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Brewed by Russell Brewing Company
Style: Scotch Ale
Surrey, Canada
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RATINGS: 70   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A wee angry scotch ale is part of the Russell Brewmaster Series: a succession of small batch beers that push taste boundaries and explore new styles of beers. This beer has been brewed with a blend of Scottish specialty malts in the style of a 19th century 90 Shilling Scotch Ale - a strong, dark ale with a dominant malt accent that originated in Edinburgh. This batch of beer was brewed by Jack Bensley, Eric Dubuc and Anders McKinnon, Russell Brewing Company 2010.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
HogTownHarry (6042) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 12, 2011
June 18, 2010. 650ml bottle shared by gregclow with me, blankboy, jerc & mabel. Clear deep copper pour with an average beige head. Initially somewhat vegetal aroma, which quickly dissipated, leaving a simple if somewhat sweet melange of light grain, treacle and vague floral bitterness, with no alcohol presence to speak of. Taste was a bit odd - grassy and "green" with a dry, soil-like roast which had almost a stale coffee-like acidity. Slick, still mouthfeel, solidly roasty, a bit acidic, with a dry, almost granular aftertaste - ehh, didnít float my boat.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 6, 2011
Draft. Dark reddish brown pour, off-white head. Roasty, malty aroma, lots of caramel, chocolate, earthiness. Moderate to light body, clean roasty flavor with more sweet caramel, figgy dark dried fruit. Not super complex, but much better than what I usually end up drinking when Iím in Vancouver.

2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Matts_Property (831) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 21, 2011
Sampled at Darbyís Liquor Store. Aroma and flavour of caramel malt, scotch and muted flavours all around. Very one dimensional, bland and boring. Not inspired to make a purchase.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JB84 (649) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - APR 14, 2011
Pour dark ruby garnet creamy white head good lace. Aroma caramel roasted, malt, heavy water, slight sulfur. Taste caramel, light roast, touch of smoke, a bit bitter, malt back bone. MF medium body fine carb, Quite tasty very surprised. Thanks Manuchamp!!

2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
presario (4580) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - APR 10, 2011
Bottle. Copper with ruby highlights. Light "scotch" aroma. Sweet, thin, metallic flavour. Lots of candy cardboard.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 30, 2011
Unusual fried chicken/fig aroma. Thatís definitely a first. No peat - strange. Pours a dark, reddish brown, carbonated, with minimal head. Sweet, with licorice and raisin. Light body. More like a belgian than a scotch ale.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (14294) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 30, 2011
2011-03-16, draught at Patís Pub, Vancouver, 6-4-6-3-13=32
Dark brown color; creamy head. Served too cold, it has a light caramel and roasted malt aroma. Smooth texture; with roasted malt flavor, a bit dusty, and late caramel; light residual sweetness too. Correct bitterness, with a bit more roasty touch in the end. Not bad.

2011-03-04, draught at St. Augustineís, Vancouver, 6-4-6-3-13=32
Dark chestnut color with some amber shades; creamy head. Classic aroma of the dirty water from the Vancouver city service; very light caramel and apples too. The body is leaner than expected; dry mouthfeel, caramel flavor, with a light ending minty touch; correct bitterness. Just another Brown Ale. Balanced but nothing special.

1.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
EPH (9) - CANADA - MAR 13, 2011 does not count
There may be something not right about this bottle. There was a soapy attack that lingered throughout. The deep brown colour was eye appealing, however the aroma of roasted nuts and malt was overcome by a slight smell of soap. The fizzy start dissipated quickly and was a bit off putting - no balance from my perpective. Overall, disappointing.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lagerboy (1172) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 1, 2011
Dark amber with a quickly disipating tan head, aroma of sweet malts, full roasty caramel malty taste with a bit of fruit, medium carbs, nice balanced hop finish. No wonder this is an award winner!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VertBaconStrips (2060) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 28, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2011 Re-rate: on tap at the Sugarbowl. I love this place - top notch everything. My nose seems to BW off and I canít pick up on the finer qualities but in the flavour I hit what i said from the bottled version and a light herbal note I guess. Everything else was dead on because Iím just that totally awesome. Not as malty as I see in many versions but itís just good drinkiní.

Dumped into my glass with the realization that I have to sneak in pounding this back in 15 minutes. Super clear dark brown brew with a fizzy tan head and ample slippery lacing. A gentle swirl recreates a thick cover. The aroma is the expected bag of sweet malts. Great. Now I feel like drinking more beers. This will end drunkidly. Sweet and a bit pungent, the earthy qualities come out quickly, hints of marzipan, dull chocolate, dates, sort of toffeeish (maybe) and some sort of red fruit - probably closer to those swedish berries candy. Pretty tasty stuff - I really thought it would suck balls. A healthy amount of roasted malts, sweet caramel and toffee, an almost non existent bittness, light fruit and a bit of candy sweetness but not much. Probably some berries as well. Mild carbonation and a slight slickness is left over. Under medium bodied it seemed. A good beer indeed.


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