Full Boar Scotch Ale - Devil's Canyon Brewing Company
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3.48/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
12-02-2012 22:05:29 | More by UCLABrewN84
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
3.4/5 rDev -4.5%
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.
08-25-2012 05:14:40 | More by mactrail
3.2/5 rDev -10.1%
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.
11-22-2011 00:36:14 | More by Gavage
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
3.53/5 rDev -0.8%
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
01-08-2013 06:43:50 | More by wordemupg
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
3.9/5 rDev +9.6%
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.
07-06-2012 01:11:48 | More by vfgccp
3.46/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
05-19-2013 02:52:48 | More by laituegonflable
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
4/5 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
Full Boar Scotch Ale from Devil's Canyon Brewing Company
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