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Full Boar Scotch Ale - Devil's Canyon Brewing Company

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137 Ratings
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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.8%
Wants: 5
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Devil's Canyon Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BrewMaster on 09-30-2007

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Ratings: 137 | Reviews: 42
Photo of DrMullet
3.06/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown. Smells smoky almost burnt. Slight cocoa/coffee flavor. Heavy smoky taste, almost overbearing. Slightly sticky sweet. Got better as it warmed. Big fan of Scotch Ale, this one, not so much......

Photo of Lukasbane
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

It is what you expect it to be, a good scotch ale meets smokey flavour. Which is good but the smokey flavour is a little overwhelming.

Photo of Geoffq
4.42/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a strong full bodied beer

Photo of cbutova
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Very random grab in Tampa, FL. Never seen anything by them in the Northeast so... might as well.

A- Tall boy pours into a tulip with a... ridiculous level of carbonation as the few ounces of beer produces an absurd amount of foam. The massive cap retains very well but lacing is rare. Hopefully not infected.

S- Nothing smells off to me. Smoked grains, hints of milk chocolate, toast, toffee and brown sugar come to mind. Bread and dried dark fruits as well.

T- Again it does not seem infected but the gargantuan carbonation is distracting here. Smoked grains more reminiscent of bacon and seaweed than a burning log set the stage for cocoa powder, toasted nutty, caramel, buttery and toffee notes. Raisins are fairly prominent.

MF- Not so subtly hinted at but this is obscenely carbonated. Judging by how most reviews list low carbonation I think it is an anomaly. Foamy overall consistency to the medium body.

Seems like a good example of the style that drinks very smoothly for almost 7.5%. The flavors I get are balanced and well executed but for some reason my can is carbonated more like a lambic than a Wee Heavy.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into a tulip. Extremely dark brown with a hint of red and a billowing frothy tan head of four fingers height. Peculiar hickory smoked bacon aroma accompanied by the more expected toffee and raisins elements. Holy smoke. Peaty indeed. There is some controversy as to whether peat smoked malt has any real place in a Scotch or Scottish ale and in my own mind the jury is still out (historical or otherwise, see Ray Daniel's book on brewing beer styles). I will say that the taste is decent, perhaps better than decent. Subtle chocolate undertones, caramels, roasted peanuts, treacle, and yes, peat smoke that fortunately does not dominate as it does on the nose. Curious mouth feel, one is expecting thick and instead gets solid middle of the road, maybe a bit empty for lack of a better descriptor. Low key carbonation. Rather nutty, roasted, smoky finish. This rather dark take on the style is indeed growing on me over the course of multiple sips. Perhaps a touch o' the bog isn't such a terrible thing.

Photo of TruePerception
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Devil Canyon's Full Boar Scotch Ale. 7.4% ABV

A: Maybe half a finger's head. Fades immediately to nothing. And, I mean nothing. Some very slight sheeting. Very deep red, with a brownish hue. Yellow in the dimple, with flecks in it (hard to pin down a color, it seems to reflect the yellow).

S: Coffee is the first thing I get. Medium roast. That's it, so far. I'll let it warm up, just in case. A bit of bittersweet chocolate. Slight molasses.

T/MF: Very dark flavor. I was expecting something more akin to a malty red, but this is closer to a porter. Char, like on toast from a bad toaster. Though, not as unpleasant in beer form. Maybe, a little ash. Some kind of floral/potpourri note. Burnt toffee.

If this is all typical of Scotch ales, count me out, but I suspect it's not.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- almost black color, no head

Smell- mostly malt, a bit nutty

Taste- mostly malt, nutty

Mouthfeel- medium to full bodied

Drinkability- very good scotch ale, I really like it a lot. I want to have it again. I think they did a great job with this scotch ale. Very good.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought at the Blue Dog bottle shop on a whim. There's no date some don't know what I'm getting into here.
As it turns out this brew isn't that half bad.
Pretty close to style but the taste is a bit washed out.
The aroma was malty with some chocolate notes earth and cream.
The appearance was a dark drown with a smaller head.
Taste is very malty hints of chocolates. I don't if its me or not but I think I taste some smokey peat. Or it could be suggestive.
Something in there is numbing my tongue.
A desent beer close to style.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - very dark brown, thumb of tan head dissipated to a thin cover fairly quickly, few random bits of lacing
S - very nutty with hints of earth, vanilla, leather, but not really any peaty aromas
T - touch of sour funky peat at the start, but is quickly bowled over by big malty notes of caramel, roasted nuts, and old leather
M - medium to heavy body with a stick to your mouth feel through the middle, only note of the alcohol is a late warmth through the chest, nicely drinkable
O - heavy on malt and light on peat make it a scotch-ish brew that's only lacking a little, still tasty and very easy drinking

Photo of thecheapies
4.02/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A deep brown color that's nearly impossible to see through. The head stacked up at over three fingers' height. Looks nice.

Lightly smoky, briny, and with malty notes of milk chocolate, lactose, and caramel creme. Has the aroma of applewood smoked sea salt, halving the intensity. Roasty notes melt with creaminess. Not your typical cereal graininess, nor vinous complications.

The peatiness is now magnified, but the smokiness dulled. Chewier and sweeter with a charge of butter caramel, toffee, and bitter cocoa. Malt-heavy now. Booze is creeping in, too. Savory meets sweet rather nicely. Good temper. Decently creamy body, but not that heavy-duty kind of drink. Carbonation is light, appropriately so.

Knockout Scotch Ale. One of my favorites now. Very well done.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber to a brown-ish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, smokey and peat like malts. In the taste, smokey, peat like malts and notes of caramel. A small bite and s medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dryer smoky malt in the aftertaste. Nice flavors, a mighty fine scotch ale.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a dark amber color with hints of red and a decent two finger white head. The head fades rather fast leaving a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is largely of a bready malt aroma, being a mix of toasted bread and a more biscuit like smell. Along with these aromas is a moderate sweetness consisting of caramel and toffee with the overall aroma being rounded out with some lighter smoke smells and a bit of alcohol.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweet and bready flavor of caramel and bread. As the flavors advances notes of smoke and some darker roasted malt and darker fruit flavors creep their way onto the scene. Soon after a little bit of peaty and a woody flavor enter the taste along with a light cocoa flavor. A boozy taste joins the crowd of tastes at the end producing a sweet, medium roasted and warming flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the just above medium side in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average side. A slight increase in thickness may have been even better for the blend of light smoke and sweet, but the carbonation was rather nice for the both. Overall the feel was quite good.

Overall – A pretty average scotch ale but with some nicer qualities of smoke and a bit of booziness that step it up a bit. It is a rather enjoyable drink overall.

Photo of woodychandler
4.54/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The CANQuest (TM) would like to thank the Friendly Greek in Lancaster, PA for making this and a couple of other Devil's CANyon CANs available to me recently.

I am flitting back and forth between comparable CANs from both Devil's CANyon and Rivertowne Brewing, which makes for an interesting CANtrast. Stay tuned!

The Crack revealed another brimful CAN, but I have become accustomed to this, so I am losing less beer than I did initially. Inverted Glug time! I got a couple of fizzy, deep-tan fingers of head but it seemed determined to fizz its way out of existence pretty quickly and accomplish this. Color was a deep, rich garnet red with NE-quality clarity. If I thought that Rivertowne's Scotch Ale smelled sweet, this smelled like it could put a diabetic into shock. Loads of peaty malt. Mouthfeel was thick and full and sat on my tongue like a dollop had been scooped onto it. The taste was MUCH more like what I usually expect in the style - dried, dark fruits; a mild smokiness; plenty of malt sugars. Phew! I may need to lie down after this one. Finish was equally sweet and while it is not my bag, I CAN respect it as representative of the style. I would prefer the drier version from Rivertowne, but to each, his/her own.

Photo of watermelonman
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Arriving as a dark brown without much head or character up front, my expectations were modest but met.

The smell brings toffee with malt, without undue sweetness and notably missing peat or brine. The taste is true to the smell, mostly of dark malts. The mouthfeel is gently tasty, definitely leading to the drinkability that I would call the high point of this pint. Frankly I may not have even guessed this was supposed to be a scotch ale, but it was decent enough either way.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark red colour, clear body. Traces of bead feeding a beige head that dissipates quickly. Lace is not overly sticky, but thick and nice-looking. Decent scotch ale.

Smells very malty, with a good belt of spice. Rye character, with oatmeal as well, brown sugar and some yeast extract as an unfortunate side note. Hint of dark cherry as well. Not bad, but par for the style's course and some undesirables sneaking in.

Tastes a lot darker than expected, almost portery roastiness and overall a far more brown ale kind of character. Brown sugar and whisky syrup note upfront, develops some vanilla, toffee and fig midway but a little intrusion by dry roasty malts, some coffee character and dark chocolate that are there but don't stick around to the end. Finishes more sctoch ale-y now it's warmed up. Lots of caramel malt and a bit of spice. Nice.

Bit of sizzle on the feel; bit of body, too, but the carb is slightly overdone.

Decent scotch ale. Isn't quite knock-your-socks-off hearty and warm, but a substantial colder-weather body to it nonetheless.

Photo of TofuDC5
3.89/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark amber brown color; about 80% opaque. Foamy beer head; takes a while for bubbles to dissipate...best poured as slow as your patience allows

S: Pleasant; sweet molasses; dark brown sugar. Balanced by an earthy tone; almost like cedar wood

T: Tastes almost how it smells, but to a lesser degree of sweetness.

M: Malty and creamy on the tongue. I'd say full-bodied for a scotch ale. Slight bitter/alcohol sensation in the throat but that goes away fast; not a problem. I actually like how the bitter balances out the sweetness.

O: A very enjoyable scotch ale. I admit this beer is 2x better on tap but I can still appreciate this from a bottle.

Photo of CrazyDavros
4.02/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours black with a slowly fading head.
Nose shows chocolate, bready malt, peat, soft smoke, coffee, roasted malt, oatmeal and nutty nots.
Similar flavours but quite sweet. Peat, brady malt, chocolate, malted grains, nutty notes. A bit too sweet.
Carbonation could be higher.

Photo of ADZA
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Another new brewery for me and love the pint can with artwork and detail bout brew which pours a dark mahogany hue with a creamy two finger head and similar lacing around the rim,the smell is brown sugar,molasses,caramel fudge,cherries and a nice hint of smoke just enough to let you know it's there,the mouthfeel is thick,sticky and moderately carbonated with tastes of dark fruits,brandied cherries,caramel,light chocolate and finished with a smokey maple syrup sweetness and overall not a bad Scotch Ale but a tad too sweet for my tastes but easy enough to drink and be great paired with dessert cheers.

Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

473ml can. Round 2 for my 2013 Burns' Night appreciation menagerie, as I now have to resort to 'Scottish-style' offerings, rather than beers actually brewed in Scotland. Ok, but "suspense is worse than disappointment", so I'm going with that.

This beer pours a clear, very dark reddish amber hue, with two pudgy fingers of puffy, densely foamy tan head, which leaves a low fuzzy berm of lace around the glass as it evenly recedes.

It smells of sharply biscuity caramel malt, a mild oily nuttiness, and an even milder earthy smokiness, with some middling dried black fruit and subtle chalky cocoa notes pulling up the rear. The taste is bready, biscuity caramel malt, a touch of boggy peat smoke, an uptick in the generic orchard fruitiness and bittersweet chocolate, and some nicely understated earthy, leafy hops.

The bubbles are a tad frothy, but nothing beyond a healthy initial effervescence, the body a sturdy medium weight, and generally quite smooth. It finishes mostly off-dry, the bready caramel malt, still with a dose of biscuit crispness, carrying the day in the face of some lingering fruity and dusty smoke-ish essences.

A pretty quaffable wee heavy style offering - the alcohol all but totally sublimated, and the malt doing a new-world, off-by-one, ineffable impression of the real deal, which at this point, works just fine for me. The peat character, as championed on the label, is a bit of a disappointment, but hey, we can't expect everything to follow through on marketing promise, so I shall just be happy with the easy drinking strong Scottish (style) ale before me.

Photo of pkalix
4.21/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

very dark, cannot see through in the tulip glass. minimal tan head on top.
smells roasty sweet, roasty malt-y.
tastes roasty sweet and malty with a bitter twang at the end resembling the flavor of a band aid sucked on (yeah, i know, i get that a lot). some smokiness in the flavor and aroma also....
a little heavy, a little thick, but overall a decent brew. i really like this type, the scotch ale, and have taken notice when i bring them home to evaluate them a little more thoroughly. sweet like the dopplebocks but with a bitterness at the end and a higher abv makes this a preference of mine. this is not one of the better scotch ales i have tried, but it is still, yet, an affirmation that i do like the style.

Photo of wordemupg
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

473ml can poured into tulip 7/1/13

A very dark brown with enough clarity to see half way under the foam, tight finger of tan head has decent retention and leaves no lace

S faint smokey notes with some nutty caramel and prune, faint chocolate and I like what I smell but it lacks intensity

T slightly more fruity notes then the nose and a little more chocolate, the fruits not dried like the nose I'm getting overripe plum in the mouth, decent beer but nothing amazing

M medium bodied with soft bubbles that give it a slightly creamy feel, nutty toffee on the finish

O they did a good job hiding the booze but although its a respectable brew its not going to blow you away, decent example of the style but needs a little something

perhaps I drank it too cold or I haven't quite recovered from the flu bug but it needs a little more to it, decent but faint smell and flavor

Photo of Murrhey
4.07/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at Firehouse No. 1 in San Jose, Calif. Reviewed from notes.

A- Finger width tan head, low retention rate. Large bubbles. Deep, rich walnut color.

S- Roasted malts, toffee, chocolate and some slight booze character. Chocolate malts is the most prominent smell.

T- Roasted flavors, roast malts and some smoke. The malts are robust and flavorful. This is a well developed beer taste wise.

M- Medium bodied with a slightly syrup feel. Alright.

O- This beer tastes delicious, the feel is subpar though.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at the BevMo Holiday Beerfest held at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, and toffee. Taste is much the same with a slightly smokey flavor on the finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is pretty tasty and easy to drink.

Photo of Offa
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This seems to be a pretty good, solid, but hardly great Wee Heavy-type.

Dark reddish brown, almost black, it has a small, pale tan head steadily shrinking to foamy ring.

Aroma is metal, toasty grain, a little darkly toasted grain, faint winy plum - all a bit subdued, thin. Metal and plum are very light and thin.

Taste is nice winy prune and fruits, hint of caramelised brown bread and rummy fruit cake with faint hint of smokiness. Flavours are nice and it has a fairly well-rounded malty character and is pretty drinkable, but it is rather simple, almost one-dimensional.

Photo of Pahn
4.27/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz can split 2 ways into wine glasses. Thanks to generous BA KevSal for including this extra in a recent trade!

Appearance: Free pour yields a small, short-lived offwhite head. Pours a reddish black and leaves not much spotty lacing.

Smell: Dark malts with some subtle smoke. Not much to say about it, but it smells like a bold Scotch ale. Promises good things.

Taste: Overdelivers on its promise. Subtle peat smokiness, with a very unique, dark fruit and roasted malt flavor that has a pistachio-like nuttiness (has some anise like flavor as well, but mild). Sweetness balances out the roasted malt and smoke perfectly. Packed with the kinds of flavors you're looking for in a beer marketed as a "Scotch Ale." Excellent balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Smooth but a little watery. Low side of moderate carbonation. Neither dry nor sugary.

Overall: Really, really solid beer. Superbly balanced. Deft use of peat smoked malt, which works as a perfect complement to the rich malt and husky roasted malt flavors. Current average score makes me suspect this beer and/or brewery is a bit of a sleeper. Worth seeking out if you like robust, well balanced Scotch ales.

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Full Boar Scotch Ale from Devil's Canyon Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.