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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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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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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Photo of thepeter
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 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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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 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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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 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 Deuane
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An aged 2007 keg served on cask at the 2009 Robert Burns night.

A-Dark copper with a medium light tan head that holds on strong and leaves nice lace.

S-Sweet caramel roasted malt with a light peat smoked aroma.

T-Rich, roasted, caramel malt with notes of chocolate, brown sugar and peat smoke. Some notes of butterscotch and booziness in the finish.

M-Medium-heavy body with a rich smooth texture.

D-Smooth, rich, flavourful and stealthy...what more could you ask for. The cask version was especially sublime.

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Photo of scootny
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A ruddy brown brew that produces a light tan head in my tulip tumbler. A couple of fingers maybe. Clearish with lots of sediment floating in suspension, no carbonation activity visible. The gentle head fades and leave streaks of lace here and there.

Smell is burnt caramel and toffee. Some peat like smoke. Then more burnt sweetness with a roasted grain underlying it all.

Taste is peaty malt and gently sweet toffee. Smoked burnt caramel. Hops are mild and floral. Roasted dark grains hold it together. A fruitiness develops as it warms. Finish is sweetly hopped with a mild sourness that leads to crackery notes lingering on the palate. Not very complex but very good nonetheless.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth with gently carbonation that leads to a light creaminess. Maybe a touch thin for a wee heavy...yeah a touch on the light side. Still nice though.

Drinkability is exceptionaly dangerous for this style. You can kill a few pints before you know what hit you. By then you'll be in the middle of your third glass!!! Watchout!!!

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Photo of Foxman
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a clear, carbonated dark tea amber brown. A finger of light beige head compacts to a frothy bulls-eye. Dollops of lacing glide down the inside of the glass.

The aroma is roasted malt dried sloe fruity with a hint of sugary sweetness. A touch of doughy yeast is trussed by a ribbon of hop spice and a tickle of alcohol.

Upon tasting, the flavor is a bit less dimensional than the aroma, with roasted malt sweetness that's distinctly fruity but is genuinely darker with a swallow of coffee and walnut. A mild trend of esters and mellow hops turns crisp before the alcohol pads through warmly. Residual grain goes earthy as a trace of baked biscuit bottom dries into a long lingering, crisp finish. The flavor is slightly vague in spots, but it's clean and nice enough.

Medium bodied, it starts round but it flattens out quickly and drains away from the palate sooner than expected.

No question, this one's about the malt, sweet in spots and earthy all over. Still, it could be a bit more smoothed out in the seams and a bit more distinct in the middle. It comes daringly close to confused in spots. And yet, the final effect is positive, as even with the moderate ABV it goes down without much effort at all. Maybe it's not glaringly special, but it's a wee tasty wee heavy. Ooh la wee.

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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 jmalex
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Argh, this is me cleaning out the winter's stock making way for hefeweizens and hop bombs.

APPEARANCE: Pours into my Victory becker a deep ruddy brown. The light tan head starts at less than one finger and slowly shrinks down to a hearty collar and nearly full cap.

SMELL: Aromas are not particularly intense. Some light toasted grains and vague fruity esters come out, but not much else.

TASTE: The taste is much more what I'd expect. Caramels, toasted grains, and a hint of smoke and herbal tea round this one out. A more than sneaky hop presence shows itself across the palate, but the finish is all malt.

MOUTHFEEL: It actually seems a bit thinner than one would want, but still has some decent body to it. Carbonation is at an acceptably average level.

DRINKABILITY: Quite good. Somehow it seems to hit the spot, even on an 83° day.

Sly Fox is great. They can crank out a nice example of any style. Even though Gang Aft Agley doesn't quite hold up to the authentic examples, it definitely deserves to be drank for more than just "cleaning out the stash". I'll be savoring the rest of this one.

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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 RonfromJersey
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Rich looking brown body, topped with aone finger level table top of loudly cracking off-white foam.

Aroma is sweet malty, dark fruits, and a bit of vanilla.

Taste is malty, sweet, but a dry semi-sweet. Big hit of vanilla leading to the earthy, herbal hop nip that balances the malt at the swallow, and that blanced mix of sweet malt and bitter hops dance through a lingering finish.

The mouthfeel feels a tad light. More chewiness seems in order. Drinkability might be too good. This is not the sipper I expected.

This batch doesn't have the "wow" factor of the beer that rocked BA Philly 'Burb Rally II a few years back, but its a good scotch ale.

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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 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 DrJay
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, deep brown colour with a bit of a reddish hue. It was served with just a skim of white bubbles and a solid ring around the glass. Aromas of caramel and toffee, some biscuity malt, and a bit of mild alcohol. Low bitterness with plenty of sweet, caramelized malt, a bit of toffee and roast, and light grassiness. There was also a hint of alcohol in the finish. Full bodied but not really heavy, moderate carbonation, fairly creamy, with some alcohol warmth. The carbonation ended up being a little higher than I would have preferred. Quite tasty, not over the top with malty sweetness. Recommended.

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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 halfP1NT
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This review is from my notes from last October.

This beer is an almost opaque dark brown with ruby highlights when held up to the light. Head is 1 finger, off-white and quickly dissipates to a foamy cap.

Smell is dark fruit-raisin and cherry, and a hint of chocolate and smooth malts.

Taste is smooth maltiness, light chocolate (but not bitter), and dark fruit. It finishes slightly dry. There is also a slight roastiness to the flavor. Alcohol peeks through but is not at all overbearing.

I found this to be a very tasty, drinkable brew. It never became cloying or too overbearing in any way. This one from Sly Fox is worth a try.

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Photo of Brianmerrilyn
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into mini-heffe glass at 08 Long Island Brew festival

A - Dark brown and golden sprinkles with little to no head and quick caping, no lacing.

S - Earthy smell from hops and sweetness (cloves?)

T/M- This was the best part of the quafing...A perfect sweetness/hoppy textures and they don't call it "wee heavy" for's thick.

D - Don't have to think about going back for this one, but prolly only on draft. Sly boys(Brian Riley) know how to make a good brew for sure.

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Gang Aft Agley from Sly Fox Brewing Company
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