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Scotch Style Ale | Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro

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Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro
Washington, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by RoyalT on 04-08-2004

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Ratings: 81 |  Reviews: 30
Reviews by hopburster:
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a rather hazy tawny color with a solid head that displays nice retention and leaves a few strands of lace behind

Smell: Roasted barley, caramel and a hint of earthy hops

Taste: Caramel and grainy husk, up front, with chocolate undertones; a surprising earthy hop character develops in the middle; balanced flavors, after the swallow, with the hops winding up more pronounced that the malt flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not your typical Wee Heavy, not by a long shot, though I really enjoyed it; more like a hoppy Amber with an Oktoberfest malt base, but really tasty

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Photo of malty
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber gifted from an excellent BA (beertunes) back in May '10.

Poured into my old school stemmed thick-walled Busch Bavarian Beer chalice a deep and brilliantly clear rosewood color with ruby edges. The dense and foamy slightly off-white head settled at 1/2". Adequate thin lace.

Smells of sweet, lush concord grapes with a big dose of biscuity malt heartiness. A few swirls of said chalice evoked a very faint scent of oak bark right before it's tossed into the fireplace. Very nice.

Hmmm...Any sweetness I was anticipating from the aromas I enjoyed a few minutes ago were took a back seat to the woody, earthy and faintly toasted malts. The flavors are lighter and definitely not-at-all sweet as I expected from the nose. A nice chalkiness is building in the mouth as I'm 10 oz. into this bomber. A noticeable hop addition is welcomed to this Scotch-style ale, but you really can't taste it (only feel it). The slight toasted flavors meld well with the dry, woody notes. As this ale warmed to room temperature, delicate coffee notes surfaced.

Mouthfeel is spot-on medium bodied with light, fine and airy carbonation that's graceful and elegant. The flavor lightly lingers on the tongue, while the dry/chalkiness really sticks around - making you want to drink...

...more! Drinkability is very high. No cloying sweetness/syrup one might be concerned with from a Scotch-style ale.

Overall this gorgeous brew really surprised me and blew-away any preconceived notion I held for this style of beer. It's pretty simple and straight forward with a reserved quality that isn't found too often in American versions of European styles. Thanks again beertunes for this lovely ale.

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Photo of beertunes
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I can't believe I haven't reviewed this yet. I'll correct that. I've drank gallons of this beer, so I went for the cask version today. Poured the dark brown with a bit of a reddish tint that I've come to know so well. Poured with just a thin cap of tan head that OK retention and lacing.

The aroma was the sweet malt scent I know too well. It doesn't really have much of a peat scent, as many of the style do. The flavors were much the same, malty and sweet with a typical BB hop tang.

The body is nicely full and smooth, but there is a bit of an alcohol burn. Drinkability is good, I have this as one of my go-to, best bang for the buck beers when I'm not at beer oriented bars here in town. Overall, a very nice example of the style. Worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Brown in color with a tinge of orange and very thick. The head came up nicely and showed good retention.

Smell – Nice peat and malt aroma. The dark sugars are big and inviting.

Taste – The malts come out well at the taste, as do the sugars. There is a big refined sugar flavor here, mostly brown, that makes this almost sticky. There’s also a hop kick with a bit of bitterness that seems to throw things off, but what do you expect from a PacNW brewery?

Mouthfeel – This was between medium and full-bodied and quite sugary.

Drinkability – I thought the bittering hops threw it off-style a bit, but not so much that I want to write my Congressman. This was a good Scotch Ale with a PacNW slant. I enjoyed it, but if someone asks for a local Wee Heavy Scottish Ale I’m sending them Silver City’s Fat Bastard or MacFarlane’s.

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Photo of Lazaro
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Jason
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Redbones in a 12 oz flute.

Deep amberish brown hue, good head retention as well. Malty aroma with a hint of alcohol. Semi-thick mouth feel with a broad flavor of malt, touch of hops help to balance. Toasted malt, almost roasty, highlights the taste-buds. Not as thick and stodgy as I was expecting it to be but flavorful ... that is for sure.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mdaschaf
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of cclark2
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of jmccraney
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of cougarbait
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of jellikit
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Crystal Clear. Reddish brown. Very little head. Thin bubbles. Very thin/quick lacing.

Smell: sweetish. Raisin.

Taste: slightly sweet. Roasted malty. Quick bittering aftertaste. Small alcohol tones, but balanced.

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation. Quick spritz upon swallowing.
Nice medium to big body. Think Marilyn Monroe.

Overall: great Scotch beer. Malts are big but balanced with a great toasty flavor. Not too much alcohol flavor...but it's there

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Photo of achadwick454
4.94/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a great beer! I first tried it when I visited my son who live in Bellingham in 2014, again in 2015 and again this summer. It is a fantastic Scotch Ale. I definitely recommend it.

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Photo of Beardo
2.68/5  rDev -28.5%

Photo of Shawkabukoo
5/5  rDev +33.3%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 3/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark red amber. Sweet malt, fruit aroma. Subdued caramel malt, light fruit, butterscotch, brown sugar. Nice but a little too understated. Nice medium body. Slight bitterness in the finish. A pleasant, subtle scotch ale.

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Photo of CletisVandamme
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of pin
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Radcpa
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft Dark brown appearance with slight white head. Nice nutty aroma. Very nice sweet nutty taste that is very smooth and flavorful. One of the better scotch ales I have tried.

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Photo of Birdlegs
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of liamt07
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Justin, by way of Steve. 650ml bottle into a tulip.

Pours a brownish-mahogany with a light offwhite head. A ring of retention, but nothing else to note. Nose is nutty, some chocolate, dark breads and dry malt notes. Palate reflects this, more drying malt flavours, light caramelized notes, breadniess and a bit of chocolate again. Some vegetal notes at times as well. Body is thin, good carbonation. Beer lacks quite a bit in the flavour department. OK, but I doubt I would seek this out again.

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Photo of Stonewall
4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

Photo of gnaztee
4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

Photo of Juno_Malone
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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