Full Boar Scotch Ale - Devil's Canyon Brewing Company
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Reviews by TruePerception:
3.28/5 rDev -7.9%
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.
02-11-2014 07:52:58 | More by TruePerception
More User Reviews:
3.53/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
06-11-2013 06:34:35 | More by watermelonman
3.89/5 rDev +9.3%
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.
01-26-2013 03:07:17 | More by biboergosum
3.78/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
09-09-2009 23:06:24 | More by nickd717
3.71/5 rDev +4.2%
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
08-15-2013 00:09:32 | More by joemcgrath27
2.95/5 rDev -17.1%
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.
12-31-2011 02:06:05 | More by Neffbeer
3.88/5 rDev +9%
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.
05-16-2013 05:05:11 | More by TofuDC5
4/5 rDev +12.4%
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.
05-04-2013 04:26:11 | More by CrazyDavros
3.63/5 rDev +2%
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.
01-23-2014 22:45:26 | More by jeffjeff1
Full Boar Scotch Ale from Devil's Canyon Brewing Company
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