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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
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 brentk56
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a murky russet, almost coffee color, with a modest cap that works its way to a ringlet rather quicker than I would have hoped, though it leaves some splashy dots behind

Smell: Caramel and beef stock

Taste: Opens with a somewhat dry caramel flavor, that doesn't have the characteristic sweetness and is almost beefy in its presentation; after the swallow, the profile holds constant through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Lacks the subtleties of the great Wee Heavies; still a decent drinker

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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 ChainGangGuy
3.11/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a dark, reddish-brown body with a teeny, tiny, whiteish head.

Smell: Plums! Lesser notes of dark, nutty malts and peat. But mostly: plums!

Taste: Dark malts with a slight nuttiness and a medium sweetness. Taste of plums. No real hop character or bitterness. Slight smokey peat. Sweetish, fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: No thanks. A bit of a letdown overall.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap @ Cobblestones, served cool in a goblet.
"Oft go astray" as translated.
A - Dark mahogany w/ a copper highlight at the base of the goblet. The ale is capped by about a millimeter of light tan head that collects at the sides of the glass. Relatively little lace forms.

S - Roasted malt w/ slightly smokey/peaty and caramel aromas w/ hints of chocolate malt.

M- Very rich and mouth coating w/ low carbonation and overwhelming malt dominance and woody grainy notes. The middle has husky elements and this finishes sweet w/ an almost buttery smoothness.

T - Very rich w/ herbal flavors mixed w/ roasted, chocolate malt and tinges of peat w/ smoked notes in the peripheral flavors. Slightly nutty, mild w/ the hops and thick buttery sweetness w/ a slight tinge of booze as the glass nears empty. There is a nicely interwoven husky grain and gentle spice w/ very solid blend of flavorsas the ale has very little to knock it for.

D - A very good scottish Wee Heavy-it hits every taste bud's expectation, I would love to imbibe this in higher quantities. It really shows the skill of the brewing staff @ Sly Fox w/ a finely crafted Scottish I really enjoyed the subtle yet well crafted flavors.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on cask at Sly Fox, Phoenixville, PA

Poured a dark copper with a small bubbly head that all but vanished about halfway through. Roasted malt and sweet caramel in the smell, with notes of peat and smoke...aka a Scotch ale. Roasty malts in the taste, biscuity, with some booze noticeable right off the bat, even though the ABV wasn't too extravagant. Smooth, with flavors of toffee and peat. Medium mouthfeel, a bit filmy, not great, but drinkable overall.

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

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a wonderful burnt toffee and light peated scent along with a mild dry roasted aroma as well. The taste is decent. It has a nice malty flavor that boasts of burnt toffee and crystal malts. It goes down easy and finishes a bit thin with some subtle warmth. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a pretty good wee heavy, although I prefer them thicker and less carbonated.

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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 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 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 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 DrJay
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, deep brown colour with a bit of a reddish hue. It was served with just a skim of white bubbles and a solid ring around the glass. Aromas of caramel and toffee, some biscuity malt, and a bit of mild alcohol. Low bitterness with plenty of sweet, caramelized malt, a bit of toffee and roast, and light grassiness. There was also a hint of alcohol in the finish. Full bodied but not really heavy, moderate carbonation, fairly creamy, with some alcohol warmth. The carbonation ended up being a little higher than I would have preferred. Quite tasty, not over the top with malty sweetness. Recommended.

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

On tap at the brewpub.

Pours a clear dark ornge, some brown highlights, almost a chestnut colour, thin off white head forms, big bubbles, and quickly settles down to a thin collar, no real lacing. Smell is alright, sweet and caramelized, brown sugar, light floral, very fruity, strawberries and melons, rhubarb, light smoke, pretty malt. Taste is similar, very fruity at first, strawberries and rhubarb again, caramel and brown sugar, some toasty malt, quite sweet through the middle, touch of chocolate and biscuits in the finish, nicely malty. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, smooth but not too exciting. Not a bad beer, but a little too plain for my tastes.

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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 Darkmagus82
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a mahogany colored brew with a ruby red shine. Upon being served there is a one finger off white head that fades moderately quickly to leave only a light level of lacing on the sides of the glass

Smell – The aroma is heavies of dark fruit aromas of cherry and raisin. Other sweeter aromas of caramel and brown sugar are also present. Mixed with aromas is a nice boozy and lightly spiced aroma that when mixed with the sweeter fruit aromas produces a pleasant warming smell overall.

Taste – The taste of the brew follows the nose very well. It starts with lots of dark fruit flavors as well as a bready and malty taste. Some flavors of caramel are also present upfront, producing a sweet and bready taste. As the flavors advance the caramel turns more toward a toffee like flavor as some buttery and more biscuit flavors come to the tongue. Toward the end the toffee sweet dwindles some, but the dark fruit grows even stronger in flavor keeping the sweetness level rather high. With the increase in dark fruit there are some warming boozy flavors as well as a spice flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg. Overall a warmingly sweet flavor is left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the brew is on the medium side in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average to maybe slightly below average. The slightly lower carbonation is good for the heavier and boozy flavors of the brew with the medium body nicely compromises accentuating the sweet fruity flavors of the brew with a nice lighter and refreshing body, but yet also allowing the boozy warming flavors a chance to soak into the tongue.

Overall – A quite tasty and sweet wee heavy. Slightly warming and a good sipper that is very enjoyable to drink

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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 Deuane
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An aged 2007 keg served on cask at the 2009 Robert Burns night.

A-Dark copper with a medium light tan head that holds on strong and leaves nice lace.

S-Sweet caramel roasted malt with a light peat smoked aroma.

T-Rich, roasted, caramel malt with notes of chocolate, brown sugar and peat smoke. Some notes of butterscotch and booziness in the finish.

M-Medium-heavy body with a rich smooth texture.

D-Smooth, rich, flavourful and stealthy...what more could you ask for. The cask version was especially sublime.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Cola color. Maybe a half-shade lighter. No head. What the hell! 2.5

Dark rum, dark fruits, burnt sugar, roast malts, and a light wine aroma. Pretty decently complex. 4

A little more rugged. Still offering delicious dark rum, molasses, and trail mix fruit notes. Some black cherry and overdone toffee brittle. Lots of gooey maltiness with a touch of herbal hops and phenolic presence. Somewhat medicinal. Decently charming. 3.75

Carbonation picks up a bit (none on the surface; all of it trapped beneath). Body feels medium to thick. Very light tackiness. 3.5

A pretty solid Scotch ale that I can get down with. 3.75

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep chestnut color ale almost opaque. A tan head sits on top of sizeable proportions, fades with some lacing.
Aroma finds sweeter malts some roasted and a pinch of toffee.
Taste is quite good with a sweet malt bill, roasted just a hint and a wee bit of toffee. Finishes smooth on the palette with a tich of alcohol warming. A pretty fair offering.

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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 DIM
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: This was a dark caramel color and it was served to me with a firm, frothy cap.

s: On the mild side but inviting. Mellow peats and subdued vanilla, hints of heather or hops, and just a trace of warmth.

t: This was good, but more subdued than I like. On the other hand, I prefer this to the obnoxiously sweet versions of this style I've tried. Muted flavors of peat, vanilla, and something spicy play off of one another pretty well.

m: Very nice, medium bodied cask offering with gentle carbonation.

o: Nice overall, but a bit mellow. A good take on a style that is very hit or miss for me.

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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 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 RonfromJersey
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Rich looking brown body, topped with aone finger level table top of loudly cracking off-white foam.

Aroma is sweet malty, dark fruits, and a bit of vanilla.

Taste is malty, sweet, but a dry semi-sweet. Big hit of vanilla leading to the earthy, herbal hop nip that balances the malt at the swallow, and that blanced mix of sweet malt and bitter hops dance through a lingering finish.

The mouthfeel feels a tad light. More chewiness seems in order. Drinkability might be too good. This is not the sipper I expected.

This batch doesn't have the "wow" factor of the beer that rocked BA Philly 'Burb Rally II a few years back, but its a good scotch ale.

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Gang Aft Agley from Sly Fox Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.