Russell Angry Scotch Ale | Russell Brewing Company

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Russell Angry Scotch AleRussell Angry Scotch Ale

Brewed by:
Russell Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
30 IBU

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Photo of ChrisCage
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- This one pours very dark brown....almost like cola and doesn't have much of a head....a solid ring around the glass that is caramel colored and very creamy in terms of doesn't do much over the lifespan of the for lacing, it is mellow and sticky....lots of very small patches sticking to the side of my glass.

S- Robust malts like sticky toffee pudding, french roast coffee, cocoa powder, fireplace smoke, slight peat, bread yeast, candied fig and perhaps some vanilla smoothness.....almost like roasted marshmallow. The finish is heavy and sweet! Very nice!

T- The flavors are very different than the aromas let on.....I get heavy black coffee, followed by melted dark chocolate, rolled oats with just a hint of toastiness, slight char, biscuit dryness, perhaps some almond nuttiness, and the finish is Earthy dry and black unmalted grain....even some very dark dried fruit like fig and prune.

M/O- Smooth texture, soft carbonation and sweet alcoholic values....this is a nice social beer that will do well as a tasty sipper! I would like to try this one again with a beef pot pie I think, or with a toffee pudding and/or chocolate cake, as the character would meld well with either of those. Would try again!

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

341ml bottle poured into tulip.

Pours a deep red-brown with half a finger of tan head that leaves arches and columns of lace as it recedes.

Smells of toffee and caramel, dried cherry, fireplace smoke and earthy cocoa.

Tastes of toffee pudding and caramel squares, dried cherry and prune, smoke and semi-sweet cocoa powder.

Feels soft and fluffy. Hefty medium bodied with gently frothy carbonation. Finishes off-sweet.

Verdict: Vigorously recommended. Fantastic evening sipper.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasting notes: Dark cola brown ale. Decent-sized frothy tan head. Robust flavor. Full of nutty brown bread, burnt toffee, singed grain, molasses, and coffee grinds with hint of raisin and caraway. Less sweet than expected, with a decent dose of earthy tea-like hops. A whiff of peat and more than a whiff of booze. Very old school roasted flavor. Quite thick and chewy. The fruitiness (melon rind?) becomes more salient over the course of a pint. This jives nicely with what I think of when reading descriptions of old Scottish brews, minus the slight peat note (who cares if this is a more modern affectation). A world class rendering of the style.

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Photo of Bunman3
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

This is a wonderful Scotch Ale. Its colour, head, and lacing are all what I have come to expect from the style. This version is very pleasant - full of flavour, but incredibly smooth. I particularly enjoyed the toasted grain and malt notes and was surprised by the lack of peat. This is not a criticism in any way - it sets this Scotch ale apart from the crowd. Absolutely delicious!

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Photo of Brewji
4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wouldn't ye like a wee bit o' scotch in yer ale?

Okay, I'll stop typing like I'm crazy. I really liked everything I've tried so far from Russell Brewing, especially the Blood Alley Bitter, which I have a review on if you scroll back far enough in time.

Lately, I indulged in the Angry Scotch Ale (ABV 6.5%; 30 IBU).

On first pour, it has an amazing dark, rich, cocoa-caramel colour, with a 1/4 inch of head. It dissipated before I could take my picture, but it poured well. It smells sweet, with toasty malt notes and caramel. At some angles, it looks like I poured a stout, and some angles (with bright light behind it), you can see the dark reddish-tan colour of the beer.

On first sip, my smelling senses confirmed the tastes. Delicious hints of smoke, oak, caramel, malt, toffee, mmmm tasty! It's complex, layered, but it is decadent and not cluttered. The flavours flow together and bring a richness not found in many other brews.

As an experiment, I paired the beer with my friend's home-made chocolate syrup topping. It brings out the richness and compliments the flavour of the beer. We mixed this flavour combination up a little bit, but I think a spoonful of that syrup is the best fit solution for this beer so far.

Overall, the Angry Scotch Ale is by far a brew that makes me an antonym of Angry. This melody of flavours melds into one solid beer to appreciate. If you have never picked this up, do it.

The Russell Brewing Angry Scotch Ale gets a not-so-angry 9.0 / 10 -- or for those on BeerAdvocate, 4.5 / 10

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Photo of artdob
3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Vacationing in British Columbia en route to Alaska, selected this as my lunch beer choice at a restaurant in the Granville Island Public Market area. Interesting setting before I get to the beer as we selected outside seating by the water, which was continuously interrupted by an inncessant jack hammer. Interestingly, maybe because I am in vacation mode, didn't find that annoying - on the contrary, it provided a sit-com like amusing background serenade, causing interesting pauses in the lunch dialogue.

OK, on to the beer (from memory about an hour after):
Miminal head by the time the beer arrived. Decent nose but didn't catch any memorable characteristics here. Overall, had a bit more hoppiness than other scotch ales I've had, but that was a good thing. Made for a well balanced brew. Overall enjoyable. Have had others of this variety that have had more kick, but overall, this was an enjoyable accompaniment to our lunch (and jackhammer serenade).

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Photo of souvenirs
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle.

Pours a dark brown, almost black. A bit reddish when held up to the light. Head is fairly small - half a finger or less. Smell is malty and delicious. Caramel sweetness, oak, cherry, smoke, yeast. After that amazing smell, the taste was a bit disappointing. Certainly not bad, or anywhere close, just not as amazing as I expected. Dark, like coffee or burnt sugar. Less sweet than I expected. Thinner and more carbonated than I expected.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Russell Brewing's 'A Wee Angry Scotch Ale' @ 6.5% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $7 (the best for last , out of 5 BC Scotch Ales?)

A-pour is a dark amber with ruby red highlights along the glass edge , with a small off white head leaving a spotty lace along the stein

S-toasted / bready malts , some sweetness

T-earthy peat malts , sweet malts

MF-low carbonation , medium/full bodied , sweeter finish on the palate

Ov-ok/good beer , as this is regarded as one of BC Best Scotch Ale's
be on the lookout for Wolf Brewing's 'Rannoch Scotch Ale' coming soon ,
as a comparison to or

sampled alongside 4 other BC Scotch Ale's & Orkney 'Skull Splitter'

prost LampertLand

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Photo of smakawhat
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Carlsberg clear tall tulip like pint. From notes.

Really beautiful beer. Dark chestnut brown with red highlights towards the bottom. Head is tan and light mocha brown and whipped up to an easy three fingers. Head clumps aggressively, thick islands and retention, clumps of lace hang everywhere. Gorgeous.

Nice classic Scotch ale matly character. Crisp somewhat smelling thick toffee if there is such a thing. Lots of toasty light grains , some milk chocolate too. Smells solid.

Palate brings a very nice mix of malt rich, and light sticky character, but with lots of body surprisingly. Light bodied toffee, but booming palate and coating sense. A good light sweetness on the finish, with toasted action. Dense malt biscuity somewhat, with a low abv scotch ale character.

Super drinkable and full of flavor. Great beer!

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

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #60 (Jan 2012):

LOOK: Nearly black

SMELL: Toasted pie crust, biscuits, smoke, twang of peat, figs, spicy alcohol

TASTE: Malty, fresh grain, mild sweetness, hint of peat smoke, herbal, spicy, kiss of alcohol, toasty, fresh bread, dried dark fruit, very balanced.

Brewed stylistically speaking to the Scotch Ales of the 19th century. Not too far from being epic. It grabbed a bronze at the 2010 World Beer Cup, so I guess we’re in agreement there. And if the beer back then was half as good as what we’re drinking now, we’re sure life would be golden.

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Photo of liamt07
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from kjyost, 650ml into a tulip.

Deep brown/russet, with a tan coloured head. Great thickness to the head and fantastic retention/sheets of lace. Exclusively malty nose, caramel, rum, dark fruits, a bit of earth and chocolate. Taste has dark bread notes, chocolate a little more caramel and sticky toffee/tootsie. Medium mouthfeel, low carbonation. Good stuff.

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Photo of hreb
3.08/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 6 oz bottle from a BC Liquor store in Whistler. Beer pours dark brown with a tiny tan head. Not much aroma, faintly malty and chalky.

The first thing I notice about the beer (once it's in my mouth, that is) is that it's pretty heavily carbonated. Not much flavor, faintly roasty, faintly bitter. At least they hid the 6.5% ABV nicely, and didn't introduce any off flavors. But not impressive, sorry.

Note: the label claims this is specifically a 90 shilling scotch ale (or at least inspired by one).

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

A: Pours with minimal head with dissipates into thin layer at the surface. Appearance is clear and colour is a deep brown with red undertones.

S: Initial smell is of vanilla, butterscotch and toffee with background of oak together with dark dried fruits, such as cherries and plums, and smoky peat. There is a slight sweetness of malt in the background.

T: Slight smoky peat flavour together with a nice level of bitterness on the tongue. Nicely rounded smooth finish, can detect flavours of vanilla, oak and wood with a background of highly caramelized caramel and butterscotch with hints of dark dried fruits.

M: Medium bodied and nice low level of carbonation. I think it could be a bit more viscous which would improve the overall feel.

O: Very easy drinking, cannot detect any alcohol. Complimented dessert very well and would go well with creamy rich cheeses.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pint at Craft Beer Market 11/13/11

A dark brown with only a thin film of tan head restricted by being a top filled glass so I don't fault the beer just the pour, lace around the top of the glass where the foam had a chance to exist

S dark fruits with some sweet malt and a little chocolate I want to say molasses but the sugars not quite that dark, very nice smell not overly complex but what it has works very well

T a little cola to go with what I smell but some prune and plum tag along, a little sweet and super malty slight smoke and even with more going on I preferred the smell

M enters silky and a little thin but the carbonation helps its cause and I like the nutty finish

O well rounded beer and I did like the taste perhaps it was a little better then "good" so a slightly higher score here, I only just realized this is 6.5% from reading the description above I'm even more sure now

I'm hoping this on tap in Calgary is a sign of bottles to come because I would love to drink it again but it works out to 20$ a liter from a tap and that's little much

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Photo of sprucetip
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Ample, bubbly, light tan head falls steadily but gradually. Clear mahogany with bright red highlights when backlit. Very active, and leaves some scraps of lacing.

Mild roast, strongish booze that burns a little. It has an earthy character, and malty sweetness is difficult to find. Not as smoothly balanced as the taste.

Mildly roasty and just a bit peaty. I can just barely detect some booze, and there is a surprisingly medium bitterness underlying it all. It's good.

Well carbonated, medium body, slightly viscous, and with a biter and dry finish. Feels kind of thin.

This is a good beer. The nose is a bit too boozy, and it's more bitter and less malty, with less body, than I'd like. But overall it's quite complex, tasty, and pretty well balanced.

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Photo of papat444
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a gift from my aunt that my brother brought back on a recent trip to their place in Surrey.

Poured from a 650ml. bottle, bottled June 7 2011.

Appearance: A dark brown body that easily reveals reddish hues throughout. Color is lightly reflected in the head that fills half the glass before settling to 2-3 fingers. Lacing spiderwebs the whole glass around.

Smell: Good peat, meaty, hint of smoke, oak and a glimmer of dark fruits.

Taste: Backbone is smoke not overdone. Malt controls but there are fringes of bitterness to be felt. A bit of meat and BBQ around there. Good base but not enough depth of flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium to low carbonation. Decent feel that lacks a little as it warms.

Overall: I expected (hoped) for a bit more. It was good but felt like flavor was not stepping it up.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 3/4" tan coloured head that dissipated quickly over cola coloured liquid.

S: Sugars and malt with a hint of yeast.

T: Bitter at first, malt in the middle and a pleasant sweet finish.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of fine carbonation.

O: An easy drinking Scotch Ale that leaves a pleasant aftertaste.

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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the better bottles I had in B.C. Only 30 IBU yet good taste from roast and significant smoke. Though a small head on dark brown, good lacing. A decent mouthfeel. Decent drinkability, a bomber was too much for me. Carbonation is right there, and toning that aspect down would have increased smoothness and drinkability to above average for each. Some complexity. Mildly acidic in the finish.

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Photo of Offa
4.7/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very deep reddish brown with big tan head steadily shrinking to lasting thin foamy top, then to foamy ring and a little weak lace.

Aroma is nice, rich brown bread, caramelized figs, earth, toasted bread crust, brown sugar, wood. It’s very nice.

Taste is excellent spicy-raisiny fruits, chocolate hint, dark, toasty raisins, sweetish up front but then dryer with a slightly bitter spicy finish with a lot of wood, spicy fruit and leaves and a hint of pepper.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.62/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brought back from Winnipeg by my Girlfriend and shared with her. From notes.

A - Poured with a one finger beige head on a ruby red body. Bright with strong carbonation and good filmy retention, but no lacing.

S - Dark fruit, caramel, whiskey, sweetness, oak, and vanilla.

T - Dark fruit, more caramel than the aroma, lot's more whiskey notes, oak and vanilla are there again.

M - Medium carbonation and medium body with sweet lingering notes on the tongue.

O/D - A very inviting aroma led to a not-so-amazing beer, but it was still drinkable. The whiskey notes weren't alcoholic but made it a little harsh and harder to drink, but it was still an alright beer.

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Photo of marty21
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep clear ruby red/brown with two fingers worth of off white head. Settles to a chunky cap and left some thick lacing.

S: Caramel malt with some earthy tones and some grassy/weedy hops.

T: Actually a pretty mild taste to it. Caramel malt with some grassy hops in the background. Nothing overpowering at all.

M: Medium carbonation with a medium body.

O: This was more of a mild beer but it was quite enjoyable. It's one of the better beers of this style that i've had.

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Photo of scott451
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I let this warm up then vigorously poured from the 650ml bottle into a pint glass.

A three finger bubbly tan head on a clear dark ruby brown. Good head retention. Lots of bubbly lacing that sticks around to the end.

Smells of sweet malts. A little smokey. Some yeasts. Taste is of sweet malts up front, caramel, toffee. Well balances. Slight hop bite at the finish.

Medium/light body. Very creamy texture. Medium carbonation. A very nice Wee Heavy. Drinkability is very good. The ABV is hardly noticeable. A worthy winter warmer.

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Photo of kjyost
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle date 131010 by sticker on the bottom, purchased at the MLCC poured into a beer glass.

Great look. Rich amber red. Clear. Good lacing. Aroma seems muted, may be due to my cold. Smoke and malt sweetness. Taste is surprising with no smoke, but reading the description of the beer seems appropriate. Lots of malt character, caramel, burnt sugar a bit of dried fruit... Viscous and thick. A good beer.

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

650ml bottle from Victoria. Pours a mahogany brown with hints of ruby, glass coated is miniscule bubbles - looks like Coke in my glass.

An interesting beer and a fairly accurate take on a Scottish ale. Thinner body than wanted, moderate bitterness with a pleasantly dry finish, hints of sweet toffee and raisin which lose out to a more minerally and bready malt. Touches of cocoa and plums, faint smoke in the nose. Carbonation on the side of spritzy, could be toned down a touch. Drinks really easily, alcohol nowhere to be found. Pleasant beer but leaning more to the middle of the road than I expected.

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Photo of Derek
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Ruby brown with a light tan head, some retention, leaves a nice lace.

S: Figgy pudding, earthy-orange citrus, caramel, toffee, great stuff.

T: Figs, caramel, earthy orange citrus, bready, toffee, candied fruit, nice bitterness to back up the residual sweetness. Hints of oxidation.

M: Moderately full body has a light residual sweetness and modest carbonation.

D: A good drinker.

It doesn't have the restrained hopping and bitterness you'd get from a Scottish brewer... and I like it. It's really well-balanced, and certainly not over-the-top like some new world versions of old styles.

Apparently this recently won a silver at the Canadian Brewing Awards and also a bronze at the World Beer Cup! (Well-deserved).

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Russell Angry Scotch Ale from Russell Brewing Company
3.98 out of 5 based on 97 ratings.
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