Big Rock Scottish Style Heavy | Big Rock Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Big Rock Brewery
Alberta, Canada
bigrockbeer.com

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
Ratings:
51
Reviews:
19
Avg:
3.61
pDev:
12.19%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
9
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 51 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of Hams
3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lovely Scottish ale, good not great

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Photo of derdtheterd
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mlkluther
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of Sathanas
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber, slightly hazy colour with a light tan head. Rich toffee, vanilla and dark fruits are the main flavours with a underlining of peat and earthy hops. Very well balanced with a gorgeous, creamy mouthfeel. I remember disliking this beer all the times I've had it previously, but Big Rock has really stepped up their game lately. This is proof of that.

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Photo of ZachT
4.02/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Dark amber, clear, thin white head
S: Toffee, caramel, bread crust, molasses, subtle oak/woody
T: Rich caramel and toffee, brown sugar, sublet peat notes
F: Full-bodied, lightly carbonated, sweet (but not cloying) finish
O: A rich, malty scotch ale, very subtle peat/oak notes. Pretty good.

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Photo of Bodega95
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of imfinished
2.85/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

An unpleasant taste and smell, not much feel and a drab look makes for a fairly unlikable beer.

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Photo of Slongie
3.44/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bunman3
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I must agree with the overall tone of previous reviews - this is definitely one of Big Rock's better beers. It pulls off the wee heavy style nicely. It has a rich colour, a bit of foamy head that works hard to hang around, and a delightful smell. I pick up toffee, fruit, and smoke. The taste is lovely, too, with the smoky peat providing a wonderful hint of some of my favourite scotch. This is one of the few Big Rock beers that is unique and easily identifiable.

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Photo of Eric_Standard
3.21/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of speedonthis
2.36/5  rDev -34.6%

Photo of iamzombie
4.49/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DarrenBrule
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of graybayou
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of Tivlavrie
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Fader
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Chazz_Chetly
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of HarveyBerger
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of jcubz
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of DamageCase76
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of rogerdandy
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Exeter
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
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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Photo of bylerteck
3.32/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Can from MLCC in Winnipeg.

A - Pours sorta copperish. Bright. One finger white head on top gone pretty quick. No lace, no retention. Minimal carbonation.

S - Caramel, sugar, dark fruit, butterscotch.

T - Rich and sweet. A bit too butterscotchy. Caramel and sugar. Definitely has a 'buttery' sorta thing going on.

M - Medium carbonation, medium body and a lightly sweet then gone finish.

O/D - Had slightly higher expectations for this. But it's a Big Rock beer afterall. Not bad, but certainly fairly plain. Decent enough, yet lacking in some departments and strong in many departments some would consider faults.

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Big Rock Scottish Style Heavy from Big Rock Brewery
3.61 out of 5 based on 51 ratings.
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