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Big Rig Scotch Ale

Brewed by Big Rig Brewery
Style: Scotch Ale
Ottawa, Canada
Serve in Thistle


on tap

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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.46/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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BIG RIG introduces Scotch ale 7.2% smooth caramel sweetness balanced with a lightly smoked peat moss malt and mild oak finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gorbalev (2953) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2014
New bottles, LCBO Embrun. Nice golden dark brown, frothy head. Smoky aroma, lots of caramel sweetness as well - good. Light to medium bottle, nice sweetness up front and then a good deal of peat smoke. Complimenting alcohol. Very drinkable., Quite clean. This bottles product is a big step up from previous ratings - I would recommend others give the bottle a go. Nice proper Scotch Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mabel (6689) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 8, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2014 [5883-20131005] Cask. Sweet caramelized donut grains aroma. Clear, dark brown orange body with no lasting head. Sweet sherry grains flavour with a long toasted aftertaste. Medium-full body. Good. (7/3/8/4/15) 3.7
(@ Beaus Oktoberfest 2013, Vankleek Hill, ON; Called "Scotchy Scotch Scotch")

[6130B-20140118] Tap. Not much aroma. Slightly hazy, red brown body with a quick foamy white head. Smoked toasted grains flavour. Medium body. Average. (5/3/6/3/13) 3.0
(@ brewpub, Ottawa, ON)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Randy4Beer (245) - - OCT 27, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2014 A reddish brown with thin tan head. Aromas of maple, caramel and molasses.Tastes are maple, molasses, and smokey caramel. Might be the best Scotch Ale I’ve ever had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
robinvboyer (3261) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 5, 2014
Big smoky aroma with a strong caramel sweetness. The peat over powers and dominates the beer. A strong whisky atoma and flavour with a very earthy woody finish. Not really a scotch ale to typical style. Interesting and pleasant, but not something i would go looking for, might fit better into the smoked category.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Metalchopz (2404) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 29, 2014
Growler from GF, enjoyed at Mont-Blanc, QC after a full day of skiing (February 2014). Pours a clean copper with a big beige, good retention and a little lacing. Roasted darker malts with decent fruit notes and mild yeast. Very light chocolate malt with a bit of hop in the finish. Light roastiness of grain in the aftertaste. A nice easy-drinking, refreshing Scotch Ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
VT (1666) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 21, 2013
From Cask Days tent at Beau’s Oktoberfest 2013, Vankleek Hill. A reddish, dark copper ale with a short lived white head. Aroma is booze, wood, caramel, chocolate. Flavor is caramel, chocolate, berries, peat. Finish is earthy, dry, hints of fruits. Lingering peanuts and milk chocolate. Medium to strong body, null carbonation. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (8060) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2014 2014-01-18. Nice brown body small tan head. Aroma of sweet malt with mild smokey overtones Flavour is sweet and malty, lightly fruity throughout. Averge plus bodied palate, light carbonation. Okay. 6/3/6/3/12 Draft sampler at the brewpub, Ottawa

2013-10-05. Nice dark brown body small frothy beige head. 3++ Aroma is sweetly malty up front, earthy notes, whispers of whiskey that may be in my head. Flavour is quite sweet up front, earthy malt, mild bitterness, like whiskey like caramel quality. Average plus bodied palate, soft carbonation. I don’t think there is actually whisky or scotch in here, but my brain really wanted to find some! On cask as Scotchy Scotch Scotch at Beaus Oktoberfest, Vankleek Hill

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cfrancis (2505) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 10, 2013
Pours a dirty brown and a small thin wisp of white. Aroma is sweet butterscotch and smoke. Taste is sweet, oh god sweet caramel and roasted or smoke malts. A little too sweet for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
czar (4687) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 8, 2013
cask days 2013 @ beau’s oktoberfest, vankleek hill. clear burbundy with a small light beige cap. lightly peated caramel, woodsy notes, butterscotch, fruitiness, butter, grass, pepper. moderate carbonation, hint of sweetness, light body, grassy finish. ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
asheft (2551) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 28, 2013
[on tap at brewpub] Tons of vanilla-oak in the nose with some UK hops, toffee, and a clean fermentation. Almost clear chestnut appearance with an off white top that drops to a ring. Complex flavour that has sweet, toasty toffee, butterscotch and vanilla oak and then a very faint peat smokiness. Very low bitterness with balance on the sweet side. Medium to full body, moderate to medium carbonation, smooth sweet vanilla finish.

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