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Salty Scot - Parallel 49 Brewing Company

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86
very good

46 Reviews
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Reviews: 46
Hads: 232
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 28.42%
Wants: 8
Gots: 52 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Parallel 49 Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada | website

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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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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Photo of oberon
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of cam477
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FadetoBock
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Billolick
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gotta love a 7+% scotch ale in a CAN! Comes w/o any freshness/canning date info.

Pours near clear brownish auburn, medium khaki cap, leaves a full film thicker collar and some spotty lacing.

Mild caramel and dark malt nose.

Tasty brown ale/wee heavy, malty, caramel notes, smooth and flavorful...if I think hard enough I get a salt note...well worth a try

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Photo of alienlifeforcecube
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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

Photo of chickenm
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of LDuke
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of chinchill
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can. Very fresh.
Deep amber colored body with excellent clarity and a good head.
Sweet aroma features caramel and vanilla. The flavor follows. sweet but not cloying.

Medium carbonation with near medium body.

Overall: very drinkable. Should be an excellent dessert beer. Recommended.

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Photo of Auraan
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of nychas
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of samtrillo
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of Cookeeman
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
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!

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4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Salty Scot from Parallel 49 Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.