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Full Boar Scotch Ale - Devil's Canyon Brewing Company

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119 Ratings
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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 15.49%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Devil's Canyon Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BrewMaster on 09-30-2007)
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

rob99er, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of Neffbeer
2.95/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Neffbeer, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of evilkorova
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

evilkorova, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of KevSal
4/5  rDev +12.7%

KevSal, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of argock
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

argock, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of Swervine44
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Swervine44, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of robsee
1.9/5  rDev -46.5%
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.

robsee, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of Gavage
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Gavage, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of JeremyDrinksBeer
2/5  rDev -43.7%

JeremyDrinksBeer, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of Ryburr
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Ryburr, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of billshmeinke
2.35/5  rDev -33.8%
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.

billshmeinke, Nov 18, 2011
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2/5  rDev -43.7%

projhex, Nov 15, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Philousa
2.48/5  rDev -30.1%
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.

Philousa, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of popery
4.13/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

popery, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of sanchoman
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I must admit, I was very excited to learn about Devil's Canyon Brewing Company upon moving to the Bay Area. The Friday Beer events are a great opportunity to taste all varieties this small brewer produces.

The Devil's Canyon Full Boar Scotch Ale is a fairly malty beer with some diacetyl flavors that contribute a pleasant aftertaste. The color is consistent with other Scotch Ales and given this beer is only ever served on Tap (or via Growlers) means you get decent carbonation with every turn.

My only issue with this beer is consistency. I've had it a number of times where I feel as if I'm tasting a completely different beer. My last experience was a bit unpleasant, marred by a high alcohol flavor persistent throughout the tasting and lacking any residual sugars to balance the bitterness.

sanchoman, May 22, 2011
Photo of Arbitrator
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Eat Real Festival in Oakland.

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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.

Arbitrator, Dec 02, 2009
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3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

nickd717, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of BrewMaster
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

BrewMaster, Sep 30, 2007
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Full Boar Scotch Ale from Devil's Canyon Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.