Gang Aft Agley | Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Gang Aft AgleyGang Aft Agley

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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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Ratings: 80 |  Reviews: 56
Photo of GeoffreyM
2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of atrocity
2.75/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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 ATLbeerDog
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours deep brown similar in color as root beer with a small head, and below average lacing. Below average carbonation with a sweet smell of malts and mild hops. Tastes malty and very sweet with a slight woody and bitter taste. Light on the pallet, this beer is not bad but could use more flavor.

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Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of lackenhauser
3.06/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Decent coppery color. Nice off white head. Scotch like aroma-reminds me of wet cardboard. Malty enough flavor with a lingering "scotch" like flavor. Too scotch like for me-needs more malt and away from the scotch flavors. Not unpleasant but doesnt belong. Ok level of bitterness. I like the fact it is not as peated as some versions. Needs a heavier mouthfeel. Too busy trying to be "scotch like" instead of being a wee heavy. Drinkable enough beer but just not for me.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.11/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a dark, reddish-brown body with a teeny, tiny, whiteish head.

Smell: Plums! Lesser notes of dark, nutty malts and peat. But mostly: plums!

Taste: Dark malts with a slight nuttiness and a medium sweetness. Taste of plums. No real hop character or bitterness. Slight smokey peat. Sweetish, fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: No thanks. A bit of a letdown overall.

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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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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 ROGUE16
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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 jwc215
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml cage-corked bottle, poured into a snifter glass:

Pours very dark brown, almost black, with a wisp that disappears. Virtually no lacing sticks (other than some vanishing bubbles).

The smell is of roasted, almost burnt, peat and a grapey and plum-like fruitiness that seems a bit odd.

The taste is of roasty, slightly burnt peat smokiness with caramel. Hits on the roasted maltiness, though leaning towards a bit burnt, and with slight breadiness gives a slight burnt toast character. The fruitiness doesn't carry over to the palate much, which is fine by me. Finishes with a whisky-like dryness.

A bit on the thin side giving it a slightly watery texture. Low/soft carbonation. There's enough body, though, to linger on the palate for awhile.

Not bad, but a few small "detractors" add up a bit too much for me. Still, it has a certain "drinkability", especially for the abv.

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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 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 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 Phillyduke
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

**2008 Bottling**

A: Poured into an Imperial Pint glass. A fizzy, one-finger head of effervescent bubbles quickly fades to nothing. Non-existent lacing. Beer is a clear coffee/cola color and seems rather thin.

S: Not much. Some hints of caramel and roasted malt.

T: Somewhat difficult to pin down, and not at all what I was expecting. The malt isn't nearly as forward as I would have hoped. Hints of caramel and toffee peek out here and there, but the predominant flavors are coffee and cola (believe it or not). Hop bitterness kicks in at the end, and provides a pleasing finish. Not necessarily true-to-style, but still a nice overall taste.

M: Fizzy carbonation dominates the mouthfeel, and takes away from the enjoyment of the beer. A bit on the thin side.

D: Highly drinkable, despite the ABV. It's lack of standout qualities actually make it something you could drink a lot of without thinking about it. Probably the best quality of this beer.

Unfortunately this was not as enjoyable as I remembered it 3 months ago (before I started reviewing beers). Not very malty or complex, nor what I would have classified as a Wee Heavy. These are set to age for another two years, so hopefully some additional time will do the rest good.

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Photo of baldmasterflex
3.44/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recently picked up a new growler so im getting back into reviewing.

Showed up to the Phoenixville location on what apparently was the release party of gang aft agley. I was not dressed the part as i did not wear (or do i own) a kilt.

$10.50 for a fill, which was expected. Poured into a "footed glass."

Poured out very dark brown with red and pink highlights when held to light, pretty transparent. Head is just a tad off-white and drops to a ring without lacing.

Smell is very sweet with no signs of any hop characteristics. Almost too sweet, dare i say malt-liquorish, but NOT in that disgusting way. Taste is very dark fruit and prunish, but not in the way that belgian darks are sour.

Drinkability is very easy due to its smoothness. It retained its carbonation throughout the entire growler session. ABV is non-detectable by taste, but after 1 glass i could certainly feel the warmth.

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Photo of Zorro
3.46/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled through ClockworkOrange and CA - PA BIF.

Clear reddish brown colored beer with a small tan colored head.

Smell is sweet and malty with a trace of peat and melon. Fruity scent from the yeast possibly an English ale strain. Little bit of candy but this beer disappoints in the aroma department.

Taste starts out malty and chocolate with a melon flavor I have never tasted in a beer of this type before. Lots of malt but a little light on the smoke. Little bit of malt candy aftertaste and a faint lemony hop trace complete the flavor. I really was hoping for more smoke.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Little bit of a disappointment here I was expecting more. Sure it is a decent Wee Heavy but from this brewery I was expecting a great one. I probably would try this at the brewery to see if it is better. An OK beer just not a great one.

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Photo of wattoclone
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Dulliwhig
3.57/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a growler of this from Sly Fox Phoenixville at Robbie Burns Birthday Bash. I believe this was from a hand pumped cask.

Appearance - poured dark brown with a ruby appearance when held to light. The head was thin and left a thin line around the edge of the pint glass.

Smell - Raisins, hint of vanilla maltiness and a distant mild floral aroma, not overpowering and I really have to sniff and think to come up with this!

Taste - Malt sweetness upfront, roasted malt flavor in the middle ending with moderate bitterness, a wee bit thin

Mouthfeel - Light on the carbonation, lighter and thinner than expected

Drinkability - Not bad, it goes down easy for the ABV

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

Sly Fox- Gang Aft Agley

A- Deep dark clear amber brwon with a thick frothy head. Good messy lacing along the top half of the glass.
S- Sweet malty molasses and black licorice.
T- Thick molasses and brown sugar laden malt with hints of black licorice and herbal cough drops.
M- Thick, sweet, malty, and dry throughout.

Overall- Another good offering from Sly Fox. Just realized this is 7.5%?! Alc. well hidden.

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

Pours a pretty chestnut brown color with an average head the dissipated into a light ring. The aroma is of big bready malt, some caramel and roasted notes. The smell is much lighter than I expected. The taste is of toasted grains, light toffee, roasted nuts, and finishes with a hair of smokiness. The feel is well bodied with fizzy carbonation, finishes with a roasted bitterness. The drinkability is fine considering the 7.5%ABV. The underlying grain profile in the brew somewhat kills it for me. It is still a good brew but not something that I will remember.

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