Second Sight Strong Scotch Ale
Black Raven Brewing Co.

Second Sight Strong Scotch AleSecond Sight Strong Scotch Ale
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Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #264
Ranked #28,148
3.77 | pDev: 8.49%
Black Raven Brewing Co.
Washington, United States
Very Good
Second Sight Strong Scotch AleSecond Sight Strong Scotch Ale
Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 95
Photo of JulietteWeiss
4.68/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer is ruby in color with large malt aromatics, delicious malt flavors and a full bodied finish.

It's built around malted barley with hops playing a balancing role.

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.29/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: 1 finger brown-white head, brown body.

Smell: Sweet caramel, marshmallow, notes of peanuts and flowers.

Taste: See above.

Feel: Medium body, medium carbonation, mild alcohol bite.

Other: This is much more dark fruit forward than other scotch ales I've had.

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Photo of Tdewhurst
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Smooth scotch ale, less alcohol than many, my bottle (22 oz) was 6.9% ABV, Very smooth, nice maltiness, medium body compared to medium plus of many other scotch ales. Great reddish color.

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Photo of grittybrews
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark brownish-amber with a finger of off-white head. Sweet aroma of toffee/caramel.

Moderate carbonation and a full, sticky mouthfeel. Lots of sweet toffee malt with some hints of vanilla and dark fruit on the slightly warm finish.

I'm not huge on the sweetness of most Scotch ales, but this one had enough complexity to keep me going.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery; taster glass.

A: Opaque amber with a half finger off-white head that lingered.

S: Charred malts with a bit of peat presence.

T: Malts rule heavy here with a smoky backbone. Some caramel and toffee with dark fruits on the finish. Sweet, robust. Nice.

M: Medium with medium carbonation. Chewy.

O: A decent scotch ale from one of my new favorite breweries. Wish I could get it on a regular basis.

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Photo of TheEarl
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had Second Sight poured from a fresh growler into a standard pint glass on the evening of May 23, 2012.

Appearance: Second Sight pours dark amber with a sturdy, light tan head and very solid carbonation.

Smell: The aroma is dominated by caramel and buttery toffee smells that didn’t seem to change at all as the beer sat.

Taste: The taste is even more caramel-centric than the aroma at first, moving into a nutty and malty sweetness, and finishing with faint smoke and woodiness.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is definitely a bit sappy but, overall, I liked the heft and smoothness. I also appreciated that the carbonation stuck around to mediate the thickness and sweetness. The complexity of this beer, and its big 7.2% ABV character, really comes out in the mouthfeel.

Overall: Second Sight is probably my favorite year-round offering from Black Raven. It might be too sweet for some but, and this may sound like odd praise, I find it avoids many of the pitfalls lesser Scotch Ales fall victim to. Second Sight isn’t too peaty, too smoky, too sweet, or, as is very often the case, too simplistic. I look forward to trying Splinters, the barrel-aged version of this great beer.

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Photo of mfavoino
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a ruby-brown color that yields small off white head that retained very well.

Smell: Lots of caramel malts present in this beer. Smells like it's going to be sweet.

Taste: Big maltbomb with buttery malt flavors, with a big caramel backbone that gives off a sweet flavor. Very light hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body and super smooth.

Overall: Definitely enjoyed this one for the style because of the smoothness and delicious malt flavor.

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Photo of abeeronthebeach
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Red chestnut, thick yet transparent. Creamy traces of head linger to the end of the glass.

S - Malty to the core with pleasant caramelisation.

T - Rich and nutty, could pair easily with a game stew or dundee cake. Strongly malted flavours complimented a little sweetness to open and a hint of bitterness to finish.

M - Sticky and syrupy. I preferred the reduced carbonation I got from having this a couple of days after filling over and against fresh draft; it allows the carmelised maltiness to shine through more easily.

O - Highly sessionable, keeping the abv. well hidden. The finish is pretty long, and is in keeping with the sweet, malty and sticky characteristics of the beer. I definitely preferred this warmer and flatter.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
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 woemad
3.77/5  rDev 0%
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 damndirtyape
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Photo of VashonGuy
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
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 gandres
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tap to glass @ brewery tap [email protected] Redmond, WA
Appearance: Reddish amber, clear, lacing, white head that goes away
Aroma: not a lot
Taste: Sweet, long follow through
Feel Palate: fizzy
Overall: very good beer ok to repeat but not to look for
Drank April 5, 2015 9pm

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Photo of vladdswrath
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice ruby red with a decent but rapidly evaporating head. The aroma lays low, a sort of unspecified sweetness and slight but not off-putting rancidness. Taste is much better than the smell, not too sweet yet full of raisins and toffee nonetheless. Just the right amount of hop bitterness in the mix. Mouthfeel is smooth and unassuming.

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Photo of mactrail
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark coppery brown with attractive foam in the Kasteel chalice. Pleasantly sudsy on the tongue.

Dark caramel, raisiny. Not very sweet at all, but fruity. A toffee flavor and a faintly smokey passionfruit taste. Definitely interesting and offbeat idea of a Scotch Ale.

Quite drinkable with little or no alcohol taste. A woody finish and a touch of bitterness. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Central Market in Shoreline.

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

On tap at Brouwer's the other night.

The beer pours a mahogany brown amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty malty and sweet, though I get some underlying butterscotch and light peat as well. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this malty sweet beer, though there's a touch more smoke and cherry on on the palate than I got on the nose. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, malty sweet finish. Drinkabilty isn't bad, though a bit more complexity and less sweetness would have been nice. Not sure this is something I'd want to order again.

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Photo of blackie
3.58/5  rDev -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 RedDiamond
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A non-peated Scotch ale of deep cerise color in filtered clarity, SS emits a vague chocolate aroma with a musty air. Its fruited taste suggests strawberries dipped in chocolate before drawing to a modestly smoky finish. Minimal suds grace the glass.

Decent though far from the Raven's best.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Filled the growler fresh from Black Raven. Consumed 2 days later

A: Poured a deep maroon color with good carbonation and a dirty white head

S: Caramel. That is all

T: Plenty of caramel, light peat on the end

M: Light booze feel, sticky as it warms, sweet with caramel

D: Its worth a try.

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Photo of hreb
3.39/5  rDev -10.1%
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 beertunes
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear medium brown with ruby highlights on the edges. The beer had under an inch of off-white head that dissipated quickly and left a little more than minimal lacing.

The aroma was mostly sweet malt with very little of the peatiness expected in the style. There is more of the peat flavor on the tongue but still not a lot, you won't be overwhelmed by the amount. The other flavors are straight-forward malt, just about what you'd expect.

The body was probably just a little thinner than average for the style, relatively light. The lack of peatiness and thinner body made this a little more drinkable than most versions of this style (which, admittedly, is not among my favorite styles).

Overall, about an average Scotch Ale , certainly worth trying when you see it.

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Photo of WillDoucette
2.43/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

one of the prettiest beers I've poured in awhile. great red glow.

has a touch of syrupy maltiness more than bready-ness

I appreciate the lower abv compared to others in style

excellent with food

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Second Sight Strong Scotch Ale from Black Raven Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 95 ratings