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


on tap

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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.48/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   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.

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omhper (25117) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAR 3, 2017
Keg at Big Rig Brewery, Ottawa. (as Tartan Pants, 6.4%) Clear deep mahogany colour. Caramelly nose with peaty smoke. Mid sweet with medium-full body and rounded mouthfeel. Caramel and peat. Mid bitter finish.

QcBeer (187) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 3, 2016
Bouteille embouteillée le 5 décembre 2014. Couleur Rouge vin foncé avec une mince dentelle blanche et de petite bulle qui flotte sur le dessus. Odeur d’alcool, de sucre, de petit fruit rouge de caramel. En bouche, c’est doux et gouteux! Sucré, fruit rouge, cuir, caramel. Une finale toute aussi gouteuse et douce en même temps! Le vieillissement à fait effet.

JoeMcPhee (9426) - 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.

HopsandBolts (258) - 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.

Sammy (12204) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 21, 2015
Lightly smoked indeed. Passable scotch, drinkable because of malting. Scotch aroma. Black with white lace. LCBO.

Bendrixian (1514) - 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.

Boutip (6374) - 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.

Spab (3842) - 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.

Eructoblaster (4205) - 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.

Canmoore (483) - 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.

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