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A ruddy brown brew that produces a light tan head in my tulip tumbler. A couple of fingers maybe. Clearish with lots of sediment floating in suspension, no carbonation activity visible. The gentle head fades and leave streaks of lace here and there.

Smell is burnt caramel and toffee. Some peat like smoke. Then more burnt sweetness with a roasted grain underlying it all.

Taste is peaty malt and gently sweet toffee. Smoked burnt caramel. Hops are mild and floral. Roasted dark grains hold it together. A fruitiness develops as it warms. Finish is sweetly hopped with a mild sourness that leads to crackery notes lingering on the palate. Not very complex but very good nonetheless.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth with gently carbonation that leads to a light creaminess. Maybe a touch thin for a wee heavy...yeah a touch on the light side. Still nice though.

Drinkability is exceptionaly dangerous for this style. You can kill a few pints before you know what hit you. By then you'll be in the middle of your third glass!!! Watchout!!!

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Photo of Minotaur
4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served up for Robbie Burns Birthday 2010. I will note some differences between the aged 2007 and this year's on hand pump.

Both were exceptional Wee Heavy recipes with the deep brown-ruby color and reasonable but quickly thinning head. The lacing on both was minimal but slightly lingering and present.

The 2007 batch was sweet-sour and reminiscent of whiskey. Only a little bit of bitterness remains. The smokiness has blended and become a dark dark herbal flavor.

the current edition has a much more pronounced smoked flavor and only a slight amount of alcohol taste. The malt is a bit more layered but not as "deep" tasting as the aged cask.

This aged cask was sharper on the tongue and not quite as smooth despite the intensely enhanced sweetness. The newer batch is much lighter on the palate and more immediately drinkable.

Both however are excellent wee heavy ales.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of philbe311
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - One and a half finger's worth of audibly fizzy perfectly uniform off-white colored head that quickly fizzes away leaving a thin veil of lacing... An immediate rush of carbonation during the pour before turning mostly still with only a stray carbonation bubble here and there... The color is a deep rich dark brown...

S - Rich and malt forward... Molasses... Caramel... Light chocolate notes... Plums... Some faint slightly smokey peat notes...

T - The smokiness and peat notes take on a more prominent role on the palate... They are backed up by the rest of the malty goodness alluded to by the nose... Caramel... Fig... Plums... Toffee... Some faint coffee... Light roasted malts... Very nice...

M - Medium to full bodied... Slightly sleek... Sturdy... Limited carbonation... A bit sticky... Starts lush, turns a bit chalky and finishes with a touch of dryness...

D - A very nice local Scotch Ale... Something that I would gladly drink again... Above average for the style, but also a bit removed from the top tier... Recommended for BAs who appreciate the style...

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Photo of BeerGodz
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of jmalex
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of PEBKAC
2.9/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of jjd315
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of plaid75
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber hue with a one finger foamy tan head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a subtle cereal grain aroma.

The taste consisted of an equally light and slightly sweet cereal grain. A mild fruitiness.

The mouthfeel was on the lighter side for the style.

Overall an easy drinking ale, but lacking the expected robustness.

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Photo of erosier
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of claspada
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark mahogany color with copper hues along the edges. There is a light tan head of foam that settles to leave relatively little lace forms.

Aromas begin with lightly toasted bready malt with slightly smokey/peaty notes. As it warms you get more of the caramel maltinesss and hints of chocolate.

The tastes begin with toasted bread, chocolate and a touch of light peat maltiness. As it warms you get slightly nutty notes with mild earthy hops and and emerging caramel sweetness.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side of medium bodied with medium to low carbonation. Finish is overwhelmingly malt dominant with lingering earthy and grainy flavors.

Overall this was a pretty good American version of a classic scottish Wee Heavy. It is on the more drinkable side as well because of the "lower" than normal ABV for this style. Higher ABV offering often are boozy and too alcohol forward where this strikes a great balance of strong malty flavors without being too sweet or overwhelming in any way.

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Photo of Zorro
3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of BBM
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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...

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Photo of jwc215
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of weaselchew
4.5/5  rDev +20%

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