Salty Scot | Parallel 49 Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Parallel 49 Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Building upon a Scottish "Wee Heavy", this unique beer was developed to provide a strong caramel malt flavour with enough salt to give it a bit of a bite. Stronger in alcohol, this beer starts off sweet but remains fairly light to drink.

Added by canucklehead on 11-17-2012

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Photo of woodychandler
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I am CANtinuing to move through some of the odds & sods in the backlog here at Chez Woody & this seems like a good way to kick off the day. Viva The CANQuest (tm)!

From the CAN: "Ladies & Gentlemen"; "Sea Salted Caramel Scottish Style Ale"; "2015 US Open Beer Championship Gold"; "CANada's Select Brews Product of CANada"; "We put the kettle on for a long boil and this Scottish Style wee heavy is what we got."

This one surprised me on the Crack! when it revealed itself to be a brimful craft CAN with nowhere for the tongue to go. As a result, I got a pretty good spray and some foaming afterwards. My Glug was fairly quick since I wanted to get the beer into a glass & stop the foaming action coming through the vent. It formed two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, deep-tan/light-brown head with decent retention before slowly falling to wisps, leaving decent lacing in its wake. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was super sweet, very much of caramel and roasted malt with a hint of salt. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was very much of salted caramel! I am not one for sweets of any stripe, as you know if you follow my reviews, but I do like salty & I have been known to pilfer salted caramels when they are available. They are two seemingly incongruous tastes that really work well together and they definitely do so in this beer. The site's Style Guide mentions a low bitterness, but I would say that it was non-existent in this one. It was sweet & salty, but that was about all. In fact, it did a great job of hiding its inherent alcohol, which could be dangerous in quantity. Finish was sweet, no getting around that, but it was pleasant, not at all cloying. Man, this was a nice beer right out of the gate! It lived up to billing & was a really nice example of the style.

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Photo of brentk56
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A thunderingly hard pour yields about half an inch of ecru foam but it fades rather quickly to a ringlet, leaving spotty legs of lace; underneath, the liquid is a clear mahogany

Smell: Butterscotch tones are prominent

Taste: More butterscotch than caramel, but since the two are closely related, we will call it caramel; the middle dries out, as a result of the salt, though there is really not much of a salty character here; the finish is much like the start

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: I have had this bottle in my cellar for about four years and it is drinking nicely but it is what it is; an interesting twist on the style but ultimately rather one dimensional

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Photo of R_Kole
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of patre_tim
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep amber with lots of carbonation, and 3 fingers of yellow head.

Smells of creme brulee, cherries, caramel and toffee.

Tastes of rich, and clearly presented caramel. Hints of creme brulee, toffee, but not really getting any salt, though its there.

Medium, slightly chewy body, with moderate, foamy carbonation.

Got this online from wishbeer, drinking in Chiang Mai, June 7th, 2018. Excellent brew based on a great idea.

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Photo of Clutch28
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look: dark amber red with a quickly disappearing off-white head.

Smell: Caramel, bread, slight plum from the yeast esters.

Taste: first hit for me was like raisins soaked in rum, then the caramel hits, not too sweet before the malt backbone arrives bring some chocolate along with bread, dries out nicely at the finish.

Feel: Feels lighter on the tongue then i was expecting from a Wee Heavy. Sort of a light bodied Wee Heavy to me.

Interesting beer and worth a try. Not really a super stellar beer but it lives up to it's billing at least.

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Photo of kootenays88
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GarrettB
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

May 8th, 2015 - This beer is salted caramel incarnate, at least on the tongue. For the nose I'm swimming in a heavy malt bill, and wrapped in ribbons of caramel. But the flavor is much saltier, offering that sea salt caramel take on the flavor. It's decadent and obvious but I'm enjoying it. More importantly, the directness and the tastiness of the beer helps to forgive the label which looks too much like a Bitmoji.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Are you ready for dessert?
Because this Wee Heavy is a tasty and consistent dessert; smelling, tasting, and finishing as an integrated whole. No surprises, but also no flourishes. Just a solid ale.

Having paid that compliment, I must say that Salty Scot does not Look like much. Perhaps a nice dark amber, but no suds.
On the other hand, it's honest Smells like a caramel sauce. While not as sweet as that, it still Tastes like a beer; using just enough hops to remind me of beer. It sits in the mouth the same way: a balanced dessert.

This is my first from Parallel 49, a restaurant/brewpub that offers great variety while seemingly having great fun. I hope to visit Vancouver soon and taste their ales that are hard to find in the Midwest.

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Photo of mnine
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of louislouis91
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bearman13
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TooManyGlasses
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650 ml bottle - new Scot on label from last version - seems angrier - er - saltier? Pours a very nice copper to dark amber with minimal short lived light tan head; aroma is of a very pleasant sweet caramel malt. Taste follows without a hint of bitterness - caramel/toffee - distinctly sweet with a very easy drinking smoothness. Only criticism is verges on a tad too sweet, but a quality offering from Parallel 49.

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Photo of LennyBound
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hendry
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Deerin
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bomber from a liquor store, age and storage unknown.

This ale is light brown, with decent visible carbonation. Not that deep, kind of a tootsie roll color, maybe some reddish hues. The head recedes entirely to give off a fizzy look.

Smells like brown malts, pleasant.perhaps roasted caramel.

A lot of flavors instantly hit the palate.i get a bit of dark fruit or plum, fig. Caramel, pretzels. Sweet malt. This tastes really good and is exactly what you'd expect given the title. There is a twang in the finish that I'm not crazy about though.

A little bit syrupy, not cloying, good carb, solid feel all around.

Quite good, but not exceptional.

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Photo of AGoodStout
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Everydayoff
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured into a snifter.

Clear brown ruby in color with very thick frothy light tan head, it stands with pretty good retention and gradually dissipates to a long-lasting bubble sheet on the surface and leaves some lacing patch and spot on the glass-side.

Very malty aroma of rich caramel, toffee, chocolate, nuttiness, sweet candy, biscuit, bread, and brown sugar. There is also a suggestion of mild fruitiness, slight hint of sea salt, and slight spice in the background.

Still lots of malty goodness dominates the palate sensation with notes of rich caramel, toffee, chocolate, nuttiness, sweet candy, biscuit, bread, and brown sugar while sea salt adds some crisp and salty touch in the middle. Hop is muted with only just some faint fruitiness. The end and aftertaste is quite lasting with caramel sweetness and lightly toasted profile.

Medium body with some crisp and low to medium carbonation through the palate, it is proper and enough to carry all the things well under smooth mouthfeel and dry finish.

The best description to this is malt and malt and malt. Malt is everywhere with immense caramel profile along with some touch of sea salt to give it a bite. Great to enjoy chill not too cold.

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Photo of djrn2
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RProwse
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dillybarrrrr
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.25

Salty Scot poured from a 650mL 7.5% bottle to a tulip. No bottling date
Been hesitant to pick this one up due to its description and me not being a fan of winter beers. Gave in due to it being parallel 49 being my fave brewery
L: First off i gave this a pretty rough pour that would usually give most beer a half a glass of head. It turned out to only give me about a finger, or a thick finger at most. Look is quite unique, not as light as a honey based beer but not dark as a porter or stout. Very unique, intriguing.
S: Thiiiiccckk caramel smell, scratch that, burnt caramel. Hints of honey and chocolate
T: The thick caramel smell blends into a very balanced taste, a touch of sweet, due to the chocolate more than caramel imo. Some reason picking up purple grapes/red wine flavor not much but a bit.
Feel: Very generic, just winter-y, nothing special, the most lackluster part of the beer
Finish: Very light despite the color suggesting otherwise.
OV: Very surprised actually wish i would have picked it up sooner would have again and will stop avoiding the 12pk with this as the guest. pick one up before winter is over.

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Photo of Stengelfoot
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeersForEveryone
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LampertLand
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Parallel 49 Brewing 'Salty Scot' @ 7.5% , served from a 341 ml bottle Day 15 Seasons Greetings
A-pour is a light amber from the bottle to a dark amber in the glass with a small creamy tan head that is leaving a spotty lace along the pint
S-salty , caramel
T-salty , dark & malty , slight burnt sugar/caramel on the swallow
MF-ok/mild carbonation , feels full bodied , slight dryness lingering on the palate
Ov-a thick , salty caramel , malty scotch ale , worth trying
prost LampertLand

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Photo of mistahmojoryan
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of StevenMilligan
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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