Salty Scot - Parallel 49 Brewing Company

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Ratings: 188
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 8
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 oberon
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My first stab at a Parallel 49 beer from BC.Pours a rich clear deep bronze with a thinner but well sustained slight off white head atop.There is alot of malty things going on in the nose,first off I pick up some caramel toffee and brown sugar, with a hint of butterscotch and whiskey,yeah you can tell it's gonna be sweet but it's inviting.It is sweet,vanilla and caramel are predominant,like a sweet caramel chew,the saltiness is starting to come into play after I swallow in the back of the mouth.This very well could be the best dessert pairing beer I have come across,even better than any chocolate stout.Different in a good way.

Photo of Auraan
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
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 nychas
4.25/5  rDev +9%

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 samtrillo
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
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 biboergosum
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml, slope shouldered bottle, round 3 of the 2013 incarnation of Robert Burns' birthday anniversary. Our currently celebrated poet is semi-famous for saying: "prudent, cautious self-control is wisdom's root.". Bah - didn't he ever let loose on a Friday night, especially one expressly set forth in his honour? Ok, maybe not.

This beer pours a hazy, dark bronze amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, somewhat foamy ecru head, which leaves some bulbous arched instances of landform lace around the glass as it evenly sinks away.

It smells of sweet, caramel/toffee malt, a subtle biscuity butterscotch character, some nutty pastry notes, a soft mineral essence, which I can safely purport to be of the specifically NaCl kind, and a bit of leafy, earthy hop bitters. The taste is more sweet pastry malt - bread, caramel, brown sugar, and that sneaky, barely perceptible salt addition that we very well know about, but do little to mitigate, a further restrained saccharine nutty essence, additional butterscotch notes, and quaintly understated dry leafy noble hops.

The carbonation is quietly engaging, i.e., supportive, but nowhere near overtly noticeable, the body a hefty medium weight, and generally quite smooth. It finishes well on the sweet side, the mildly biscuity, ever more so pastry-dominated malt palpably asserting itself, so much so as to put forth a dessert-friendly air, tinged just enough with subtle alcohol and leafy hops to make for a generally well-balanced affair.

I was expecting a whole lot more on the salty side of things, given the name and label info, but as it turns out, this is more of warning shot across our collective bows, for the inherent and insidious pleasant/unhealthy duality is just as imperceptible here as it is in our daily grocery-drone lives. Anyway, this is still a pretty tasty, albeit sweet Scottish-style ale, moderated by the aforementioned social conventions. Nix that - I suggest drinking this for its taste, and nothing else.

Photo of Cookeeman
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow, this beer smells like a Salted Caramel Latte from Starbucks! This is one of those beers that is all about the added flavour, not about the beer. What I mean is, there is pretty much zero beer flavour here. The taste is entirely dominated by an out-of-this-world extremely delicious caramel flavour, with a slightly salted aftertaste. The caramel is rich and thick, with hints of maple, brown sugar, and plum. The finish is mostly where I taste the salt, and it pairs perfectly with the caramel. I suppose what is making me rave about this beer is the intensity of the flavour. I was expecting a scotch ale with hints of salty caramel, but really this is salty caramel with a hint of scotch ale: beer and dessert all wrapped up in one great bottle!

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - a clear deep redwood hue, half finger of head fizzled to a few random islands
S - big nutty and caramel aromas up front, some burnt sugars and woody earthiness
T - the salted caramel feature some through very nicely right away, supported by an almond nutty background with earthy hops and a woody linger, very tasty indeed
M - a sticky sweet syrupy feel, fairly full throughout with a tongue coating quality
O - the scotch ale aspect is a little overwhelmed here but the salted caramel aspect is so tasty that all is forgiven, this is a must try

Photo of Rutager
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a hazy, amber-brown with 1.5 fingers of pale orangy-tan head.

Smell. Sweet toffee and a bit of lightly fruity alcohol and caramel malts.

Taste. Sweet caramel and a bit of caramel malts with just a trace of light fruits. The salt is there, but not in a big way. Not much more going on, but quite tasty.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, just a bit sticky and a medium amount of carbonation.

Overall. Well, as advertised it's definitely a salted caramel beer. Very nice and will look forward to drinking this again.

Photo of philbe311
3.27/5  rDev -16.2%
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 TruePerception
3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
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 smakawhat
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the bottle into a Wee Heavy glass.

A real nice red copper and quite clear body color. Head forms about two fingers tan and a little soapy tall but settles slowly to one finger with some staying power. Nice glowing and shiny appearance quite solid.

Very nice simple toffee and caramel nose. Hints of soft maple syrup quality and chewy milked graham crackers also. Quite nice.

Palate is a little bit light on flavor. Fleeting mid palate of wet toffee. Very thin watery body with not much coating or hints of malt thickness. Some soda like carbonation, and sugar candied cola like finishing power. Slightly fizzy also.

Missing a lot of malt and toffee richness and thickness here. Says added with sea salt and caramel. Even that really didn't seem to help in the flavor department. It is however a much lighter scotch ale and is easy drinking, but nothing really exciting in the realm of this style which is normally rich and large.

Photo of Immortale25
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
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 Mlkluther
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
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 metter98
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
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 IronDjinn
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 650 ml brown bottle. Pours out a hazed red oaky amber, suspended particles. Tall foamy off-white head at first that settles rather quickly to a thin cap.

Intense caramel aroma juxtaposed with some brine--unique.

Rich toasty caramel up front in the flavour, the sea salt helps intensify it while keeping things from becoming cloyingly sweet. Clean finish, with some toasty, slightly woody notes in the aftertaste. Lips end up coated with light brine.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, light silky texture, medium carbonation that helps keep everything in check.

An interesting take on the style, wasn't sure what to expect, but am impressed with the results, this totally works and holds its own on its own merits. I'm normally not a huge fan of this style due to excessive sweetness, however this has easily become a quick favourite, and one worth revisiting.

Photo of findango
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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

Photo of papat444
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to 4ster for this one.

Poured from a 650ml. bottle (no freshness info) and split with my wife.

Appearance: A respectable head rests on top of a reddish brown body that looks very vivid. Good retention, a bit of lacing.

Smell: Mild salt but all caramel and some butterscotch which gradually grows stronger. Manages to not be too sweet, if there's such a thing ;)

Taste: Buttery caramel, more butterscotch. All starts from the middle to long after the sip. Mils wisps of peat. Very comforting.

Mouthfeel: This is pretty smooth and feels right at home. Low carbonation adds to the creamy texture.

Overall: This is quite good. Very glad to have tried this.

Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy tawny tan with plenty of suspended sediment. Head settled quick leaving a scant drift of tiny bubbles.

S: Sweet malts, butter scotch and caramel, bourbon maybe even a little golden raisin at the end.

T: Malts and caramel with a background note of minerals like soda water. Some hops that balance out the sweet notes, leaves some after taste of bourbon.

M: Leading off with a moderate level of carbonation, slightly light in the mouthfeel and I'd prefer something a little more syrup-y, only to hold onto that malty caramel flavours longer.

O: Enjoyable and very drinkable, the caramel could have been overdone, however it manages to enhance and highlight the brew. The salty flavours are represented by the mineral notes, like adding a small amount of salt to water.

Photo of Matonika
2.67/5  rDev -31.5%
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 ppoitras
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
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 LampertLand
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Parallel 49 'Salty Scot' @ 7.5% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $5

A-pour is a light amber from the bottle to a dark amber in the glass with a small creamy tan head that is leaving a spotty lace along the pint

S-salty , caramel

T-salty , dark & malty , slight burnt sugar/caramel on the swallow

MF-ok/mild carbonation , feels full bodied , slight dryness lingering on the palate

Ov-a thick , salty caramel , malty scotch ale , worth trying

prost LampertLand

Photo of wanderingspirit
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
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 +11.8%
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 BradC
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
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 RJP159
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: 2 fingers, frothy head, translucent light brown

S: Salt and caramel, as advertised with slight alcohol. Real good.

T: Creamy with caramel, toffee as most noticeable. Nice amount of carbonation. Not much alcohol, but some. Aftertaste is sugary and pronounced.

M: creamy, sticky.

O: I enjoyed this beer. the second glass was better than the first. An excellent replacement for dessert.

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Salty Scot from Parallel 49 Brewing Company
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