Full Boar Scotch Ale - Devil's Canyon Brewing Company

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Reviews: 43
Hads: 150
Avg: 3.61
pDev: 26.59%
Wants: 5
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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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 UCLABrewN84
3.47/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.54/5  rDev +25.8%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a nice slightly off white head. retention is moderate, with a slight but nice lace. Beer is a dark brown, ice coffee color, with some lighter brown highlights in the top with some deep ruby highlights in the bottom.

S- Smell is a little light and low in complexity. Up front there are some malty/sugary notes, this gives way to a lightly sour nutty aroma. Finishes with a touch of coffee bitterness.

T- Surprisingly bold up front, with the extra alcohol well hidden. Nice malty sweetness up front, and a nice roasty backbone similar to coffee. Finish is very nice, with some residual sweetness and a slight nutty end.

M- Medium to full mouthfeel, nice carbonation (wouldn't mind slightly more) leaves a nice feel on the palate.

O- Superbly drinkable, one of the better scotch ales i've had. A little different than typical but I appreciate the extra complexity as it ads to the drinkability and helps hide the higher alcohol.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a MacAndrew's thistle glass. Pours a slightly hazy dark mahogany with a fine half finger khaki head with good retention and lacing. Aroma is bready and caramel malt with a light toastiness, brown sugar, dark dried fruit and a hint of cinnamon. Flavor is dry caramel with light biscuit malt with light breadiness, peat smoke, dried dark fruit, particularly dates, mildly nutty. Finish is thin and smoky with a distinct peat character. Medium bodied with good carbonation. A decent smoky scotch ale with interestingly complex malts. The finish is oddly thin and leaves the otherwise nicely integrated peat a little stark at the end. Lots going on here and with a bit more assertive malt throughout the taste would be a quite remarkable one. Good enough that I'll try the other offerings from this brewery that is new to my area.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
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

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4.02/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.72/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of popery
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of cbutova
3.57/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of ADZA
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of argock
3.5/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.02/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of brotherloco
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of nickd717
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of pkalix
4.21/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
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

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Photo of Offa
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of Arbitrator
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Full Boar Scotch Ale from Devil's Canyon Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.