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Scotch Style Ale - Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro

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very good

63 Ratings

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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: RoyalT on 04-08-2004)
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Reviews by hopburster:
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

hopburster, Jan 12, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Brown in color with a tinge of orange and very thick. The head came up nicely and showed good retention.

Smell – Nice peat and malt aroma. The dark sugars are big and inviting.

Taste – The malts come out well at the taste, as do the sugars. There is a big refined sugar flavor here, mostly brown, that makes this almost sticky. There’s also a hop kick with a bit of bitterness that seems to throw things off, but what do you expect from a PacNW brewery?

Mouthfeel – This was between medium and full-bodied and quite sugary.

Drinkability – I thought the bittering hops threw it off-style a bit, but not so much that I want to write my Congressman. This was a good Scotch Ale with a PacNW slant. I enjoyed it, but if someone asks for a local Wee Heavy Scottish Ale I’m sending them Silver City’s Fat Bastard or MacFarlane’s.

RoyalT, Apr 08, 2004
Photo of Lazaro
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Lazaro, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of Jason
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Redbones in a 12 oz flute.

Deep amberish brown hue, good head retention as well. Malty aroma with a hint of alcohol. Semi-thick mouth feel with a broad flavor of malt, touch of hops help to balance. Toasted malt, almost roasty, highlights the taste-buds. Not as thick and stodgy as I was expecting it to be but flavorful ... that is for sure.

Jason, Nov 17, 2005
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

mdaschaf, May 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

cclark2, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of jmccraney
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

jmccraney, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of cougarbait
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

cougarbait, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of jellikit
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Crystal Clear. Reddish brown. Very little head. Thin bubbles. Very thin/quick lacing.

Smell: sweetish. Raisin.

Taste: slightly sweet. Roasted malty. Quick bittering aftertaste. Small alcohol tones, but balanced.

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation. Quick spritz upon swallowing.
Nice medium to big body. Think Marilyn Monroe.

Overall: great Scotch beer. Malts are big but balanced with a great toasty flavor. Not too much alcohol flavor...but it's there

jellikit, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of Shawkabukoo
5/5  rDev +31.6%

Shawkabukoo, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 3/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark red amber. Sweet malt, fruit aroma. Subdued caramel malt, light fruit, butterscotch, brown sugar. Nice but a little too understated. Nice medium body. Slight bitterness in the finish. A pleasant, subtle scotch ale.

LiquidAmber, Aug 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

CletisVandamme, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of Birdlegs
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Birdlegs, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of liamt07
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Justin, by way of Steve. 650ml bottle into a tulip.

Pours a brownish-mahogany with a light offwhite head. A ring of retention, but nothing else to note. Nose is nutty, some chocolate, dark breads and dry malt notes. Palate reflects this, more drying malt flavours, light caramelized notes, breadniess and a bit of chocolate again. Some vegetal notes at times as well. Body is thin, good carbonation. Beer lacks quite a bit in the flavour department. OK, but I doubt I would seek this out again.

liamt07, Mar 17, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +25%

Stonewall, Dec 31, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +25%

gnaztee, May 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Juno_Malone, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of xoqx
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - This beer arrived garnet-brown with an offwhite, minimal head exhibiting almost no retention and wispy lacing.

Smell – the nose is malty; that’s all.

Taste - This beer tastes of caramel and fruity yeasts with spicy hops. The finish is of average length.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is clean, medium-bodied, and nicely-carbonated.

Drinkability – Fine. Not as sweet as some scotch ales.

xoqx, Nov 14, 2005
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed on 5/1/09. Purchased from brewery.

Poured into pint glass from 22oz. bomber. Color is a gorgeous dark reddish amber, with about a finger of foam that dissipates rather quickly. The smell is dominated by sweet malt, with a little bit of dried fruit and grain scent sneaking in. Taste is sweet off the top, with syrupy malt coming through rather strongly, and a little bit of fruity goodness as well. Good carbonation, but a little bit thin for me, even for the style. The abv is deceptive in this one, and I could drink these all night (or as long as my tolerance would allow me to), and with it being good, why not?

cdViking, May 02, 2009
Photo of Rifugium
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at the Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro
Served in a sampler glass...as part of my unsuccessful Seattle-to-Vancouver journey.

A fairly decent Scotch ale. Reddish-brown pour with some head. Sweet and malty to the nose, and similarly to the tongue. Not overly strong or flavorful as I'd expect from the style. But still moderately drinkable.

Rifugium, Apr 29, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

timsoder, Jul 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

MadeInOregon, Oct 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

BeerNW, Sep 21, 2012
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3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear dark copper in color with a 2" head that falls slowly to a thick surface foam.

Smell: malt and caramel sweetness is mild but very pleasant on the nose.

Taste: bready malt base with caramel and dark red fruit sweetness. Bitterness is mild but brings the beer into check from a total malt flavor.

Mouthfeel: smooth from start to finish. Medium bodied beer. Aftertaste leaves the mouth quickly after swallowing.

Drinkability: very enjoyable version of the style. Not an overwhelming beer in the style but easy to drink and it is tasty.

Gavage, Aug 07, 2008
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4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub last night

The beer pours a dark mahogany color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty matly, which is to be expected in a scotch ale I suppose. There's also some nice vanilla and butterscotch as well. On the palate, this is just a flat out delicious beer. While it's fairly sweet and malty, I'm loving the smokey butterscotch that I pick up as well. Mouthfeel is pretty full, with the beer delivering plenty of malty sweet flavor. Drinkability is good, with the 6.4% alcohol well integrated into the flavor profile.

Am not always in the mood for something this malty, but have to say I really liked this beer. Probably wouldn't order it all the time, but especially on cold winter nights, this is yet another winner from Boundary Bay.

John_M, Jan 04, 2010
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Scotch Style Ale from Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro
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