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Beer Review: Russell Wee Angry Scotch Ale

by paulkamon on May 1, 2010

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Surrey’s Russell Brewing recently won a bronze medal at the 2010 Brewers Association World Beer Cup in Chicago in the Scottish-Style Ale category for this limited edition Brewmaster Series release: A Wee Angry Scotch Ale.  A strong dark ale or “wee heavy” with an abv of 6.5%, the beer pours into the glass a rich copper hue, producing a thick tanned head with a dominant sweet malt heavy aroma typical of the style.

A Wee Angry Heavy is a reference to the “shilling category” of 19th century UK, a monetary ratings system for ales determined by quality and alcohol content. Typically, the higher the quality and alcohol of the beer, the higher the shilling cost, with a ‘wee heavy’ being at the top of the scale (the other lower categories being Light, Heavy, and Export respectively).

Made with Canadian two-row, crystal, chocolate, and a touch of peated malt, and lightly hopped with Willamette, this beer has minimal bittering (30 IBU) and delivers a rich, slightly sweet and chewy body with a light alcohol heat mid palate; a complex and savoury flavour ensues leading to a nutty malt finish. Delicious.

Suggested pairings: dark chocolate, mincemeat, shepard’s pie or a sunny patio with the day off.

Brewer: Russell Brewing
ABV: 6.5%
Category: Scotch Ale
Appearance: 4
Aroma: 4
Flavour: 4
Mouthfeel: 4
Overall: 4
Score: 20/25
Availability: 650 ml. bottles available at Brewery Creek, Firefly, Viti, and select BC liquor stores

~ PK

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Andy Coppock May 1, 2010 at 10:17 am

Be sure to enjoy A Wee Angry on cask the week of May 10-16 at Amberjacks Tap House in Surrey, part of Vancouver Craft Beer Week.

I’m sure the Wee Angry will be available at numerous other venues during VCBW, but Amberjacks may be your only chance to try this amazing beer on a beer engine, as it was meant to be served!

Andy Coppock May 1, 2010 at 10:44 am

I was in error. The Cascade Room will have a cask of Wee Angry pouring on Thursday, May 13th as part of the ‘Trio of Casks’ event

Jacob Galbraith May 1, 2010 at 10:58 am

there’s a bottle of this waiting for me in my cupboard right now.

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