Brewed by Swans Brewpub
Style: Scotch Ale
Victoria, Canada
Serve in Thistle


on tap

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RATINGS: 62   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tmalaher (301) - Calgary, CANADA - SEP 10, 2016
Tasted on tap at Swans Brewpub. Excellent Scotch ale, caramel, malt, some sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BVery (10201) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUL 16, 2016
Tap at the brewpub. Slightly hazy amber pour. Malty, somewhat sweet. A little boozy. Just okay.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lagerboy (2159) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 13, 2016
Bomber, as Swans Riley’s Scotch Ale. Clear deep copper, mostly lasting tan foam. Big rich sweet malty aroma and taste, dark caramel, brown sugar, barely bitter mild earthy herbal hop. Softer carbonation, medium bodied, lightly hopped. LBW (Lagerboys Be Wary)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ericular (1013) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 30, 2015
On tap at Swans. Looks good - a nice deep brown. Earthy taste, with some caramel and leather. Just "OK".

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BrewDad (5328) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GarrettB (1573) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
harrymel (1551) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Druid (101) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
timfoolery (1126) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (14275) - 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

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