Cannery Squire Scotch Ale

cannery_scotchBrewer: Cannery Brewery, Penticton, BC
Style: Scotch Ale
ABV: 6%
IBU: 20

Description: This Scotch Ale, which is part of Cannery’s regular lineup, is named in honor of the Country Squire restaurant located in Naramata, BC. True to the tradition, this brew employs pale malt, a light hopping, and traces of scotch whiskey.

Tasting Notes: This is my first sampling of Cannery’s Scotch, and it was quite impressive. True to the name, this ale packs a lot of whiskey flavor, which includes notes of smokey peat moss flavor, but an otherwise smooth malt base. That being said, it was not my favorite, as the malt base was a bit light for my taste. Still, a fine example of a fine ale that is brewed in the Scotch tradition.

Appearance: Deep amber, clear, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Rich malt, hint of smoke, peat moss, scotch whiskey
Taste: Smooth malt, notes of peat, smokey whiskey flavor
Aftertaste: Lingering smoke, whiskey esters, clean finish
Overall: 7.7/10

Russel Angry Scotch Ale

russel_scotchBrewer: Russel Brewing, Surrey, BC
Style: Scotch Ale
Alc/Vol: 6.5%
IBU: 30

Description: As part of Russel’s Brewmaster Series, this beer is brewed in the style of 19th century 90 Shilling Scotch Ales. This entails an extended boil time that intensifies the malt flavor and results in a complex, roasted profile. This strong ale was a bronze medal winner at the 2010 World Beer Cup.

Tasting Notes: This is one of Russel’s limited release beers that I have tried in the past. However, I failed to review it, and couldn’t seem tor recall if I even liked it or not. Having tried it again, I feel understandably ashamed. In addition to be being deliciously malty and complex, its got a fruity and semi-sweet profile that is slightly reminiscent of barley wine – another venerated, British-style ale!

Appearance: Dark brown, clear, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Roasted malt, mild espresso, toffee, sugar and raisins
Taste: Toasted malts, hints of plum, raisins, toffee and citrus hops
Aftertaste: Lingering roasted malt flavor, fruit and mild malt and hop bitterness
Overall: 9/10