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Full Boar Scotch Ale - Devil's Canyon Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

118 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 118
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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Photo of fiveiron
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

fiveiron, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of Pahn
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.

Pahn, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of mactrail
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.

mactrail, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of jkjd
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

jkjd, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of jesus808
4/5  rDev +12.7%

jesus808, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of pepelemofo
3/5  rDev -15.5%

pepelemofo, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of artdob
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

artdob, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of beerbellydaddy
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

beerbellydaddy, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of ckwake74
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

ckwake74, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of vfgccp
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

vfgccp, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of brainiacd1spam
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

brainiacd1spam, May 29, 2012
Photo of impending
2.95/5  rDev -16.9%
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

impending, May 20, 2012
Photo of WesM63
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

WesM63, May 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

TGS, May 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

StoicBeast, Apr 21, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

JimmyTango, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of gleemonger
4.75/5  rDev +33.8%

gleemonger, Mar 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Sailracer, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of terence
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

terence, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of brotherloco
3.55/5  rDev 0%
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.

brotherloco, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of AgentMunky
3.3/5  rDev -7%
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.

AgentMunky, Feb 29, 2012
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

efb123, Feb 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Pugs78, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

GRG1313, Feb 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

rob99er, Jan 08, 2012
Full Boar Scotch Ale from Devil's Canyon Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.