Gang Aft Agley | Sly Fox Brewing Company

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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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Photo of weaselchew
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

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 SixpointJMH
4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a light brown colour with hints of amber to it. Head size is relatively small with tiny amounts of residue left on the glass.

The aroma is malty and earthy, yet sweet from caramel notes. Malt is roasty overall and there is perhaps a bit of spice in the mix here.

Flavour is very much in line with the aroma. Malt still dominates and leans a bit toward the smoky side here while retaining the overall roasted chacarcteristics. There's a bit of bitter chocolate in the mix here as well, along with more faint sweet caramel flavouring. I still detect a hint of spice here. The only thing I can suggest would be perhaps a touch of cinnamon but I doubt that is it. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a bit of creaminess to it along with some dryness as well, if that combo makes any sense.

I really dug this one. I'm going to say that it's now easily my favourite of the Sly Fox brews I've tried. Drinkability is off the charts here, especially for a 7.5% ABV beer, which, whilst not uber-huge, is still a fairly "big" beer. I want more of this one soon and will definitely be stocking up. Brew this one more often. Hell, make it a regular as opposed to a rotating seasonal. A great brew from Sly Fox.

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Took but one little sampler of this at the Rofo location to make it my latest sixtel choice from Sly Fox...

Deep red/brown color with small, tan head of light-hearted bubbles.

Noticed peanut butter, popcorn, caramel, and some chocolate in the smell. Sort of like opening one of those popcorn tins at Christmas.

Very tasty ale - dark chocolate with some birch-woody notes, and just a hint of whiskey in the background (my imagination?).

Mouthfeel was rich and filling.

This one was hard to put down - "good" thing I have a large supply.

This is my first Wee Heavy scotch ale, so looking forward to comparing w/others

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark, ruby red with a sparse, dirty khaki, macro-bubbly head that quickly recessed. Visible carbonation was almost non-apparent.

S: semi-sweet and toasted caramel with dried cherries and sweet licorice.

T: The initial flavor yielded a beautiful rich dark caramel sweetness, licorice, dark cherries along with some ripe raisins. The flavor was rich, creamy, dark, and sweet with a nice smokiness to it. There was a nice dry bitterness upon warming with a subtle dry charred caramel lacing and fade on the swallow. There was some booziness as well but was well rounded, soft and complimenting.

M: medium fullness with a silky texture with an extremely soft carbonation. Left a nice dry caramel lacing on the tongue.

D: A rich, dark and sweet wee-heavy nicely fit to style and a great treat to down. A definite recommend.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Came home after a long day with the family and was looking for something a little bit different to end the night with. I went for this one, mainly because I had never heard of it before I got it, and you really cannot go wrong with sly fox, well in my experience anyway. So, I grabbed this one out of the fridge and poured it into a long pilsner glass and sat down for a night of baseball drafting. The pour was very nice with a rich hazelnut like tone. Some hints of red around the edges, but mostly brown, with a very nice consistency and clarity in it. Lots of carbonation could be seen in the form of bubbles chaining up toward the surface to reinforce the frothy top. There was a very nice three-inch high head of foam, which took over on the top immediately after the pour. Now this did not stick around for very long, and in fact, it more or less just faded in a few moments, however it did manage to lave behind a very nice layer of foam and some good-looking side glass lace. Not a bad looking scotch ale so far.

Went in to take a closed look and was amazed at how light the aroma was. Some nice hints of earthy and grassy like tones were all over this one. No really heavy caramel or sweetness to it, that for some reason or another I was expecting to encounter. Not a hint of the alcohol either, which at this point I have no clue as to what it actually is. Now then, there was some slight roasted touch to it, however the overall just presence of it, was a touch on the light side if I have to be honest. The flavor was great, just again as with the aroma, it came up a little on the light side. Nice profile though with a medium body and lots of carbonation that really made it very smooth and a very easy drinker, as this bottle was gone in literally a blink of an eye, and I had not even realized I was drinking it that fast, truly a testament to its Drinkability and overall feel. The flavors were very earthy, with a rich malt profile. Lots of grains and even a touch of smoked like flavor trying to creep on it. Really quite nice, I just wished it was a touch stronger was all. But nonetheless, it was still very good. So then, I have to admit for a wee heavy, it was tremendously drinkable and really pretty much a session ale for me.

Overall, this was not bad at all, and really kept me solidly in the Sly Foxx camp for sure. This was a brilliant concoction for sure and one that I will look forward to trying again, with my only real knock against it would be that it was a touch light and I would have liked it to be a little heavy and a touch sweeter, but other than that I thought this was a really nicely crafted ale and I would definitely have another one of these anyway.

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4.11/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Hazy, Dark Brown, nice head that sticks around for a minute or so.

S - Raisens, cake, raisin cake, little bit of metal, little bit of chocolate, toffee, and just a bit of alcohol

T- Malty at first, but some bitter as I swallow, nice gentle alcohol warmth at the end. Nice and dry, not nearly as fruity or sweet as I had expected from the smell.

MF/D - I like it! Soft and really easy to drink. A bit heavy and syrupy but I thought it was really drinkable. It went down really nice and smooth.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Slatetank
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap @ Cobblestones, served cool in a goblet.
"Oft go astray" as translated.
A - Dark mahogany w/ a copper highlight at the base of the goblet. The ale is capped by about a millimeter of light tan head that collects at the sides of the glass. Relatively little lace forms.

S - Roasted malt w/ slightly smokey/peaty and caramel aromas w/ hints of chocolate malt.

M- Very rich and mouth coating w/ low carbonation and overwhelming malt dominance and woody grainy notes. The middle has husky elements and this finishes sweet w/ an almost buttery smoothness.

T - Very rich w/ herbal flavors mixed w/ roasted, chocolate malt and tinges of peat w/ smoked notes in the peripheral flavors. Slightly nutty, mild w/ the hops and thick buttery sweetness w/ a slight tinge of booze as the glass nears empty. There is a nicely interwoven husky grain and gentle spice w/ very solid blend of flavorsas the ale has very little to knock it for.

D - A very good scottish Wee Heavy-it hits every taste bud's expectation, I would love to imbibe this in higher quantities. It really shows the skill of the brewing staff @ Sly Fox w/ a finely crafted Scottish I really enjoyed the subtle yet well crafted flavors.

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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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4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +7%

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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4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Biscuit033
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark amber with a thin light tan head minimum lacing.

S: Strong dark malts, light hint of caramel and some metallic and earthy notes.

T: Sweet dark malts, toffee, fig, some port-like bitterness, and alcohol.

M: Full-bodied, with a nice malty creamy finish.

D: This is a beer that I could drink all night. It is very smooth and creamy for the ABV.

I had this on cask and it was quite the treat. If you see it bottle, on-tap, or cask give it a try.

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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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4/5  rDev +7%

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Gang Aft Agley from Sly Fox Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 80 ratings