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:
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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 Sammy
3.17/5  rDev -12.2%
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 biboergosum
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
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 Derek
3.79/5  rDev +5%
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 wordemupg
3.43/5  rDev -5%
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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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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Photo of andrenaline
3.57/5  rDev -1.1%
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 schopenhauerale
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Kmat10
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of kwjd
3.31/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber colour with nice off-white head. Smells incredibly sweet, like butterscotch. Flavour is very sweet with the butterscotch, but it still is tasty. Mouthfeel is a little bit thin. This was one of my friend's favourite beer at C'est What 2010 Fall Festival of Craft Brewers, though it wasn't for me.

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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 BigBry
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
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 schnarr84
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

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 leaddog
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
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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Photo of BDTyre
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper colour with a really weak head that dies off into an off-white ring around the sides of the glass.

Toffee, caramel, malts and a light wine hint to the scent. Light smokiness and a warmth to the scent.

Toffee and smoke, a bit of leather, caramel. Light hops, a slight sourness.Bitter after taste. This starts off a bit too sweet, but ends sour. A little more balance is needed.

Low carbonation; slightly oily but at the same time a bit watery. Overall, a decent brew and one worth trying.

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Photo of kjyost
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pint poured at Toad in the Hole, Winnipeg into Nonic Pint Glass.

A: Deep copper with nice light tan head that laces well. Clear.
S: Sweet malts, caramel, some soap in there and a hint of earthy hops.
T: A really odd body. More sweetness and malt, but with lots of esters and a flowery nature. Black pepper. Definitely some sort of musty brett/funk in there too.
M: Viscous with the desired sweetness...
O: A weird beer. Not sure if it was dirty lines or not, as I sampled a friend's Keith's and it had the same flowery notes in it... Could be a real good beer, just not too sure here.

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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 Tivlavrie
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Exeter
3.5/5  rDev -3%

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 FadetoBock
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of DamageCase76
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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 jcubz
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of rogerdandy
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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Big Rock Scottish Style Heavy from Big Rock Brewery
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