Full Boar Scotch Ale - Devil's Canyon Brewing Company
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4.54/5 rDev +27.5%
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.
06-15-2013 01:14:49 | More by woodychandler
4.33/5 rDev +21.6%
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.
07-13-2013 17:04:06 | More by OWSLEY069
4.3/5 rDev +20.8%
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.
09-05-2012 21:56:25 | More by Pahn
4.21/5 rDev +18.3%
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.
01-12-2013 01:07:02 | More by pkalix
4.13/5 rDev +16%
This is a very good scotch ale. I'm trying not to be too swayed by the relatively low price ($4-5/bomber), but it certainly doesn't hurt.
A: The beer is a deep, ruby-highlighted brown with a small, fizzy beige head. The head gives way with little preamble, leaving a ring of small bubbles. The beer is too dark to be transparent, but it appears rather clear, though, judging by the bottom of the bottle, not filtered.
S: The aroma is mostly nutty caramel and malted molasses. It has an almost floral honey tone. This is all classic and good scotch ale territory. It's big and full with a touch of sweet wood smoke. No off-notes, no nonsense.
T: This beer is a mouthful of caramel malt. It tastes fresh and earthy. The sweetness never overwhelms even without any apparent hoppiness. There's just a touch of lightly bitter wood at the close.
M: Smooth, full, creamy, rich. Drinks above its weight class.
O: This is easily the best beer that I've had from Devil's Canyon. To be honest, I don't really hold them in high esteem, so I'm pretty surprised and delighted to find a very good and cheap beer bearing their name. This is a well-made and tasty scotch ale. Even though it's probably not going to blow anyone away, it's right in the sweet spot for the style and a definite bargain.
08-19-2011 04:28:50 | More by popery
4.1/5 rDev +15.2%
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.
12-17-2012 04:11:22 | More by Murrhey
4.01/5 rDev +12.6%
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.
08-01-2013 03:21:13 | More by thecheapies
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
4/5 rDev +12.4%
On tap at the Eat Real Festival in Oakland.
Second review: same scores except I upgraded the appearance to 4.0. I had this on tap at a sponsored beer tasting, and I wanted to update my tasting notes.
A: Poured a murky, deep amber color with a finger of off-white head. Retention was about a minute, and the final result was a light collar on the brew with some flecks of lacing as I drank. I kind of expected more lacing, but it's not bad.
S: Lots and lots of dark malts. Caramel, brown sugar, toffee, nuts. Really nice. There is a small earthy bitterness.
T: Very malty here, too. All the flavors of the nose coalesce into a great malty backbone, with earth coming out near the finish. There's just the lightest hint of peaty smoke, which I only knew because of the tasting discussions (they use 1% peated malt), but to be honest, I'd never have caught this otherwise.
M: Medium-bodied, and really creamy and smooth on the palate. Drinks very well for a 7+%er.
D: I think I'd grab this again. It's definitely one of the better scotch ales I've had, not that I'm an expert in the style.
12-02-2009 09:09:58 | More by Arbitrator
Full Boar Scotch Ale from Devil's Canyon Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.