Brewed by Big Rock Brewery
Style: Scotch Ale
Calgary, Canada
Serve in Thistle


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Faced with long winter nights, Scots are like to seek courage in fine whiskey and strong ale. But where does the Canadian turn for a warm belly on a snowy evening? Ach, no less to the "wee heavy," a strong Scottish ale aged slowly in oak and emboldened with strong flavours and full body fit for hearty drinkers. "Heavy" is no mere moniker, though Brewmaster Paul chose to temper his ale’s strength to a sensible 7%, leaving a bonnie 92% for flavour. And 1% for your Scottish brogue. Tak’ a wee swallaw an’ see.

Cirrhosis' rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Cirrhosis (1223) - Edmonton, Alberta, - OCT 14, 2012
Body appears clear amber and started out with a pillowy tan cap. Mild hints of peat, malty softness, kind of a creamy apple but not...........all so very mild. Blech.............the feel is so soft and flat it almost felt slimy. Soft mnalty and with hints of oak.....not horrible but almost not drinkable...........is this an old bottle? Caramel, smoke, thats all. Seems old. AWWW Fawk i still have 2 more of these left.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
ljthiessen (505) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 8, 2014
Wow, this was pretty bad. Sweet, watery, not a whisper of hops, and a faint flavour of rotting fruits that lingers in the mouth. This was hard to drink, and probably should have been poured down the drain.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Iphonephan (3624) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JUL 17, 2014
From a 16 oz can. Pours a clear dark amber with an off white head. Aroma of toasted nuts. Flavors of molasses and butterscotch. Smooth finish. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
dfinney23 (1836) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2014
Pours a deep honey amber with a small tan head. Aroma is sweet and malty with a hint of smoke. Taste is also quite sweet though there’s a nice little bitter kick in the finish. A bit cloying and syrupy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jksipa (416) - Newmarket, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 27, 2014
Slighlty hazy deep amber pour with a small tan head that fades to a ring rather quickly. Nose is toffee and vanilla with notes of wood and smoke. Very sweet malty start with some red fruit and vanilla followed by some caramel. Mouth is rather thin with soft carbonatioin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
a_sully (168) - - MAY 21, 2014
With a smell similar to scotch whiskey with hints of wood and a delicious taste to match with hints of toffee this is a delicious beverage to behold ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
UXO (397) - CANADA - APR 16, 2014
Pours a coppery red with a short-lived thin tan head and no lacing. Nose is toffee malt, dark fruit, faint smoke. Taste is similar, sweet toffee and butterscotch, faint plums, and something I can’t quite identify. Mouth feel is heavy and slightly oily, with minimal carbonation. Not my cup of tea.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Masterkush7 (566) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 25, 2014
The nose is sweet and malted well with a nice woody aroma and light scotch whisky nose. A mild hop on the nose as well. The taste has a good malt and a beautiful scotch taste with a prominent wood and toasty biscuit malt. A lightly bittered finish and a mild scotch aftertaste. Overall, a well malted and tasty brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
AgentAle (785) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 18, 2014
Aroma: sweet maltiness and some very subtle smokiness Taste : Strong peat flavor and bitterness at start ..sweet maltiness with some caramel notes and creamy tastes. Appearance:clear amber body with thin head

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (15210) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 10, 2014
Draught at Craft Beer Market, Vancouver
Dark amber color , clean, with compact head. The aroma is simple. The caramel flavor is nice, moderately sweet, contributing to a round mouthfeel, with a light cheesy impression; correct, rather low, bitterness; hint of nuts and smoke in the final.
Clean, pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
markas101 (1898) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 17, 2013
341 ml bottle, Calgary, AB, Canada. Clear amber-brown appearance. Thin head. Aroma is wintery - oak, clove, resin. Sweet, smooth, prune and brown sugar. Finish is long with hop resin fighting through the sweetness.

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