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

Added by canucklehead on 03-31-2010

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Ratings: 100 |  Reviews: 34
Reviews by BeerAdvocate:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of cam477
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beerhunter13
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Jason
5/5  rDev +25.9%

Photo of canucksBC
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of BCborn
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chickenm
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very deep dark brown color with a very thin tan head. Subdued sweet malty aroma. The taste has malt, dark chocolate, and some nuttiness. Medium-light body with a nice smooth mouthfeel. Decently drinkable, this is a nice beer from Russell Brewing.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bomber, grabbed in haste at a chi-chi downtown liquor store on a particularly hot and sunny day in Kelowna earlier this past summer. Now that the weather dictates as such, time to give this one the ol' roll in the hay, or something, ach!

This beer pours a clear, very dark red brick amber hue, with two fingers of puffy and tightly foamy tan head, which leaves some jagged layers of seeping wet paint lace around the glass as it gently falls away.

It smells of slightly toasted caramel/toffee malt, a bit of wet ash, ethereal dry cocoa, and weedy, grassy hops. The taste is bready, sort of grainy caramel malt, mild biscuity toffee, a suggestion of smoked peat, and dry, musty leafy, and earthy hops. The extra point and a half of ABV is not noticeable in the least.

The carbonation is moderate (if a wee bit spritzy), the body a decent medium weight, smooth, somewhat unctuous, and pleasantly coating. It finishes off-dry, the lingering and still complex malt assailed by a nutty, earthy character.

A very drinkable, approachable, and enjoyable (able was I...) Scotch ale, nothing particularly angry about this not so 'wee' one, lads and lasses. Worthy of warming my proverbial cockles as I await (not really) the imminent changing of the seasons, for the worse, I can assure y'all.

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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -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 hreb
3.08/5  rDev -22.4%
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 CWVegas
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - clear dark amber brown, short tan head retained average but laced well
S - strong caramel and toasty grain malts, slight citrus hints and clove spiciness
T - strong roasted malt and sweet thick molasses, light grassy hops with earthy peat and peppery notes
M - rich malt body, smooth leading to some nice bitter and slightly spicy feel, very nice
D - nice balanced mix of flavours from start to finish, the flavours are strong as expected, but not a session beer

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Photo of jsnoek
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of souvenirs
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
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 jennybeer
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ChrisCage
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
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 imbibehour
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
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 Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
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 Mlkluther
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours get dark brown with a beige head that dissipates and leaves lacing.

Nose is roasted malt, coffee, smoke.

Taste follows nose.

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3.44/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ritzkiss
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
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 papat444
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
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 FondueVoodoo
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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 liamt07
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
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 BigBry
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Russell Angry Scotch Ale from Russell Brewing Company
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