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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: 22   MEAN: 3.47/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 30, 2015
Deep brown pour. The aroma is quite sweet and chewy. A little bit of molasses and plummy sweetness. Just a touch of herbal hoppiness balancing but it leans toward sweet all the way through. Slightly woody. Decent scotch ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HopsandBolts (224) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 15, 2015
660 ml bottle from the LCBO.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy deep brown with a finger of off white head. Lacing is minimal.

Aroma: Hayloft, barnyard, grain, malt.

Flavours: Grain, malt, earth.

Mouthfeel: Thin with moderate carbonation.

Overall: A decent Scotch Ale but the barnyard smell is kind of throwing things off a bit. While "barnyard" is a deScriptor used with wine, I’ve never encountered this characteristic in a beer until this one. Apart from that, there is a ton of malt but not much else. I was expecting brown sugar, caramel, toffee and all the other things you usually smell/taste in a Scotch Ale but got none of it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammy (9973) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 21, 2015
Lightly smoked indeed. Passable scotch, drinkable because of malting. Scotch aroma. Black with white lace. LCBO.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bendrixian (1368) - Canadiana, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 16, 2015
Amber to brown colour with some beige foam. Sweet molasses and brown sugar aroma with a light peat, smoke and some whiskey mash. On the palate it has some sugar but it is more balanced than the aroma gives hints to. smooth and very good for the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boutip (5346) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 14, 2015
Bottle: Poured a medium copper color ale with a nice medium size foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of peat malt with some toffee notes is really great. Taste is a well balanced mix between some peat malt with quite a bit of smoked notes with a well-balanced malt backbone which includes toffee and caramelized notes with just the right amount of residual sugar. Body is little bit thin with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Nice level of complexity while retaining some great drinkability.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Spab (2938) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2015
650 ml bottle from LCBO. Pours a clear copper colour with average-sized off-white head. Aroma is peaty with caramel, wood and a little fruitiness. Flavour is also quite peaty, fairly woody, hints of sweet caramel and fruit. Average body. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Eructoblaster (3476) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 2, 2015
Bottle - 660ml. Hazy brown body with average carbonation and a thin, off-white foamy/bubbly head. Nice malty aroma with caramel, spicy, and woody hints. Taste is mostly sweet. It carries woody, malty, and some hoppy notes. I was expecting something more robust. Ends with a short, sweet, moderately warming finish. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Canmoore (344) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 28, 2014
Pours a dark rich cloudy amber, with a massive fluffy off white head. Aroma has notes of Sherry, roasted malts, dark fruits, and some black licorice also. Tasting notes include sherry, sweet toasty malts, grains, and a slightly cloying finish from the malt sweetness. Not bad although the palate is a little thin, but decent brew all together.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gorbalev (3000) - 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 (7712) - 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)

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