1. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

Second Sight Strong Scotch Ale - Black Raven Brewing Co.

Second Sight Strong Scotch Ale
No picture uploaded.
Have one? Upload it now.
BA SCORE
85
very good

34 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 34
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 8.75%


Brewed by:
Black Raven Brewing Co. visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: RedDiamond on 12-11-2009)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Reviewers
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Ratings: 34 | Reviews: 11 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by mfavoino:
Photo of mfavoino
mfavoino

Washington

3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a ruby-brown color that yields small off white head that retained very well.

Smell: Lots of caramel malts present in this beer. Smells like it's going to be sweet.

Taste: Big maltbomb with buttery malt flavors, with a big caramel backbone that gives off a sweet flavor. Very light hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body and super smooth.

Overall: Definitely enjoyed this one for the style because of the smoothness and delicious malt flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2012 03:35:18 | More by mfavoino
More User Reviews:
Photo of jyeohamilton
jyeohamilton

Washington

4/5  rDev +6.1%

04-08-2014 04:52:36 | More by jyeohamilton
Photo of abeeronthebeach
abeeronthebeach

Washington

3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Red chestnut, thick yet transparent. Creamy traces of head linger to the end of the glass.

S - Malty to the core with pleasant caramelisation.

T - Rich and nutty, could pair easily with a game stew or dundee cake. Strongly malted flavours complimented a little sweetness to open and a hint of bitterness to finish.

M - Sticky and syrupy. I preferred the reduced carbonation I got from having this a couple of days after filling over and against fresh draft; it allows the carmelised maltiness to shine through more easily.

O - Highly sessionable, keeping the abv. well hidden. The finish is pretty long, and is in keeping with the sweet, malty and sticky characteristics of the beer. I definitely preferred this warmer and flatter.

Serving type: growler

04-05-2014 07:30:32 | More by abeeronthebeach
Photo of damndirtyape
damndirtyape

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz on tap in a shaker pint glass at the Pine Box, Seattle WA.

Appearance: Clear deep coppery red. Thin light tan head. Plenty of fine persistent lacing.

Smell: Not very much. A little bit metallic when I first got it. Some hints of something clean & floral with some underlying sweetness later. The sweetness came out more as the beer warmed up but still faint.

Taste: Good malt flavor, but not overly sweet. Transitions from toasted malt and a hint of toffee to a solid bitter finish. Fairly hoppy, but not exceedingly aggressive. Still, more hoppy than most scotch ales/wee heavy beers I've had. The hop finish was part pine, part herbal, part woody. The bitterness subsided a bit as the beer warmed up.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation - a little spicy on the tongue. Sticky on the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: An interestingly hoppy take on a scotch ale. I was not expecting that much of a bitter finish, but it works. A good full flavor beer, but a bit different for the style. One was enough though - I'm not feeling like I need to have another.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2014 00:57:10 | More by damndirtyape
Photo of mdaschaf
mdaschaf

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

01-30-2014 01:33:00 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of DOCRW
DOCRW

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

01-25-2014 04:09:55 | More by DOCRW
Photo of CaptainQ
CaptainQ

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

12-15-2013 21:18:28 | More by CaptainQ
Photo of TrojanRB
TrojanRB

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

12-05-2013 21:22:57 | More by TrojanRB
Photo of tastymug
tastymug

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

09-29-2013 18:56:21 | More by tastymug
Photo of 510a
510a

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

06-25-2013 05:51:36 | More by 510a
Photo of Kerfluffel
Kerfluffel

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

06-03-2013 16:57:31 | More by Kerfluffel
Photo of TysonA
TysonA

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

05-12-2013 21:16:25 | More by TysonA
Photo of blackie
blackie

Virginia

3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

draft at uber tavern

a: snifter serving, deep amber-brown in color, floating an off-white head with good retention

s: big malty nose - mostly toffee with some undertones of cocoa and caramel, dark fruits, rich, hardly hopped, smells nice enough

m: moderate bodied with smooth carbonation, malt thickness

t: fairly aligned with the nose - fully malted with buttery toffee and caramel, subtle touches of fruit, slight chocolate, sweet and lingering

o: an enjoyable scotch ale with dense, tasty malt flavors

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2013 03:52:56 | More by blackie
Photo of NickThePyro
NickThePyro

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

03-24-2013 06:04:05 | More by NickThePyro
Photo of jpbebeau
jpbebeau

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

02-06-2013 20:33:20 | More by jpbebeau
Photo of kevwcamp
kevwcamp

Washington

4/5  rDev +6.1%

01-08-2013 20:57:11 | More by kevwcamp
Photo of irishgreensoda
irishgreensoda

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

11-20-2012 21:30:27 | More by irishgreensoda
Photo of adkieffer
adkieffer

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

10-05-2012 22:29:13 | More by adkieffer
Photo of benbjb
benbjb

Washington

5/5  rDev +32.6%

09-17-2012 02:26:51 | More by benbjb
Photo of sukwonee
sukwonee

Washington

4/5  rDev +6.1%

07-25-2012 03:43:27 | More by sukwonee
Photo of LiquidAmber
LiquidAmber

Washington

3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 11/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a dark reddish amber, looks like a cola. Nice brown head leaves lacing. Light sweet malt with a faint spicy aroma. Nice medium body. Malty with a chocolate flavor, some toasty malts. Mild middle and malty with slight hops finish. Subdued but enjoyable. Brought home in a plastic container which did not completely retain full carbonation, but the beer still produced a nice mild head.

Serving type: growler

07-08-2012 03:53:16 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of evilkorova
evilkorova

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

07-07-2012 03:09:15 | More by evilkorova
Photo of jmccraney
jmccraney

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

07-01-2012 17:23:11 | More by jmccraney
Photo of TheEarl
TheEarl

Washington

3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had Second Sight poured from a fresh growler into a standard pint glass on the evening of May 23, 2012.

Appearance: Second Sight pours dark amber with a sturdy, light tan head and very solid carbonation.

Smell: The aroma is dominated by caramel and buttery toffee smells that didn’t seem to change at all as the beer sat.

Taste: The taste is even more caramel-centric than the aroma at first, moving into a nutty and malty sweetness, and finishing with faint smoke and woodiness.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is definitely a bit sappy but, overall, I liked the heft and smoothness. I also appreciated that the carbonation stuck around to mediate the thickness and sweetness. The complexity of this beer, and its big 7.2% ABV character, really comes out in the mouthfeel.

Overall: Second Sight is probably my favorite year-round offering from Black Raven. It might be too sweet for some but, and this may sound like odd praise, I find it avoids many of the pitfalls lesser Scotch Ales fall victim to. Second Sight isn’t too peaty, too smoky, too sweet, or, as is very often the case, too simplistic. I look forward to trying Splinters, the barrel-aged version of this great beer.

Serving type: growler

05-24-2012 19:19:52 | More by TheEarl
Photo of dankness3
dankness3

Washington

3/5  rDev -20.4%

03-18-2012 15:27:45 | More by dankness3
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Second Sight Strong Scotch Ale from Black Raven Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.