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Big Rock Scottish Style Heavy - Big Rock Brewery

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40 Ratings
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Alberta, Canada

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Derek on 11-03-2011)
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Reviews by tbeckett:
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3.31/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Can from MLCC in Winnipeg.

A - Pours sorta copperish. Bright. One finger white head on top gone pretty quick. No lace, no retention. Minimal carbonation.

S - Caramel, sugar, dark fruit, butterscotch.

T - Rich and sweet. A bit too butterscotchy. Caramel and sugar. Definitely has a 'buttery' sorta thing going on.

M - Medium carbonation, medium body and a lightly sweet then gone finish.

O/D - Had slightly higher expectations for this. But it's a Big Rock beer afterall. Not bad, but certainly fairly plain. Decent enough, yet lacking in some departments and strong in many departments some would consider faults.

tbeckett, Oct 02, 2013
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3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Hop in Brew on a snowy night in Cowtown...

This beer appears a clear, dark reddish amber hue, with one finger of creamy off-white head, which leaves a broken, Gothic-looking wall of lace around the glass as it slips under. It smells faintly of sweet caramel malt, and very mild earthy, grassy hops. The taste is sweet caramel/toffee malt, a decent fruitiness - pear, apple, and melon, and a slight booze warming. The carbonation is on the soft side, the body a solid medium weight, somewhat creamy, and quite enveloping. It finishes with a diminishing sweetness, and a bit of boozy, earthy hops.

A nice dense warmer, but lacking something in the way of Scottishness - maybe a wee bit of smoke would tartan it up right.

biboergosum, Dec 30, 2010
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3.13/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

C'est What 2010 Fall Festival of Craft Brewers. A decent attempt at a scotch, something to be encouraged from a regional brewery though not too drinkable. Darkish yellow with a white head, lacey. Some peaty aroma. Medium or a bit less mouthfeel. Barleywish flavours, a little sour.

Sammy, Sep 27, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

jcubz, Jan 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

DamageCase76, Jan 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Alberta_Beer_Guy, Jul 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the specialty / guest taps at Bottlescrew Bill's.
This beer is clear, reddish brown, with an inch thick and creamy foam. Good head retention, left a thin sheet of lace on the pint glass. Slightly sweet smell, lots of caramel malt and mild herbal hops. The taste is similarily sweet caramel/toffee malt. Some more grassy hops to finish. Earthy, and some hop bite to finish. The carbonation is low, giving a smooth, almost creamy feel. The body is appropriately medium, not too thin, not too heavy or cloying. A solid, drinkable effort.

March 5, 2011 - Visited the Hose & Hound in Calgary and this was one of their 'new' beers on tap. Lots of adverstising around the bar (posters, table toppers, etc) for the Brewmaster's Series Scottish Style Heavy Ale, pictured with a sturdy work horse.
My pint was served without any real head, but the body was still carbonated (not flat like it looked)

BigBry, Jan 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber brown apperance with minimal head that slowly disappears. Smell is sweet with a hint of nuts and caramel.

Taste is mainly caramel and toffee, hint of malt and some sweetness. Picked up a hint of nuts and scotch. very thick beer with moderate carbonation. Has a lingering toffee aftertaste.

Overall, this is a decent locally brewed scottish ale. Strong taste seems to match the beer, no Innis & Gunn though. If you can find it on tap, try it out.

CrazyMike, Apr 03, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Tom_Servo, Jun 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

DarrenBrule, Jul 17, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Crystal clear, deep amber pours with a hint of light tan head which quickly dissipates. Zero retention; zero lace.

S: Nice smoke on the aroma with hints of caramel and roasted nut.

T: Smoky, caramel, vanilla, roasted nut, biscuit, bitterness is subtle allowing the slight residual sweetness to come through (true to style); slight alcohol warmth.

M: Light residual sweetness, although it seems fairly thin.

D/O: The vanilla from the oak is nice and I really like the subtle smoke, but the aging is already showing a slight oxidation and I think I'd prefer it fresh.

Derek, Nov 03, 2011
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

fizzyted, Dec 16, 2011
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3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this on-tap at Fergus'n'Bix...

A - Pours a dark copper colour, little head or retention, and no lacing.

S - Sweet caramel and toffee with a wooden peaty finish.

T - Much sweeter than I expected with sweet caramel dominating the flavour, and only a mild mannered peaty scotch flavour on the finish. Some earthy hops come through as well, but again, quite mild. Higher ABV goes relatively unnoticed, offering just enough sweetness and heat.

M - Medium bodied ale, though it does come through a tad watery.

D - Easily drinkable, and a sweeter take on the style. I'm pleased to see Big Rock trying to get back into the micro-brew scene, and a worthy effort on their part. Worth a try, but don't expect to be blown away.

andrenaline, Feb 05, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Kmat10, May 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

rogerdandy, Dec 10, 2013
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3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Crystal clear that is copper- red and has a minimal amount of head.

Smell- Caramel with scent grapes or plum.

Taste- Caramel flavour with a slight hint of vanilla. Not bitter at all and warms as it goes down. ABV is present but doesn't dominate.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with slight amount of bubbles. A dry finish but easy to drink so no worries here.

Overall- A decent scottish ale from Big Rock from their Brewmaster Series. Although its no Innis and Gunn some flavours are there but some lack. Overall, a good job from Big Rock to make this type of brew.

leaddog, Nov 12, 2011
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5/5  rDev +34.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle poured into pint glass 11/16/11

A nice dark amber with a short lived thumbs width of cream colored head that leaves no lace

S toffee and some fruity notes with some faint earthiness but pretty faint

T the earthy smell turns a little woody but the booze is well concealed, and the bottles right just a hint of smokey peat

M feels good with just a little bite to it and a spicy lingering finish

O not he greatest brew but pretty darn good for Big Rock

Oak aged? I suppose I could see that there is some woody notes in there, props too Big Rock for trying something other then the usual

wordemupg, Dec 14, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

artemh, Feb 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

MylesMac, Aug 15, 2012
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3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber colour with nice off-white head. Smells incredibly sweet, like butterscotch. Flavour is very sweet with the butterscotch, but it still is tasty. Mouthfeel is a little bit thin. This was one of my friend's favourite beer at C'est What 2010 Fall Festival of Craft Brewers, though it wasn't for me.

kwjd, Sep 30, 2010
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Big Rock Scottish Style Heavy from Big Rock Brewery
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