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: 55 | Ratings: 79
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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 WesWes
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a wonderful burnt toffee and light peated scent along with a mild dry roasted aroma as well. The taste is decent. It has a nice malty flavor that boasts of burnt toffee and crystal malts. It goes down easy and finishes a bit thin with some subtle warmth. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a pretty good wee heavy, although I prefer them thicker and less carbonated.

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Photo of Billolick
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ouncer, capped, not corked...pours quite dark, head quickly departs and any lacing is minimal and of little interest. Nose is of light wheat toast. Notes of plenty of vanilla, dark honey, light cola and then mostly layers of sweet malts. Lacks the depth and complexity of flavors of the heavy hitters of the style. Drinkable, serviceable,but basically a middle of the road offering. Worth a try for Scotch ale/ Wee Heavy lovers..

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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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