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Big Rock Scottish Style Heavy - Big Rock Brewery

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Reviews: 19
Hads: 47
Avg: 3.62
pDev: 20.72%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Alberta, Canada

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Sammy on 09-27-2010

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Reviews: 19 | Hads: 47
Photo of Sammy
3.17/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of kjyost
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pint poured at Toad in the Hole, Winnipeg into Nonic Pint Glass.

A: Deep copper with nice light tan head that laces well. Clear.
S: Sweet malts, caramel, some soap in there and a hint of earthy hops.
T: A really odd body. More sweetness and malt, but with lots of esters and a flowery nature. Black pepper. Definitely some sort of musty brett/funk in there too.
M: Viscous with the desired sweetness...
O: A weird beer. Not sure if it was dirty lines or not, as I sampled a friend's Keith's and it had the same flowery notes in it... Could be a real good beer, just not too sure here.

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Photo of kwjd
3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.32/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of leaddog
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
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

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Photo of BigBry
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
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)

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Photo of andrenaline
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle this Scotch ale pours a dark reddish caramel with minimal head that does not retain well. Aroma of dark bread and rich caramel, a touch of sour fruit. Palate aggressively malty and sweet, with loads of butterscotch toffee balanced out by red apple and aromatic vanilla notes. No hops. Not sour or smoky like some Scotch ales. Some grainy alcohol on the palate as per the wee heavy style, which needs this to cut the sweetness a bit. All in all really quite good, if lacking in complexity. I date Big Rock's turn around to approximately the release date of this one, they now seem able to execute classic styles without such a macro feel to the end product. Keep it up.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper colour with a really weak head that dies off into an off-white ring around the sides of the glass.

Toffee, caramel, malts and a light wine hint to the scent. Light smokiness and a warmth to the scent.

Toffee and smoke, a bit of leather, caramel. Light hops, a slight sourness.Bitter after taste. This starts off a bit too sweet, but ends sour. A little more balance is needed.

Low carbonation; slightly oily but at the same time a bit watery. Overall, a decent brew and one worth trying.

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Photo of nusch
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Quite obviously, the food flavor notes of Scotland pack a strong punch in this scotch ale : toffee taste is distinct. The ale is slightly oily, which is one of the few off-putting elements of an otherwise delicious heavy ale. Rather unrefined in the subtleties of its taste, this reveals itself as a definite Big Rock brew. Altogether, a heavy, pleasant sip.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I must agree with the overall tone of previous reviews - this is definitely one of Big Rock's better beers. It pulls off the wee heavy style nicely. It has a rich colour, a bit of foamy head that works hard to hang around, and a delightful smell. I pick up toffee, fruit, and smoke. The taste is lovely, too, with the smoky peat providing a wonderful hint of some of my favourite scotch. This is one of the few Big Rock beers that is unique and easily identifiable.

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Photo of Derek
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of Olek4374
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I recently reviewed Big Rock Lime and I felt I was being a bit too harsh, because there do exist good Big Rock beers, and this is one of them.

There's a great backstory to me having this beer. When I was 19, my Dad took me on a ski trip with his engineering workmates. We were taking a private charter bus from Edmonton to Panorama resort in BC. This day happened to be Robbie Burns day, and I had never celebrated Robbie Burns day before, but my Dad told me about it and how several of his workmates were Scottish, so we had to pick up some Scottish beer. The only problem was we were not allowed to bring on glass bottles onto the bus, so this ruled out scotch. We wanted to grab some Scottish beer, but the liquor store near the bus departure area only had Innis & Gunn (in glass bottles), and was all out of Tennent's. So, we grabbed this Big Rock beer cause it said "Scottish" on it, much to my dismay because I am not a fan of Big Rock in general. When I tried it, I loved it - it was dark, rich, flavourful, a little boozy (but strong enough to honour ol' Robbie), and it came in tall boys, so it made for a fun bus ride to BC (about 8 hours).

Anyway, to the beer itself. It comes, as I said before, in a tall boy can. A six pack of bottles is widely available, but I wanted to get a little nostalgic for this review, so I had to go for the can. I poured it into my Big Rock glass, of course. It pours a rich brown colour reminiscent to that of Innis & Gunn, with a very gently coloured head that is only about a finger or two in height. The smell is very malty and nutty with some aromas of burnt marshmallow. The taste is among the most complex beers I've ever had, let alone from Big Rock. The first thing you get is a large hit of malt followed by a sort of caramel flavour. One thing about this beer - the HEAVY in huge fucking letters on the can certainly lives up to its name. It tastes like someone added a shot of whiskey to this beer. The feel is okay - it has a moderate amount of carbonation which makes drinking very easy, although there is a somewhat bitter aftertaste that takes some getting used to.

At the end of the day, it's a strong beer with a solid flavour profile, nice smell, but a little tart aftertaste. Is there room for improvement? Sure. But as is, it's a great beer to have for a party, and an especially good beer for Robbie Burns Day celebrations. This is one of your shining stars, Big Rock.

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Photo of CrazyMike
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of ZachT
4.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Dark amber, clear, thin white head
S: Toffee, caramel, bread crust, molasses, subtle oak/woody
T: Rich caramel and toffee, brown sugar, sublet peat notes
F: Full-bodied, lightly carbonated, sweet (but not cloying) finish
O: A rich, malty scotch ale, very subtle peat/oak notes. Pretty good.

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Photo of Sathanas
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber, slightly hazy colour with a light tan head. Rich toffee, vanilla and dark fruits are the main flavours with a underlining of peat and earthy hops. Very well balanced with a gorgeous, creamy mouthfeel. I remember disliking this beer all the times I've had it previously, but Big Rock has really stepped up their game lately. This is proof of that.

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Photo of Alodge
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark red and clear, head retention of three fingers remains for about five minutes and then dissipates; though not entirely. Carbonation remained persistent throughout the tasting.

S: Sweet caramel with a whiff of toffee.

T: Very smooth with a lively blend of vanilla and toffee.

M: A rather heavy taste that pleasantly lingers for some time with the dryness of alcohol only becoming apparent near the end of the aftertaste.

O: This was quite a pleasant beer, and as the name suggest it is appropriately heavy; a is a wonderful way to finish off a hearty meal. I dare say this is the most enjoyable ale I have hade to date.

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Big Rock Scottish Style Heavy from Big Rock Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.