Salty Scot - Parallel 49 Brewing Company
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3.74/5 rDev -4.3%
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.
05-02-2014 04:11:41 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.71/5 rDev -5.1%
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.
05-17-2014 21:12:13 | More by metter98
4.03/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
01-24-2014 22:24:04 | More by oberon
4/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
01-26-2013 04:11:16 | More by biboergosum
3.44/5 rDev -12%
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.
01-31-2014 22:09:12 | More by smakawhat
British Columbia (Canada)
4.6/5 rDev +17.6%
A: Caramel colour with an off-white head, thin ring of retention shows a bit of leg.
S: Light caramel and toffee sweetness in the aroma, golden raisins, nice fruity esters (figs, pear).
T: Great caramel flavour, slight saltyness in the aftertaste, though I'm not sure I'd pick it out if I didn't know it was there. Pleasant fruitiness, hints of cocoa and nuts. Slight earthy mineral. Some good bitterness to back up the sweetness. Slight warmth from the alcohol, though I wouldn't have thought it was this strong.
M: Light residual sweetness with a slightly drying finish.
O: Really well put-together novelty ale... it's not something I'd drink a lot of, but I'd be really happy to see this every season.
11-26-2012 00:57:27 | More by Derek
4.05/5 rDev +3.6%
650ml bottle poured into tulip 18/12/12
A murky brownish amber body with a large tight three finger dark tan foam that sits around for several sips leaving a few random patches of lace
S loads of caramel, butterscotch, toffee, ect, ect, lots of sweet malt and nutty hazelnut with a little coco powder and some fruity notes I can't quite place, a little Christmas cake as it warms
T mimics the smell, sweet caramels and hazelnut with faint coco. Is it salty? perhaps but not overly and I wouldn't thought about it had I not read the bottle, OK maybe a little salty, or is it ?
M medium full with just the right amount of carbonation, pretty sticky on the lips and no evidence of 7.5%, and a long nutty toffee finish, about what I expect from the style
O I didn't know what to expect with this one but it turned out to be a nice surprise. the salts easy to miss but caramels are hard to ignore and the booze is invisible
These guys have done very well for beginners, I've had very good luck from their brews and can't wait for them to tackle some of my favorite styles. Keep em coming
12-19-2012 03:38:31 | More by wordemupg
3.84/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
02-12-2014 14:29:43 | More by clayrock81
4.19/5 rDev +7.2%
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.
07-01-2014 15:58:17 | More by Pencible
British Columbia (Canada)
4/5 rDev +2.3%
With 3 seasonal releases this winter ( all good as well) Parallel 49 is my choice for new brewery of the year. This is a classic wee heavy that has salted caramel added. The colour is on the lighter side for the style and the mouthfeel is lively and smooth. I noticed more hops than usual for this beer which helps balance out the caramel notes on the finish. The salted caramel is not too intrusive but rather works with the malty midbody. Great cold weather beer that goes so well with bread pudding.
11-17-2012 18:06:56 | More by canucklehead
4.15/5 rDev +6.1%
On draft at Alibi Room, Vancouver.
Glowing oxblood with white trailers.
Smoke, maple + big caramel nose - sweet + enchanting.
Red berry, pear cake, and - sure enough - salty caramel before a leafy end.
Candy apple finish and dry linger.
Medium, chewy, round.
Hits the concept but is still a real Scot. Way drinkable; never cloys. Went back for more, which doesn't happen much in a pub with such a selection.
Whatever about adherence to style or gimmicky flavors, this is just darn tasty!
10-30-2013 11:53:45 | More by StJamesGate
4.1/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
03-20-2013 04:25:05 | More by IronDjinn
British Columbia (Canada)
4/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
12-06-2012 02:40:03 | More by Rutager
Salty Scot from Parallel 49 Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.