Second Sight Strong Scotch Ale | Black Raven Brewing Co.

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Second Sight Strong Scotch AleSecond Sight Strong Scotch Ale
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Second Sight Strong Scotch AleSecond Sight Strong Scotch Ale

Brewed by:
Black Raven Brewing Co.
Washington, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by RedDiamond on 12-11-2009

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Photo of woemad
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle purchased at either Huckleberry’s in Spokane or the Total Wine in Spokane Valley. No freshness date on the label or bottle, but at 6.9%. the label does list a different abv percentage than that featured on BA. This is the first Black Raven beer I’ve bought since they began showing up in my area, which has been a couple of months or so.

Poured a dark, rubyish mahogany color, with a creamy, bubbly, beige-colored head that dropped fairly quickly, but was fairly easy to agitate back to life. Some sticky, webby lace left on the sides of a Sierra Nevada nonic pintglass.

Malty, slightly sweet aroma at first. It was fairly muted until it warmed up, but then yielded some caramel and dark fruit scents.

More fruity than sweet in the taste, a bit like raisins and toffee. There’s a very modest dry hop note at the swallow, but otherwise this is the malts’ show.

Fairly full bodied, with decent carbonation and a slightly creamy mouthfeel.

Once it warmed up a little, I found this one of the better American Wee Heavies I’ve had, but not in the same class as Fat from Silver City, still my all-time favorite. Fat isn’t distributed here, however, and this is, so I suspect I’ll grab another of these. It’s not what I would call a session beer – both its strength and it’s fruity, sweet aspects keep it far from sessionable. Still, I’d like to have this after a nice meal.

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Photo of HoppySeb
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of troymonty
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of hreb
3.39/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle served in pint glass. Beer pours light brown (label calls it ruby, but it's reddish brown) and clear, with negligible head formation. Slight diacetyl aroma, typical of Scotch ales. Flavor is, for me, dominated by a chalky / burnt malt flavor, which unfortunately is also typical of the style. Other than that flavor, I'd say this is a pretty good scotch ale, but now that the chalky note has caught my attention, I can't ignore it, and it pretty much ruins the beer for me. The beer has a great sweet / bitter balance, which comes entirely from grain, and a really lush, drinkable mouthfeel, and no burn. But I just can't get past that burnt malt flavor.

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Photo of jmccraney
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of mbmiche
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jason_nwx
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rfreed
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ryften
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 11/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a dark reddish amber, looks like a cola. Nice brown head leaves lacing. Light sweet malt with a faint spicy aroma. Nice medium body. Malty with a chocolate flavor, some toasty malts. Mild middle and malty with slight hops finish. Subdued but enjoyable. Brought home in a plastic container which did not completely retain full carbonation, but the beer still produced a nice mild head.

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Photo of blackie
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

draft at uber tavern

a: snifter serving, deep amber-brown in color, floating an off-white head with good retention

s: big malty nose - mostly toffee with some undertones of cocoa and caramel, dark fruits, rich, hardly hopped, smells nice enough

m: moderate bodied with smooth carbonation, malt thickness

t: fairly aligned with the nose - fully malted with buttery toffee and caramel, subtle touches of fruit, slight chocolate, sweet and lingering

o: an enjoyable scotch ale with dense, tasty malt flavors

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Photo of VashonGuy
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is an unconventional Scotch Ale. It's got the malty and caramel character, and the smooth body you'd expect. But it's also got a noticeable hoppy aspect to it, particularly noticeable as it warms. It's not bitter, but it does have some hops. The result is a beer with surprising complexity.

The 6.9% ABV (on the bomber I had) is not noticeable. I guessed 5.5% before looking at the label.

If you find Scotch Ales a bit boring (as many do), give this one a try. It's not the best beer in Black Raven's lineup, but it's pretty good, and well worth repeated visits.

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Photo of ninaturner
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of damndirtyape
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz on tap in a shaker pint glass at the Pine Box, Seattle WA.

Appearance: Clear deep coppery red. Thin light tan head. Plenty of fine persistent lacing.

Smell: Not very much. A little bit metallic when I first got it. Some hints of something clean & floral with some underlying sweetness later. The sweetness came out more as the beer warmed up but still faint.

Taste: Good malt flavor, but not overly sweet. Transitions from toasted malt and a hint of toffee to a solid bitter finish. Fairly hoppy, but not exceedingly aggressive. Still, more hoppy than most scotch ales/wee heavy beers I've had. The hop finish was part pine, part herbal, part woody. The bitterness subsided a bit as the beer warmed up.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation - a little spicy on the tongue. Sticky on the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: An interestingly hoppy take on a scotch ale. I was not expecting that much of a bitter finish, but it works. A good full flavor beer, but a bit different for the style. One was enough though - I'm not feeling like I need to have another.

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Second Sight Strong Scotch Ale from Black Raven Brewing Co.
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