Heavy Horse Scotch Ale | Big Sky Brewing Company

Heavy Horse Scotch AleHeavy Horse Scotch Ale
BA SCORE
3.8/5
253 Ratings
Heavy Horse Scotch AleHeavy Horse Scotch Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Big Sky Brewing Company
Montana, United States
bigskybrew.com

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by brownbeer on 03-31-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#15,685
Reviews:
111
Ratings:
253
pDev:
12.63%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
20
Trade:
0
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 253 |  Reviews: 111
Photo of arizcards
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single from TW Arrowhead in early April for $1.79. Best by 07/10/15.

Beer poured a ruby brown with a nice head on the initial pour.

Nose is bready with not much else going on.

Taste is bready, caramelized malts lend to a nice sweetness with ample hopping that prevents cloying.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth.

Overall this is a nice Scotch ale that sticks pretty well to the style. Give it a shot if you see it!

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Photo of Lesingnon
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of sjmad23
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of UrbanCaveman
3.19/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, poured into a shaker pint at ~40 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours a clear, if dark, garnet-ruby brown, where the shadows of one's fingers are visible with no blurring on the other side of the glass. Forms a rather short-lived finger of beige head, which dies to a ring swiftly.

Smell: Toffee-sprinkled dark bread, being eaten near a patch of damp clay that lends just a hint to the aroma. There are also faint suggestions of some old fig and black cherry.

Taste: The flavors open with a mixture of an ashy-clay bitterness, sweet toffee, and dark bread, with the ashes and clay forming a sort of bedrock which underlays the remainder of the palate. Notes of tanned leather and fig waft through the sweetness, along with some hints of old, soft, damp wood. The finish leaves a lingering aftertaste of bitter clay, sweet toffee, and aged black cherry.

Mouthfeel: Light and thin, this is a chuggable beer, not a sticky or creamy one.

Overall: I'm not displeased with having picked up a sixer of this beer, but I don't know that it's a repeater for me. Between the thin mouthfeel and the, to me, somewhat heavy-handed approach to the earthy hops, I've had much better scotch ales.

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Photo of Lobina
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another brew from the head of industrial electric from Nebraska---THANKS RANDY!

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a JAFB snifter. Pour a beautiful ruby red with touches of dark brown under a nice off white had of dissipating bubbles that settles down to a thick ring and fine thin layer of foam with nice lacing. Nose of toasted malts, light wood, mild dark berry notes, caramel, and fresh bread. Flavors are sweet up front with a light berry note, sweet caramel malts to the front and sides, and notes of oak and toffee on the back. Some light bittering from subdued hops as it warms, but still a good dose of sweet malts round it all together. Moderate carbonation and a lightly dry finish. VERY NICE.

Cheers

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Photo of barnzy78
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz, best by date bottle stamped 071015
A - creamy beige head holds good retention atop a mahogany colored ale
S - malty nose - smells like a scotch ale with peat, earth, dark caramel, bread
T - very sweet with caramel, bread, brown sugar, peat, and earthy hops
M - medium body, smooth, and creamy; slightly peppery on the finish
O - this wasn't bad, but was cloyingly sweet at times. Pretty good representation of the style but I won't be buying it again.

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Photo of casapy
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hoploaf
2.32/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

I am a huge have of Scotch style ales, but unfortunately this one was a major dissapointment. No head to speak of, bubbles were stuck to side of glass. The mouthfeel was like weak coffee, and the taste was like weak coffee to boot. This is the kind of Scoth ale I would expect miller or Budweiser would make. The impression of using the cheapest of ingredients is overwhelmingly apparent. If I made this as my own home brew it would be considered a fail.

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Photo of gouettn
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rayj212
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Llemon
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of donnierickles
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had a single bottle of this left after a heavy night of drinking and found it almost a year later! Let me tell you, it was AMAZINGLY smooth after I unknowingly aged it. I will be buying this everytime i see it. I am a scotch ale fan and this is an excellent beer.

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Photo of Drinkup27
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BYOFB
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sporklift87
3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JessicaRuth
4.36/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours mahogany color with a one finger head of fizzy off-white foam. The head fades rather rapidly, leaving a decent sum of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is very sweet with a ton of caramel, toffee, and some butterscotch. These sweet aromas are complimented by some lighter dark fruit smells of a cherry and plum nature as well as some bready aromas that has a lighter level of a toast smell mixed within. Overall the aroma is quite sweet and very inviting.

Taste – The taste begins as the nose would have let on, with a good sum of a rather caramel and toffee sweetness. Some lighter dark fruit flavors of raisin are there as well, mixing with the slightly bready flavors of the brew nicely. As the taste advances the fruit fades a bit all while with the caramel taking on some more buttery tastes leaving the sweet to take a slightly more butterscotch flavor overall. All the while however, more roast comes to the tongue, which along with it, brings some molasses. A hint of an earthy hop hits the tongue at the very end, mixing with the slightly more roasted and sweet flavors of the brew nicely and leaving one with a quite pleasant flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thinner side for the 6.7 % abv. scotch ale with it containing a carbonation level that is rather average to a little bit higher. For the style I would have likes a slightly thicker body and bit of a lower carbonation to allow for a more sticky feel for the more sugary and slightly roasted flavors of the brew, but even with that said the feel was pretty good overall and it did make for a rather easy drinking style.

Overall – A quite tasty scotch ale that isn’t too overwhelming. The flavors and smell are fantastic but a little thicker of a body may have slightly more fitting. Overall though it was a rather good drinker.

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Photo of 12packpoet
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jroberts8811
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Techichi
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Prying off the cap releases spicy British malt aromas with a touch of roast.
It pours deep bright mahogany under a 2" rocky tan head that slowly collapses to 1/2" and leaves thick lines of lace on the glass marking each drink.
With the first sip dark sugars, dark caramel to toffee, some dark malts, a little roast, and a light nuttiness seasoned with British malt spices and light grain roll over the tongue to finish with a medium firm hop accent.
The body is medium to a little above and the carbonation is a hair below medium.

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Photo of MikeDAdams
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of themorninglark
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Heavy Horse Scotch Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 253 ratings
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