Parallel 49 Salty Scot

From Canada, traditional home of the Scots, comes this beer that has too many words on the front to explain what the beer actually is.  It's a "sea salted caramel Scottish style ale." Now, one of the best beers I've ever had was a Scottish style ale produced by Stoudt's Brewing in PA. I'm hoping this is very similar to that one. 

When the voluminous head retreats, it leaves a moderate skin of bubbles that completely covers the top of the beer. The deep amber beer - almost brown, really - smells both sweet and tangy, with rum, toffee, caramel, and wisps of smoke only managing to make it an inch or so above the bubbles. 

First sip is more smoke than the aroma was. The malt is definitely taking the beverage in hand and leading the way. Following behind is fig and raisins with a bit of caramel sweetness. It's actually not bad at all, but it reminds me of a brown ale more than a Scottish style ale. I think maybe it reminds me of the Magnolia Brown Ale. Let's see if it's different with a full, manly swig. 

Tip in has no hint of carbonation burn, but the salted caramel that they used is pronounced and sweet. The middle has a noteworthy carbonation burn. It's not overpowering, but the smokey, figgy underlying toffee are a smooth river that flows is a delight to the taste buds. As the finish comes on too soon, it shows up with a twinge of tartness followed by raisins and toffee. The beer is a lot more... mellow than I had expected. It doesn't have the character that I really wanted to taste, but it's still not bad. 

Bottom Line: More brown Ale than Scottish, it is a too mild beverage that still has a good taste that shines through. 

3.0/5


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