Salty Scot - Parallel 49 Brewing Company

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very good

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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 9
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
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Parallel 49 Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

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

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: canucklehead on 11-17-2012

Building upon a Scottish "Wee Heavy", this unique beer was developed to provide a strong caramel malt flavour with enough salt to give it a bit of a bite. Stronger in alcohol, this beer starts off sweet but remains fairly light to drink.
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Photo of Svingjo
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a rich copper almost Amber hue with a thick beige head that doesn't completely dissapate. There is a rich caramel vanilla note along with a rum barrel afternote. The vanilla comes through on the taste along with a nice bready note. The carbonation is quite light, not quite nitro smooth but pretty close.

Photo of mactrail
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Attractive dark amber brew with plenty of foam in the tall Kolsch glass. Interesting warm malty aroma.

Sweet and woody with a touch of smoke. Caramel is the dominant taste. Dark and tangy finish. Candy! From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bottlecraft in San Diego.

Photo of jabbajosh
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing beer that could just use a little more body in the mid taste area and thag would put it over the top

Photo of samtrillo
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks a bit like root beer. Didn't get a big head out of it.

Rich toffee, caramel nose with sweet candied fruit hints.

Taste follows the nose but with the added salt and a very discernible sweet caramel presence. Could beer a desert beer. The salt and caramel are so pronounced it could be seen as tasting artificial but I'm really digging it.

Feel is low carbonation. A bit buttery but not coating.

It was what I expected. A sweet and salty wee heavy. Not my first choice when I want the style, but definitely will come back to this when I want something decadent.

Photo of Auraan
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a semi-clear reddish brown with one finger of off-white head. A very good appearance, quite true to style. Scents of caramel, chocolate. sweet berries, a light saltiness and hints of molasses. Overall impression of aroma is of an odd scotch ale, fruitier than many, but with caramel present as is usual. The saltiness is an interesting addition. Not as richly malty as it should be however, which is a demerit. Flavor begins malty with notes of caramel, molasses, and a noticeable berry presence and plum and dried fruit esters with an extremely light saltiness. Middle continues these flavors but adds a light bittersweet chocolate flavor. Finish is lightly dry with notes of lightly roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate coming to the fore, yet with the aforementioned flavors also still present in lower levels, and a slight touch of alcohol apparent. Aftertaste is light roasted malt, caramel, bready malt and light coffee. Overall impression of flavor is of a scotch ale, at a light level, with a bit of the advertised salt and a lot less malt than is typical for the style. Still quite nice. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with light carbonation and a slightly thick feel with a smooth alcohol present. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a good light end scotch ale, true to form. Overall this is an okay scotch ale. The flavor could use more work, and the aroma is good, but not as good as some. Still pretty good.

Photo of ppoitras
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Winooski Beverage.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the clear toasted amber brew. Dense head lasts well, with thick lasting lace. Aroma is dark fruits.

Taste is caramel upfront, tart cherries in the middle and through the close. Smooth mouthfeel, and drinkability isn't as easy as I hoped. Lacks for me the melding of flavors. Maybe it'll grow on me as I finish the bottle.

Photo of Matonika
2.67/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

L: it is full of chunks of something. Being that they use caramel it could be milk solids or yeast.
S: Buttery, sweet malt like, smells like mashing in.
T: Is sweet but not over the top the caramel tastes kinda like diacetyl kinda plain it is not popping for me.
F: thick and chunky
O: I would pass on this it tastes artificial.

Photo of Mlkluther
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper with little to no head remaining.

Nose has caramel and malt.

Taste follows the nose but is not sickly sweet.

Great beer.

Photo of wanderingspirit
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very nice variation on the style. Caramel up front but with the sea salt lingering and countering the sweetness. Nicely done.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.36/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an IPA glass.

Look: The body is a hazy amber, the head is a cream cold. Head retention is okay -- left with a film and lots of bubbles around the edge of the glass. Very light lacing, and I mean VERY light.

Aroma: Sea salt, pretzels, roasted nuts, caramel.

Taste: Very sweet caramel up front, but the salt comes in with a punch, and it tastes excellent. Some booze in the finish, but otherwise a salty caramel pretzel kind of feel.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Overall: This is so tasty. Could be a good dessert beer, but a bomber anytime is perfect. I love the salt and caramel, perfect amount of each.

Photo of Immortale25
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Was hoping for more of a "dessert in a glass" type of beer since the salted caramel is more of a complementary addition to the malt. Still, solid for what it is.

Photo of Bunman3
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Rock Solid! Sweet nose, minimal head, lots of carbonation. The sweet caramel/malt flavours of this beer are greatly appreciated, because they are precisely what the label advertises. This is a fine beer, sessionable in spite of the high alcohol content. This tasting is part of my own personal supplement to the Beer Advent Calendar. Looking forward to further outstanding offerings!

Photo of Vinster171
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Sampled on tap at BierCraft on Crambie street, Vancouver. Light brown to red brick color, with a salty, malty, seaside smell (without the fish). Taste of caramel and toffee, maybe slightly over carbonated, with a thick body. Hops are subtle and floral, in keeping with the style. Expected more of a kick considering the alcohol percentage, but goes down overall very (too?) smoothly. Would definitely have another one.

Photo of findango
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Delicious caramel, salt. Thick, full mouth-feel. Warming.

Photo of ADU
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Tastes like a salted caramel

Photo of nychas
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

On tap up on the Roof at Whole Foods Gowanus Brooklyn. I enjoyed this beer very much. Rich flavor, is that malt or caramel? A nice combination of both to me. Salt? I did not get the salt but perhaps it was an essential part of the overall deep rich flavor profile. A not cloying sweetness too, that meant the flavor stayed away from rich deep stout or porter territory although the body did approach that of a stout.

Photo of Pencible
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: This poured a clear dark copper with a little off white head.
S: It smelled like salted caramel and roasted barley malt and rich toffee.
T: It tasted like salted caramel and sweet toffee, with some roasted barley and honey biscuit. It had a clean mostly sweet aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was a really nice scotch ale, with scent and taste just as advertised. The body was ok, and the finish was smooth with well hidden alcohol, so it was easy to drink. Not quite top tier, but still a solid brew.

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep, dark copper with an off white head.

Smells of salt, caramel, and taffy.

Taste is salt up front giving way to a caramel malt middle.

This is a malt bomb without much to balance it out. The malt however is damn tasty. This is a delicious scotch ale, perhaps the only the problem is there is little to balance it out, but the salt is a nice interplay.

Photo of philbe311
3.27/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - A finger's worth of audibly fizzy of milk ball malt colored head... Limited retention... This one quickly fizzes away leaving a minimal lopsided quarter moon of lacing and an uber slim collar... The color is a pale to medium caramel brown... Mostly still with just a stray carbonation bubble here and there...

S - Liquid desert in a glass... This one is a glorious malt bomb... Caramel... Toffee... Malted milk balls... Milk chocolate... A bit of maple syrup as well... Butter scotch... Quite lovely and intoxicating...

T - Not nearly quite as cloying as I had expected... Some light brown sugar... A hint of caramel of toffee... Some toasted malts... A brief hint of peat on the finish...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Limited carbonation... A bit thin throughout... The finish is a bit chalky...

D - As a lover of the style, I can't help be be a bit disappointed in this offering... This is a pedestrian at best Scotch Ale... Other than the aroma, this one is sub par in every category... I can't recommend and wouldn't partake again in the future if I saw this one sitting on the shelf...

Photo of metter98
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a slight amount of visible amount of carbonation. It poured with a short white head that quickly died down leaving only a thi collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Faint aromas of toffee are present in the nose.
T: The taste is mostly dominated by flavors of toffee and also has some hints of caramel and vanilla. These flavors become a bit stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer doesn't seem to be as full in body compared to ther beers in the style, but this makes it comparatively easy to drink.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy orange-brown with a foamy beige head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel syrup, caramel candy, and toffee aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, caramel, and toffee flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid caramel and toffee presence that works quite well with the base beer.

Photo of TruePerception
3.49/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Parallel 49's Salty Scot, sea salted caramel Scotch ale. 7.5% ABV

A: Nice, bright red amber color to it. Yellow in the dimple. Not much head. Barely any lacing, and what is there, doesn't hold.

S: I am getting some caramel-ish notes, and just the faintest hint of salt. Some oak char. Molasses, perhaps. A touch of something spicy in the background (rye, perhaps?).

T/MF: Hmm. It does have a caramel flavor, albeit a very dry one! Again, just the faintest hint of salt. You really have to search for it. More charred wood. Compared to the other Scotch ale I tried, this is really light. Though nothing is offensive about it, I would have preferred stronger flavors.

Poured into a Belgian tulip glass, from a 22 oz. bottle.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bomber into an English pub glass. A deep reddish bronze or brown brew with a shocking lack of head. Upon pouring, I get a fleeting inch or so of whitish bubbles that disappear almost instantly. Scottish ales are not known for good head retention but this was nevertheless interesting. Aroma is rich and sweet, tons of toffee and dark fruit (raisin, date) and maybe a hint of citrus/piney hops (foreshadowing things to come). Palate was where this brew lost me a little. Immediate effect is burnt caramel and boozy apple/pear cider, with some vanilla and a vague salty presence coming through. The hops are leafy and resinous, making this brew rather medicinal and bitter for the style. Usually I dig Parallel 49's hoppy excesses but not so much here. Citric and fruity is the main sensory impression for me, although a pleasant malty smoke does build over time. Thin-bodied for a "wee heavy" and comes across as quite fizzy despite the absence of head. I guess all the gas lurks in the brew. Finishes wet, with a mixture of toffee, smoke, sour fruit, and pine. Final assessment is that there is some merit but I'd pass on another opportunity. I am looking for a thicker mouthfeel and a richer sweetness with this style. This beer indeed malty but there are too many fruit and hop effects going on here that detract from the caramel flavors.

Photo of BradC
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a reddish brown with a fluffy head and a lot of lacing.

Smells sweet and malty, nutty, caramel

Flavors follow the aroma pretty closely. Sweet Caramel up front, vanilla, almond and a little bit of salt, just barely there.

Moderately carbonated, smooth full bodied mouthfeel.

Overall, interesting take on a Scottish ale, not my favorite, a little too sweet but still a good brew.

Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a brown body with good head and lace with an aroma that is a little salty and dry but caramel, toffee and roasted malts come out. Taste is more sweet than aroma as sweet caramel seems to coat my tongue (the salt aspect is there I guess, but one could also describe it as a hint of toffee or bitter chocolate) and there's a smoothness to this beer as it's not light-bodied but goes down light-bodied all right. Not a complex beer but one that interests me as I've not had too many sweet beers like this. Not for everyone but I enjoyed my bottle.

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Salty Scot from Parallel 49 Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.