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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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BrewMaster on 09-30-2007

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Ratings: 137 | Reviews: 42
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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 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 nickd717
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at The Counter in Palo Alto.

A - Deep dark brown color with a small tan head.

S - Caramel malt dominates the aroma, some earth and a little roastiness.

T - Lots of sweet caramel malt and toffee, roast, chocolate, earth, and a little smoke.

M - Pretty average palate for the style - medium-to-full body. Fairly low carbonation.

D - Fairly high. Since this tastes pretty good but isn't as intense as others of the style, it tends to go down pretty quickly.

This is probably Devils Canyon's best beer that I've had, but I haven't really been impressed with their offerings overall.

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 Neffbeer
2.95/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Arbitrator for the extra

A: Pours a deep dark brown bordering on black. There is a decent size off white head that fades quickly leaving a small amount of lacing.

S: The nose is malt forward with a hint of smoke and chocolate. There is some caramel lurking in the background and a bit of apple forward yeast.

T: The malts assert themselves upfront but fade quickly to an overly fruity yeast bite. There is a hint of smoke and caramel with no real backbone to fall back on. Overall it is lacking in depth and complexity.

M: Thin to medium with moderate carbonation. The body of this beer is severely lacking.

O: Sadly this is not a beer that I would seek out again. It falls short of what I would consider a good scotch ale.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Gavage
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: dark reddish amber in color with a short 1/2" head that lasted a bit. Some moderate lace painted the glass.

Smell: caramel, some fruit sweetness, and a hint of peat came through and was mildly pleasant.

Taste: moderate malt presence with some soft smoked peat, ripe dark fruit sweetness, and a moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp to start, smoother at the finish. Aftertaste was short lived.

Overall: a so-so scotch ale that didn't pack the punch I was hoping for on the flavor front. Easy to quaff this beer but one pint was enough in my session.

Photo of robsee
1.94/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I've had this on draft on multiple occasions, and it has always been a bit hit or miss. Sometimes quite good, other times nothing special.

The bottled version that I'm reviewing is one that I didn't care for at all. This beer was too high on sweetness and too low on maltiness - I also didn't really care much for the peat as an added flavoring. Frankly, I'm a homebrewer and I've made an extract version of Scotch ale that was tastier than this beer.

Photo of mactrail
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with just a hint of amber in the little Coronado snifter. Modest head but a nice carbonation on the tongue. Not as rich as the ABV might imply.

A dark taste like a porter seems to be the main event. Just a touch of smokiness to enliven the proceedings. Slightly sweet, and a little insipid, which is my main criticism. It could use a little sharp touch. Pleasant malt carries on as you sip. A hint of blackberries and some bitterness in the aftertaste.

Quite drinkable in the mellower style of Scotch Ale, which maybe is a good thing with all the over-smoked, strong, sweet beer in this category. From the 22 oz bottle.

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

22oz bomber. No date. Served in a snifter.

I'm reviewing this beer side by side with the Bourbon Barrel Aged edition.

Pours a dark translucent brown with ruby-red highlights. A one finger head quickly dissipates leaving a thin ring. No lacing.

Aroma of roasted caramel malt, a little burnt. A tinge of sour fruit. Smoke and iodine. A hint of alcohol.

Flavor is rich sweet malt with a nice smokiness. This leads to a tartness in the middle and a crisp finish. Lingering sweetness and peat (smoke and iodine) in the aftertaste. No real alcohol in the flavor.

Medium bodied with moderate, slightly sharp carbonation. Good mouthfeel.

Photo of artdob
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark cola color. Minimal to no lacing.

Roasted malt notes in the nose, which is pleasing overall.

Light carbonation with mild cola like notes in the taste. Some chocolate.

Not getting any of the smokiness however described on the label. Compared to a stout had yesterday at Russian River brewing co., (i think it was O.L.V. or a similarly named brew) this is good but doesn't quite reach that standard.

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 BrewMaster
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Shoreline Amphitheater on-tap.

A - Dark brown with a hint of copper showing through the light. Creamy head that settles to even lacing.

S - Roasty rich notes rounded out with soft sweetness and mildly aromatic hops.

Taste - Begins with a bold malty profile, sweet, toasted, rich. Smooth flavors mellow out to a forgettable ending. Balanced burnt toast and caramel flavors dominate the flavor.

M - Mouthfeel is supple and clean. Medium bodied that coats the palate well without residual stickiness.

Drinkability - Wonderfully drinkable and surprisingly refreshing for a scotch ale. Pairs well with BBQ sausage.

Photo of sanchoman
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I must admit, I was very excited to learn about Devil's Canyon Brewing Company upon moving to the Bay Area. The Friday Beer events are a great opportunity to taste all varieties this small brewer produces.

The Devil's Canyon Full Boar Scotch Ale is a fairly malty beer with some diacetyl flavors that contribute a pleasant aftertaste. The color is consistent with other Scotch Ales and given this beer is only ever served on Tap (or via Growlers) means you get decent carbonation with every turn.

My only issue with this beer is consistency. I've had it a number of times where I feel as if I'm tasting a completely different beer. My last experience was a bit unpleasant, marred by a high alcohol flavor persistent throughout the tasting and lacking any residual sugars to balance the bitterness.

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 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 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.

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