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Ale Of Fergus - Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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Ale Of Fergus
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23 Ratings
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Ratings: 23
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Devils Backbone Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: CrellMoset on 11-27-2008)
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Ratings: 23 | Reviews: 5 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by velkyal:
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velkyal

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +22.4%

What arrived at my table was a deep crimson beer, topped with a light tan head, which was at least an inch thick.

What left the table about 7 minutes later was an empty glass, with plenty of lacing and a request to our waitress to haste ye back with more!

Good? Bloody hell it was marvelous! I am sure I could wax lyrical about toffee and cocoa notes and the merest hint of spicy hops, but why, when it was the sheer pleasure the beer bought me which is the abiding memory?

09-20-2010 17:09:29 | More by velkyal
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Bitzer

Virginia

4/5  rDev +10.5%

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dmk91

Virginia

4/5  rDev +10.5%

11-07-2013 19:19:23 | More by dmk91
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dvmin98

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

09-14-2013 21:38:14 | More by dvmin98
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.81/5  rDev +5.2%

Poured on tap into a shaker pint glass.

Real nice body color. Good hues of chestnut brown and orange amber. Thin collar presented, light tan with carbonation volcanoes popping up through the puck. Minimal collar lacing while finishing.

Nose has very light but distinct toasty ripping grain. Light milk chocolate even creamy with a good light depth perhaps coming. Real inviting.

Palate hits with a light body but fills with flavor. Toasting malts coat, with a bit of dryness. Light toffee mixing with a finishing amount of chocolate. Mouthfeel though is just way too carbonated. It kills the flavors on this brew with too much of a gaseous finish. Becomes seltzery and almost club soda stripping the palate. Gas dominates after some time.

Overall its classic Devils Backbone flavorful, but the carbonation on this is just way too much. If this was dialed down to let that the light toasty malt backbone to come through it would be really fantastic.

01-18-2013 17:23:16 | More by smakawhat
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Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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Virginia

4/5  rDev +10.5%

09-01-2013 01:17:25 | More by ZachKelly
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District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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Virginia

3/5  rDev -17.1%

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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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argock

Virginia

3.7/5  rDev +2.2%

Poured from growler into a clear pint glass. Purchased with growler trade and 64oz fill for $8.40.

A: Reddish amber with 1-2 finger, nougat-colored head with decent retention but scant lacing.

S: Very sweet but pleasant aromas of caramel and Munich malts, moderate leafy hops, with a hint of smoke.

T: Sweet but full-flavored with tangy maltiness balanced well with leafy and floral hoppiness. Very fruity with berry-like character in the finish and a well-placed smokiness. Reminds me of a more balanced Bellhaven Ale.

M: Medium-body with smooth feel despite the active carbonation. Aftertaste is sweet caramel malts.

D: A very good brown ale that is approachable with moderate hoppiness and with a tocuh of peaty smokiness that lends a great deal of uniqueness. Also notable for a great deal for a growler fill.

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Virginia

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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +6.4%

On nitro-tap at Devil's Backbone on 11/30/09. Listed only as an "English style ale" on the official brewery website.

A - Slightly hazy orange/copper-toned body with a creamy alabaster head and a bubbly wall of carbonation around the middle of the glass.

S - Light caramel malt and sweet toffee notes with just a hint of doughy, bready malt. Noble hops are also apparent, albeit very subtle overall, and impart a slight floral and perfumy fragrance.

T - Cream of Fergus drinks like a straightforward English style pub ale with a well-balanced flavor combining sweet caramel and light bready malts with subtle floral hop notes. Finishes with a slight creamy corn character and subtle hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with a smooth, creamy nitro mouthfeel that's slightly thin but pleasant nonetheless. Texture is softly carbonated and silky.

D - Cream of Fergus is an easy-to-quaff, English-style session ale... 'nuff said!

12-18-2009 20:44:28 | More by ffejherb
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CrellMoset

Virginia

3.73/5  rDev +3%

Ale of Fergus, a 4.0%, 22 IBU Scottish-style 60 Schilling, enjoyed at the grand opening of the Devil's Backbone brewpub in Wintergreen, VA.

Appearance: A filtered orange-amber body yields a minimal head and minimal lacing. This one's pretty active on the carbonation front though, throwing up waves of bubbles. Decent for the style.

Aroma: Good malt profile on this one, with plenty of toast, hints of oak, maple, and smoke (was that the open fire they had going 10 feet to my right?), lighter, roasted bready notes, and only the faintest kiss of any sort of hop bitterness.

Taste: A solid tasting beer. This one's slightly smoky - though not distractingly so - with about equal parts roast (light caramelization) and toast (heavy caramelization), with notes of toffee and butterscotch. Obviously light on bitterness, and though it doesn't scream intense flavor, it's a very easygoing, pleasant beer to sip.

Mouthfeel: Prickly from all that carbonation, with a medium-to-thin body, appropriate for the style.

Drinkability: Kudos to an American brewer trying to a style that's far too often overlooked in favor of bigger, bolder offerings. This one's simply a solid, malty, low abv% Scottish ale, pleasant and easygoing. Recommended.

11-27-2008 02:59:09 | More by CrellMoset
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mjaggers

Virginia

4/5  rDev +10.5%

11-22-2011 01:35:56 | More by mjaggers
Ale Of Fergus from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.