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Brewed by Swans Hotel (Buckerfield Brewery)
Style: Scotch Ale
Victoria, Canada
Serve in Thistle

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RATINGS: 58   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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A full-bodied traditional "Scotch Ale" brewed in the "wee-heavy" style, this product is perfectly balanced between malt and hops and has a burnished copper color.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BrewDad (4996) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUL 15, 2014
The Great BrewDad Victoria Pub Crawl - Amber in color. Interesting Scotch ale good earth like flavor with a mixed hops aroma.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GarrettB (1039) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 17, 2014
August 17th, 2012 - Aha! Here’s the beer from Swan’s Hotel that makes the whole taster flight worth it. If you look at a history of my beer samples, you’ll see the whole line - up until this moment - has been a collection of disappointments. But the Scotch Ale is the savior, kilted and wielding the grand claymore of flavor. As scotch ales tend to do, it tastes very much like a scotch ale, and tilts towards the sweeter side of the flavor spectrum, with a wonderfully rich bread savoriness and a a satisfyingly sweet layer of molasses. The alcohol lends this ale a heavy booziness too, which gives a one-two punch with the low attenuation and sweetness with this brew. Whereas most of Swan’s stuff has been flimsy and stale, the Scotch Ale is vibrant and thick with flavor - a nice change of pace, and at last, a reason to visit an otherwise quaint pub setting.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
harrymel (1503) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2013
Verbatim from notes 16JUL11 Caramel ale with brilliant clarity, no head, no lace. Nose has lots of tea smells and hints of malt and some floral tones. Tastes oxidized and bitter. the bitterness is more like and ESB than a scotch or wee heavy. Some floral characters from the hops. Thin body with moderate carb. Not very good. Serving type: on-tap 08-04-2011

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Druid (86) - Wamuran, AUSTRALIA - AUG 10, 2013
Light to medium aromas over a dark brown pour. Rather flat with lack of carbonation and head. Good malt flavours leading to any equally good palate highlighting malt. A well balanced beer with nice colour and a good example of a scotch ale. The high level of alcohol doesn’t overpower.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - JUL 9, 2013
On tap at Swans in Victoria. Aroma is bready, malty barley and flavor of a nice, rich Wee Heavy. It ain't the best of the genre, but it was the best beer I had in Victoria. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10676) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 9, 2013
Tap. Poured clear dark brown color with an average frothy tan head that was mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted malt and earthy aroma. Medium body with smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted sweet flavor with a medium to heavy toasted sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Very enjoyable brew

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
solidfunk (4013) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 5, 2013
Some oak but pretty boring overall. Astringincy and some sweetness in finish - actually a near hit for style. Pours dark copper with minimal head and lacing. On tap at brewpub.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vadie (712) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 14, 2013
UPDATED: APR 14, 2014 Noir avec une mousse beige. L’arôme du scotch fort. Le goût est du malt et scotch. Il est aussi un peu terreux. La palate est crémeux.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LarryBeast (515) - - OCT 11, 2012
650ml bottle. Pours dark cola-coloured with a slight gold tint. Slight wisps of thin, bubbly white head. Aroma is rich caramel malt with oak, slight fruit notes and molasses. Sweet taste is countered by strong alcohol bite and an agreeable smokiness. Medium-bodied, lively carbonation. There’s a green hoppy bite on the nice, drawn-out finish. Lovely ale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gerbeer (1788) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 7, 2012
On tap. Pours a very dark brown with little head. Light cherry and malt aromas. Fruity dark cherry flavor with light smoky malts. Warm alcohol finish.


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