This afternoon I visited Liberty Wine Merchants on Commercial Drive to pick up some booze for Christmas. While eyeing the beer fridge, I noticed a new beer from Parallel 49 Brewing: Salty Scot Sea Salted Caramel Scotch Ale. Always up for experimenting, I grabbed it without hesitation and drank it later this evening.
First impressions? The caramel flavour is the star of the show. Drinking this beer is kind of like like eating one of those Kraft caramels but without the sugar. While there’s certainly plenty of caramel, there’s also a nice malty flavour to balance it out. Looking at the label, I see that they use a blend of pale, crystal, Munich, and chocolate malts in addition to aromatic and fuggles hops, sea salt, caramel, and the obligatory yeast.
As for the sea salt? It’s there, but the salt is subtle on the tongue.
While a little of the Salty Scot Sea Salted Caramel Scotch Ale goes a long way, I enjoyed drinking this slowly over the evening and would classify this almost as a dessert beer. I’d even go as far as to say it would taste even better if consumed with a bowl of vanilla ice cream… but maybe that’s just me.