Salty Scot | Parallel 49 Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Parallel 49 Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada
parallel49brewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
54
Ratings:
261
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
12.37%
 
 
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Reviews: 54 | Ratings: 261
Photo of Bunman3
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Rock Solid! Sweet nose, minimal head, lots of carbonation. The sweet caramel/malt flavours of this beer are greatly appreciated, because they are precisely what the label advertises. This is a fine beer, sessionable in spite of the high alcohol content. This tasting is part of my own personal supplement to the Beer Advent Calendar. Looking forward to further outstanding offerings!

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Photo of Vinster171
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Sampled on tap at BierCraft on Crambie street, Vancouver. Light brown to red brick color, with a salty, malty, seaside smell (without the fish). Taste of caramel and toffee, maybe slightly over carbonated, with a thick body. Hops are subtle and floral, in keeping with the style. Expected more of a kick considering the alcohol percentage, but goes down overall very (too?) smoothly. Would definitely have another one.

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Photo of nychas
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

On tap up on the Roof at Whole Foods Gowanus Brooklyn. I enjoyed this beer very much. Rich flavor, is that malt or caramel? A nice combination of both to me. Salt? I did not get the salt but perhaps it was an essential part of the overall deep rich flavor profile. A not cloying sweetness too, that meant the flavor stayed away from rich deep stout or porter territory although the body did approach that of a stout.

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Photo of Pencible
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: This poured a clear dark copper with a little off white head.
S: It smelled like salted caramel and roasted barley malt and rich toffee.
T: It tasted like salted caramel and sweet toffee, with some roasted barley and honey biscuit. It had a clean mostly sweet aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was a really nice scotch ale, with scent and taste just as advertised. The body was ok, and the finish was smooth with well hidden alcohol, so it was easy to drink. Not quite top tier, but still a solid brew.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep, dark copper with an off white head.

Smells of salt, caramel, and taffy.

Taste is salt up front giving way to a caramel malt middle.

This is a malt bomb without much to balance it out. The malt however is damn tasty. This is a delicious scotch ale, perhaps the only the problem is there is little to balance it out, but the salt is a nice interplay.

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Photo of philbe311
3.27/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - A finger's worth of audibly fizzy of milk ball malt colored head... Limited retention... This one quickly fizzes away leaving a minimal lopsided quarter moon of lacing and an uber slim collar... The color is a pale to medium caramel brown... Mostly still with just a stray carbonation bubble here and there...

S - Liquid desert in a glass... This one is a glorious malt bomb... Caramel... Toffee... Malted milk balls... Milk chocolate... A bit of maple syrup as well... Butter scotch... Quite lovely and intoxicating...

T - Not nearly quite as cloying as I had expected... Some light brown sugar... A hint of caramel of toffee... Some toasted malts... A brief hint of peat on the finish...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Limited carbonation... A bit thin throughout... The finish is a bit chalky...

D - As a lover of the style, I can't help be be a bit disappointed in this offering... This is a pedestrian at best Scotch Ale... Other than the aroma, this one is sub par in every category... I can't recommend and wouldn't partake again in the future if I saw this one sitting on the shelf...

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Photo of metter98
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a slight amount of visible amount of carbonation. It poured with a short white head that quickly died down leaving only a thi collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Faint aromas of toffee are present in the nose.
T: The taste is mostly dominated by flavors of toffee and also has some hints of caramel and vanilla. These flavors become a bit stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer doesn't seem to be as full in body compared to ther beers in the style, but this makes it comparatively easy to drink.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy orange-brown with a foamy beige head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel syrup, caramel candy, and toffee aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, caramel, and toffee flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid caramel and toffee presence that works quite well with the base beer.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Parallel 49's Salty Scot, sea salted caramel Scotch ale. 7.5% ABV

A: Nice, bright red amber color to it. Yellow in the dimple. Not much head. Barely any lacing, and what is there, doesn't hold.

S: I am getting some caramel-ish notes, and just the faintest hint of salt. Some oak char. Molasses, perhaps. A touch of something spicy in the background (rye, perhaps?).

T/MF: Hmm. It does have a caramel flavor, albeit a very dry one! Again, just the faintest hint of salt. You really have to search for it. More charred wood. Compared to the other Scotch ale I tried, this is really light. Though nothing is offensive about it, I would have preferred stronger flavors.

Poured into a Belgian tulip glass, from a 22 oz. bottle.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bomber into an English pub glass. A deep reddish bronze or brown brew with a shocking lack of head. Upon pouring, I get a fleeting inch or so of whitish bubbles that disappear almost instantly. Scottish ales are not known for good head retention but this was nevertheless interesting. Aroma is rich and sweet, tons of toffee and dark fruit (raisin, date) and maybe a hint of citrus/piney hops (foreshadowing things to come). Palate was where this brew lost me a little. Immediate effect is burnt caramel and boozy apple/pear cider, with some vanilla and a vague salty presence coming through. The hops are leafy and resinous, making this brew rather medicinal and bitter for the style. Usually I dig Parallel 49's hoppy excesses but not so much here. Citric and fruity is the main sensory impression for me, although a pleasant malty smoke does build over time. Thin-bodied for a "wee heavy" and comes across as quite fizzy despite the absence of head. I guess all the gas lurks in the brew. Finishes wet, with a mixture of toffee, smoke, sour fruit, and pine. Final assessment is that there is some merit but I'd pass on another opportunity. I am looking for a thicker mouthfeel and a richer sweetness with this style. This beer indeed malty but there are too many fruit and hop effects going on here that detract from the caramel flavors.

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Photo of BradC
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a reddish brown with a fluffy head and a lot of lacing.

Smells sweet and malty, nutty, caramel

Flavors follow the aroma pretty closely. Sweet Caramel up front, vanilla, almond and a little bit of salt, just barely there.

Moderately carbonated, smooth full bodied mouthfeel.

Overall, interesting take on a Scottish ale, not my favorite, a little too sweet but still a good brew.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a brown body with good head and lace with an aroma that is a little salty and dry but caramel, toffee and roasted malts come out. Taste is more sweet than aroma as sweet caramel seems to coat my tongue (the salt aspect is there I guess, but one could also describe it as a hint of toffee or bitter chocolate) and there's a smoothness to this beer as it's not light-bodied but goes down light-bodied all right. Not a complex beer but one that interests me as I've not had too many sweet beers like this. Not for everyone but I enjoyed my bottle.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the bottle into a Wee Heavy glass.

A real nice red copper and quite clear body color. Head forms about two fingers tan and a little soapy tall but settles slowly to one finger with some staying power. Nice glowing and shiny appearance quite solid.

Very nice simple toffee and caramel nose. Hints of soft maple syrup quality and chewy milked graham crackers also. Quite nice.

Palate is a little bit light on flavor. Fleeting mid palate of wet toffee. Very thin watery body with not much coating or hints of malt thickness. Some soda like carbonation, and sugar candied cola like finishing power. Slightly fizzy also.

Missing a lot of malt and toffee richness and thickness here. Says added with sea salt and caramel. Even that really didn't seem to help in the flavor department. It is however a much lighter scotch ale and is easy drinking, but nothing really exciting in the realm of this style which is normally rich and large.

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Photo of oberon
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My first stab at a Parallel 49 beer from BC.Pours a rich clear deep bronze with a thinner but well sustained slight off white head atop.There is alot of malty things going on in the nose,first off I pick up some caramel toffee and brown sugar, with a hint of butterscotch and whiskey,yeah you can tell it's gonna be sweet but it's inviting.It is sweet,vanilla and caramel are predominant,like a sweet caramel chew,the saltiness is starting to come into play after I swallow in the back of the mouth.This very well could be the best dessert pairing beer I have come across,even better than any chocolate stout.Different in a good way.

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Photo of RJP159
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: 2 fingers, frothy head, translucent light brown

S: Salt and caramel, as advertised with slight alcohol. Real good.

T: Creamy with caramel, toffee as most noticeable. Nice amount of carbonation. Not much alcohol, but some. Aftertaste is sugary and pronounced.

M: creamy, sticky.

O: I enjoyed this beer. the second glass was better than the first. An excellent replacement for dessert.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Alibi Room, Vancouver.

Glowing oxblood with white trailers.
Smoke, maple + big caramel nose - sweet + enchanting.
Red berry, pear cake, and - sure enough - salty caramel before a leafy end.
Candy apple finish and dry linger.
Medium, chewy, round.

Hits the concept but is still a real Scot. Way drinkable; never cloys. Went back for more, which doesn't happen much in a pub with such a selection.

Whatever about adherence to style or gimmicky flavors, this is just darn tasty!

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - a clear deep redwood hue, half finger of head fizzled to a few random islands
S - big nutty and caramel aromas up front, some burnt sugars and woody earthiness
T - the salted caramel feature some through very nicely right away, supported by an almond nutty background with earthy hops and a woody linger, very tasty indeed
M - a sticky sweet syrupy feel, fairly full throughout with a tongue coating quality
O - the scotch ale aspect is a little overwhelmed here but the salted caramel aspect is so tasty that all is forgiven, this is a must try

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 650 ml brown bottle. Pours out a hazed red oaky amber, suspended particles. Tall foamy off-white head at first that settles rather quickly to a thin cap.

Intense caramel aroma juxtaposed with some brine--unique.

Rich toasty caramel up front in the flavour, the sea salt helps intensify it while keeping things from becoming cloyingly sweet. Clean finish, with some toasty, slightly woody notes in the aftertaste. Lips end up coated with light brine.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, light silky texture, medium carbonation that helps keep everything in check.

An interesting take on the style, wasn't sure what to expect, but am impressed with the results, this totally works and holds its own on its own merits. I'm normally not a huge fan of this style due to excessive sweetness, however this has easily become a quick favourite, and one worth revisiting.

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Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml, slope shouldered bottle, round 3 of the 2013 incarnation of Robert Burns' birthday anniversary. Our currently celebrated poet is semi-famous for saying: "prudent, cautious self-control is wisdom's root.". Bah - didn't he ever let loose on a Friday night, especially one expressly set forth in his honour? Ok, maybe not.

This beer pours a hazy, dark bronze amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, somewhat foamy ecru head, which leaves some bulbous arched instances of landform lace around the glass as it evenly sinks away.

It smells of sweet, caramel/toffee malt, a subtle biscuity butterscotch character, some nutty pastry notes, a soft mineral essence, which I can safely purport to be of the specifically NaCl kind, and a bit of leafy, earthy hop bitters. The taste is more sweet pastry malt - bread, caramel, brown sugar, and that sneaky, barely perceptible salt addition that we very well know about, but do little to mitigate, a further restrained saccharine nutty essence, additional butterscotch notes, and quaintly understated dry leafy noble hops.

The carbonation is quietly engaging, i.e., supportive, but nowhere near overtly noticeable, the body a hefty medium weight, and generally quite smooth. It finishes well on the sweet side, the mildly biscuity, ever more so pastry-dominated malt palpably asserting itself, so much so as to put forth a dessert-friendly air, tinged just enough with subtle alcohol and leafy hops to make for a generally well-balanced affair.

I was expecting a whole lot more on the salty side of things, given the name and label info, but as it turns out, this is more of warning shot across our collective bows, for the inherent and insidious pleasant/unhealthy duality is just as imperceptible here as it is in our daily grocery-drone lives. Anyway, this is still a pretty tasty, albeit sweet Scottish-style ale, moderated by the aforementioned social conventions. Nix that - I suggest drinking this for its taste, and nothing else.

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Photo of papat444
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to 4ster for this one.

Poured from a 650ml. bottle (no freshness info) and split with my wife.

Appearance: A respectable head rests on top of a reddish brown body that looks very vivid. Good retention, a bit of lacing.

Smell: Mild salt but all caramel and some butterscotch which gradually grows stronger. Manages to not be too sweet, if there's such a thing ;)

Taste: Buttery caramel, more butterscotch. All starts from the middle to long after the sip. Mils wisps of peat. Very comforting.

Mouthfeel: This is pretty smooth and feels right at home. Low carbonation adds to the creamy texture.

Overall: This is quite good. Very glad to have tried this.

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Photo of 4ster
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass. Let warm awhile at room temperature to get close to the recommended 12 degree ~. Had with a sweet &salty chocolate 'salami' roll... nice dessert compliment or aperitif.

A: Reddish, brown colour, cloudy with some sediment dispersed throughout, micro bubbles, decent white 1-2 finger head, with good retention and lacing around the edge.

S: Lots of toffee, caramel as noted by others... lots of emphasis on the sweet malts here and a hint of nuttiness...also as it warms there is a light amount of alcohol on the nose...

T: Starts off with the sweet malt flavours, followed by a bit of salt, not overly so, but you can notice it, this is followed by the caramel/nut and more malt flavours, finishing with a slightly boozy, warming taste and a bit of ripe fruit.

M: Extremely smooth and well balanced. I'd almost say it tastes 'soft' or buttery... light to medium carbonation at first, which slowly disappears at the beer warms... slight bit of alcohol/heat also as it warms, which is typical of the style.

O: I hadn't had the chance yet to try any Parallel 49 beers until the Black Christmas and this is only the second I was able to find in store. That said, it came recommended and it was suggested it would be a good post dinner (dessert) beer which I found intriguing... As a Wee Heavy, I would say they've done a nice job with the style, and I would say they've taken a part of the Scottish Ale (slightly alcoholic/warming/sweet) and taken those characteristics and played on them by adding the sea salt which is noticeable, and turned this into a delicious dessert style beer not typical of this style. Everything is well balanced, making it not only easy drinking but making sure all the flavours stand out. I can see why people are giving cudos to this young brewery as they are already on the right track with a decent offering of beers out there. Worth trying, especially if you like Scotch Ales, and goes really well at this time of year....

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Photo of leaddog
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a copper brown with a finger width of foamy cream-coloured head.

Smell - Caramalt, plum, cherry, toffee, slight hazelnut.

Taste - Caramalts and toffee take the lead and are well accompanied by the plum/cherry and hazelnut flavours. Sea salt comes in at the finish, giving a pleasant sweet and salty profile.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - A unique twist on a scotch ale by adding sea salt. A very tasty beer and an impressive offering by Parallel 49. Worth a try if you see it on the store shelf.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured into tulip 18/12/12

A murky brownish amber body with a large tight three finger dark tan foam that sits around for several sips leaving a few random patches of lace

S loads of caramel, butterscotch, toffee, ect, ect, lots of sweet malt and nutty hazelnut with a little coco powder and some fruity notes I can't quite place, a little Christmas cake as it warms

T mimics the smell, sweet caramels and hazelnut with faint coco. Is it salty? perhaps but not overly and I wouldn't thought about it had I not read the bottle, OK maybe a little salty, or is it ?

M medium full with just the right amount of carbonation, pretty sticky on the lips and no evidence of 7.5%, and a long nutty toffee finish, about what I expect from the style

O I didn't know what to expect with this one but it turned out to be a nice surprise. the salts easy to miss but caramels are hard to ignore and the booze is invisible

These guys have done very well for beginners, I've had very good luck from their brews and can't wait for them to tackle some of my favorite styles. Keep em coming

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Photo of Rutager
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a hazy, amber-brown with 1.5 fingers of pale orangy-tan head.

Smell. Sweet toffee and a bit of lightly fruity alcohol and caramel malts.

Taste. Sweet caramel and a bit of caramel malts with just a trace of light fruits. The salt is there, but not in a big way. Not much more going on, but quite tasty.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, just a bit sticky and a medium amount of carbonation.

Overall. Well, as advertised it's definitely a salted caramel beer. Very nice and will look forward to drinking this again.

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Photo of thefullpython
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First review.

A - Pours a deep amber. Nice finger-and-a-half head.

S - Caramel. I've got a bit of a cold coming on but I could tell that caramel is what they wanted the drinker to notice.

T - More caramel when it hits the palette. My favourite part though is the subtle sea salt that comes through in the finish. I'll be honest, I didn't think salt in beer would work out but Parallel 49 used just enough to offset the sweetness of the caramel and add a unique flavour to the finish.

M - Goes down smooth, nice medium carbonation.

O - The caramel and sea salt are both present without being overbearing which is really nice coming from something that easily could've been a mediocre novelty beer. Very impressed with this brew from Parallel 49 as I have been with everything I've tasted from the boys on Triumph Street. I'll definitely pick up a couple bottles of this before they're gone.

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Salty Scot from Parallel 49 Brewing Company
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