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Burns' Scottish Ale - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Reviews: 10
Hads: 16
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 13.45%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Sly Fox Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 04-06-2003

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Reviews: 10 | Hads: 16
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Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just another masterful job by the people at Sly Fox,pours a copper color with a nice well retained sticky head aroma is malty and slightly sweet.Taste is a great malt attack with a light caramel sweetness but not overpowering by any means there is a slight toastiness in the finish to make this even more appetizing.Low in alcohol like it should be makes it extremely easy to drink,a big winner in my books.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Falling somewhere between an 80 & 90 -/- ale with a starting gravity of 13 degrees Plato, this is a rich but still very drinkable brew. The body is a deep chestnut brown with some orange highlights; and the creamy head that caps it is bone-white. The head holds fairly well at the outset, but soon drops to a creamy collar and very minor surface foam. It does, however, leave some limited lace throughout the glass. The nose is quite clean (as might be expected), and reveals only a very mild fruitiness amongst a gently caramelized and slightly roast/peat-tinged maltiness. As you progress through the glass and it warms, however, a mildy smoky roastiness becomes more apparent in the bouquet. It's subdued, as the style dictates, but reveals more of its pleasing character as it warms beyond the halfway point. I'd love to try this from a cask! The body is medium; and it's somewhat creamy and nicely smooth in the mouth due to a fine and moderate carbonation. The flavor follows the aroma with a maltiness that's gently caramelized and laced with roastiness. There's a touch of dark malt acidity at the outset, and it re-appears in the finsh, but it softens overall with a rounded maltiness in the middle; and ends with a moderate lingering bitterness. Although the BU's are listed at only 13, it appears to fall more in the 20-25 range; possibly due to the composition of the water. There's no butteriness here (which is proper, although sometimes present within the style), but there is a mild fruitiness that accentuates the malt. It finishes dry with a touch of acidity, some dark fruit, and a cusp of roastiness. Overall it's a pretty decent rendition of the Scottish style. I can easily imagine receiving a pint of this in Edinburgh. Well done, and worth trying.

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Photo of Bdel34
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Minotaur
4.65/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the best Scotch Ales outside of the imports. Had on their annual Burns Day celebration.

A luxurious head even from the hand-pump. A deep ruby-brown with copper highlights.

The aroma is toasted-malts, nutty and only slightly hop-bitter.

The flavor is multi-layered peat smoke, crisp nutty malts with a lingering sweetness. There is only a slight amount of bitterness that resonates on the tongue as you drink down the glass.

The mouthfeel is full and smooth for a relatively low-impact alcohol level. It is highly drinkable.

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Photo of philbe311
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On the hand-pump at Al's of Hampden...

A - A rich warm medium brown color... No head and only a very minimalist splotchy veil of lace...

S - Caramel... Toffee... Diacytel... Toasted malts... A vague nuttiness... Sweet, but far from either over powering or cloying...

T - Caramel... Nuttiness... Toasted malts... A touch of molasses... Butterscotch... A hint of smokiness...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Smooth... Sleek... Slighlty lush... Minimal carbonation...

D - Quaffable... Sessionable... Easy drinking... A simple straight forward and enjoyable Scottish Ale...

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Photo of jjd315
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of frank4sail
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My friend from The Abbaye brought a growler of this to the superbowl party yesterday. Nice treat. Slightly sweet malt nose. Initialy a nice off white head on the pour leaves a decent persistant lace and sheen on the brew. Brownish dark ruby in color. Tastes quite rich and sweet with a touch of smoke left on the tongue. Quite drinkable and medium smoothish mouth. A beer that you would want a few of..

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer came an brownish amber with orange highlights that was slightly cloudy with a thin dirty tan creamy head. Smelled of dirty dry corn, a bit of smoke and a sweet doughy yeast. Tasted of dry crisp corn that blended into a pungent sourness with light overtones of molasses. Mouth feel was medium bodied with a crisp light carbonation. This is a nice understated beer that’s easy to drink.

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Photo of VikeMan
5/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of VaporDome
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of pezoids
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Strange. There are two Scottish Ales listed for SF. Robbie and Burns. The beer I had tonight was Robbie Burns Scotch ale. I believe it was 5% abv. I think all three are all the same. Me, myself and I will review...

This poured out a deep amber-red color. Nice creamy head of foam. The aroma is subdued, with just a hint of sweet malts. This is a very light and drinkable Scotch Ale. Taste is semi sweet with a pleasant finish. Decent, medium body of malt. I didn’t detect much of the common smokiness that’s attributed to the style, but a nice light version. Highly drinkable.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Burns' Scottish ale has a dark body and a small tan head that leaves spots of lacing behind.

The aroma has just a touch of earthy hops, the rest is all malt. Toffee, a bit of roasted malt, a bit of smoke and some nuttiness.

The flavor is what I would expect from the aroma. Sweet caramel and toffee mix with a slight nuttiness, with a bit of bitterness in the background. A hint of smoke and a moderate roasted malt come next, with a little bit of earthy hops in the finish.

Fairly light body, but not bad.

I love getting to try all of the Sly Fox one-offs here in Ithaca, and this is no exception. Nice beer.

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Photo of DrJay
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thin, off-white head off the pour, this beer was quite clear and a chestnut brown colour. A bit of spotty lacing throughout. Very malty aroma with a bit of roast, nuts and toffee. Mild bitterness with plenty of caramel malt sweetness and faint earthy hops. Toffee and nuts come out towards the end, followed by a bit of chocolate and roast in the finish. Off-dry with a medium/light body and moderate, creamy carbonation. A nice session beer, very quaffable, with flavours that become fuller as it warms.

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5/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of Boto
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draught in Phoenixville: This one pours a clear, light brown color. It had a small white head. The aroma was a bit light, but still pleasant. Notes of malts and a touch peppery. The taste is a bit dry. Some roastiness and malt taste. A touch peppery also. A decent quaff.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Burns' Scottish Ale from Sly Fox Brewing Company
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