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Squire Scotch Ale - Cannery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cannery Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
For decades the Country Squire was a fine dining restaurant in Naramata. Following its fine example and carrying its name, Squire Scotch Ale is rich in both flavour and tradition. This variety of pale ale is defined by malt flavours that are strong and smoky with a touch of sweetness.

The deep caramel colour and gentle hop profile round out this classic style ale.

(Beer added by: EskimoDave on 04-25-2010)
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Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

10-31-2012 16:16:10 | More by ThinkAgain
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Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

07-12-2014 23:31:10 | More by FadetoBock
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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +12.4%

06-07-2014 06:05:30 | More by schnarr84
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Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bucky tried his first beer from Penticton, BC's Cannery Brewing Company, picking up a 650 ml bottle of their Squire Scotch Ale ("SSA") from the LCBO. The bottle was marked with an "enjoy before" date of 01/02/13, and SSA was 6.0% alcohol by volume.

According to the company's website, the Cannery Brewing Company was formed in 2000 when Brew Master Terry Schoffer teamed up with Ron and Patt Dyck, who had been operating the Country Squire Restaurant in Naramata for twenty-three years. Cannery's first batch of beer was brewed in the Old Aylmer Fruit and Vegetable Cannery in Penticton on April Fool's Day, 2001. In the beginning, beer was sold in kegs to local restaurants, pubs and clubs, and later on the brewery began bottling in 650ml amber bottles.

SSA poured a dark amber colour, with an aggressive pour required to produce about 1" of off-white head that lasted for 3-4 minutes. The head faded to a ring of foam and patchy film, leaving some minor spotting down the glass. The beer's aroma was fairly subdued and dominated by sweet caramel malts. Its taste began with a caramel malt sweetness which was followed by a brief butterscotch flavour, with a very mild bitterness in the finish that balanced out the initial sweetness. SSA had a medium carbonation entirely appropriate to the style, with a smooth mouth feel and medium body. Overall, a decent enough beer, but I found the whole experience to be a bit too tame and would describe SSA as a Scotch Ale for North American tastes. I missed those smoky aromas and flavours normally characteristic of Scotch Ales. At $5.80 per 650 ml bottle, SSA is also a bit on the pricey side by the time it gets to Ontario.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 22:58:53 | More by BuckyBeerBeaver
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

03-09-2014 02:37:08 | More by Beersnake1
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

11-23-2013 01:44:34 | More by ZachT
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

650ml bottle, $4.90 + deposit at the BCLS.

A: clear, golden brown. Smallish head leaving behind a millimetre or two of lacing.
S: a bit smokey, and kind of earthy. I'm not really picking up the caramel I would expect from this style.
T: It mostly tastes smoked. I only pick up the caramel flavour as an aftertaste.
F: Considerably thinner than I would expect for this style.

Would I buy it again? Nope. It's not awful, but I didn't really enjoy it, and this is one of my favourite beer styles.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 01:24:32 | More by souvenirs
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Alberta (Canada)

3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

My favorite non-hoppy beer style right now is probably scotch ale and so I approached this example with quite a lot of enthusiasm and zeal. Pours a nice dark red-amber with ample light tan foam. Aroma is spicy and fruity, with a reasonable degree of peaty smoke. The latter emerges front and center in the taste as well, a bit like mild hickory bacon, along with considerable fruit (crabapple, sweet orange herbal tea), saltwater taffy, some roasty and dry biscuit malt, woody flavors that dry the palate, and subtle caramel. This example is weighted towards the fruit and smoke though, the sweet malt backbone is subdued for the style in my view. Thin body recalls an ESB or Irish ale. Rather crisp and refreshing when all is said and done, yet still too rich to consider more than a couple. Is it in the style space? Yeah, but maybe mostly because of the smoke. Worth trying but not a "go to" example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 00:38:18 | More by CalgaryFMC
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cannery Brewing's 'Squire Scotch Ale' @ 6.5% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $6

A-pour is a caramel brown with a small off white head leaving a streaky & spotty lace along the stein

S-smoked peat malt , burnt nuts

T-smoky malts , toffee

MF-mild/ok carbonation , medium body , dry finish

Ov-way to smoky for my palate one and done

sampled alongside 4 other BC Scotch Ale's & Orkney 'Skull Splitter'

prost LampertLand

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 20:24:21 | More by LampertLand
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

02-23-2013 08:58:48 | More by schopenhauerale
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Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

(3.75) A: Clear amber with an eggshell white creamy foam head. Good retention and very good lacing.

(3.5) S: Raisins, dates, earthy peat, faint smoke, bourbon, and a caramel base. Quite varied and complimentary.

(3.75) T: Slight bourbon taste and warmth, dark fruits (dates & raisins), damp wood chips, a light caramel base, and quite a fruity hop presence. Clean and crisp taste that also comes across well balanced.

(3.5) M: Light bodied with a medium carbonation. Fairly oily with a slight lingering dryness.

(3.75) D: This is easy drinking and surprisingly lighter than expected with a fruitier hop element. Subdued but smooth bourbon soaked raisin and peat notes highlight this Cannery offering.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 04:42:47 | More by Digimaika2
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Ontario (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: deep amber; clear with very slight haze; pours a sandy coloured, sparse head with a few minutes length

Aroma: grainy, caramel; almost like a lager; honey

Taste & Mouthfeel: has the requisite butterscotch candy sweetness, but not as rich as others I've had, largely due to a lighter body - it's about a medium; makes for an easier drinking and sessionable beer though - a good choice for a winter night at a bar; not overly sweet - balanced by grain/wheat flavours and hops that are only there for that purpose, imparting no flavour of their own; get a hint of burnt caramel too

Overall: a pretty average scotch ale, lacking real character but enjoyable enough

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 03:05:18 | More by BGDrock
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Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This comes across as a rather washed out beer.

Pours clear amber orange with hardly a hint of any kind of head. No lace and just the merest patch of film. Aroma is a gentle bit of peaty smoke, some malt and a touch of alcohol. Nothing really to recommend the brew from the get go.

Mouthfeel is very thin and watery. Taste is just a bit of that peaty smoke. Slightly bitter to finish, followed by some drying smokiness.

Nothing really going on here. It's a boring brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2012 18:45:27 | More by TerryW
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Ontario (Canada)

2.48/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From a 650 ml brown bottle from the lcbo.
Pours arustic copper color
Clean aroma, smokier than i would like, but not too overpowering. Flavour builds with a lingering aftertaste.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, a bit slick, fullness on finish and swallow.

For a Scotch ale it is not one of my favourites, but definitley a decent beer

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 22:58:05 | More by cfalovo97
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

11-29-2012 02:02:33 | More by KalanM
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Quebec (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dark burgundy color ale with a medium size foamy head with medium retention and some lacing. Aroma of deep caramel malt with light toffee notes is good. Taste is a enjoyable mix of sweet caramel malt with light toffee notes with maybe a tad too much of residual sugar. Boyd is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not bad but a bit too much sugar for my own personal taste.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 21:26:44 | More by Phyl21ca
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Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

11-12-2012 05:11:54 | More by bgibbard
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Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

650 ml bottle from the LCBO as part of the early fall release.

Poured into a nonic. Light amber - copper, thick creamy head with great retention. Lots of lacing patches. Looks like an English pale poured with nitro.

Nose is sweet malt, caramel, peat, some smoke, whisky, a bit of citrus.

Sweet pale ale entry, with scotch to the finish with a tart peat and smoke. Not a bad scotch ale., some nice flavors to it.

Thin bodied., creamy, again with the similarities to a pub draught ale.

Not bad, a decent scotch ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2012 00:27:32 | More by JohnnyBarman
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Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

10-25-2012 22:24:44 | More by Molson2000
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Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from the LCBO, 650ml into a tulip. Enjoy before Jan 2, 2013.

Slightly darker orange body, white head with pretty good lace and some light retention. Nose is bready, caramel and a touch of smoke. Light hopping. Taste reflects this, slightly sweet, bready and smoke trickles in mid-mouth. Very subtle bitterness, quite neutral finish save for some smoke. Medium mouthfeel, and medium low carbonation. A simple sweeter smokey ale, but not as malty or a big-bodied as I typically enjoy my scotch ales.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2012 02:54:12 | More by liamt07
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

10-25-2012 01:36:18 | More by beerhunter13
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Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Squire Scotch Ale is just as golden as amber, a bit of a departure for the style (note: the lighter than normal colour does indeed correspond to a lighter than normal scotch ale). It flickers and glows like a campfire, another visual observation that can be related to one of the beer's physical characteristics (its smokiness). The utterly flat surface, however, reveals nothing except crappy head retention.

The aroma combines a not-so-sweet rum-raisin flavour with the fleeting fumes of a dying campfire. There's a whiff of both the smoky embers and the wood, but only a whiff. The scent of burnt sugar (creme brulee) is mixed with notes of brown banana and lots of plum. Its faint spiciness gives the impression of sticky toffee pudding. It has a lovely maltiness that comes across a bit reserved.

The flavour is equally moderate but every bit as detailed. It packs an interesting combination of ripe purple plum, spiced holiday cake, high kilned and caramelized malt, seaweed-y peat, hickory smoke, and a good sized slice of Turkish Delight on the finish. Hints of maple syrup, apricot and charcoal spring up here and there, adding yet more flavours to an already long list. 'Yummy' would be a good word.

While the earthy, malty, spicy "scotch"-like features are present, true scotch drinkers will find much to be desired. This is not exactly worthy of the armchair by the fireplace; it lacks the medicinal phenols and ashy, scorched dirt elements that make a good dram so gratifying. Beer drinkers, however, don't have much to complain about aside from it weighing in a little light.

Squire Scotch Ale may not be on the same level as Lagavulin or Laphroaig, but then again it's fermented not distilled. If you're in the mood for a slow, small, contemplative dram, then by all means stick to something 12 years or older. But if you're in the mood for a succulent and satisfying pint (or, more precisely, 650ml) to fill you up and satiate your thirst, then this will certainly do the trick.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2012 23:03:09 | More by biegaman
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Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange colour, one finger of white head and some lace on the glass. Smell is malty with a good deal of caramel and toffee, subtle smoke in the nose with a little bit of earthiness. Taste is quite smokey at first, malty with a moderate sweetness, a bit of tangy fruit flavours with a very light but present bitterness, more smoke in the aftertaste. Light-medium carbonation, medium feel, good weight. This was good although not fantastic and most likely not all that memorable, but a solid easy drink none the less.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 18:08:31 | More by peensteen
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Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle poured into a pint glass. ABV 6%.

A - Poured a clear copper, very thin head and no lacing.

S - Caramel, mushrooms, hint of smoke, fruity notes in the background.

T - Caramel, light sourness, hint of wood, mild bitter finish.

M - Medium body, medium-light carbonation, sticky, dry finish.

O - Nothing outstanding but certainly easy to quaff.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 02:06:45 | More by decimator
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

10-16-2012 03:58:43 | More by WeissBoy
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Squire Scotch Ale from Cannery Brewing Company
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