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Full Boar Scotch Ale - Devil's Canyon Brewing Company

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Reviews: 42
Hads: 146
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 5
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of robsee
1.94/5  rDev -46.1%
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. (452 characters)

Photo of billshmeinke
2.34/5  rDev -35%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Dark brown, boardering on black. Off white finger off head.

Over ripe berries, peat, band aids. Yuck.

Taste follows smell, but slightly better, extra peat, band aid is subdued, over ripened berries.

Kinda thin. Very well carbonated (perhaps a little too much for the style).

Overall, a pretty gross beer. Definitely will not be consuming ever again. (353 characters)

Photo of Philousa
2.48/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Deep chocolate brown in appearance with barely any head left after a short while. I got vanilla and lots of caramel in the nose. Smoked flavor is very apparent to me. I also get chocolate and a bit of sweet caramel. The feel is a bit thick, the thin carbonation contributes to this feeling.

I'm just not a fan of this type of beer. It's too thick and malty for my preference. The yeast really didn't help at all, either. It produced big, empty bubbles to carbonate the beer, and it didn't add much in terms of flavor. A beer with a malt bill as big as this needs some alcohol bite, hoppiness, bitterness, something to balance it out. Ultimately, this is a one note beer lacking in complexity and carbonation. (709 characters)

Photo of Neffbeer
2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
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. (738 characters)

Photo of impending
2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

C+

22oz into a tulip. Pours a dull walnut cola, minor head, minor lacing. A deep ruby red when back lit.

Aroma is unsweetened malt ball malt and tiny peat. Bittersweet

Taste is uncompelling, simple. Lacks complexity but not necessarily in a bad way. Peat yes but not smoked. A little leather with zinc studs. More sweet than bitter in the context of no bitter. Thin watery mouthfeel.
cheers
jd (396 characters)

Photo of DrMullet
3.06/5  rDev -15%
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...... (212 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
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. (589 characters)

Photo of TruePerception
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
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. (841 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a brandy snifter.

A: Cool label art. A finger of off-white head fades quickly. The beer is only penetrable by direct backlighting, where it appears brilliant ruby. Otherwise, it's black-brown and incredibly dark. Some tiny bubble streams.

S: Slightly smoky, lightly fruity. Pleasant enough, if a bit dull.

T: Not bad. The Wee Heavy influence is obvious, but it's a bit more apple-y than I expected. The fruit and smoke are an interesting combination, but it works more than not. My only real complaint is that the flavour is brief and the aftertaste is below average, that is, what is present is not pleasant...burnt malt, vaguely grapey booze, etc.

M: Smooth, light, and inoffensive. A touch of carbonation could stand to be a bit more pronounced. The bigger the gulp, the more obvious the smoke and bright fruit.

O: Pretty good version of a wee heavy, but not a great beer. I wouldn't recommend it, but nor would I advise against it. An attractive beer, the label and the liquid both. Would drink again. (1,046 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (632 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (1,062 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (517 characters)

Photo of argock
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint glass at 4th Street Bar & Grill (San Francisco, CA).

A: Very dark, velvety brown with short cap of off-white head with a few dots of lacing.

S: Malty, berrylike fruity aromas with ample caramel and toffee notes. There is a light herbal hops note.

T: The flavor is quite sweet with raisin and date punching through a fairly dense dark maltiness. The sweetness is not off-putting but does hurt drinkability.

M: Medium-full bodied and very filling because the nearly cloying sweetness.

O: Not a bad beer but too sweet to really have more than one. (580 characters)

Photo of watermelonman
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (479 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
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 (883 characters)

Photo of brotherloco
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (634 characters)

Photo of Offa
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (577 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (1,125 characters)

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. (413 characters)

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (281 characters)

Photo of BrewMaster
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (637 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (1,015 characters)

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
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 (606 characters)

Photo of ADZA
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (606 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (1,475 characters)

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Full Boar Scotch Ale from Devil's Canyon Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.