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Salty Scot - Parallel 49 Brewing Company

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87
very good

87 Ratings
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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: canucklehead on 11-17-2012)
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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 affair, 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 inherently insidious pleasant/unhealthy duality is just as underwhelmingly imperceptible here as it is in our daily grocery-drone lives. Anyway, this is still a pretty tasty, albeit sweet Scottish-style ale, moderated as it is by the aforementioned social conventions. Nix that - I suggest drinking this for its taste, and nothing else.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 04:11:16 | More by biboergosum
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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.
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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.

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Salty Scot from Parallel 49 Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.