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Full Boar Scotch Ale - Devil's Canyon Brewing Company

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Full Boar Scotch AleFull Boar Scotch Ale

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81
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114 Ratings
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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 15.49%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | 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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Ratings: 114 | Reviews: 37 | Display Reviews Only:
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LJC3

California

4/5  rDev +12.7%

04-01-2013 21:43:29 | More by LJC3
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -43.7%

03-23-2013 16:28:06 | More by ejimhof
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ambruns1979

California

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

03-21-2013 22:25:46 | More by ambruns1979
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JacobGumina

California

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

03-12-2013 00:23:24 | More by JacobGumina
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GaryMarkle84

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

03-09-2013 01:01:17 | More by GaryMarkle84
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Amerikon

California

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

03-07-2013 05:32:06 | More by Amerikon
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justinbrown

California

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

02-21-2013 16:44:59 | More by justinbrown
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Resrie

California

4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

02-07-2013 04:33:55 | More by Resrie
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.89/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 03:07:17 | More by biboergosum
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pkalix

California

4.21/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 01:07:02 | More by pkalix
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
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

Serving type: can

01-08-2013 06:43:50 | More by wordemupg
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KimenTshom

California

4/5  rDev +12.7%

01-06-2013 02:35:50 | More by KimenTshom
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schnarr84

Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev -15.5%

12-23-2012 06:39:15 | More by schnarr84
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Murrhey

Montana

4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2012 04:11:22 | More by Murrhey
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GRinCH

California

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

12-09-2012 08:59:38 | More by GRinCH
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.48/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2012 22:05:29 | More by UCLABrewN84
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MarioM

California

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

11-23-2012 03:31:08 | More by MarioM
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Offa

California

3.55/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 18:11:32 | More by Offa
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InfernoBoss

California

3/5  rDev -15.5%

09-22-2012 07:45:34 | More by InfernoBoss
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drewone

California

3/5  rDev -15.5%

09-22-2012 04:39:03 | More by drewone
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t0rin0

California

2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

09-20-2012 00:20:49 | More by t0rin0
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fiveiron

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

09-13-2012 19:30:05 | More by fiveiron
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Pahn

New York

4.3/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: can

09-05-2012 21:56:25 | More by Pahn
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mactrail

Washington

3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 05:14:40 | More by mactrail
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jkjd


3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

08-23-2012 23:31:08 | More by jkjd
Full Boar Scotch Ale from Devil's Canyon Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.