Gang Aft Agley | Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-25-2006

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Reviews: 56 | Ratings: 80
Photo of citizencane
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on cask. Looks rust colored with decent head that does not last long but leaves a good amount of lacing. Smells of toasted bread, and maybe a hint of dried fruit. Marginal bit of peat in there somewhere, I think? Mouthfeel is a touch thin but it is crisp and refreshing. Not great but definitely not bad at all.

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Photo of bluehende
3.34/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad brown ale, but it is not a Scottish. There was no trace of pete or smoke. I would have rated it higher if it did not portray itself as a Scottish Ale.

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Photo of ColdWaffles
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this as Watkins Drinkery in South Philadelphia TODAY via engine. Is this retired? Hm. From engine into a standard pint.

Appearance: A beauty with a great, long lasting off-white head from engine. Actual color is sort of and cola-esque. And not Coca-Cola, like RC Cola. Odd. Perhaps a shade or two light for a Scotch, but no real complaints. 4/5

Smell: Raisins more than anything else. Not just any dried fruit. Raisins. Not a bad scent though. 3.5/5

Taste: A lot of nice dry fruit flavor, solid sweet malts and... A bit of cola? I like it a lot though. Plays surprisingly well off of an engine pour. 4/5

Mouth: I'm not a big engine guy, but this is great on engine. Smooth, medium heavy, perfect light carbonation. On point. 4.5/5

This was much better than I expected given I am often disappointed by Sly Fox, though there are few Scotch Ales I really dislike. 4/5

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Photo of thecheapies
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Cola color. Maybe a half-shade lighter. No head. What the hell! 2.5

Dark rum, dark fruits, burnt sugar, roast malts, and a light wine aroma. Pretty decently complex. 4

A little more rugged. Still offering delicious dark rum, molasses, and trail mix fruit notes. Some black cherry and overdone toffee brittle. Lots of gooey maltiness with a touch of herbal hops and phenolic presence. Somewhat medicinal. Decently charming. 3.75

Carbonation picks up a bit (none on the surface; all of it trapped beneath). Body feels medium to thick. Very light tackiness. 3.5

A pretty solid Scotch ale that I can get down with. 3.75

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a mahogany colored brew with a ruby red shine. Upon being served there is a one finger off white head that fades moderately quickly to leave only a light level of lacing on the sides of the glass

Smell – The aroma is heavies of dark fruit aromas of cherry and raisin. Other sweeter aromas of caramel and brown sugar are also present. Mixed with aromas is a nice boozy and lightly spiced aroma that when mixed with the sweeter fruit aromas produces a pleasant warming smell overall.

Taste – The taste of the brew follows the nose very well. It starts with lots of dark fruit flavors as well as a bready and malty taste. Some flavors of caramel are also present upfront, producing a sweet and bready taste. As the flavors advance the caramel turns more toward a toffee like flavor as some buttery and more biscuit flavors come to the tongue. Toward the end the toffee sweet dwindles some, but the dark fruit grows even stronger in flavor keeping the sweetness level rather high. With the increase in dark fruit there are some warming boozy flavors as well as a spice flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg. Overall a warmingly sweet flavor is left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the brew is on the medium side in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average to maybe slightly below average. The slightly lower carbonation is good for the heavier and boozy flavors of the brew with the medium body nicely compromises accentuating the sweet fruity flavors of the brew with a nice lighter and refreshing body, but yet also allowing the boozy warming flavors a chance to soak into the tongue.

Overall – A quite tasty and sweet wee heavy. Slightly warming and a good sipper that is very enjoyable to drink

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Photo of philbe311
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - One and a half finger's worth of audibly fizzy perfectly uniform off-white colored head that quickly fizzes away leaving a thin veil of lacing... An immediate rush of carbonation during the pour before turning mostly still with only a stray carbonation bubble here and there... The color is a deep rich dark brown...

S - Rich and malt forward... Molasses... Caramel... Light chocolate notes... Plums... Some faint slightly smokey peat notes...

T - The smokiness and peat notes take on a more prominent role on the palate... They are backed up by the rest of the malty goodness alluded to by the nose... Caramel... Fig... Plums... Toffee... Some faint coffee... Light roasted malts... Very nice...

M - Medium to full bodied... Slightly sleek... Sturdy... Limited carbonation... A bit sticky... Starts lush, turns a bit chalky and finishes with a touch of dryness...

D - A very nice local Scotch Ale... Something that I would gladly drink again... Above average for the style, but also a bit removed from the top tier... Recommended for BAs who appreciate the style...

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Photo of claspada
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark mahogany color with copper hues along the edges. There is a light tan head of foam that settles to leave relatively little lace forms.

Aromas begin with lightly toasted bready malt with slightly smokey/peaty notes. As it warms you get more of the caramel maltinesss and hints of chocolate.

The tastes begin with toasted bread, chocolate and a touch of light peat maltiness. As it warms you get slightly nutty notes with mild earthy hops and and emerging caramel sweetness.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side of medium bodied with medium to low carbonation. Finish is overwhelmingly malt dominant with lingering earthy and grainy flavors.

Overall this was a pretty good American version of a classic scottish Wee Heavy. It is on the more drinkable side as well because of the "lower" than normal ABV for this style. Higher ABV offering often are boozy and too alcohol forward where this strikes a great balance of strong malty flavors without being too sweet or overwhelming in any way.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured for me 22 ounce bottle into an imperial pint glass. Pours a chestnut brown color with ruby highlights. A quarter inch off-white head reduces to a thin collar around the class.

Has a very malty aroma, with hints of peat and very mild hops.

The taste similarly is quite malty, with a cherry tang that hits mid sip, finishing with mild bitterness. Peat, oak, and even moss seem to be present in the taste. The taste really begins to open up as the beer warms.

Medium bodied, this is a very smooth drinking ale. It has a clean finish that begs you to take another sip as you drink it.

An enjoyable Scottish ale, what it lacks in complexity it makes up for in drinkability. It is easy drinking, with a great malt backbone. It's no Founders Dirty Bastard, but it's definitely worth a try.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep chestnut color ale almost opaque. A tan head sits on top of sizeable proportions, fades with some lacing.
Aroma finds sweeter malts some roasted and a pinch of toffee.
Taste is quite good with a sweet malt bill, roasted just a hint and a wee bit of toffee. Finishes smooth on the palette with a tich of alcohol warming. A pretty fair offering.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pours a dark brown color, amber reddish tint to it, mostly clear, with an off-white head that dissipates quickly to just a ring.

Smells of sweet dark fruit malts, with some hints of brown sugar and something like maple but not as rich.

Tastes of dark fruit sweetness or molasses, but tempered with drying rich brown sugar malts so it's overly more rich than sweet. Buttered bread elements. Low hops if any.

Medium body, soft carbonation, a bit viscous but not syrupy.

Pretty flavorful, tasty, and enjoyable brew. A bit too strong to session, but not so strong that you couldn't have maybe two or so, and the taste is balanced enough that you would want to. Rich and malty, but not oppressive. Would have again, and would recommend. Sly Fox is becoming a bit of a diamond in the rough in my book; lot's of good beers.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on cask at Sly Fox, Phoenixville, PA

Poured a dark copper with a small bubbly head that all but vanished about halfway through. Roasted malt and sweet caramel in the smell, with notes of peat and smoke...aka a Scotch ale. Roasty malts in the taste, biscuity, with some booze noticeable right off the bat, even though the ABV wasn't too extravagant. Smooth, with flavors of toffee and peat. Medium mouthfeel, a bit filmy, not great, but drinkable overall.

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Photo of erosier
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice copper color with a little off white colored head that fades quickly to a ring around the glass. It fades pretty quickly and leaves very little lacing.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, hints of vanilla, peat, and a touch of hops at the end.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malts, vanilla, peat, some spices, and a hint of earthy hops at the end. Mild tasting but nicely done.
M: Smooth, perfect amount of carbonation, medium bodied, pretty nice feel to it.
D: Very drinkable, it's a mild tasting, a medium amount of alcohol so it was a nice take on the style.

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Photo of DIM
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: This was a dark caramel color and it was served to me with a firm, frothy cap.

s: On the mild side but inviting. Mellow peats and subdued vanilla, hints of heather or hops, and just a trace of warmth.

t: This was good, but more subdued than I like. On the other hand, I prefer this to the obnoxiously sweet versions of this style I've tried. Muted flavors of peat, vanilla, and something spicy play off of one another pretty well.

m: Very nice, medium bodied cask offering with gentle carbonation.

o: Nice overall, but a bit mellow. A good take on a style that is very hit or miss for me.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the Yards Real Ale Invitational. They labeled it "Scotch Ale" and I'm assuming it's the same beer - ABV was listed as 7.0%.

It showed a proper mahogany color, a bit cloudy, while topped with a 1/4" of semi-respectable off-white sudsy foam. Oh wow (sarcastically), a smoky, mildly malty aroma. More smoky than anything. The taste came across as a sweet, caramelized beef jerky. Smoky, yes, but not overly spicy as a decent portion of the malt came through. A little bit rushed and rough in its overall flavor profile, but it drank fresh and clean and really wasn't all that bad, save for the prodigious smoked malt character.

Yet another domestic wee heavy that the brewers felt needed a spicy smoke injection.

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Photo of garuda
3.37/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep ruby, cloudy, with a white head that has good retention, but very little lacing down the glass.

S - Some spice, a little roastiness, but its extremely faint as I struggle to really get anything from it.

T - Peat smoked malts are prominent with a touch of caramel malt and ends with roasted malts and a lingering spiciness.

M - Medium body, delicate cask conditioning, but it still feels like it should have just a touch more carbonation. A little bit of warming alcohol as it warms.

D - I'd get it again, but from a bottle or tap to give it some sense of aroma.

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Photo of brentk56
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a murky russet, almost coffee color, with a modest cap that works its way to a ringlet rather quicker than I would have hoped, though it leaves some splashy dots behind

Smell: Caramel and beef stock

Taste: Opens with a somewhat dry caramel flavor, that doesn't have the characteristic sweetness and is almost beefy in its presentation; after the swallow, the profile holds constant through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Lacks the subtleties of the great Wee Heavies; still a decent drinker

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Photo of BeerGodz
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Cask @ Sly Fox Phoenixville

Look: Dark Brown, thin head that dissipated quickly, not much lacing

Smell: Raisins, Vanilla, Chocolate

Taste: Up Front: Sweet malt, giving way to roasted malt. Finish: Earthy with mild smoke (peat)

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, but a wee bit thin for the style

Drinkability: I love Scotch Ale, and at only 7.5% abv it is more like a session beer for me, and I wouldn't mind doing a whole session with this one.

Overall Impression: A nice malty ale, that is very easy to drink, and a good value! Definitely Recommended! Due to the low hoppiness, low bitterness and malty goodness, this beer should go over very well with Newbeez.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i got this on cask from andy's corner bar

a - deep brown in color with a frothy tan head that had great staying power and left plenty of lacing long the glass.

s - the aroma is very malty, a little bready, and a bit of black licorice

t - a robust malty sweetness with the licorice hints and a nice dry finish

m - meduim bodied with some mild carbination

d - a very drinkable beer even with a higher abv the alcohol is well hidden i will be looking to find some of this to see what its like on tap or in a bottle to see the difference from the cask.

this was my first taste of cask ale and while i was a bit surprised that it was i guess more leaning towards room temp extreemly enjoyable. i need to get cask more often.

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Photo of Minotaur
4.45/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served up for Robbie Burns Birthday 2010. I will note some differences between the aged 2007 and this year's on hand pump.

Both were exceptional Wee Heavy recipes with the deep brown-ruby color and reasonable but quickly thinning head. The lacing on both was minimal but slightly lingering and present.

The 2007 batch was sweet-sour and reminiscent of whiskey. Only a little bit of bitterness remains. The smokiness has blended and become a dark dark herbal flavor.

the current edition has a much more pronounced smoked flavor and only a slight amount of alcohol taste. The malt is a bit more layered but not as "deep" tasting as the aged cask.

This aged cask was sharper on the tongue and not quite as smooth despite the intensely enhanced sweetness. The newer batch is much lighter on the palate and more immediately drinkable.

Both however are excellent wee heavy ales.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 22 ounce bomber bottle poured into my nonic Imperial pint glass. The scotch ale appears a clear deep copper color with about an inch of dense, yet fluffy off white foam. Nose and flavor consist of rich toasted grain, fruits such as figs, brown sugar, molasses, hints of smoke. Medium bodied with ample carbonation. Not much alcohol burn. Worth a try I suppose.

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Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Dr. Jay for this latest local. Pours mahogoney brown with a little white crown, and some lace on the way down. Aroma of roasted malt, and some yeast. Above average mouthfeel, appropriate carbonation (that may hav got there by leaving it many months in the cellar). Toaste of roasted malt, a litle peat, finish of chocolate malt.

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Photo of PEBKAC
2.9/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Growler from New Beer. Served in a 12oz festival souvenir glass mug.

Silent crack of the cap. Straight pour down the middle gets me half an inch of airy oatmeal-colored head that comes & goes. The body is worn brown with tea-ish highlights. Clarity is just a few points off my prescription.

Smell is a good bit of bananas, butter, & sugar going at it in a hot pan. A noticeable amount of the malt comes off comparable to what is found in Euro lagers. The residual sugars smell crusted & sticky. The back end is clove & cola.

Feel is decent. Carbonation is a little overeager & the body a bit thinner then I would expect. Alcohol isn't well hidden.

Taste is metallic & lightly ashed upfront. Toasted caramel, bread & margarine in the middle, with a big clove, plastic, & alcoholic finish. Sorry to anyone I sent a sample of this. Better in the bottle I think. Is the bottle version brewed in their other location? Probably slightly different in any format over there. /confused

32oz is easier then 64. 22oz in this case, which I think was a wise decision. So many good things come out of these brewpubs, so many mediocre & bad things too. Price is always nice, as is the accessibility to so many styles. I still think they should find some grounding & try to solidify some of their better beers before racing towards x/y/z in the style playbook.

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Photo of Viggo
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub.

Pours a clear dark ornge, some brown highlights, almost a chestnut colour, thin off white head forms, big bubbles, and quickly settles down to a thin collar, no real lacing. Smell is alright, sweet and caramelized, brown sugar, light floral, very fruity, strawberries and melons, rhubarb, light smoke, pretty malt. Taste is similar, very fruity at first, strawberries and rhubarb again, caramel and brown sugar, some toasty malt, quite sweet through the middle, touch of chocolate and biscuits in the finish, nicely malty. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, smooth but not too exciting. Not a bad beer, but a little too plain for my tastes.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown with thin head. Aroma is slight and smoky. Flavor is strongly malty, with a smoked peat flavor and a sharp, smoky sharpness that is almost cherry like. The mouthfeel is thin with a little cling, very little hop character but slight bitterness on the back. Good cold weather beer

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Photo of TMB0424
3.19/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a mud brown body with a one finger, pillowy head that slowly reduced into a sticky ring. Splashes of lacing throughout.

Aroma is light - some sweet malts, very small hint of chocolate - but not much else. A little bit of caramel and biscuity yeast as well. Rather weak.

Taste is of sweet, caramel malts with a hint of hops in the finish. A definite fig presence with a big roastiness. Lingering in the background is a kind of earthy flavor I can't really put my finger on. Overall, it's somewhat weak for the style, but it's not bad.

Mouthfeel is slick, oily. Medium bodied and crisp. One thing I noticed that I never really notice before is that the flavors all came and went very quickly - if that makes any sense. It's not a bad Wee Heavy, but it's definitely lacking. Not horrible though.

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Gang Aft Agley from Sly Fox Brewing Company
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