Squire Scotch Ale | Cannery Brewing Company

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Squire Scotch AleSquire Scotch Ale

Brewed by:
Cannery Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
For decades the Country Squire was a fine dining restaurant in Naramata. Following its fine example and carrying its name, Squire Scotch Ale is rich in both flavour and tradition. This variety of pale ale is defined by malt flavours that are strong and smoky with a touch of sweetness.

The deep caramel colour and gentle hop profile round out this classic style ale.

Added by EskimoDave on 04-25-2010

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Ratings: 52 |  Reviews: 37
Reviews by bryehn:
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3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, golden-amber colour with a frothy off-white head that leaves moderate lacing and settles as a thin film and collar.

Aromas of peat moss, light but sharp caramel malts, musty wood and smoke. Also has a warm floral hop character.

Thick butterscotch-like malt flavour with a strong wood character and a grassy hop accent that brings a crispness with it. Nicely balanced, not bitingly sweet like many Scotch Ales. The finish has a mild bitterness.

Full-bodied with mild carbonation. Syrupy on the tongue. Peat and smoke linger in the heavy aftertaste.

Very nice, smooth and quaffable take on the style, I really like the crisp, hoppy characteristics. May not be heavy enough for die-hard Scotch ale fans, but very accessible for the rest of us.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of beerhunter13
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of FadetoBock
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

650 ml bottle from the LCBO as part of the early fall release.

Poured into a nonic. Light amber - copper, thick creamy head with great retention. Lots of lacing patches. Looks like an English pale poured with nitro.

Nose is sweet malt, caramel, peat, some smoke, whisky, a bit of citrus.

Sweet pale ale entry, with scotch to the finish with a tart peat and smoke. Not a bad scotch ale., some nice flavors to it.

Thin bodied., creamy, again with the similarities to a pub draught ale.

Not bad, a decent scotch ale.

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Photo of BGDrock
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: deep amber; clear with very slight haze; pours a sandy coloured, sparse head with a few minutes length

Aroma: grainy, caramel; almost like a lager; honey

Taste & Mouthfeel: has the requisite butterscotch candy sweetness, but not as rich as others I've had, largely due to a lighter body - it's about a medium; makes for an easier drinking and sessionable beer though - a good choice for a winter night at a bar; not overly sweet - balanced by grain/wheat flavours and hops that are only there for that purpose, imparting no flavour of their own; get a hint of burnt caramel too

Overall: a pretty average scotch ale, lacking real character but enjoyable enough

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Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle. A purportedly malty, wintery bomber delivered just in time in Edmonton for summer to start; oh wait, it's freaking snowing outside, on the far backside of May, so I suppose all is forgiven.

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium copper amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, bubbly and creamy off-white head, which leaves some layered, densely webbed lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of caramel and biscuit malt, in equal measure, peat and wood smoke, a singed spicy dark fruitiness, and grassy, herbal hops. The taste is bready, biscuity, and grainy caramel malt, more mildly acrid peaty and ashy campfire smokiness, dark fruits (fig and date, mostly) a small hard water flintiness, and mild earthy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is a bit tight at times, but generally on the lazily moderate side, the body medium-light in weight for the style (oh hell, that horse left the barn ages ago), and mostly smooth, some flecks of ash seemingly getting in my teeth. It finishes off-dry, the crackery caramel malt still more than kept in check by the peaty smoke.

Well, this a certainly a 'scotchy' Scotch ale, the malt actually kind of playing a strong second fiddle to the smoke and hop bitterness. So much so, that I'm more reminded of a toked-up English bitter for the base beer, before, of course, it walks smack dab into that smouldering peat bog.

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Photo of Sammy
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A little smokey taste, better when cold, that left a moderate sour finish. OK for Octoberfest , a serviceable beer,but not an exceptional beer. Mild smoke aroma. A little cloudy grey colour. Slightly above average mouthfeel. Would like even more smoke.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a shifter. Body is a color somewhere between brown and ruby, topped by a half finger of creamy, off-white head. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, toffee, light peat smoke, and a touch of dark fruit. Palate is malt-forward, a nice blend of sweet caramel malt and peat smoke that imparts a bit of tartness. Some fruity notes come through mid-palate, along with a touch of hop bitterness. The smoke takes over on the palate, yielding a bit of an acrid finish. Body is rich and a touch creamy, very nice for the style. While a bit snooker than I would prefer, it's still enjoyable.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - poured a clear copper amber, nice off white head with good retention, slowly dissipated to a nice covering with good lacing
S - right away reminds me of a spicy vegetable cocktail, with hints of tomato and carrot with peppery spices, some of this is likely resiny and herbal hop notes, and some nice smoky malt
T - smoky malt with stronger herbal and resiny hop notes, I'm still getting the vegetable cocktail taste, and there is also a slight metallic taste
M - lightly carbonated, fairly light but a little bit coarse, with the light hop bitter lingering on the finish
D - i really found the taste reminded me more of a mild american IPA than a scotch ale, although the desired smoky malt flavour is enjoyable, the higher ABV is generally hidden, not best in style but still a beer that I could enjoy more than once

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Photo of souvenirs
3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

650ml bottle, $4.90 + deposit at the BCLS.

A: clear, golden brown. Smallish head leaving behind a millimetre or two of lacing.
S: a bit smokey, and kind of earthy. I'm not really picking up the caramel I would expect from this style.
T: It mostly tastes smoked. I only pick up the caramel flavour as an aftertaste.
F: Considerably thinner than I would expect for this style.

Would I buy it again? Nope. It's not awful, but I didn't really enjoy it, and this is one of my favourite beer styles.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dark burgundy color ale with a medium size foamy head with medium retention and some lacing. Aroma of deep caramel malt with light toffee notes is good. Taste is a enjoyable mix of sweet caramel malt with light toffee notes with maybe a tad too much of residual sugar. Boyd is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not bad but a bit too much sugar for my own personal taste.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.72/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle courtesy of kjyost.
Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Nice deep amber colour with a very small amount of bubbly off-white head.

S - Sweet caramel, toffee and a fairly noticeable whisky nose.

T - Toffee and whisky dominate. A very slight sweetness comes through but overall this is not a very sweet beer. A strange somewhat sour aftertaste lingers in the finish. No matter how hard I tried I could not get past this off-putting sour taste and ended up having to drain pour more than half of the bottle.

M - Medium body, moderately carbonated.

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Photo of darjoh
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle into pint glass, at home.

Not bad, a little light in color than I'm used to. Pours a nice creamy type head. I like the smokey after taste. It lingers long enough to be noticeable, but certainly not overwhelming.
Not much lacing at all. Don't know if this is a common occurrence with Scotch Ale's. Not that it matters, it is still an enjoyable brew.

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Photo of ThinkAgain
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of IronDjinn
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a 650 ml brown bottle. Named after the well known and much applauded restaurant that 2 of the 3 Cannery owners used to operate in the Okanagan.

Pours out a somewhat hazed rustic copper hue, tall chunky and frothy cream coloured head with impressive retention.

Clean aroma, toasty, some light smoke, an earthy grainyness, along with a light herbal hoppiness, definitely of the English variety. A raisin sweetness arises as it warms more.

Flavour is clean as well, although quite subtle along the lines of a Bitter. Toasty and grainy malt up front, leafy and spicy hops on the finish, with a lingering smokiness. Flavour intensifies within the aftertaste. There's definitely more of a Noble hop presence in the flavour than in the aroma.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, a bit slick, fullness on finish and swallow.

For a Scotch ale I'm definitely picking up far more hop character--and predominant hop character--than malt by a long shot. Would work great as an ESB or even a German Alt, doesn't really convince me as a Scotch ale.

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Photo of papat444
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to kjyost for this one. Shared with my brother-in-law Eric on Oct. 16, 2010.

Poured from a 650ml. bottle.

Appearance: A body that's a mix of amber & brown, semi-opaque and virtually no head though that's probably due to Eric pouring it with the glass tilted sideways.

Smell: Good smokiness. Eric smells smoked gouda. Not bad.

Taste: Smoke and peat are predominant with a nice harsh but not quite bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Not full-bodied enough but does have a nice smoothness to it.

Drinkability: Easy to enjoy. I would have this again.

Overall: A nice scotch ale that's worth seeking out.

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Photo of RedAleMan
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of liamt07
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from the LCBO, 650ml into a tulip. Enjoy before Jan 2, 2013.

Slightly darker orange body, white head with pretty good lace and some light retention. Nose is bready, caramel and a touch of smoke. Light hopping. Taste reflects this, slightly sweet, bready and smoke trickles in mid-mouth. Very subtle bitterness, quite neutral finish save for some smoke. Medium mouthfeel, and medium low carbonation. A simple sweeter smokey ale, but not as malty or a big-bodied as I typically enjoy my scotch ales.

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Photo of BigBry
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 ml bottle into a pint glass.
From the label: "For decades, the Country Squire was a fine dining restaurant in Naramata. Following its great example, Squire Scotch Ale is rich in blth flavour and tradition. This classic Scotch Ale is defined by malt flavours that are strong and smoky with a touch of sweetness. This ale has a deep caramel colour and a gentle hop profile. Get your plaid on now."
Reddish brown colored liquid topped by a short, creamy, off-white head. Foam shrinks, but doesn't disappear altogether, minimal lace. Aroma of sweetish caramel malt, light smokiness, and a touch of dark fruit. Malt flavor to start, sweet caramel, more smoke flavor. Some fruit, and a bit of hop bitterness. Body is rich and full. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. A nice blend, well balanced. I hope this one makes a return to the line up.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cannery Brewing's 'Squire Scotch Ale' @ 6.5% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $6

A-pour is a caramel brown with a small off white head leaving a streaky & spotty lace along the stein

S-smoked peat malt , burnt nuts

T-smoky malts , toffee

MF-mild/ok carbonation , medium body , dry finish

Ov-way to smoky for my palate one and done

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

prost LampertLand

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Photo of bgibbard
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of cfalovo97
2.47/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From a 650 ml brown bottle from the lcbo.
Pours arustic copper color
Clean aroma, smokier than i would like, but not too overpowering. Flavour builds with a lingering aftertaste.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, a bit slick, fullness on finish and swallow.

For a Scotch ale it is not one of my favourites, but definitley a decent beer

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Svingjo
3.34/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a nice copper colour with a finger thick beige head. There is a strong malty nose with a bit of woodiness. I don't really get much more. I get some caramel and malt in the flavour but not much more. The mouthfeel is watery while being effervescent. It's a bit light for my taste and was expecting a a bit more flavour. Nothing to make this stand out.

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Photo of Derek
3.64/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A3: Clear copper with an off-white head, very little retenton, no lace.

S4: Earthy, caramel, bit of orange rind.

T3.5: Caramel, toffee, nut, orange rind and a hint of earthiness, restrained bitterness allows a bit of residual sweetness to come through. Slight hint of buttery diacetyl.

M4: Moderate body has a slight residual sweetness.

D/O3.5: An easy drinker and overall it's a decent brew. It definitely says Scottish, but there's some underlying domestic flavour.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice dark caramel colour, finger of head with decent retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Quite sweet with the caramel malts dominating alongside some nice smokey peat notes.

T - The smokey peat notes dominate the flavours, though some very sweet caramel notes. Certainly one of the sweeter scotch ales I've tried to date.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and finishes wet.

O - A very sweet scotch ale, so be prepared. Certainly enjoyable, with a nice smokey presence that lingers on the palette. ABV is nicely hidden. Definitely worth a try and by no means a disappointment.

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Squire Scotch Ale from Cannery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 52 ratings