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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Big Rock Brewery
Alberta, Canada | website

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Sammy on 09-27-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
49
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
19.61%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
8
For Trade:
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Reviews by CalgaryFMC:
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3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle this Scotch ale pours a dark reddish caramel with minimal head that does not retain well. Aroma of dark bread and rich caramel, a touch of sour fruit. Palate aggressively malty and sweet, with loads of butterscotch toffee balanced out by red apple and aromatic vanilla notes. No hops. Not sour or smoky like some Scotch ales. Some grainy alcohol on the palate as per the wee heavy style, which needs this to cut the sweetness a bit. All in all really quite good, if lacking in complexity. I date Big Rock's turn around to approximately the release date of this one, they now seem able to execute classic styles without such a macro feel to the end product. Keep it up.

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of biboergosum
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

20oz pint, on-tap with the excellent pizza at the Hop n Brew on a snowy night on my way through Cowtown.

This beer appears a clear, glassy, dark tarnished amber colour, with one finger of thinly foamy beige head, which leaves a few random upward streaks of lace around the glass as it rashly settles.

It smells of sweet, fruity pastry, very Danish-like, with some oily nuttiness, some further candy sugar, and just a bit of grainy maltiness waving the beer flag at this point. The taste is sugary caramel malt, a surprisingly gruff smoked peat essence, sweet floral hops, and a slightly sweet, yet tame, chaptalized white wine booziness.

The bubbles are quite restrained, the body a respectably hefty medium weight, and just a wee bit clammy, though generally smooth overall. It finishes still rather sweet, the caramel and toffee malt pretty much holding sway, the hops and smokiness bringing up the rear.

A beer sporting many positive similarities to its Scottish and better new world kin, but still lacking the subtle balance of the greats, which makes me paw and scrape at my tongue on more than one occasion. Keep at it, Big Rock, you’re moving back in the right direction, but there’s a few miles yet to go before you (should) rest.

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Photo of Sammy
3.17/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

C'est What 2010 Fall Festival of Craft Brewers. A decent attempt at a scotch, something to be encouraged from a regional brewery though not too drinkable. Darkish yellow with a white head, lacey. Some peaty aroma. Medium or a bit less mouthfeel. Barleywish flavours, a little sour.

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Photo of jcubz
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Mlkluther
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of BigBry
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the specialty / guest taps at Bottlescrew Bill's.
This beer is clear, reddish brown, with an inch thick and creamy foam. Good head retention, left a thin sheet of lace on the pint glass. Slightly sweet smell, lots of caramel malt and mild herbal hops. The taste is similarily sweet caramel/toffee malt. Some more grassy hops to finish. Earthy, and some hop bite to finish. The carbonation is low, giving a smooth, almost creamy feel. The body is appropriately medium, not too thin, not too heavy or cloying. A solid, drinkable effort.

March 5, 2011 - Visited the Hose & Hound in Calgary and this was one of their 'new' beers on tap. Lots of adverstising around the bar (posters, table toppers, etc) for the Brewmaster's Series Scottish Style Heavy Ale, pictured with a sturdy work horse.
My pint was served without any real head, but the body was still carbonated (not flat like it looked)

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Photo of CrazyMike
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber brown apperance with minimal head that slowly disappears. Smell is sweet with a hint of nuts and caramel.

Taste is mainly caramel and toffee, hint of malt and some sweetness. Picked up a hint of nuts and scotch. very thick beer with moderate carbonation. Has a lingering toffee aftertaste.

Overall, this is a decent locally brewed scottish ale. Strong taste seems to match the beer, no Innis & Gunn though. If you can find it on tap, try it out.

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Photo of Tom_Servo
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Derek
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Crystal clear, deep amber pours with a hint of light tan head which quickly dissipates. Zero retention; zero lace.

S: Nice smoke on the aroma with hints of caramel and roasted nut.

T: Smoky, caramel, vanilla, roasted nut, biscuit, bitterness is subtle allowing the slight residual sweetness to come through (true to style); slight alcohol warmth.

M: Light residual sweetness, although it seems fairly thin.

D/O: The vanilla from the oak is nice and I really like the subtle smoke, but the aging is already showing a slight oxidation and I think I'd prefer it fresh.

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Photo of Slongie
3.44/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of andrenaline
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this on-tap at Fergus'n'Bix...

A - Pours a dark copper colour, little head or retention, and no lacing.

S - Sweet caramel and toffee with a wooden peaty finish.

T - Much sweeter than I expected with sweet caramel dominating the flavour, and only a mild mannered peaty scotch flavour on the finish. Some earthy hops come through as well, but again, quite mild. Higher ABV goes relatively unnoticed, offering just enough sweetness and heat.

M - Medium bodied ale, though it does come through a tad watery.

D - Easily drinkable, and a sweeter take on the style. I'm pleased to see Big Rock trying to get back into the micro-brew scene, and a worthy effort on their part. Worth a try, but don't expect to be blown away.

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Photo of Kmat10
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of leaddog
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Crystal clear that is copper- red and has a minimal amount of head.

Smell- Caramel with scent grapes or plum.

Taste- Caramel flavour with a slight hint of vanilla. Not bitter at all and warms as it goes down. ABV is present but doesn't dominate.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with slight amount of bubbles. A dry finish but easy to drink so no worries here.

Overall- A decent scottish ale from Big Rock from their Brewmaster Series. Although its no Innis and Gunn some flavours are there but some lack. Overall, a good job from Big Rock to make this type of brew.

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4.49/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of wordemupg
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle poured into pint glass 11/16/11

A nice dark amber with a short lived thumbs width of cream colored head that leaves no lace

S toffee and some fruity notes with some faint earthiness but pretty faint

T the earthy smell turns a little woody but the booze is well concealed, and the bottles right just a hint of smokey peat

M feels good with just a little bite to it and a spicy lingering finish

O not he greatest brew but pretty darn good for Big Rock

Oak aged? I suppose I could see that there is some woody notes in there, props too Big Rock for trying something other then the usual

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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