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Salty Scot - Parallel 49 Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

124 Ratings
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Ratings: 124
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 5
Gots: 17 | 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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Reviews by biboergosum:
Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

biboergosum, Jan 26, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

oberon, Jan 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

cam477, Sep 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

alienlifeforcecube, Sep 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

chickenm, Dec 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

LDuke, Oct 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

bobWFMU, Sep 18, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

JonnyBeers, Oct 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

intoxabroad, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of Cookeeman
4.28/5  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!

Cookeeman, Dec 01, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

nerdzombiedisco, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

SoCalBeerIdiot, Oct 16, 2014
Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Sammy, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of joemcgrath27
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
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

joemcgrath27, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of Kimicat
1.52/5  rDev -61.1%

Kimicat, Sep 16, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

Seanb75, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of souvenirs
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

souvenirs, May 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

GRG1313, Jun 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

nyrblue2, Oct 08, 2014
Photo of Rutager
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Rutager, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of philbe311
3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
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...

philbe311, May 18, 2014
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.

TruePerception, Apr 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

KevinGordon, Apr 22, 2014
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4.92/5  rDev +25.8%

beer_Cowboy, Oct 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

DavidHume, Aug 28, 2014
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Salty Scot from Parallel 49 Brewing Company
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