Central City / Parallel 49 – 2018 Calendar Alpine Adventure Pack Day 6 – Naked Scotsman Scotch Ale

TL:DR – “a bit alcohol forward, biscuity brown sugar malt, a bit of tang. Forgettable.”

Central City / Parallel 49 – 2018 Calendar Alpine Adventure Pack Day 6 (Parallel 49) – Naked Scotsman Scotch Ale, 7.5% ABV, 341 ml., (Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC Craft beer*)

on the front-left label:

“If you’ve ever wondered what’s under a scotsman’s kilt… keep looking! Here you’ll find this delicious scotch ale, brewed with munich, crystal and chocolate malts to give this wee heavy notes of chocolate and roast coffee. Like his salty cousin, this naked scotsman will take you on a tour of alba you won’t soon forget.”

  • Style: Scotch Ale
  • Taste: boozy biscuity light roast slight fruity tang
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $75 CAD – 24×341~355 ml., November 2018
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Recommended: No
  • What made an impression: some brightness despite the heavy alcohol presence

Visual: Pours clear copper brown with large bits of sediment at the bottom of the glass, no head, a cluster of micro streams in the center.

Nose: caramel, biscuity malts. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: malty, heaviness

Mid-palate: alcohol detection, (lvl-7)-sweetness, sweet boozy biscuity malts, a bit of fizzy bright fruity tang

Finish: mild chocolate notes

Summary: A mix of light and mildly dark notes, this one is balance but doesn’t leave a lasting impression. Above average, but nothing special.

Phillips Snowcase 2015 Calendar Day #7 – Twisted Oak Scotch Ale


Phillips Snowcase 2015 Calendar Day #7

Twisted Oak Stillage Barrel-Aged Scotch Ale – Phillips Brewing, 6.8% ABV – 341ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada)

on the front-right label:

“Barrel-aged scotch ale is the flagship creation of our twisted oak stillage series. Gentle peat notes & sweet vanilla infuse this ale in freshly emptied whiskey barrels. Enjoy from a snifter at cellar temperatures.”


  • Style: (whiskey) Barrel-aged Scotch Ale
  • Taste: Sweet alcohol forward malty oak background peat vanilla cola
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nah

Visual: Pours deep dark brown without much head, a very thin half-layer of micro retention, some fast streams near the perimeter.

Nose: sweet caramel malts. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp-slick, incoming sweetness, whisky maltiness

Mid-palate: fizzy, (lvl-7)-sweetness, (MAIN) caramel malts, white oak, alcohol detection, peaty backdrop

Finish: vanilla, cola, sweet finish.

Summary: Just an okay barrel-aged beer. Flavours seem muddled and there’s a lack of elegance in transitions and body. I normally favour barrel-aged beers but this one is just lacking.

The Craft BeerAdvent Calendar 2014 Day #13 – Invernalmind Blackfriar Scottish Ale


The Craft BeerAdvent Calendar 2014 Day #13

Blackfriar Scotch Ale – Invernalmond Brewery, 7.0% ABV – 330ml., (Perth, Scotland)

on the back label:

“Perth, the ancient capital of Scotland, was known in the Middle Ages for its great monasteries. One of these, the Blackfriars cloister, had a famously bloody past; it was there that King James I was assassinated in 1437. Our homage to the Blackfriar monastery is this hearty Scotch ale. This beer is as dark and complex as its legendary namesake, starting with a rustic earthy character then unfolding in smouldering, chocolatey notes and fruity, spicy flourishes.”

  • Style: Scotch Ale
  • Taste: Caramel toffee malt mild apple boozy sweet
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: decent

Visual: Pours murky root beer brown with virtually no head, barley any retention, way too much suspended floaties.

Nose: light boozy, toasted caramel malts, (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: slick-flat/micro fizzy

Mid-palate: bitter alcohol, (lvl-8)-sweetness, (MAIN) red apple, toasted caramel malts, brown sugar/molasses

Finish: soft tangy, malty sweet-light cola finish.

Summary: Thick and heavy light typical scotch ales, this one is decent although the relatively low ABV is easily detected.

Scotch Silly – Brasserie de Silly (Silly, Belgium)


  • My Rating: C+

Scotch Silly Scotch Ale – Brasserie de Silly, 8% ABV – 330ml., (Silly, Belgium)

from ratebeer.com:

“It offers a finely wooded nose hinting at hazelnut, and is therefore distinct from traditional British scotches. It has a more rounded taste letting a discreetly full-bodied bitterness come to the fore, and will naturally seduce you.
Ingredients: Water, pale ale malt, caramel malt, aromatic malt, sugar, yeast, Kent hop, hallertau hop”

  • Style: Scotch Ale (wiki)
  • Taste: Aggressively sweet caramel malts + alcohol
  • Where I got it : 16th St. Liquor
  • How much: $4 (after 10% off) – 1 pt 6 fl.oz., June 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Pours translucent cola brown, smallish dissipating head, thin ringed retention, lots of steady streams, the last few drops from the bottle are cloudy.

Nose: caramel malts, molasses (5/10-pungency)

Attack: intense caramel, creamy mouthfeel

Mid-palate: sustained creaminess, caramel-(9/10)-sweetness, (MAIN) caramel malts, brown sugar, mild roast

Finish: sustained sweetness, alcoholic hit + astringency, malty bittersweet heavy finish.

Summary: The first half is full-bodied and decent. The latter half becomes overly sweet and leaves astringent bitterness similar to if you licked the peel of a pomelo fruit (Chinese grapefruit). It’s above average, but not breaking the 3/5 barrier.

St-Ambroise Scotch Ale – McAuslan (Quebec, Canada)

St-Ambroise Scotch Ale – McAuslan, 7.5% ABV – 341ml, (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)

On the back label:

“St-Ambroise Scotch Ale is a dark ruby red with a tawny head-sweet and malty, with hints of vanilla and butterscotch, and a long hop finish. With it’s 7.5% alcohol, this beer evokes the classic “wee heavies” or the full-bodied 90-shilling strong winter ales of Scotland. Enjoy a glass of St-Ambroise Scotch Ale and celebrate over 400 years of Scottish heritage in Canada. Slainte Mhor!”

  • Style: Scotch Ale
  • My Rating: B-
  • Taste Profile: Dense caramel malts -> roast/fig/nutty/bittersweet chocolate -> malty lingering bitter finish.
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $20/10 variety pack, Summer 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours dark ruby red with minimal head, ringed retention, lots of active CO2 streams. Medium-thick caramel malts on the nose. Drinks with a full-bodied richness, dense caramel, malts, light roast, notes of figs, slightly nutty, chocolate, finishing malty with 7/10 sweetness, long medium bitter. Medium-high complexity, med-high depth, good transitions, good carry, good drinkability. A solid beer.

[2015/10/31 – Re-tasting]: Butterscotch nose, fizzy-burpy CO2, boozy caramel malts up front, cola, hints of vanilla, sweet malt finish. Still a B-.